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Messina to Palermo by train

It takes an average of 3h 36m to travel from Messina to Palermo by train, over a distance of around 120 miles (192 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Messina to Palermo and tickets for this journey start from $17.36 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 51m
PriceFrom $17.36
Distance120 miles (192 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train04:50
Last train21:52
Departure stationMessina
Arrival stationPalermo
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsTrenitalia

Messina to Palermo train times

Check out the next trains departing from Messina to Palermo for martedì set 28º 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
04:35 08:11 3h 36m, direct
05:38 08:29 2h 51m, direct
06:53 10:03 3h 10m, direct
07:37 10:57 3h 20m, direct
09:40 12:32 2h 52m, direct
11:27 14:29 3h 2m, direct
12:20 15:55 3h 35m, direct
13:35 16:29 2h 54m, direct
15:15 18:25 3h 10m, direct
16:14 19:05 2h 51m, direct

Trenitalia and Intercity trains from Messina to Palermo

You can travel from Messina to Palermo on Trenitalia and Intercity 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.

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Trenitalia's Intercity trains run on standard lines outside the high-speed network, offering more than 90 trains a day that guarantee long and medium distance connections, ensuring wide coverage of the rail network. All Intercity trains are modern and comfortable with plenty of seats, retractable tables, power sockets, air conditioning, courtesy lights and plenty of luggage space. Intercity Night trains allow you to travel overnight in cabins with beds, berths or seating.

Cheap train tickets from Messina to Palermo

The price of train tickets from Messina to Palermo starts at $17.36 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 Messina 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 Messina to Palermo

Want to know more about your journey from Messina 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 Messina to Palermo take?

The average journey time by train between Messina and Palermo is 3 hours and 36 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 Messina and Palermo by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Messina to Palermo is 2 hours and 51 minutes.

How much does the train from Messina to Palermo cost?

Train tickets from Messina to Palermo can start from as little as $17.36 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 Messina to Palermo?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Messina to Palermo without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Messina to Palermo each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Messina to Palermo leaves at 04:50. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Messina to Palermo leaves at 21:52. 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 Messina and Palermo by train?

Trains travelling from Messina to Palermo cover a distance of around 120 miles (192 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Palermo to Messina.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Messina to Palermo for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/28/2021. 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 09/14/2021 for travel on 09/14/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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