Going Across the Strait of Messina… on a Train… in a Boat (Video)

Yes, you read that right.

Taking the Italian rail across the Strait of Messina from Sicily to mainland Italy requires what could be one of the coolest experiences in transportation: riding a train that boards a ferry.

Much like how cars can board boats to be transported across bodies of water, Italy has ships designed that allow the transport of fairly long trains across the strait, after which they are reconnected with the rail system on the other side. This occurs between Messina Marittima and Villa San Giovanni Mare (if you are coming from the Sicilian side, as I was after my visit to Catania).

During the boat ride, passengers are free to disembark (the train), grab coffee and walk about the ship for the 30-ish minutes it takes to complete the journey. It’s a lovely way to stretch your legs and get some fresh air accompanied with amazing views.

In other words, it’s nothing short of radness.


Train Boarding Ferry to Cross the Strait of Messina from Sicily to Mainland Italy

Train Boarding Ferry to Cross the Strait of Messina from Sicily to Mainland Italy

Train Boarding Ferry to Cross the Strait of Messina from Sicily to Mainland Italy

Train Boarding Ferry to Cross the Strait of Messina from Sicily to Mainland Italy

Train Boarding Ferry to Cross the Strait of Messina from Sicily to Mainland Italy

Train Boarding Ferry to Cross the Strait of Messina from Sicily to Mainland Italy

Train Boarding Ferry to Cross the Strait of Messina from Sicily to Mainland Italy

Train Boarding Ferry to Cross the Strait of Messina from Sicily to Mainland Italy

Train Boarding Ferry to Cross the Strait of Messina from Sicily to Mainland Italy

Train Boarding Ferry to Cross the Strait of Messina from Sicily to Mainland Italy