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Airport Bus Palermo

Falcone-Borsellino Airport, simply known as Palermo Airport (or under the old name of Punta Raisi Airport) is situated 35 km northwest of Palermo, the capital of Sicily. It is one of the busiest airports in southern Italy operating many domestic and international flights. In 2015 it marked the traffic of almost 5 million passengers.

For travelling to and from the airport in Palermo, you can use the following transport options:

Shuttle bus: The Prestia e Comande bus operates on daily basis on the route between the Central Station / Politeama (Piazza Castelnuovo) and the airport.

  • The journey takes 40 – 55 minutes, depending on where your exit station is (Piazza Castelnuovo or the Central Station).
  • The ticket costs 6€ for a one way ticket and 10€ for a return ticket.
  • The first bus departs from the airport at 05:00, while the first bus leaves Palermo at 04:00. Buses depart every 30 minutes.
  • The schedule from Palermo to the airport
  • The schedule from the airport to Palermo.
  • NOTE: There are also less frequent lines from the airport to Agrigento, Trapani and Sciacca/Ribera (check the schedule upon your arrival).

Palermo Airport to Palermo

Palermo to Palermo Airport

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Train: The Trinacria Express serves the line between the Palermo airport and the main railway station.

  • The travel time is approximately 60 minutes.
  • The train departs twice an hour both towards Palermo and Palermo Airport (the last train departs at 10:00 p.m.).
  • A single ticket costs 5,80 €.
  • NOTE: If you’re heading north of the city centre, it is advised to get off at Palermo Notarbartolo (journey time is 45 minutes).

Taxi: Taxis are not an advisable mean of transport, since there is a high probability you will get overcharged, paying at least 50,00 € for a one way ride (even more after 08:00 p.m.) However, if you absolutely have no other option, try and negotiate the price with the driver prior to entering the car, never en route or after the drive. You will find many taxis waiting for you in the Arrivals area. One of the most reliable taxi companies there is Radio Taxi Trinacria and you can even book them online.

Transfer: If you don’t like using the overcrowded public transport and hesitate to take a taxi, consider booking a private transfer which will wait for you on the airport and take you to your hotel or wherever you need to go.

  • Transfer companies will send a professional driver who will wait for you in the arrivals area with a name sign.
  • If you are travelling with small children, child safety seats can be ordered in advance.

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Renting a car at Palermo airport: For those who prefer exploring the area on their own, there are several car rental companies like Sixt or Europcar offering their services directly at the airport. To avoid being left without a car, book them online.

Renting a bus at Palermo airport: In case you are coming with a larger group of people, the best option is to rent a bus prior to your arrival. After doing so, the bus rental companies will inform you on the pick-up point.

From PMO to Trapani: The Segesta Autolinee company operates the connection Palermo Airport – Trapani, from where you can also visit gorgeous island of Pantelleria, Favignana and Levanzo, or Erice, a small but significant village.

  • During July and August the line runs four times a day (in the rest of the year there are two rides per day).
  • The stop at the airport is outside the exit and on the right.
  • The stops in Trapani are: Via Fardella, Via Marsala, Via Mazzini and Via Ammiraglio Staiti.
  • Tickets can be booked online.

FAQ – bus and transport from Palermo airport

Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?

A: No, there are bus and train lines throughout the day, but in case you miss all of them, take a taxi but be careful and negotiate the price before the drive, since the Palermo taxists are well-known for overcharging.

Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?

A: Yes, you can book a room in Villa Modus Vivendi only 0.9 km away from the airport, in Casa Fondo Orsa on the distance of 1.5 km from the airport. They offer full service, Wi-Fi and 24-hour-open desk.

Q: I would like to spend one day in Palermo in between flights. Is that possible?

A: Yes, of course. The best way to do so is to take one of the buses which take you directly from the airport to the city centre and are the most convenient way of transportation. Unfortunately there is no luggage storage at the airport, but you can leave your stuff at the Central Station.

Q: I am continuing my journey outside Palermo. Are there any direct lines from the airport to other cities?

A: There are less frequent lines from the airport to Agrigento, Trapani and Sciacca/Ribera directly from the airport, but all other destinations include going first to Palermo Central Station and there taking the bus or train which will get you to your destination. You can visit Cefalu, Taormina, Catania and many other beautiful Sicilian places.  

Q: Can I exchange the money at the airport to pay for my transfer?

A: Yes, there are several exchange offices and ATMs at the airport, working 24/7, but it would be better to exchange the money before the trip and have some euros on you since the rate will be a lot higher on the spot and no currency other than euro is accepted.

  58Comments

  1. Beverley   •  

    When taking the bus from Palermo Airport, is there room for our luggage.

    • GetByBus Team   •  

      Yes the buses from the airport has enough space for luggage!

  2. Graham   •  

    Is the bus wheelchair accessible?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Graham,

      Unfortunately, the bus is not wheelchair accessible but train from Palermo Airport to Palermo (Trinacaria Express) has access for physically disabled passengers.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  3. Monica Seeber   •  

    Where can I buy a ticket for the airport bus laving from the city centre?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Monica,

      You can buy the bus ticket directly from the bus driver or via web/mobile app Prestia e Comandè.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

    • Constantin Brancova   •  

      Good evening
      A question please! On the bus from the airport ito Palermo at which stop do I get off for Via Mariano Stabile, La Terrazza Palace?
      Thank you!
      Costantino

      • Melani   •  

        Dear Constantino,

        The best option would be to exit at last stop, Piazza Castelnuovo/Teatro Politeama. From there you have only 5 minute walk to your accommodation. Or you can transfer to bus 124 at Teatro Politeama and exit at
        Stabile – Piazzale Ungheria.

        Best regards,
        Melani, GBB Team

  4. Tom V   •  

    How do I get from Palermo airport to train for San Stefano de Camastra? Is it right near airport or do I need transportation from airport to train?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Tom,

      There is no direct line from Palermo Airport so You will need to take a shuttle bus to the train station first.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  5. Li   •  

    Can I purchase the ticket on board the airport bus, or do I need to purchase it prior and get it validated like the normal bus?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Li,

      You can either buy the ticket on web-app of Prestia e Comandè and it will cost €6 or on board for €6,30.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  6. Fiona Doyle   •  

    Hi I am traveling to cefalu in September, I am flying to Palermo airport. What bus do I take from Airport to Palermo train station and are trains frequent?? And can you tell me the cost for bus & train. Kind regards Fiona.

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Fiona,

      The shuttle bus we have mentioned in the article above connects Palermo Airport with Palermo Central Train Station (Stazione Centrale).

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  7. Fekete Katalin   •  

    A Palermói vasutállomásról hogy jutok el a repülőtérre egy gyermekkel.

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Katalin,

      You can check departures from the train station under the paragraph “Shuttle bus” in the post above. The price of the ticket is €6 and €4 for children 3-12 years.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  8. virginia   •  

    I will be arriving at Palermo airport approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sunday 9 Sept and am going to Hotel Principe di Villafranca – address is via Giuseppina Turnsi Colonna 4. Would you tell me which is the nearest bus stop to the hotel to get off? Thank you.

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Virginia,

      I suggest taking a shuttle bus to Stazione Centrale in Palermo and from there get on bus 101 and exit at Liberta’ – Archimede bus stop (5min from the hotel).

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  9. Colin M Bevan   •  

    Hi there,
    I am travelling from the airport to the Hotel Columbia in Via Del Celso 31, Palermo PA 90134 on the night of August 30th,
    Can anybody please tell me where I find the bus at the airport and which is the nearest stop to my hotel.
    Many thanks, in anticipation.

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Colin,

      As You can see in the article, shuttle bus runs from Palermo Airport to Politeama Station. Once You get there, take bus line 101 or 102 to Roma – Vucciria bus stop. From there You have 6 more minutes by foot to Your accommodation. Hope I helped!

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  10. Dan   •  

    Where does the bus depart from PMO and where would we get off to get to Hotel Grand Wagner.

    Thank you

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Dan,

      The best way to get there is to take shuttle bus to Stazione Centrale and then bus 101, 102 or 124 to Cavour bus stop.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  11. Luisa   •  

    I am going to pick the buss on 18 of September from airport but I need to be drop off at Via Bari Castellammare Vucciria Palermo 901333 I have tried different means of transport but is not coming up this address what do I do

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Luisa,

      The best way is to take shuttle bus from the airport and exit at Roma-Vucciria stop. It is located a few minute walk from Via Bari.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  12. Annie   •  

    I am going from Palermo Airport to Hotel Garibaldi. Once I arrive at the station can I walk or take a bus?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Annie,

      You don’t need to go to the station, just exit two stops before the station, at Politeama-Amari bus stop, it’s located 2 min walk from the hotel.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  13. Jen Lovegrove   •  

    Hi we are staying on via bottai, near piazza marina. Can we get the bus from the airport and if so where do we get on/off?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Jen,

      Take shuttle bus from Palermo Airport and get off at Roma-Vucciria bus stop. From there You have 5 min walk to Via Botteri or You can switch to bus line 103 and exit two stops after.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  14. Dave Jones   •  

    Hi we are staying at Duca di Villana hotel. Where do we get on and off the airport bus. Thanks

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Dave,

      The best option is to take shuttle bus from Palermo Airport and exit at Via Roma n.265 (Vucciria) stop. It’s only two-minute walk from Your accommodation.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  15. Kate   •  

    What bus do I need to take from the airport to arrive in Marsala ?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Kate,

      There is no direct bus from Palermo Airport to Marsala. The only way to reach Marsala by public transport is to go first to Palermo and then by train to Marsala.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  16. Tristram   •  

    Hi,

    Do we need to print our shuttle bus tickets after we buy them online?

    Thanks
    Tristram

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Tristam,

      Once bought, you get your ticket on email in PDF format. You can either print it or show it on your smarthphone/tablet to the driver.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  17. Hiro   •  

    Hi,
    We are arriving in Palermo Airport at 8:10 p.m. If the plane arrives on time, can we get on the airport bus leaving at 9:00 p.m? I will buy the bus ticket online.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Hiro,

      That should be no problem, You have plenty of time to catch the bus.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  18. Bob Magnusson   •  

    Hello Melani,
    My wife and I arrive in Palermo @ 17:00 on May 22, 2019. We are staying at Due Passi Suite
    Via Principe Di Granatelli n 86. Can you please direct us on where to get off the bus.

    Thank You, Bob

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Bob,

      You should get off the bus at the last bus stop from the airport. The bus stop is called Politeama (Piazza Castelnuovo). From there you have additional three-minute walk to your accommodation.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  19. Janet   •  

    At the airport where do I catch the shuttle bus into Palermo

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Janet,

      Once you exit the terminal, on the right side is located a bus stop for shuttle bus.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  20. Rob   •  

    What is the maximum time between bus trips if I buy a return ticket

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Rob,

      It doesn’t matter, return ticket has “open” return so you can use it whenever you want.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  21. Derek Dempsey   •  

    Hi
    What is the best way to go to Birgi Vecchi from Palermo airport on wednesday 17 October I arrive at 1125
    Thank you
    Derek

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Derek,

      The best way is to take a train from Stazione Centrale in Palermo to Mozia-Birgi train station.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  22. foteini   •  

    Hello Melani, im coming to Palermo next month with 2 friends and we are planning to stay at one appartment at Via Maqueda, Castellammare Vucciria. So is there a stop near there?? Thank you very much!

    • Maja   •  

      Hi,
      the closest stop to your desired destination is Vucciria, for both shuttle bus and train.

      Best regards,
      Maja, GBB Team

  23. Kersti   •  

    Hi!

    I have to take the bus from via roma on sunday morning to Palermo airport. Is the schedule valid for sundays as well?
    Thank you!

    • Maja   •  

      Dear Kersti,

      the same schedule is valid for Sundays as well, but if you want to be sure, you can search for your exact date of departure on their official website HERE.

      Best regards,
      Maja, GBB Team

  24. SIMON BROWN   •  

    Hello

    We wish to travel by the airport bus to the Artemisia Palace Hotel in Via Roma 499, Palermo.

    Can you advise me of the best way to get to the hotel.

    Thank you.

    Simon Brown

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Simon,

      The last stop of shuttle bus from Palermo Airport is Piazza Castelnuovo which is only 5 minutes by foot from your accommodation.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  25. Esther Thompson   •  

    I am staying Vicolo della Rosa Bianca 4
    Palermo, Sicilia 90133 and taking the bus from the airport.

    Do I get off at the central station or Piazza Castelnuovo?

    and then is there a bus to my street?

    many thanks!
    Esther

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Esther,

      You can exit at Roma Vucciria bus stop, it is the closest to your accommodation.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  26. Emina   •  

    hi, how can i go from airport palermo to astoria palace hotel in palermo? is there shuttle bus? if it is a shuttle bus, what is the name of station where we go out from shuttle bus, and whats number of another bus which goes to astroia palace hotel? thnaks

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Emina,

      First you need to take shuttle bus from Palermo Airport to Stazione Centrale (main train station). It is the last stop of the shuttle bus. Then you need to transfer to local bus 107 and exit at Montepellegrino – Loria bus stop. It’s the closest bus stop to your accommodation.

      Best regards,
      Melani, GBB Team

      • Emina   •  

        Thank you so much Melani!
        Best regards from Montenegro!!

      • Emina   •  

        One more question dear Melani. Is there any bus after 9pm who goes to Astoria hotel and from Astoria hotel to center. And when is last night bus?
        You help me so much and thanks so much.

        • Melani   •  

          Dear Emina,

          The same bus line (107) operates in the opposite direction as well (to city centre). The last departure is at 22:00.

          Best regards,
          Melani, GBB Team

  27. Frans Delia   •  

    Dear Emina,
    Dear Emina,

    I am staying at the Europa Hotel, Via Agrigento 3. Ruggero Settimo, 90141, Palermo and taking the bus from the airport.

    Can you tell me were is the last bus stop near my hotel?

    Frans

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