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Taking the train from Palermo to Cefalù

The average journey time by train between Palermo and Cefalù is 50 minutes, with 19 direct trains connecting the two Sicilian cities every day. The first train leaves from Palermo at 05:08, while the last one departs at 21:35.

The route from Palermo to Cefalù, as all routes in Sicily, is covered by Trenitalia’s regional trains. While these don’t have the same comforts as their high-speed fleets, regional trains are 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.

Landing at Palermo airport and not sure how to get to Cefalù from there? Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Palermo Punta Raisi airport has a train station, from which you can take a regional train to Palermo Centrale (Palermo’s central station) and then change onto another regional train bound for Cefalù.

Getting off at Cefalù station, you’ll find yourself right in the town centre, ready to enjoy what one of the most beautiful Italian coastal towns has to offer. Intrigued? Keep reading for more information on taking the train from Palermo to Cefalù.

Palermo to Cefalu by train

It takes an average of 49m to travel from Palermo to Cefalu by train, over a distance of around 37 miles (59 km). There are normally 20 trains per day travelling from Palermo to Cefalu and tickets for this journey start from €6.20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 42m
PriceFrom €6.20
Distance37 miles (59 km)
Frequency20 trains per day
First train05:08
Last train21:35
Departure stationPalermo
Arrival stationCefalu
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsTrenitalia

Palermo to Cefalu train times

Check out the next trains departing from Palermo to Cefalu for Tuesday 7th December 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:38 09:26 48m, direct
09:00 09:55 55m, direct
10:38 11:36 58m, direct
11:35 12:33 58m, direct
12:38 13:33 55m, direct
13:30 14:21 51m, direct
14:38 15:34 56m, direct
15:28 16:10 42m, direct
16:38 17:33 55m, direct
17:30 18:17 47m, direct

Trenitalia and Intercity trains from Palermo to Cefalu

You can travel from Palermo to Cefalu 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 Palermo to Cefalu

The price of train tickets from Palermo to Cefalu starts at €6.20 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 Cefalu 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 Cefalu? 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 Cefalu take?

The average journey time by train between Palermo 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.

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

The fastest journey time by train from Palermo to Cefalu is 42 minutes.

How much does the train from Palermo to Cefalu cost?

Train ticket prices from Palermo to Cefalu can start from as little as €6.20 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 Cefalu?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Palermo to Cefalu without having to change trains. There are 20 direct trains from Palermo to Cefalu 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 Cefalu leave?

The first train from Palermo to Cefalu leaves at 05:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Palermo 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.

What's the distance between Palermo and Cefalu by train?

Trains travelling from Palermo to Cefalu cover a distance of around 37 miles (59 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cefalu 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 Cefalu 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 11/30/2021 for travel on 11/30/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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