Area: Sicilia
Place: Messina

Port of Messina

On this page you will find information on the port and the possibility to search all the Ferry Timetables by and for Messina, easily bookable online.

Check the timetables and book a ferry

The port of Messina is served by the following companies
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The Port of Messina

Located in the north-eastern part of Sicily, the port of Messina overlooks the western side of the homonymous Strait that separates the island from the mainland. The port area is partially protected by the arm of San Ranieri, a small peninsula in the shape of a sickle.

From a structural point of view, the port consists of several piers, where daily ferries and hydrofoils leave for the mainland (Villa San Giovanni, Reggio Calabria and Salerno), Milazzo and the Aeolian IslandsSome piers are reserved for ships carrying the trains of the State Railways. 

Special mention for the tourist port (Marina del Nettuno), which can accommodate up to 160 boats (max. length 40mt.) and equipped with a variety of services.

How to reach the port of Messina


  • from Villa San Giovanni: take the ferry (Bluferries - FS Group) to Messina (travel time about 30 minutes). Alternatively, take the Blu Jet fast ferry (FS Group) to Messina historic port (travel time about 20 minutes).
  • from Reggio Calabria: board the fast ferry Blu Jet (FS Group) that leads to Messina historic port (travel time about 30 minutes).
  • from Catania: Highway A18. Messina Boccetta exit
  • from Palermo: A20 motorway. Messina Boccetta exit


  • Public transport in the city of Messina is managed by the ATM (Azienda Trasporti di Messina), which makes its connections by bus and tram.
  • It is also possible to reach the port of Messina (from mainland Italy or other places in Sicily) with Flixbus, Sais Autolinee and other companies that carry out the same service.


Regional trains depart from:

  • Reggio Calabria Centrale to Messina with an average frequency of about 60 minutes. Travel times range from 1h30min. about 2h.
  • Catania Centrale to Messina with an average frequency of about 60 minutes. Travel times range from 1h30min to 2h20 min. approximately.
  • Palermo Centrale to Messina with an average frequency of about 60 minutes. Travel times range from about 3h to 4h.

Airport connections - Port of Messina

From Reggio Calabria Airport

The ATAM (Transport Company for the Metropolitan Area of ​​Reggio Calabria) connects the airport directly with the port of the Calabrian capital, from which ferries leave for Messina (see “How to reach the port of Messina”).

From Catania Fontanarossa Airport

To reach the port of Messina, it is possible to use the trips offered by Sais Autolinee.

The distance by car or taxi is approx. 111 km.

From Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport

After reaching Palermo central station with the Prestia and Comandè shuttle service (runs every 30 minutes, travel time 50 minutes. Active online booking service. For info +39 091586351), take the regional train that leads to Messina (see "How to reach the port of Messina - Trains").

The distance by car or taxi is approx. 254 km.

Connections Train station - Port of Messina

From Reggio Calabria Centrale, Catania Centrale and Palermo Centrale regional trains leave for Messina (see "How to reach the port of Messina - Trains"). From Messina station, the port is about 600m away.

Parking near the Port of Messina

Gentiluomo Garage - via Trieste

Located near the station, the car park is covered and is guarded. Active shuttle service (for the station and for boarding) and luggage storage service.

Tel: +39 0902936063

Industrial Garage - via Industriale

The garage, located a few hundred meters from the port, is guarded and covered.

Tel: + 39 0902922588

Garage Italia - via Risorgimento

The car park, covered and under video surveillance, is located near the port area.

Tel. +39 3400695635

Garage Cairoli - via Dogali

Indoor garage with video surveillance. Open 24 hours a day.

Tel: +39 3486403291

Garage Royal - via Nicola Fabrizi

Near the train station and the port, the covered parking is guarded and under video surveillance. Service h24.

Tel: +39 348 640 3291

Services available on the Port of Messina

  • Ticket offices
  • Bars, restaurants
  • Garage
  • Car rental
  • Service station
  • Railway station (Messina Centrale)

Ticket offices on the Port of Messina

Liberty Lines , via Luigi Rizzo

Blu Jet , via Luigi Rizzo

Bluferries , via Luigi Rizzo

Caronte & Tourist , viale della Libertà

Luggage storage on the Port of Messina

The Gentiluomo Garage in via Trieste provides luggage storage service (for info: +39 090 293 6063).

Shops within (or near) the Port of Messina

Moving towards the center of Messina (located close to the port), you will find a whole range of business activities: clothing shops, pottery shop, a gift shop, cosmetics store, a department store and so on.

What to see near the port of Messina

Despite being devastated over the centuries by tragic natural events and by the hand of man, Messina is full of places that are absolutely worth visiting during your stay in the city. Among the most significant monuments there is certainly the Duomo, which overlooks the square of the same name. Next to the cathedral (which houses the Treasury) is the bell tower, on top of which there is an astronomical clock, one of the largest in the world.

Among the numerous places of worship in the city, a particular mention deserves the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Montalto, located not far from the Duomo, and the Fort of the Santissimo Salvatore, on the ancient port of Messina (where the stele of the Madonna della Lettera, symbol of the city).

Other important monuments are Palazzo Zanca (seat of the Municipality of Messina)Castel Gonzaga, the Real CittadellaPorta Grazia and the Vittorio Emanuele II TheaterMessina is also the city of fountains: walking around the center you will find that of Orione and that of Neptune (both made by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli, a pupil of Michelangelo). The botanical garden and museums are also worth a visit, among which the MuMe stands out.