The average journey time by train between Catania and Palermo Centrale in Sicily is 4 hours and 50 minutes, although it can take just 3 hours on the fastest services. The first train leaves from Catania at 04:48, while the last one departs at 21:58. There are about 11 direct trains covering the route from Catania to Palermo every day.
Getting off at Palermo Centrale station, you can easily walk to the coast, or any of its landmarks and 16th-century buildings, including Palermo’s Cathedral, a UNESCO-listed site. Check out our guide to the top 10 things to do in Palermo for more insider tips.
Ready for your next train trip from Catania to Palermo? Keep reading below for more information about the journey.
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.
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.§
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 Catania and Palermo Centrale is 5 hours and 9 minutes, with around 14 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 Catania to Palermo Centrale is 2 hours and 59 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Catania to Palermo Centrale can start from as little as €9.90 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Catania to Palermo Centrale without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Catania to Palermo Centrale each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Catania to Palermo Centrale leaves at 04:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Catania to Palermo Centrale cover a distance of around 103 miles (166 km) during the journey.