Ferry Palermo - Tunis

Tickets, Prices, Schedules & Times

You can travel between Palermo and Tunis all year round, with up to 3 weekly departures. Find detailed information about the route, the prices and the ferry timetables, and book your ferry trip between the Italian island of Sicily and Tunisia on Ferryhopper.

Ferry schedules from Palermo to Tunis

Palermo Tunis Trip frequency: 2 days per week First trip: 02:30 Last trip: 12:30 Average duration: 10h 45m Price range: 30.00 € - 287.20 €
Tunis Palermo Trip frequency: 3 days per week First trip: 03:30 Last trip: 23:59 Average duration: 13h 23m Price range: 30.00 € - 614.00 €

Palermo - Tunis ferries, schedules and times

You can normally catch a ferry between Palermo and Tunis all year round, with up to 3 weekly ferry crossings in the high season. The route is mainly served by Grimaldi Lines and Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV).

The earliest ferry usually departs from Palermo at 10:30 and arrives in Tunis at around 21:00. The last scheduled trip to Tunis from Palermo is at 02:30, with the ferry arriving in the capital of Tunisia at 14:00.

When traveling from Tunis to Palermo, Sicily, the earliest ferry normally leaves at 19:30, with the ferry arriving at 07:30 the following morning. The last ferry leaves Tunis at 03:30 at night and arrives in Sicily at 16:30.

Please note that Palermo - Tunis ferry timetables are subject to change depending on the season. You can check real-time schedules and ferry ticket prices for the Palermo - Tunis crossing on Ferryhopper. 

Ferry tickets, discounts and offers

Palermo - Tunis ferry prices

A standard Palermo - Tunis ferry ticket usually costs around €37-€39. The final ticket price depends on discounts, offers, seat type, vehicle selection, and the ferry company you've chosen.

Discounts & offers

On Ferryhopper, you can book lower-cost ferry tickets between Sicily and Tunisia. The ferry companies offer discounts to the following passenger categories:

  • Children from 3/4 to 11 years old
  • Permanent residents of Sicily

Important: infants and toddlers up to 3 or 4 years travel for free. However, keep in mind that available discounts may vary depending on the ferry operator.

As for seasonal offers, you can browse and compare the best ferry deals on Ferryhopper and plan your ferry trip between Palermo and Tunis. For example, you can take advantage of the 20% offer on Italy - Tunisia ferries by Grimaldi Lines and save on your return tickets all year round.

Book Palermo - Tunis ferry tickets

You can easily book Palermo - Tunis ferry tickets on Ferryhopper. Find all available ferry crossings, compare companies, timetables and prices, and plan your ferry trip between Sicily and Tunisia without hidden fees.

Useful FAQs about the ferry route

How long is the Palermo - Tunis ferry ride?

The Palermo - Tunis ferry trip duration ranges from around 11 hr to 13 hr 30 min, depending on the crossing and the ferry operator.

Is there a high-speed ferry between Palermo and Tunis?

All Palermo - Tunis ferries are conventional. The fastest crossing lasts around 11 hr.

What’s the distance between Palermo and Tunis? 

The distance between the port of Palermo in Sicily and Tunis is 231 nautical miles (around 428 km).

Where do ferries depart from?

There are regular ferries departing for Tunis from Molo Piave, located at the Sicilian port of Palermo. The port of Palermo is located 3 km from the Palermo train station and can be easily reached on foot.

On the other hand, to travel to Italy from Tunisia by ferry, you can catch a ferry from the port of Tunis, the county’s capital. You can smoothly get there by car by following the signs to "Port de la Goulette", or by train or bus (stops are close to the ferry terminals).

On-board services & facilities

Vehicle transportation

Yes, the ferries traveling between Palermo and Tunis are conventional vessels with car decks that allow the transportation of vehicles. This means that you can easily bring along your car, motorcycle, van, or motorhome by paying a fee.

Make sure to book your tickets well in advance, especially if you're traveling in high season, as car spaces usually sell out quickly.

Find more information about vehicle transportation on board Italy - Tunisia ferries on our dedicated blog.

Ferry luggage

Each ferry operator has its own baggage policy:

  • On Grimaldi Lines ferries, each passenger can carry 1 piece of luggage (included in the ticket price) with a maximum size of 56x45x25 cm. You can also bring along 1 small piece of luggage (bag or backpack). For any additional luggage, you will need to pay an extra fee.
  • On GNV ferries, there is no specific luggage weight limit. Each passenger can carry up to 2 pieces of luggage. On the ship, you will also find luggage storage areas, accessible throughout the journey.

Cabins and seating

The ferries operating on the route between Palermo and Tunis have various types of cabins, ensuring a comfortable ferry trip across the Mediterranean Sea. You can book 1-, 2-, 3- or 4- bed cabins, a bed in shared cabin, internal cabins or cabins with a sea view, suites, and more.

Alternatively, you can book airplane-type numbered seats.

Pet travel

You can travel with your pet on the ferry between Tunis and Palermo as long as you include it in the booking and pay a small fee. Bear in mind that you can book a pet cabin on most ferries.

Make sure to carry along the necessary certificates, tickets and any pet supplies/equipment you may need for your ferry trip, such as a muzzle and a leash for dogs.

Extra tips

Useful tips for your ferry trip

Here are some travel tips for your trip between Palermo and Tunis: 

  • We recommend that you arrive at the port of Palermo or Tunis at least 1.5 hr before your ferry trip, especially if you are traveling with your vehicle. 
  • To travel between Palermo and Tunis by ferry, you should carry with you a valid passport.
  • Apart from Palermo, you can reach Tunisia by ferry from more ports in Italy. Check out the Civitavecchia (Rome) - Tunis, Genoa - Tunis and Salerno - Tunis ferry routes.
  • From the ports of Palermo and Tunis, you can explore many more destinations by ferry. Take a look at our Map of ferries to discover more ferry connections, and plan your trip step by step.

About Palermo

The stunning and historical city of Palermo is found in Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean! As it’s the most important port city on the island, check out our Palermo travel guide and make the most of your time there!

About Tunis

The port city of Tunis is the breathtaking capital of Tunisia. Full of modern amenities and exciting sightseeing options, like the Lake of Tunis, there are plenty of things to do and see there, whether you’re vacationing in Tunis or simply waiting for your ferry.