Step on board for one of Europe's most epic journeys by train, travel through the night to south of Salerno and then wake up to stunning coastal views before riding the train in a boat across the waves, to arrive in Sicily in the early afternoon.
Final Destination: Palermo and Siracusa
This service, which is the only direct train from Milano to Messina and beyond on to Sicily, is typically scheduled to depart from Milano Centrale at 20:10 and arrive in Messina at 12:45 in the early afternoon of the next day.
The train also calls at: Villa San Giovanni
On arrival in Villa San Giovanni many of the trains from the north have connections into Blu-Jet fast ferries over the Strait of Messina, which can cut an hour off the end-to-end journey, but that option isn't available when taking this direct overnight train.
1 x train per night
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 3 - 4 months ahead of the travel date - usually
See the 'Train Guide' below for info on the type of accommodation available and the how tickets can be booked.
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To make the journey by day the optimum route involves taking these trains
An overnight journey that is also one of Europe's most scenic railway journeys? Well this rail journey along Italy's Mediterranean coastline is so long that by the time the sun has risen the train will be arriving in Ascea, it will be due there at 07:11, the hour after hour of stunning coastal views to the south of there can be enjoyed year round.
These sea views can be seen on the right for most of the journey until the train arrives at Villa San Giovanni, which is the port at which the train will be loaded on to a ferry for the sea crossing to Messina.
In the summer the air-conditioning is disconnected when the train arrives at Villa S. Giovanni, but once the train is on the board, it's possible to escape the heat of the train and head up to the deck on the boat; the journey across the water will take around 45 mins.
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