Genoa to Palermo Ferry

The Genoa Palermo ferry route connects Italy with Sicily. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Grandi Navi Veloci. The crossing operates up to 7 times each week with sailing durations from around 20 hours 30 minutes.

Genoa Palermo sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

Genoa - Palermo Ferry Operators

  • Grandi Navi Veloci
    • 7 Sailings Weekly 20 hr 30 min
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Genoa Palermo Average Prices

Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Genoa Palermo route is a car and 2 passengers.

Genoa Palermo Ferry reviews

  • "Over and above any kind of service level I would have expected especially as WE were the cause of in"

    So within 20 minutes of departure I heard my name called to find the cabin crew to discover my dog had somehow escaped his cage in the kennel. The team that met me were hugely apologetic for this to happen and took me down to the kennels to get him back into his cage (Obviously they didn't know Benji (the dog)) which I was obviously happy to do. Upon getting Benji back into his cage it became clear that there was no oversight by anyone in securing the kennel, but in fact Benji had worked out how to open the lock by forcing his muzzle through the honeycomb link behind the lock and pushing hard against the lock.... Although a very proud doggy dad at this point, it was also evident that he could cause himself considerable injury doing this, so the crew and I agreed that we would have to give him access in the kennel and that I would go down with Sebastien every 10 minutes to ensure he was ok. Cutting a long story short... Benji was of course fine and safe (just not in a cage) and Sebastien religiously ensured that we made sure Benji was ok during the journey despite obviously having other responsibilities. Throughout Sebastien and the other crew were apologetic, genuinely concerned for Benji's well being as well being accommodating as much as safety regulations and a bit of common sense would allow. Although we were the centre of inconvenience (I really do apologise!) Sebastien was amazingly courteous and helpful during the entire trip, as far as customer service and genuine care for the animals he was looking after goes he couldn't have demonstrate more professionalism and empathy for our situation. So... Thanks very much for putting up with a Houdini dog and actually making us feel very well looked after. Sebastien is a keeper, for sure!

    'Stephen Marshall' travelled Genoa Palermo with Grandi Navi Veloci on Excelsior

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  • "Road trip"

    Slept well only because we were absolutely shattered, tv and lights on all night in sleeping area. Food situation diabolical. Poor quality, very limited choice at very limited times. Eatery's and bars randomly open and shut. Difficult to plan food. Great price for ferry. Staff didn't speak to us. I would use again but I would reccomend food be taken with them.

    'Mark' travelled Genoa Palermo with Grandi Navi Veloci on Excelsior

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  • "Genoa to Palermo"

    Travelling to Malta from the United Kingdom with two cats in the car, we have found the most comfortable route is to drive through France and into Italy as far as Genoa where we take the Grandi Navi Veloci ferry to Palermo, in Sicily (and from there on to Malta) thus cutting out the very long drive through Italy to cross to Sicily at Messina. The ship is well equipped, we have never yet encountered any movement (the ship must have very efficient stabilisers as we have travelled in all weathers at all times of year). We choose to pay extra for a "pet-friendly" cabin where we can have the cats with us (the cheaper option is to put the cats into special kennels on the ship). It's not cheap but well worth the money for nearly 24 hours' sail and a good, comfortable sleep in very comfortable beds after a long journey and we are ready to continue onwards refreshed.

    'John' travelled Genoa Palermo with Grandi Navi Veloci on Excelsior

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  • "Great trip"

    We booked Pullman seats but upgraded to a cabin when onboard which made the journey really enjoyable. Helpful, friendly staff. Disappointed the pool was not in use as it was a beautiful day. The only downside was the early exit from the cabin, two hours before we docked and the chaos of the wait to access the car, could easily be rectified, this was a common experience not just a Brit gripe. Enjoyed the trip however.

    'Drummond' travelled Genoa Palermo with Grandi Navi Veloci on La Superba

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Genoa Guide

The Italian city of Genoa lies on the Mediterranean Sea coast and is located in the Liguria region of Italy. The city's old town, which has a long and rich history in art, music, architecture and gastronomy was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. Additionally the city was declared the European Capital of Culture in 2004 and is also the birthplace of Niccolo Paganini and Christopher Columbus.

The maze of squares and narrow streets make up Genoa's historic centre. The city has influences of the medieval about it, along with 16th century and Baroque influences (San Matteo square and the ancient via Aurea, now via Garibaldi). Visitors can still see remains of the 17th century walls near to San Lorenzo Cathedral, which happens to be the most attended place of worship in Genoa.

Genoa's port is Italy's largest commercial and industrial port, and one of Europe's busiest ports in the Mediterranean Sea. The ferry terminal, located in the Calata Chiappella, between Ponte Asserto and Ponte Colombo, is on many levels and is accessible by passengers in wheelchairs. On the terminal's top level visitors will find waiting rooms and a shopping centre. Ferries operating from the port generally depart towards Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica, Spain, Tunisia and Morocco.

Palermo Guide

The city of Palermo is located on the Italian island of Sicily and lies on the island's north west coast and has a large and strategically important natural port, next to the Monte Pellegrino. The city is typically Mediterranean and can trace its history back to the 8th century and is today known for its Norman buildings, fabulous palaces and the hustle and bustle of its markets. Palermo's historic centre is the Quattro Canti district, which means 'Four Corners' and is where a number of the city's most spectacular attractions can be found. These include the Royal Palace and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. The cathedral's sheer size and lovely architecture really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Also popular in the city is the medieval Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi and the 12th century Castello della Zisa. For visitors who enjoy the performing arts there is also the Teatro Massimo which is a recently refurbished theatre that puts on regular performances.

Ferries from the city's port depart to Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples and Tunisia.