Trains in Sicily

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Train Services in Sicily

Sicily is accessible by train from almost every major mainland Italian city. An overnight service is available from Rome, Naples, Venice and Bologna which connects to the resorts of Catania and Palermo, and connecting trains are available within Sicily to Siracusa, Messina and other major towns. But bear in mind that although the train service Sicily is reliable it has a fairly limited timetable and the trains are very slow: it takes more than 7 hours for the 450km journey between Siracusa and Trapani.

It is pretty easy to get to Sicily from the Italian mainland with regular train services to Palermo, Siracusa, Catania and the resort town of Taormina from Rome via Naples. Trains are transported via large ferries over the Straits of Messina (which is a 30 minute crossing).

Long distance trains from Roma and Naples cross the Straits of Messina by ferry and continue on to Palermo and Catania. The journey time from Naples is 10 hours and Rome to Palermo and Siracusa takes 13 hours (depending on how long you have to wait for the connecting ferry at Messina).

Italian train ticket prices are generally lower than elsewhere in Europe and you can find out more about prices and timetables at

Unless you are trying to get to a remote town or village in Sicily, apart from hiring a car the train is the best way to get around the island. All of the larger cities in Sicily are on the railway network and the trains are operated by Ferrovie dello Stato (the Italian State railway (telephone: +39 892 021) which offers several ticketing options. A Trenitalia Pass lets you choose the days you want to travel within a two month period and the Trenitalia Pass Saver requires two people to travel together each time.

Sicilian Trains

There are two main classes of train in Sicily: the InterCity (IC) trains are modern with air conditioning and make only limited stops.

The slower trains are classed as Diretto, Espresso and Interregionale, and they tend to stop at every town and village along the way.

Trains in Sicily tend to get very crowded on weekends and holidays so make sure you book your tickets well in advance.


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