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Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport

Everything you need to know before departing from or arriving to Palermo Airport

Transportation from Palermo Airport

Krystof Hajek updated 23. 1. 2024

Palermo Airport is the gateway for travel to northern Sicily and, as well as car hire, you can use buses and trains for transport.

Car rental

If Palermo Airport will be your starting point for travelling around Sicily, renting a car will be your best option. The terminal is home to many large international and smaller local car rental companies.

Weekly rental prices range between 150 eur and 350 eur depending on the size of the car and the season.

Bus to Palermo

The bus company Prestia e Comande, in collaboration with Terravision, runs from the bus stop in front of the airport terminal "Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino" through the city to the final station at Palermo Stazione F.S.

The bus also stops along the way in the historic centre. A map of all the stops can be found below. Compared to the train, the buses have the advantage of more frequent frequencies, the vehicles are comfortable and air-conditioned, and for the most part they run on the motorway.

Services leave every 30 minutes at half and full from 5:00 to 00:30 in the direction of the airport and from 4:00 to 21:30 from the centre. Depending on the stop, the journey time will take between 25 and 50 minutes.

Tickets can be purchased for 6 eur One-way tickets can be bought online via terravision.eu. You can also use the prestiaecomande.it website, but you have to register and the buying process is a bit more complicated than via terravision.eu.

The return ticket is sold at a discount for 10 eur only through the Prestia e Comande website, while Terravision does not offer a return discount. Tickets can also be bought on the spot from the driver.

  • Fares: 6 eur (return for 10 eur)
  • Travel time - Palermo Centrale: 50 minutes
  • Frequency: 30 minutes
  • First bus from the station - 4:00
  • Last bus from airport - 1:05

Buy a ticket - Terravision.com

Train to Palermo

There is a train service from Punta Raisi station, just outside the airport terminal, to Palermo Centrale station every half an hour.

The train leaves the airport from 5:15 to 00:25 at irregular intervals twice an hour. It takes 1 hour and 5 minutes to reach the terminus at Palermo Centrale station. On the way it stops at 10 other stops in Palermo. It returns from the centre between 4:00 and 22:11.

The ticket costs 6,50 eur and can be purchased online at trenitalia.com or from a vending machine at the bus stop for the same price.

  • Fares: 6,50 eur (return without discount)
  • Journey time - Palermo Centrale: 51 - 75 minutes (every second connection is an express train)
  • Frequency: 14-48 minutes
  • First train from Palermo Centrale - 4:00
  • Last train from the airport - 0:25

Taxi

A taxi ride to the centre of Palermo costs 40 eur. To the main station you then pay 45 eur. Prices are fixed.

Buses to Marsala and Mazara del Vallo

Direct services to the western Sicilian resorts of Mazara del Vallo and Marsala are provided approximately once an hour by Salemi buses.

The last bus from the airport leaves at 23:55, the first from Marsala at 3:10, with a journey time of about an hour and a half.

  • Ticket price to Marsala: 9,60 eur
  • Ticket price to Mazara del Valo: 9,20 eur
  • Official website and online ticketing: autoservizisalemi.it

Buses to Trapani Airport

Trapani Airport (TPS), another international airport in Sicily, is served approximately 4 times a day by direct buses operated by Salemi. Unfortunately, the services do not stop anywhere along the way, not even in the town of Trapani.

Krystof Hajek

Krystof is the editor-in-chief of Cestee. He is also an avid traveller with 574 flights and 73 countries visited.

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