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There are 11 ways to get from Zürich to Palermo by plane, train, bus, car ferry, bus and ferry, car, ferry or night bus

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Recommended option

Fly Zurich to Palermo  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Palermo (PMO) ZRH - PMO

$93 - $476

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Train to Milan Bergamo, fly to Palermo  •  8 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
  2. Fly from Milan Bergamo (BGY) to Palermo (PMO) BGY - PMO

$73 - $350

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Train to Milan Linate, fly to Palermo  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
  2. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Palermo (PMO) LIN - PMO

$89 - $322

Train to Milan Malpensa, fly to Palermo  •  8 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano
  2. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Palermo (PMO) MXP - PMO

$115 - $352

Fly Zurich to Catania, bus  •  7 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Catania (CTA) ZRH - CTA
  2. Take the bus from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport to Palermo

$111 - $359

Train, car ferry  •  17 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini Fr
  3. Take the train from Roma Termini to Napoli Afragola Fr / ...
  4. Take the train from Napoli Afragola to Villa S.Giovanni Fa
  5. Take the car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
  6. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale Rv / ...

$145 - $331

Train via Roma Termini  •  19 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini Fr
  3. Take the train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale Ic / ...

$155 - $246

Bus and ferry  •  23 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Zurich to Palermo

$130 - $160

Drive, ferry  •  22 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Genoa
  2. Take the ferry from Genoa to Palermo

$149 - $253

Train  •  25 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Palermo Centrale Icn

$175 - $231

Night bus, bus and ferry  •  26 h 50 min

  1. Take the night bus from Zurich to Milan, Milan N507 / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Milano Lampugnano to Palermo Stazione Centrale

$83 - $123

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Palermo is to night bus and bus and ferry which costs SFr 80 - SFr 130 and takes 26 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Palermo is to fly which costs SFr 90 - SFr 480 and takes 5 h 24 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Palermo. Services depart twice a week, and operate Tuesday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 23 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Palermo. However, there are services departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Palermo Centrale via Milano Centrale and Roma Termini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19 h 38 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Palermo is 1098 km.

The best way to get from Zürich to Palermo without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 17 h 50 min and costs SFr 140 - SFr 330.

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It takes approximately 5 h 24 min to get from Zürich to Palermo, including transfers.

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Zürich to Palermo bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Palermo train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Palermo is to fly which takes 5 h 24 min and costs SFr 90 - SFr 480. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 150 - SFr 250 and takes 19 h 38 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Palermo.
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  • Distance: 686.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 24 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Palermo, Italy?

Swiss, Alitalia and two other airlines fly from Zürich to Palermo once daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Palermo via Milano Centrale and Roma Termini in around 19 h 38 min.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Milan Linate to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $410
Flights from Milan Linate to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $410
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Zurich to Catania via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $230
Flights from Milan Bergamo to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $350
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,800
Flights from Zurich to Catania
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Zurich to Catania via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Meridiana
Website
meridiana.it
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $1,200
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Zurich to Palermo via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Palermo via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $950
Edelweiss Air
Website
flyedelweiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Catania
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Air Malta
Website
airmalta.com
Flights from Zurich to Catania via Malta
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Catania via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,200
Train operators
Trenitalia Eurocity

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.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Frecce

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.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Napoli Afragola
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Napoli Afragola to Villa S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini Station to Napoli Afragola Station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
italotreno.it
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Messina Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$31 - $37
Trenitalia Intercity

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.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
11 h 39 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
20 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$130 - $170
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Zurich to Palermo
Ave. Duration
23 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$130 - $160
Book at
eurolines.ch
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Zurich to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Milano Lampugnano to Palermo Stazione Centrale
Ave. Duration
21 h 21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Ferry operators
Caronte & Tourist
Phone
800 627414
Email
servizioclienti@carontetourist.it
Website
carontetourist.it
Car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $45
Schedules at
carontetourist.it
Passenger
$2 - $3
Car
$28 - $45
Bluferries
Phone
340 98 48 540
Website
bluferries.it
Car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
bluferries.it

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Palermo Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 50 min.

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Zürich to Palermo bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Palermo station.

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Zürich to Palermo train services, operated by Trenitalia Intercity, arrive at Palermo Centrale station.

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Lufthansa, Swiss, Alitalia and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Palermo Airport.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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