How to Get to Palermo, Italy

By | December 15, 2022

By plane

Direct flights from Moscow to Palermo are operated by All Italia and Pobeda airlines (4 hours on the way). During the season, planes do not fly every day; there are no direct flights in the winter months. To get to Palermo with one change in Budapest, Pisa, Milan, Barcelona, ​​in Malta offer Wizzair, Pobeda, Air Italy and Air Malta. At All Italia, a flight from Sheremetyevo with a change of aircraft in Rome flies to Palermo for about 6-7 hours.

According to howsmb, Falcone-Borsellino Airport is located 31 km west of Palermo. It receives several flights from major cities in Europe, as well as from all over Italy. In addition, the airport is considered the main hub for flights to the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa.

From airport to city

Express trains leave regularly from the Punta Raisi railway station located at the airport. Palermo Centrale train station is 45 minutes away. You can also use the buses of the Prestia e Comande company, which take passengers to the city center at Piazza Giulio Cesare in 50 minutes. They run from 5:00 to 0:30 with an interval of half an hour.

A taxi ride from the airport to the city will cost 30-50 EUR.

By train and bus

Direct trains of the national carrier Trenitalia (off. site in English) to Palermo Centrale station run from Naples (journey time – 9-10 hours) and Messina (3 hours). From Catania to the capital of Sicily can be reached by bus in 3.5-4 hours, the road from Messina will take 2.5-3 hours. Transport arrives at the Palermo bus station, which is located in Piazza Cairoli next to the railway station. Both routes are operated by SAIS Autolinee.

  • Center of Palermo

On a ferryboat

The ferry terminal is located at the end of Via Francesco Crispi. Sea vessels depart regularly from the Vittoro Veneto pier for Cagliari and Naples. Ferries to Genoa and Livorno leave from St. Lucia Pier. You can buy tickets at any travel agency in the city.

Grandi Navi Veloci organizes ferries from Palermo to Genoa (20 hours). Grimaldi ferries go to Tunisia (14 hours). Siremar sends hydrofoils to the island of Ustica in summer (1 hour 25 minutes). Tirrenia ferries run to Cagliari (13 hours) and Naples (9 hours). The Tirrenia office is located in the port to the right of the main entrance.

And finally, Ustica Lines sends hydrofoils to the Aeolian Islands in summer (4 hours).

Palermo Hotels

The choice of hotels in the capital of Sicily is not bad: in the historical part of the city, a room in a decent 2-3 * hotel can be rented for 50-100 EUR per day. Almost all of them work on the bed and breakfast system. The prices on the page are for August 2021.

In the central quarters of Palermo, the buildings are quite close to each other, therefore, from the window of a room with a balcony and a panorama of the city, at best, the tiled roofs of neighboring houses will be visible.

If you are not limited to the main streets, then it makes sense to consider apartments located in the areas of La Loggia and Calsa. They are usually more spacious, and the windows offer a more picturesque view. The price of the issue is 50-80 EUR per night.

In a hostel, one person will be asked for 25-28 EUR per day. For the sake of exoticism, you can stay in a botel on a yacht or choose to stay in a family, where caring owners will surround the guest with their attention and treat you to real Sicilian cooking.


Public transport Palermo – 80 bus routes. Tickets are bought at newspaper and tobacco kiosks, as well as at the offices of carrier companies. Standing at the bus stop, you must vote with a raised hand, otherwise the driver will simply pass by. The price of a bus ticket valid for 90 minutes is 1.5 EUR.

There are two small buses – Linea Gialla and Linea Rossa – that operate on the narrow streets of the historic center (centro storico), they can be useful primarily for tourists. To get to the Palermo suburb of Monreale, look for bus number 389 at Indipendenza Square.

The orange AMAT buses are often overcrowded and often late. Timetables are available at tourist information kiosks; most of the routes stop in front of the station.

To get to the beaches located in the suburbs, and just run around the area, you can rent a bicycle. Agency

BIM BIM Bikes offers bikes from 3 EUR /hour with delivery to any hotel in the Old Town for only 2 EUR.

A trip around the city by taxi will cost 19-20 EUR.

Palermo Hotels