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There are 4 ways to get from Trieste to Sicily by bus, train, night bus or car

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Bus  •  3h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Messina Piazza della Repubblica to Palermo Via Oreto Messina Piazza della Repubblica - Enna Bassa / ...

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Night bus  •  4h 50m

  1. Take the night bus from Messina Main Train Station to Palermo Terminal Bus Rome Tiburtina Largo Mazzoni - Palermo Terminal Bus

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Train  •  3h 45m

  1. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale 5363 / ...

Drive  •  2h 25m

  1. Drive from Trieste to Palermo 230.2 km

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The cheapest way to get from Trieste to Sicily is to bus which costs €14 - €19 and takes 3h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Trieste to Sicily is to drive which costs €30 - €50 and takes 2h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Trieste to Sicily. However, there are services departing from Messina Piazza della Repubblica and arriving at Regione Siciliana - De Saliba via Regione Siciliana - Paratore. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 38m.

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No, there is no direct train from Trieste to Sicily. However, there are services departing from Messina Centrale and arriving at Palermo Notarbartolo via Palermo Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 45m.

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The distance between Trieste and Sicily is 139 km. The road distance is 230.2 km.

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The best way to get from Trieste to Sicily without a car is to bus which takes 3h 38m and costs €14 - €19.

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It takes approximately 3h 38m to get from Trieste to Sicily, including transfers.

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Trieste to Sicily bus services, operated by SAIS Autolinee, depart from Messina Piazza della Repubblica station.

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Trieste to Sicily train services, operated by Trenitalia, depart from Messina Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Trieste to Sicily is to bus which takes 3h 38m and costs €14 - €19. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €15 - €70 and takes 3h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Trieste to Sicily.
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  • Distance: 139.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 38m

What companies run services between Trieste, Sicily, Italy and Sicily, Italy?

SAIS Autolinee operates a bus from Messina Piazza della Repubblica to Palermo Via Oreto 4 times a day. Tickets cost €12 - €17 and the journey takes 2h 40m. Alternatively, Trenitalia operates a train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale every 4 hours. Tickets cost €15 - €30 and the journey takes 2h 52m. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

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Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€15 - €30
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Trenitalia
1st Class
€27 - €30
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€14 - €20
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Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€14 - €20
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€19 - €65
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Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€19 - €26
Base Standard
€35 - €50
Base Premium
€45 - €65
Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Messina Piazza della Repubblica to Palermo Via Oreto
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€12 - €17
Website
SAIS Autolinee
Itabus
Phone
+39 06 88 93 82 32
Website
itabus.it
Night bus from Messina Main Train Station to Palermo Terminal Bus
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€3 - €40
Website
Itabus

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Trieste to Sicily bus services, operated by SAIS Autolinee, arrive at Palermo Via Oreto station.

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Trieste to Sicily train services, operated by Trenitalia, arrive at Palermo Centrale station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Trieste to Sicily is 230 km. It takes approximately 2h 25m to drive from Trieste to Sicily.

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