How to take the rail journey from Rome/Roma to Palermo

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Roma / Rome to Palermo by train

It's a long journey by train from Rome/Roma to Palermo hence both day and night trains being an option on this route.
A tick in the box for taking the day train is the hour after hour of fabulous coastal scenery, which can be enjoyed for the majority of the train ride; though the night train also travels along the northern coast of Sicily after dawn.

The night train becomes the journey to take if you need or want to be in Palermo before evening; the first train of the day isn't due into the city before around 19:30.

Both the day and night trains are loaded on special ferries so that they can be transported from the Italian mainland to the island of Sicily.

Routes you can take to go from Roma / Rome to Palermo

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: travelling by day
Travel Time (approx)

11hr 39min



Travel Info

2 x trains per day

Route Information

Option 2: travelling overnight
Travel Time (approx)

12hr 57min



Travel Info

1 x train per night

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