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Travel from Berlin to Palermo by train in 26 hours 48 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Berlin to Palermo by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Berlin to Palermo by train is 32 hours 23 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 26 hours 48 minutes. You'll usually find 15 trains per day traveling the 1601 km between these two destinations. You'll need to make 2 changes along the way as there are no direct services to Palermo. You're likely to be traveling with Frecciarossa, Frecciargento or ICE to Palermo. As the main train operators on this route, all offer plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating as standard.

Book train tickets from Berlin to Palermo in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $102.34. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Berlin to Palermo by train

It takes an average of 32h 23m to travel from Berlin to Palermo by train, over a distance of around 995 miles (1601 km). There are normally 15 trains per day traveling from Berlin to Palermo and tickets for this journey start from $102.34 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

26h 48m


1601 miles (995 km)


15 trains per day


2 changes


From $102.34

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Trenitalia, ÖBB, Onebus, Autoservizi Salemi, Italo, Trenord, WestfalenBahn, Itabus, Meridian

Berlin to Palermo train times

Check out the next trains departing from Berlin to Palermo for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:36 15:55 32h 19m, 2 changes
08:41 16:29 31h 48m, 6 changes
08:41 18:25 33h 44m, 4 changes
08:46 16:29 31h 43m, 7 changes
08:46 18:25 33h 39m, 5 changes
12:41 20:54 32h 13m, 6 changes
12:41 22:05 33h 24m, 2 changes
17:36 22:05 28h 29m, 6 changes
18:12 05:40 35h 28m, 6 changes
18:33 05:40 35h 7m, 7 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) and EC (Eurocity) trains from Berlin to Palermo

You can travel from Berlin to Palermo on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) and EC (Eurocity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

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An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

Cheap train tickets from Berlin to Palermo

The price of train tickets from Berlin to Palermo starts at $102.34 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Berlin to Palermo by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Berlin to Palermo

Want to know more about your journey from Berlin to Palermo? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Berlin to Palermo take?

The average journey time by train between Berlin and Palermo is 32 hours and 23 minutes, with around 15 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Berlin and Palermo by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Berlin to Palermo is 26 hours and 48 minutes.

How much does the train from Berlin to Palermo cost?

Train tickets from Berlin to Palermo can start from as little as $102.34 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Berlin to Palermo?

No, there are no direct train services from Berlin to Palermo. Travelling from Berlin to Palermo by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

What time does the first train from Berlin to Palermo leave?

The first train from Berlin to Palermo leaves at 06:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Berlin to Palermo leave?

The last train from Berlin to Palermo leaves at 22:34. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Berlin and Palermo by train?

Trains travelling from Berlin to Palermo cover a distance of around 995 miles (1601 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Palermo to Berlin.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Berlin to Palermo for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/31/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 02/03/2023 for travel on 02/03/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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