There are 9 ways to get from Zürich to Palermo by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, car or ferry

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly Zurich to Palermo  •  5 h 8 min

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

$91 - $478

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  26 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Milan, Milan 421 / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Milano Lampugnano to Palermo Stazione Centrale

$77 - $124

7 alternative options

Train to Milan Malpensa, fly to Palermo  •  8 h 9 min

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

$123 - $341

Fly Zurich to Catania, bus  •  7 h 20 min

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

$103 - $360

Train to Milan Bergamo, fly to Palermo  •  8 h 21 min

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

$80 - $347

Train via Roma Termini  •  19 h 25 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 / ...

$156 - $252

Bus and ferry  •  23 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Zurich to Palermo

$140 - $170

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

$186 - $232

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Palermo is to bus and bus and ferry which costs SFr 70 - SFr 120 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 85 - SFr 470 and takes 5 h 8 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 25 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 which takes 19 h 25 min and costs SFr 150 - SFr 250.

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It takes approximately 5 h 8 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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Map of how to get from Zürich to Palermo.
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  • Distance: 686.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 8 min

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

Swiss, Alitalia and Austrian Airlines fly from Zürich to Palermo twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Palermo via Milano Centrale and Roma Termini in around 19 h 25 min.

Airlines
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 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $350
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Zurich to Catania via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,800
Flights from Zurich to Catania
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Palermo
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 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
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Palermo via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Edelweiss Air
Website
flyedelweiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Catania
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Train operators
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 Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Monza
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
orario.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
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
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
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
3 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
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $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
$140 - $170
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Milan, Terminal Bus di Lampugnano
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
regiojet.sk
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

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