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Palermo to Catania by train

The train from Palermo to Catania takes three hours, winding its way through the Sicilian countryside. The first service departs at 07:31 and the last at 21:35, with an average of 9 trains per day. The route to Catania is served by Trenitalia’s Regionale trains, which are cheaper (but make more frequent stops) than their high-speed counterparts. Ticket prices for these trains are fixed, so there’s no immediate advantage of booking in advance other than peace of mind!

Catania is full of history and well worth a visit if you’re in Sicily. At the foot of Mount Etna, you’ll find some of the best seafood around the bustling weekday fish market, plus some stunning walking trails around the volcano. While it’s certainly possible to do a day trip from Palermo to Catania, we’d recommend staying far longer to get the most out of this fascinating port city.

Palermo to Catania Centrale by train

It takes an average of 4h 18m to travel from Palermo to Catania Centrale by train, over a distance of around 104 miles (168 km). There are normally 9 trains per day travelling from Palermo to Catania Centrale and tickets for this journey start from €9.90 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 4m
PriceFrom €9.90
Distance104 miles (168 km)
Frequency9 trains per day
First train07:08
Last train20:55
Departure stationPalermo
Arrival stationCatania Centrale
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsTrenitalia, Sais_Regional

Palermo to Catania Centrale train times

Check out the next trains departing from Palermo to Catania Centrale for Tuesday 7th December 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
06:08 09:15 3h 7m, direct
06:31 09:40 3h 9m, direct
08:31 11:36 3h 5m, direct
09:00 13:43 4h 43m, 1 change
12:27 15:46 3h 19m, direct
14:31 17:35 3h 4m, direct
16:31 19:49 3h 18m, direct
18:45 21:49 3h 4m, direct
19:55 07:52 11h 57m, 1 change

Trenitalia and Frecciabianca trains from Palermo to Catania Centrale

You can travel from Palermo to Catania 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 Palermo to Catania Centrale

The price of train tickets from Palermo to Catania Centrale starts at €9.90 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 Palermo to Catania 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Palermo and Catania Centrale is 4 hours and 18 minutes, with around 9 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 Palermo and Catania Centrale by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Palermo to Catania Centrale is 3 hours and 4 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Palermo to Catania 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.

Is there a direct train from Palermo to Catania Centrale?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Palermo to Catania Centrale without having to change trains. There are 7 direct trains from Palermo to Catania Centrale each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Palermo to Catania Centrale leaves at 07:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Palermo to Catania Centrale leaves at 20:55. 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 Palermo and Catania Centrale by train?

Trains travelling from Palermo to Catania Centrale cover a distance of around 104 miles (168 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Catania Centrale to Palermo.
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in Italy. Subject to availability. Excludes coach. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Palermo to Catania Centrale for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/07/2021. 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 12/19/2021 for travel on 12/19/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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