Ferry from Palermo to Messina

Tickets, Prices & Schedules

Until recently, ferries between the Sicilian ports of Palermo and Messina operated with 1 stopover during a few months of the year. However, the route is no longer available at the moment. Find the latest information on schedules and prices, and book your ferry on Ferryhopper with no hidden fees.

Ferry schedules from Palermo to Messina

Is there a ferry from Palermo to Messina?

There are no direct ferries from Palermo to Messina at the moment, but Liberty Lines used to run the route.

The Palermo - Messina route was normally active every day from June to September and included 1 stopover at the port of Lipari.

What was the ferry schedule from Palermo to Messina?

The ferry used to leave Palermo at 13:30 and arrive in Lipari at 17:15. You had to wait 1 hr to board the Lipari - Messina ferry at 18:15. This ferry used to arrive at Messina's port at 21:30.

Ferry Tickets, Offers & Discounts

      How much was the ferry from Palermo to Messina?

The cost of a single Palermo - Messina ferry ticket was around €78.


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On Liberty Lines ferries, infants and toddlers 0-3 years old travel for free, while there are also discount tickets for children up to 11 years old.

Ferry Route Info

How long was the ferry ride from Palermo to Messina?

The duration of the Palermo - Messina crossing was about 8 hr in total (stopover included).

Was there a high-speed ferry from Palermo to Messina?

The Palermo - Messina connection was operated only by fast hydrofoils.

What’s the distance between Palermo and Messina?

The distance between Palermo and Messina is 103 nautical miles (about 191 km).

Ferry Trip Tips

Useful tips for your ferry trip from Palermo to Messina

Here are a few tips that you could use for your trip to Messina:

  • Although booking the Palermo - Messina ferry is no longer possible, you could consider taking the Palermo - Lipari ferry, visiting some of the island's attractions, and then boarding the Lipari - Messina ferry.
  • During peak season, we recommend arriving at the Palermo port well in advance to avoid crowding.
  • Discover the best things to do and see in Messina in our dedicated travel guide!

Where could I take the ferry from Palermo to Messina?

Normally, Liberty Lines ferries to Messina used to depart from the pier of Molo Crispi in the port of Palermo.

The port of Palermo has various amenities for visitors, such as parking spaces, shuttle buses, restaurants, shops, and a left-luggage office. Furthermore, as it is close to the city center, you can take advantage of the opportunity and visit some of the main attractions in Palermo.

Could I travel on the ferry from Palermo to Messina with a car?

No, you couldn’t bring your vehicle on ferries serving Palermo - Messina crossings.

Ferry luggage

On Liberty Lines hydrofoils, you can carry up to 10 kg of hand luggage with a maximum size of 60x40x20 cm. However, young passengers traveling with a half-price ticket can board up to 5 kg of luggage.


Palermo - Messina hydrofoils did not have cabins, but there was seat accommodation included in the ticket.

Pet travel

You can travel with your pet on Liberty Lines ferries, as long as you register it in the booking.

Small pets must travel in a pet carrier or cage. Medium- and large-sized pets should wear a muzzle and be on a leash.

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