Ferry from Rome to Palermo

Ferry to Palermo - Beautiful sculpture of the famous fountain of shame on baroque Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.

Passengers who take the ferry from Rome to Palermo start their sea journey from the historical port of Civitavecchia, one of the principal ports of Italy!

Civitavecchia is located 60 km northwest of the city of Rome in the Lazio region. Being a very important port for more than 2.000 years for commercial and tourist reasons, the old town of Civitavecchia has a lot of attractions to offer to any passenger. Before leaving this beautiful city you will have the chance to visit the impressive sixteenth-century Michelangelo Fort, built with the purpose to defend the port from the pirates' invasions. Take a walk at the city center by night or have dinner at one of the coastal restaurants of the old town.

Arriving at Palermo, the capital of the island, you will be impressed by the unique Sicilian atmosphere of a lively city full of monuments, museums and historical buildings that prove the different civilizations that have influenced Silicy over the years. The Casa Professa, a church with baroque elements, the Theater Massimo Vittorio Emanuele, the biggest Opera House in Italy with neoclassical and baroque style, the Fontana Pretoria, the Cathedral and the Palace of Normans, are just a brief reference to all these interesting things you can visit in Palermo.

Organize your journey, book your tickets in advance through our website and take advantage of the available discounts and offers for the ferry Rome Palermo.

Rome to Palermo ferry schedule

The best way to get from Rome to Palermo by ferry is to start your journey from the Port of Civitavecchia which is the main port of Rome at a distance of 70 km from train Termini.
The Rome to Palermo ferry schedule includes one weekly sailing during the low season with more choices during the summer period. To check the available routes visit our booking page and get all the required information about the timetable and possible operational changes.

Rome to Palermo ferry time

The Rome(Civitavecchia port) to Palermo ferry time, estimated by the shipping company, is 13h 45 min. For a more comfortable trip it is recommended to book a bed cabin.

Rome to Palermo ferry distance

The Rome to Palermo ferry distance is approximately 251 nautical miles from the port of Civitavecchia.

Rome to Palermo ferry type

Modern and fully equipped regular ferries operate the routes between Rome and Sicily.
The Rome Palermo ferry provides any type of accommodation to choose from: regular pullman seats, outside or inside cabins, double bed or family suites and beds in shared cabins are available. Self-service or à la carte restaurants and pizzeria, in some ferries, can offer you a delicious meal with the local and international specialities.
You can travel with your car, motorcycle, camper or caravan but have in mind to make your reservation early enough in order to find availability in the garage for the dates and time you prefer.

Useful information for your journey

  • The port of Civitavecchia is usually very crowded so it is recommended to be at the ferry terminal for check-in at least 2 hours before departure
  • If you arrive in Rome by airplane there is also a train line from Fumicino or Ciampino. Private transfers are also available
  • The trip to Palermo will give you the opportunity for a short visit by ferry to the Aeolian Islands
  • Upon arrival at Civitavecchia train station there is a bus that can transfer you to Rome (Civitavecchia) cruise terminal and from there you can take the free shuttle to the departure quay
  • There is also the option to take the ferry from Civitavecchia port to Termini Imerese at a distance of 38 km east of Palermo. If you choose this route with a travel time of 14h 15 min do not miss to visit the archaeological site of the ruined Greek city of Himera
  • Pets are welcome on the ferry Rome Palermo under conditions. Please check the information mentioned in our relative page
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