It takes about 50 minutes to get from Palermo to Cefalù by train. 19 direct regional trains operated by Trenitalia connect the two Sicilian cities every day. The first train leaves from Palermo at 05:08, while the last one departs at 21:35.
While regional trains don’t have the same comforts as their high-speed fleets, they’re still efficient – and more importantly – cheap! Prices for regional trains are fixed, which means they’re the same either when you buy them in advance or on the day.
Getting off at Cefalù station, you’ll find yourself right in the town centre, ready to enjoy one of the most beautiful Italian coastal towns.
Ready to book your tickets from Palermo to Cefalù? Keep reading for more information, including train times and some useful FAQs.
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.
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.
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 Palermo Centrale to Cefalu 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 Palermo Centrale and Cefalu is 49 minutes, with around 20 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 Palermo Centrale to Cefalu is 40 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Palermo Centrale to Cefalu can start from as little as €3.10 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 Palermo Centrale to Cefalu without having to change trains. There are 20 direct trains from Palermo Centrale to Cefalu each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Palermo Centrale to Cefalu leaves at 05:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Palermo Centrale to Cefalu leaves at 21:35. 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 Palermo Centrale to Cefalu cover a distance of around 36 miles (58 km) during the journey.