Palermo to Cefalu by train?

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11,439 Posts
Joined Apr 2009
I've been on the train but not while on a port stop. What are you trying to learn?

We walked to the train station from the port but it's a bit far, between a mile and a half to two miles, depending on where you are docked. There are public buses you can take to the station.

At Cefalu it's an easy walk downhill from the station into town, about a half mile. It's more challenging going back uphill.
995 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
Thanks Euro - I am trying to figure out if it is workable to take the train RT from the Palermo port. We will be there 8 am to 5 pm. Cefalu looks very interesting and the cruise excursion does not allow much time to explore.

I do not mind taking a taxi to the train station.

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Joined Apr 2009
There may be more trains added in the summer season but going by the current schedule you could be in Cefalu by 10:11 AM (you could possibly get there at 9:22 on the train that departs at 8:27 if you are very lucky and very fast).

For the return you'll need to be on board by 4:30, so you'd need to be at Palermo Centrale no later than 4 PM to allow time for a taxi or bus (or walking, if you get desperate) back to the port.

It's always wise to take the next-to-the-last train that will get you back on time, In this case, the last train that would work would be the 3:06 PM, arriving to Palermo just before 4 PM. I think that gives you plenty of pad. The next train doesn't get into Palermo until 5:24 PM, there's a big hole in the schedule but that may be seasonal.

(note: there is an IC train at 3:40 pm that arrives to Palermo at 4:53 PM on certain days)

So it looks like you'd get four and a half hours in Cefalu, or five and a half if you make that 8:27 train.
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We spent several weeks on a land trip to Sicily and nearby islands....including two days in Cefalu. We dropped a car in Cefalu and took the train to Palermo. The train tip is uninteresting (so is the drive). Cefelu is interesting however if it came down to a choice we would take Palermo (which we very much enjoyed) in a heartbeat.

One other thing. We have traveled throughout Italy by train. The are fabullous-on time, well priced, etc. We found the train service on the routes that we traveled to be at a much lower standard that the mainland in terms of keeping to timetable-at least on the Milazzo-Cefalu-Palermo run. Running 30 minutes plus late was the norm on our three trips.