Milan to Palermo by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $56.88
  2. 30 day advance $50.04
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    20hr 29m
  • Distance
    886 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    21hr 32m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Milan to Palermo by train

Fast trains from Milan to Palermo take around 20 hours and 29 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 886 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Milan and Palermo.

1. Are there direct trains from Milan to Palermo?

Direct trains from Milan to Palermo have been found.

We usually find at least one direct train on the route from Milan to Palermo every weekday.

Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.

2. How long is the train journey from Milan to Palermo?

The Milan to Palermo train travel time is normally about 20 hours and 29 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Milan to Palermo train times and schedule?

On weekdays the only direct train to Palermo is usually scheduled to depart Milan around 20:10. At weekends the only direct train usually departs Milan around 19:10.

What's the Milan to Palermo train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Milan to Palermo are $56.88.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $50, and when booking 7 days in advance the price is usually the same. Booking on the day of travel may be more expensive.

When to book Milan to Palermo train tickets?

Trains in Italy usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Milan to Palermo by train.

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Which train companies operate between Milan and Palermo?

More than one train company operates on the route from Milan to Palermo, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • IC Notte
  • InterCity

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Palermo to Milan by train

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Intercity Notte night train

The overnight train from Milan to Sicily is an excellent option for reaching Palermo. The train also conveys sleeping cars and couchettes from Milan direct to other towns in Sicily: Cefalù, Catania, Taormina and Syracuse.

The night train from Milan to Palermo first runs south to the coast at Genoa. It then broadly follows the west coast for the entire length of Italy down to Villa San Giovanni where the train is shipped onto a ferry for the short sea crossing to Sicily.

If you don’t like the idea of a long overnight journey, it is also possible to travel by day from Milan to Palermo, usually with just one change of train along the way. Take a morning high-speed train from Milan to either Naples or Salerno, transferring at one of these stations to an onward Intercity train to Sicily.

Milan Centrale to Palermo Centrale (night train)

The night train to Sicily departs from Milano Centrale. You have a choice of either couchette or sleeping car accommodation on this Intercity Notte service. The latter is more comfortable and thus the better choice for the long journey to Palermo.

This train stops during the evening at a number of places along the Ligurian and Tuscan coast to pick up passengers. These stops include Genoa, Pisa and Livorno. The train then runs non-stop for some hours to allow passengers to sleep. By the following morning, you’ll be running down the coast of Calabria as the train heads for the ferry to Sicily. The train slips on board the ferry and within an hour you are in Sicily. The train then tracks west along Sicily's north coast to reach Palermo Centrale.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.