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The train from Bordeaux to Palermo usually takes 32 hours on average to travel 1377 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 26 hours 12 minutes. You can expect to find 11 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Bordeaux and Palermo, you'll need to make 3 changes on your way to Palermo. You can choose to travel with TGV, Frecciarossa or SNCF to get to Palermo. As the main rail operators on this route, their trains offer modern comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.
To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Bordeaux to Palermo in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $147.78.
Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Palermo, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.
It takes an average of 32h 0m to travel from Bordeaux to Palermo by train, over a distance of around 856 miles (1377 km). There are normally 11 trains per day traveling from Bordeaux to Palermo and tickets for this journey start from $147.78 when you book in advance.
1377 miles (856 km)
11 trains per day
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TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.
Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.
OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.
SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).
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 Bordeaux to Palermo by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Bordeaux and Palermo is 32 hours and 0 minutes, with around 11 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Bordeaux to Palermo is 26 hours and 12 minutes.
Train tickets from Bordeaux to Palermo can start from as little as $147.78 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Bordeaux to Palermo. Travelling from Bordeaux to Palermo by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.
The first train from Bordeaux to Palermo leaves at 07:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Bordeaux to Palermo leaves at 20:50. 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.
Trains travelling from Bordeaux to Palermo cover a distance of around 856 miles (1377 km) during the journey.