Trains to Palermo Find train times and tickets

The capital of Sicily is Italy’s fifth largest city. It runs Rome a close second when it comes to noise, pollution, world-class museums and historical sights. Palermo is bold and brash, but enormous fun. It deserves inclusion on any Sicilian itinerary – even if you’re not a fan of The Godfather. Arab and Norman influences make this Italy with a twist. The city’s architecture is as eclectic as its history. Dive into the Old Town and discover crumbling palazzi. Yet beneath the grime and scaffolding, there is a distinctive Palermo style and a Sicilian way of life. Most visitors who make time for Palermo are quickly hooked, returning time and again to the city.

Palermo Centrale is the city’s main railway station. It lies just south of the centre. It has direct trains from Rome, Naples, Genoa and Milan. All these services are shipped on a ferry over the Strait of Messina from the Italian mainland to Sicily. Palermo is also the hub of a good network of regional and local rail routes to other cities in Sicily. These include direct trains to Agrigento, Trapani and Catania. Palermo is, of course, above all a maritime city. It offers an excellent choice of ferries with regular departures to Sardinia, North Africa and the Italian mainland ports of Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples and Salerno.

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Naples to Palermo by train

from £18.40

Avg 0 changes 9hr 10m

Milan to Palermo by train

from £46.40

Avg 0 changes 20hr 29m

Syracuse to Palermo by train

from £15.10

Avg 0 changes 4hr 9m

Sant'Agata di Militello to Palermo by train

from £8.30

Avg 0 changes 1hr 28m

Turin to Palermo by train

from £56.90

Avg 1 change 15hr 25m

Capo d'Orlando to Palermo by train

from £8.30

Avg 0 changes 1hr 39m

Catania to Palermo by train

from £12.20

Avg 0 changes 2hr 49m

Bologna to Palermo by train

from £66.70

Avg 1 change 13hr 20m

Taormina to Palermo by train

from £13.10

Avg 1 change 3hr 53m

Salerno to Palermo by train

from £8.80

Avg 0 changes 8hr 31m

London to Palermo by train

from £122.30

Avg 2 changes 26hr 45m

Agrigento to Palermo by train

from £25.80

Avg 0 changes 2hr 2m

Paris to Palermo by train

from £272.50

Avg 1 change 22hr 44m

Carini to Palermo by train

from £3.50

Avg 1 change 1hr 11m

Milazzo to Palermo by train

from £9.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 24m

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Genoa to Palermo by train

from £57.50

Avg 0 changes 18hr 34m

Provincia di Palermo to Palermo by train

from £16.70

Avg 0 changes 14m

Trapani to Palermo by train

from £10.80

Avg 1 change 4hr 1m

Rome to Palermo by train

from £74.90

Avg 0 changes 11hr 34m

Cefalù to Palermo by train

from £5.40

Avg 0 changes 42m

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