Avg travel time
Popular bus line
Distance to downtown
76% less than flights
Distance to downtown
61% less than flights
If you have a bus ticket from Rome to Palermo, you’ll be starting your journey at Rome Tiburtina Bus Station and arriving at Palermo Centrale. Located near the historic center of Rome, Tiburtina station is easily accessible thanks to a diverse public transport system. You can board a train, tram, or metro to get to the station. Though a bit expensive, taxis are readily available within Rome. On the other side, Palermo Centrale is about 5 minutes’ drive from the city center. If you are headed to Palermo Airport, catch a train at Palermo Central railway station and you’ll be there in less than an hour.
On a normal day, FlixBus offers two buses to Palermo from Rome; one departing at 1:40 am and another at 4:00 pm. Autoservizi Salemi provides one trip per day, scheduled at 3:00 pm. The BusCentre runs twice daily, with the services departing from Rome at 4:00 pm and 1:00 am. All services run directly with no connections required, taking an average of 12 hours to reach Palermo, Sicily. The number of buses available on the weekend may change, depending on the service provider.
In most buses to Palermo from Rome, you can bring two luggage items: one to hold while on the seat, and another one to be stored in the luggage compartment. Always label your bags with your name and address. Each bus company has unique requirements for luggage size. For instance, the BusCentre allows you to take on board a maximum weight of around 44lbs. They do not allow wheeled luggage, though. Your hand bag must not exceed 24lbs. If you have extra baggage, you might need to purchase an extra ticket and have two seats reserved for you. FlixBus provides free transportation for one carry-on bag with a maximum weight of 15lbs and additional baggage of about 44lbs.
Always have your ID card and bus ticket handy when boarding a Rome to Palermo bus. You can show your ticket from your mobile phone if you bought an e-ticket or m-ticket. You may print them out but it’s not mandatory. To purchase a ticket, use the momondo search engine where prices for each trip are listed. Once you select your departure time, you’ll be directed to the main agency to pay for your ticket with a credit/debit card, PayPal, or similar methods. Most buses require children under 14 to be accompanied by parents. Minors from age 15 to 18 may travel alone but must present an authorization letter that has been signed by their parents.
This will vary from one bus company to the next, so you must research before purchasing a ticket. FlixBus doesn’t allow pets on board unless it is a service animal. However, the BusCentre facilitates pet transportation on buses to Palermo from Rome. Generally, small cats and puppies are transported in carriers. Pet owners are allowed to have an extra piece of luggage to contain their pets and put it under the front seat. Note that there is a maximum size for dog and cat carriers. You may hold your dog on your lap but make sure it has a muzzle and a short leash. Check with your bus service if you need an extra ticket.
See available tickets from Rome to Palermo Punta Raisi for this week that start at $21 one-way.
It takes 13h 20m to get from Rome to Palermo Punta Raisi by bus. Travel time can vary by 0h 05m, so prioritize nonstop options for the quickest arrival. Autoservizi Salemi has the quickest available bus to your destination.
Ride to your destination comfortably on Itabus, FlixBus, and Autoservizi Salemi. Consider Itabus as it’s been found as the cheapest option to get from Rome to Palermo Punta Raisi starting at $42.
A bus from Rome to Palermo Punta Raisi will travel much more than the 265.8 mi distance between them. The actual distance depends on the route taken, which can change based on traffic, tolls and closures. 13h 20m by bus is normal for this route.
Buses from Rome to Palermo Punta Raisi will generally run a carbon footprint of about 36lb. This is 75% less in comparison to flying, which has a footprint of around 151lb for this trip. Doing this journey by train would leave a footprint of about 58lb.
The quickest way is to book a flight from Rome to Palermo, which can be as quick as 1h 05m onboard Ryanair. You can also get a train from Rome to Palermo, or a bus from Rome to Palermo which can take you longer to arrive at your destination.
A flight from Rome to Palermo is currently going to be the least expensive option currently available. You can also find deals for a train from Rome to Palermo starting at $62, or consider a bus from Rome to Palermo starting at $42. Both of these alternative options are worth considering when looking to reach your destination.