Ferries in Sicily: A Complete Guide
Sicily is a wonderful place where to go on holiday! And there are many guides on Sicily to help you plan an enjoyable trip. This guide of ferries in Sicily is a resource to help you plan your trip more easily. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, consequently there are many ferries servicing the island.
Sicily has 36 ferry routes that travel to various destinations. 7 of the ferries travel to mainland Italy and 27 to other Italian islands close to Sicily. There are also 2 that travel to international destinations, being Malta and Tunisia.
All the information on this page is as of May 2023 so costs and routes could change in the future. The handy thing is that you can book any of the ferries using one platform – Direct Ferries.
Ferries To and From the Italian Mainland
There are 7 ferries serving Sicily from mainland Italy, usually on a daily basis. They are travel from:
- Rome (Civitavecchia) to Palermo
- Genoa to Palermo
- Livorno to Palermo
- Naples to Palermo and Milazzo
- Salerno to Palermo and Messina
- Reggio Calabria to Messina
- Villa San Giovanni to Messina
You can get more information about the mainland ferries and international ferries to Sicily from: getting to Sicily.
International Ferries to Sicily
There are 2 international ferries that travel to and from Sicily:
- Valletta, Malta to Pozzallo
- Tunis, Tunisia to Palermo
Ferries to Other Italian Islands
Some destinations are serviced by more than 1 ferry company and ferry model and some have fast ferries. So although the route is the same some journeys times vary. In fact you will notice that some routes have a range for the trip duration for this reason.
|Marsala||Favignana, Aegadian Islands||30m|
|Marsala||Levanzo, Aegadian Islands||50m|
|Marsala||Marettimo, Aegadian Islands||1h 30m|
|Messina||Lipari, Aeolian Islands||2h 25m – 3h 15m|
|Messina||Panarea, Aeolian Islands||2h 25m – 2h 40m|
|Messina||Rinella, Aeolian Islands||3h 05m – 4h 55m|
|Messina||Salina, Aeolian Islands||2h 55m – 3h 05m|
|Messina||Stromboli, Aeolian Islands||1h 50m|
|Messina||Vulcano, Aeolian Islands||1h 30m – 2h 10m|
|Milazzo||Alicudi, Aeolian Islands||2h 40m – 6h 05m|
|Milazzo||Filicudi, Aeolian Islands||2h 10m – 2h 55m|
|Milazzo||Ginostra (Stromboli), Aeolian Islands||1h 25m – 6h 05m|
|Milazzo||Lipari, Aeolian Islands||1hr 5m – 3h 45m|
|Milazzo||Panarea, Aeolian Islands||1h 25m – 2h 40m|
|Milazzo||Rinella, Aeolian Islands||1h 40m – 2h 25m|
|Milazzo||Salina, Aeolian Islands||1h 40m – 3h|
|Milazzo||Stromboli, Aeolian Islands||2h – 7h 55m|
|Milazzo||Vulcano, Aeolian Islands||50m – 1h 50m|
|Palermo||Alicudi, Aeolian Islands||2h|
|Palermo||Filicudi, Aeolian Islands||2h 30m|
|Palermo||Lipari, Aeolian Islands||3h 45m|
|Palermo||Rinella, Aeolian Islands||3h|
|Palermo||Salina, Aeolian Islands||3h 15m|
|Palermo||Ustica Island||1h 30m – 3h|
|Palermo||Vulcano, Aeolian Islands||4h|
Ferry Port Locations
Sicily and its neighbouring islands, the Aegadian and Aeolian, have numerous ferry ports catering to various destinations. These ports act as vital gateways, connecting people to different islands in the region.
With a wide network of ports, you can easily access beautiful destinations and enjoy island hopping adventures. The bustling ferry ports ensure convenient and accessible transportation options for exploring the stunning Sicilian and nearby island landscapes.
Ferry Costs and Booking
In general the shorter the duration of the trip, the less expensive it will be. However fast ferries usually are more expensive. This is for the convenience of providing a quicker journey that will save you time.
Hence for some routes listed below you will see a cost range. However this is not just because some routes offer fast ferries alongside the normal ones. Some ferries are cheaper because of the day they travel and also the ferry companies charge differently.
The rates below are quoted on a per person basis. You can also drive a car onto most of them, but you will need to pay extra for the car. The cost is usually around €300 extra in this case.
As I mentioned before, you can book any of these ferries using Direct Ferries.
|Trip||Cost with Return|
|Marsala to Favignana||€22|
|Marsala to Levanzo||€21|
|Marsala to Marettimo||€33|
|Messina to Lipari||€57|
|Messina to Panarea||€59|
|Messina to Rinella||€63|
|Messina to Salina||€63|
|Messina to Stromboli||€57|
|Messina to Vulcano||€61|
|Milazzo to Alicudi||€54-€72|
|Milazzo to Filicudi||€48-€59|
|Milazzo to Ginostra (Stromboli)||€47-57|
|Milazzo to Lipari||€35-€100|
|Milazzo to Panarea||€39-€44|
|Milazzo to Rinella||€40-€48|
|Milazzo to Salina||€40-€44|
|Milazzo to Stromboli||€45-€51|
|Milazzo to Vulcano||€38-€41|
|Palermo to Alicudi||€68|
|Palermo to Cagliari, Sardinia||€92|
|Palermo to Filicudi||€83|
|Palermo to Lipari||€100|
|Palermo to Milazzo||€110|
|Palermo to Rinella||€92|
|Palermo to Salina||€97|
|Palermo to Ustica Island||€46-€61|
|Palermo to Vulcano||€98|