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Take the train from Catania to Palermo Centrale in 2 hours 59 minutes

If you want to travel from Catania to Palermo Centrale by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Catania to Palermo Centrale by train to take around 4 hours 49 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 2 hours 59 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 11 trains per day running on this route, which spans 166 km. There's no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Palermo Centrale. Both Frecciabianca and Trenitalia trains operate on this route, offering modern comfortable services with plenty of room for luggage as standard.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Catania to Palermo Centrale start from $16.37 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Catania to Palermo Centrale by train

It takes an average of 4h 49m to travel from Catania to Palermo Centrale by train, over a distance of around 103 miles (166 km). There are normally 11 trains per day traveling from Catania to Palermo Centrale and tickets for this journey start from $16.37 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 59m
PriceFrom $16.37
Distance103 miles (166 km)
Frequency11 trains per day
First train04:44
Last train22:58
Departure stationCatania
Arrival stationPalermo Centrale
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsTrenitalia, Flixbus, Sais_Regional

Catania to Palermo Centrale train times

Check out the next trains departing from Catania to Palermo Centrale for Tuesday Dec 13th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
03:44 06:59 3h 15m, direct
06:20 09:29 3h 9m, direct
08:15 11:29 3h 14m, direct
09:15 14:23 5h 8m, 1 change
12:25 15:29 3h 4m, direct
14:30 17:29 2h 59m, direct
14:31 19:05 4h 34m, 1 change
16:18 19:37 3h 19m, direct
17:36 22:05 4h 29m, 1 change
18:39 05:40 11h 1m, 2 changes

Trenitalia and Frecciabianca trains from Catania to Palermo Centrale

You can travel from Catania to Palermo Centrale on Trenitalia and Frecciabianca 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.

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.

Frecciabianca trains operate outside Trenitalia high-speed lines. Offering more than 40 daily routes, they're capable of reaching a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). Frecciabianca trains connect the centres of northern and southern Italy, running along the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts. All Frecciabianca trains have power sockets and large reclining seats, as well as ample space for luggage. There are two classes of service – First Class and Second Class. In First Class, customers can look forward to a welcome service with snacks and drinks and a morning newspaper.

Cheap train tickets from Catania to Palermo Centrale

The price of train tickets from Catania to Palermo Centrale starts at $16.37 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 Catania to Palermo Centrale 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 Catania to Palermo Centrale

Want to know more about your journey from Catania to Palermo Centrale? 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 Catania to Palermo Centrale take?

The average journey time by train between Catania and Palermo Centrale is 4 hours and 49 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.

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

The fastest journey time by train from Catania to Palermo Centrale is 2 hours and 59 minutes.

How much does the train from Catania to Palermo Centrale cost?

Train tickets from Catania to Palermo Centrale can start from as little as $16.37 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 Catania to Palermo Centrale?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Catania to Palermo Centrale without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Catania to Palermo Centrale each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Catania to Palermo Centrale leave?

The first train from Catania to Palermo Centrale leaves at 04:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Catania to Palermo Centrale leave?

The last train from Catania to Palermo Centrale leaves at 22:58. 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 Catania and Palermo Centrale by train?

Trains travelling from Catania to Palermo Centrale cover a distance of around 103 miles (166 km) during the journey.

The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Catania to Palermo Centrale for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/13/2022. 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 12/06/2022 for travel on 12/06/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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