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Crossing Italy ⇔ Sardinia
Destination(s) 🇮🇹 Italy, 🇮🇹 Sardinia, 🇮🇹 Sicily
Duration 11 Hours
Distance 237 miles, 380 km
Sailings Up to 2 times per week
Operated by Grimaldi Lines
2p+Car+Return in our estimation € 355
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The ferry from Cagliari and Palermo (and or the other way around) is a direct crossing between the two Italian Islands sicily and Sardinia and is a popular ferry during summer months. The trip is about 11 hours and covers around 400 kms. Bringing your car on this ferry is possible, but be sure to book well in advance.

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Ferry from Palermo (Sicily) to Cagliari (Sardinia)

This ferry sails between the capital cities of Sicily and Sardinia, Palermo and Cagliari. On this crossing, you'll be boarding one of the ferries of Grimaldi Lines. It is a popular crossing between the two Italian Islands. The ferry sails twice a week, and the trip is close to 11 hours from coast to coast.

It can be a day or a night crossing, depending on which direction you'll sail. In most cases, you will leave the port in the early evening or morning to arrive at your destination the next morning or the same evening.

On this page, you will find information and tips about these ferry routes to Cagliari and Palermo.

Ferry Palermo – Cagliari

If you want to travel by ferry to Sardinia, specifically from Sicily, Palermo to Cagliari or the other way around, you can expect the following prices.

  • Tickets are available from €38,- Which is for one person without a car and a single journey. (excl. Cabin +/- €40 per cabin – 4 beds)
  • A crossing with a car and two people in will cost around €350,- (return).- (test booking in October). Booking a cabin will cost about €40 extra for the trip so €80 in case of a return trip. Then the whole package will cost you about €430.-

The boat ticket prices depend on the season and the crowds, as you can see above. Specifically, in the peak season (summer), prices rise sharply for the crossing to Cagliari and Palermo. Book early to get the best price and to be sure that you can bring your car, motorbike or camper on board. Also, check the low-fare calendar, a handy tool that helps you save money.

Timetable – schedule ferry Palermo – Cagliari

This ferry sails 2 times per week between Palermo and Cagliari, located at the Southern tip of Sardinia. Twice a week, there is a ferry leaving. From Cagliari to Palermo, it is a night crossing; from Palermo to Cagliari (the other way), it is a day crossing. This ferry takes you 11 hours over nearly 400 km (386 km) from one Island to another.

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Tickets are available from around €35 (based on 1 person, single ticket). In general it is like the earlier you book, the less you will pay.

Port information

To get to the departure port, use the address and follow the signs to the terminal when arrived.


Palermo ferry terminal

Via Sammuzzo, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy


Cagliari ferry terminal:

Via Maddalena, 3, 09123 Cagliari CA, Italy

On board the ferry to Palermo and Cagliari

This (and more) can be expected on the ferries to and from Palermo and Cagliari

  • Outside Deck
  • Cabins
  • Kids play area
  • Sun deck
  • Restaurants (self service + a la carte)
  • Pet cabins
  • Cabins for disabled people

Alternatives to the Palermo to Cagliari ferry

Travelling to or from Sardinia? Then there are different crossings that will bring you there. If you want to sail to Cagliari, you can depart and arrive from and to several ports like Civitavecchia, Naples or Palermo. Cagliari is located in the South of Sardinia.

You could sail to Olbia or Porto Torres when travelling from or to Sardinia. For example, other ports and harbours to Livorno – Olbia, Piombino Olbia and Genoa – Olbia or Genoa-Porto Torres. From Palermo and Naples, there are also ferries leaving for Cagliari.

Depending on where you leave and depart, you can look at the map on the page with ferries to Sardinia and which alternatives you might be boarding as well.

Frequently Asked Questions ferry to Cagliari (Sardinia) and Palermo (Sicily)

How long is the sailing between Cagliari and Palermo?

The ferry from Cagliari to Palermo is about 400 km (386 as the crow flies) and is about 11 hours of sailing.

How many ferries leave Palermo to Cagliari per week?

On this route, ferries from Grimaldi Lines sail up to 2 times per week back and forth between Palermo & Cagliari

Which ferry company sail on this route?

Currently, only Grimaldi Lines is sailing on the route Cagliari-Palermo