In Palermo

On Foot

Walking is certainly the best choice for tourists, especially if he wants merely to visit the old town full of extraordinary monuments.

By Bus

The local bus service is run by the AMAT. Are operating 100 lines of which 90 ordinary and 7 seasonal special that develop along a route of about 340 km through the city, to the nearby towns of Monreale, Villabate and Isola delle Femmine.


The service is available 24 hours a day. Regular lines are operational from 4.00 am to 24.00. Night lines are active from 24.00 to 4.00 am


AMAT Palermo S.p.A.
Via Roccazzo, 77
90135 Palermo
Tel. 091 35.01.11
Fax 091 22.45.63

Atam service (operating from 7.00 to 19.00)
Tel. 848 800 817 , 199 240 800 (mob.)

For information on AMAT routes you can visit this webpage


There are three special lines dedicated to the citizens and tourists who want to move in the town center.



Piazza G. Cesare – V. Balsamo – dei Mille – V. Lincoln – Foro Umberto I – Palchetto della Musica – Foro Umberto I – V. Lincoln – P.zza Sant’Antonino – Corso Tukory – Piazza San Francesco Saverio – V. Forlanini – V. sulle Mura di Porta Montalto – Piazza Porta Montalto – V. dei Benedettini – Piazza della Pinta – Piazza Indipendenza – Corso Re Ruggero – Corso Tukory – V. Arcoleo – V. Salomone Marino – V. Pisacane – V. Marinuzzi – V. Errante – V. Fazello – Piazza G. Cesare

Weekdays departing from Central Station every 23 minutes starting at 07:45 to 19:23 hours
Holidays departing from Central Station every 23 minutes from 07:45 hours to 13:30 hours



Piazza Crispi – V. della Libertà – Politeama – V. Ruggiero Settimo – V. Maqueda – Stazione Centrale – V. Roma – P.zza Sturzo – V. Pugliesi Bertolino – P.zza Nascè – V. Isidoro Carini – V. P. Calvi – V. delle Croci – Piazza Crispi

Weekdays starting from Piazza Crispi every 20 minutes from 20.07 to 19.00 hours
Holidays departing from Piazza Crispi every 20 minutes from 07.00 to 12.40



Piazza S. Spirito – V. Vittorio Emanuele – V. Bonello – Piazza Peranni – Corso A. Amedeo – Piazza Indipendenza – V. Vittorio Emanuele – Piazza S. Spirito

Weekdays starting from Porta Felice every 15 minutes from 07.15 to 19.00 hours. Starting from Independence Square at 7.00 am and 7.15 am
Holidays departing from Porta Felice at 7.15, then every 15 minutes starting at 07:45 at 13.30, then at 14.00. Starting from Independence Square at 7.30 am and at 8.15 am



The ticktet for the special lines, said ticket eaglet, costs € 0.52 and is valid for the entire day of validation.


Ordinary ticket: € 1.30 – valid for 90 minutes from validation
Ordinary ticket purchased on board: € 1.70 – valid for 90 minutes from validation
Day ticket: € 3.50 – valid the day of validation
GT ticket lines GT Politeama-Favorita-Mondello and Mondello-Politeama-Addaura: € 1.50 – valid for a single journey
Carnet of 20 ordinary tickets: € 23.50
Carnet of 20 day tickets : € 45.80
Monthly subscription: € 48.00 (required identity document and passport copy)
Bimonthly subscription: € 96.00 (identity document and passport copy required)


The ticket offices are open Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 12.30 pm (Kiosk station from 7.30 am) and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 14.45 to 17.00

Via Alfonso Borrelli 16

Kiosk De Gasperi
Piazza Giovanni Paolo II

Via Giusti
Via Giusti, 7 / B

Kiosk Central Station
Piazza Giulio Cesare 44

Via Ernesto Basile at the point Amat Parking Basile

By Subway

In Palermo there is a metropolitan train service, known as Metro Palermo.

It is run by Trenitalia and spreads over three lines, Line A  red, Line B blue and Line C green.


The train which is called Trinacria Express that allows connection from the airport to the city center. Operating even on holidays.

Stazione Centrale – Vespri – Palazzo Reale_Orleans – Palermo Notarbartolo – Francia – San Lorenzo Colli – Cardillo Zen – Tommaso Natale – Isola delle Femmine – Capaci – Carini Torre Ciachea – Carini – Piraineto – Punta Raisi

The service is open every day from 5:54 until 22:05 hours. From the central station to the airport the first train leaves at 4:45, the last at 20:09

Every 30 minutes (number of strokes reduced in public holidays)

Travel time
The journey takes between 45 and 70 minutes depending on the time and passenger traffic in the various stops.

For more information on schedules, please consult the webpage

The cost of the trip is € 5.80
It is possible to buy a weekly ticket, valid from Monday to Sunday, which costs € 30.00, and a monthly pass, which is valid from the first to the last day of the month, which costs € 62.15.

Tickets can be purchased in special Trenitalia ticket offices, in authorized outlets or at the ticket self-service.
For more information you can visit the website of Trenitalia or call 892-021

Ticket Station
Tel. 199 166 177

Ticket Airport
Tel. 091 7044007


Notarbartolo station – Federico – Fiera – Giachery

Every 30 minutes from 6:40 am to 20:20 hours Giachery direction and from 6:59 hours to 20:40 hours direction Notarbartolo Station.
The line is operational only on weekdays.

The ticket, called BLUE, at a cost of € 1.30 and is valid for 90 minutes from stamping.
Tickets can be purchased at authorized outlets.
It is possible to buy a weekly ticket, said Metrosette, valid from Monday to Sunday which costs € 10.00 and a monthly pass, which is valid from the first to the last day of the month, which costs € 26.50.

For more information on schedules, please consult the webpage


Central Station – Palermo Brancaccio – Ficarazzi – Bagheria – Santa Flavia-Solunto-Porticello – Casteldaccia – Altavilla Milicia – San Nicola Tonnara – Trabia – Termini Imerese

Every 30 minutes (number of strokes reduced public holidays) from 5.44 hours to 21.40 hours towards Altavilla Milicia and from 5.57 hours to 21.57 hours for Central Station.

The ticket, called BLUE, at a cost of € 1.30 and is valid for 90 minutes from stamping.
Tickets can be purchased at authorized outlets.
It is possible to buy a weekly ticket, said Metrosette, valid from Monday to Sunday which costs € 10.00 and a monthly pass, which is valid from the first to the last day of the month, which costs € 26.50.
For more information on schedules, please consult the webpage

In Tour Bus

In Palermo there is the service of the City Seightseeing that allows tourists to take a trip to the city in double decker buses, taking advantage of the service hop on-hop off.

City Seightseeing

Via Riccardo Wagner 5
90139 Palermo
Tel. 091 61.25.795


lines A and B. The line A provides the opportunity to continue to Monreale.


The terminal is located at the Teatro Politeama, Via Emerico Amari 142.


The full path of the line A takes 1 hour, the path of the line B lasts 50 minutes. The route of the line for Monreale lasts 2 hours.


Line A
from 5/11 to 31/03 departure from a terminal from 10.00 to 13.00 every 30 minutes
from 1/04 to 04/11 departure from a terminal from 9.30 to 17.00 every 30 minutes
from 1/07 to 15/11 departure from a terminal from 9:30 am to 17:00 every 30 minutes and additional travel at 18.0

Line B
from 5/11 to 31/03 from the bus terminal at 13:30 and 14:30
from 1/4 to 4/11 from the bus terminal at 14.00 to 16.00 every 40 minutes and at 17.00

Line C
from April to October from the bus terminal at 9:40, 10:30, 11:30. 12:30, 15:00 and 16:00


Whole – lines A + B: € 20.00
Full – to line A continuation to Monreale: € 10.00
Whole – for lines with continuation to Monreale A + B: € 25.00

Reduced for children from 5 to 15 years – for lines A + B: € 10.00
Reduced for children from 5 to 15 years – for line A drive to Monreale: € 5.00
Reduced for children from 5 to 15 years – for lines with continuation to Monreale A + B: € 10.00
Family reduced to 2 adults and 2 children from 5 to 15 years – for lines A + B: € 50.00
Family reduced to 2 adults and 2 children from 5 to 15 years – for lines with continuation to Monreale A + B: € 55.00

By Car

The car can be especially useful if you plan to travel outside the city.

Car rental

If you get to Palermo by car, in the city there are several car rental companies that offer the chance to take your car rented.

Autoeuropa-Sicily by Car
Tel. 091 32.85.31 – 091 32.99.04

Holiday Car Rental
Tel. 091 32.52.52 – 091 32.96.63

Tel. 091 59.16.81

Sicily Rental
091 320717

Tel. 091 68.05.276

Rental electric car

In Palermo also it operates a service of Car Sharing, whose rental outlets are located near the Central Station and the Station Notabartolo. The service is operated by Amat, local transport company.

Car Sharing Palermo
091 7291111

Parking lots

In the city there are several parking areas. The blue areas, for a fee, are indicated with the letter P followed by the zone number (1 to 18).


The parking charge on weekdays from 8.00 to 14.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00.
Rates vary depending on the area
P1 – € 0.50 per hour
P3,9,10,11,12,13,17,18 – € 0.75 per hour
P5,6,7,8 – € 1.00 per hour

You can also buy subscriptions for a minimum of 30 days, the price of which ranges from € 25.00 to € 35.00 depending on the area.


Cala – Piazza Fonderia
Cattedrale – Piazza Sett’Angeli
Corso Re Ruggero – Piazza Pinta-Stazione Orleans
Corso Vittorio Emanuele – Piazzetta S. Spirito
Foro Italico – Piazza Kalsa
Foro Italico – Hotel NH
Piazza S. Anna
Via Lincoln – Villa Giulia – Orto Botanico – Palazzo Jung
Via Roma – T. Biondo

In Taxi

For those wishing to use the taxi to town it is not hard to find a means that may lead tourists in the desired goal.


Tel. 091 51.33.11

Soc.Coop.A.R.L. Radio-Taxi Trinacria
Tel. 091 22:54:55

Sicily A Taxi
Tel. 339 40.85.713
Tel. 0124246

Travel Taxi Palermo
Tel. 338 62.78.385

Taxi Palermo
Tel. 334 34.74.209

Taxi stations

Airport Falcone and Borsellino
Central Railway Station
Railway station Notarbartolo
Piazza Verdi at Teatro Massimo
Piazza Matteotti  Via Roma and Via Notarbartolo



Minimum: € 3.81
First shot: € 2.54
Subsequent shots: € 0.13

Night supplement (from 22.00 to 6.00): € 1.91
Festive supplement: € 1.58
Supplement for each piece of luggage: € 0.32
Supplement called Radio Taxi: € 0.64
Supplement for Mondello, Montepellegrino, Sferracavallo and Baida € 1,27
Supplement for airport Falcone and Borsellino: € 9.53


Cost per kilometer: € 1.49

Night supplement (from 22.00 to 6.00): € 1.91
Festive supplement: € 1.58
Supplement for each piece of luggage: € 0.32
Supplement called Radio Taxi: € 0.64

By bike

For lovers of cycling can be convenient to turn the historic center of Palermo in cycling.

Bicycle Rental

Palermo Bike Tour
Via Giardinaccio, 66
Tel. 331 7507886

Cycle Tour
Via Principe di Scalea, 25 / a
Tel. 091 454798

Totò Cannatella
Via Papireto, 14 / a
Tel. 091 322425

Via Archimede, 56
Tel. 091 7434726

Cycle paths

In Palermo there are three bicycle paths. Two of them, each one 7 km long, starting from the foothills and reach the maritime area. A third track is 1 km long and runs along Via Messina Marine. They are often college students to use these tracks as the University of Palermo has made available to members and employees a bike sharing service.

By Other Means

Scooters and motorcycles

An alternative and convenient way to get around the city can be a scooter.

Moto rental

Sicily Moto Rent
Tel. 091 61.78.022

Sicily by Car
Tel. 091 32.85.31
Tel. 091 32.99.04

Scooter for Rent
Tel. 0921 42.04.96

Minibus with driver

Easy Tour
Viale della Resurrezione
Tel .328 60.44.426

Viale Michelangelo 390
Tel. 091 20.35.11

Spatola Viaggi
Viale Regione Siciliana, 4835
Tel. 091 63.02.892

Prestìa e Comandé
Corso Alberto Amedeo, 74
Tel. 091 58.04.57

Auto Service
Via Papa Sergio, 94/c
Tel. 091 36.30.00


Hire a camper may be convenient for tourists who want to take advantage of his stay in Palermo to the neighboring cities and perhaps move to other areas of Siclia.

Camper rental

Via Principe di Paternò 119
Tel. 091 20.15.29

Via Ugo la Malfa 40
Tel. 091 68.00.011

Via Paolo Balsamo 13
Tel. 091 61.61.510

Via Paolo Balsamo 20
Tel. 091 61.71.141

Lo Iacono e Siracusa
Via Runfola 3
Tel. 091 54.20.49

Prestia e Comandé
Corso Alberto Amedeo 74
Tel. 091 58.63.51

Via Guglielmo il Buono 17
Tel. 091 65.18.441

Sais Autolinee
Via Paolo Balsamo 16
Tel. 091 61.66.028

Via Paolo Balsamo 16
Tel. 091 61.66.028

Sicilbus s.r.l
Via Libertà 171
Tel. 091 30.96.61

Via Pergusa 62
Tel. 091 67.64.379


A fascinating and unusual way to see the city is to do it from the top. To enjoy the beautiful scenery that Palermo and its Gulf offer you can organize a trip by helicopter.

Aer Sicily
Airport Falcone-Borsellino
Tel. 091 84.33.132

In Sicily

There are several options:

By train

Trains in Sicily are really slow and often late, but if you have the time available to you is an experience that certainly recommend. And ‘one of the most beautiful ways to get to know the entire spectrum of the Sicilian population. For info please visit:

In addition to the common routes there are also two tourist lines.
A tourist line not to be missed is the circular line of Etna, called Circumetnea, which starts from Catania (Borgo station) and goes around Etna country, to come to Riposto (and vice versa). More or less serve a little more than 3 hours to get from Catania to Riposto. The ride is very nice, starting from sea level up to a height of a thousand meters. Countries that touches the train during his journey are Bronte, famous for its pistachios, Randazzo, Linguaglossa. We suggest to stop Gurrida between Maletto and Randazzo, to visit the lake and walk the nature trail very nice. The cost is gone is just under 10 Euros. To get to and should get off at Giarre, last stop before Riposto and catch the train of the Ferrovie dello Stato to the central station of Catania. Unfortunately on Sundays and other holidays the circumetnea does not work !!

By boat or ferry to the smaller islands

If you want to reach the smaller islands have at your disposal several options. The companies are the voyages Usticalines and Siremar. Information about prices and journey times can be found on the reference sites or by going directly to agencies in ports.

Aeolian Islands
Getting there: The Aeolian Islands can be reached by hydrofoil with the company Usticalines. From Milazzo departures throughout the year on a daily basis. From Palermo and Cefalu hydrofoils depart only in the summer but the ferry ride takes several hours to make sure that better weather conditions especially if you suffer from seasickness. The Aeolian Islands can be reached from Naples.

Getting there: Ustica can be reached from Palermo by hydrofoil company Usticalines reaching Ustica in an hour and a half of navigation at a cost of about 25 € each way. Ferry, always from Palermo takes about 3 hours of sailing with the company Siremar.

Getting there: The islands Egadi can be reached from Trapani or Marsala. By hydrofoil from the port of Trapani hydrofoils leave the Siremar and Ustica Lines. The crossing takes about 20 minutes to Levanzo, Favignana and 30 minutes to just over an hour to Marettimo. The frequency hydrofoils varies depending on the season. In high season the departure is on average every half hour. From the port of Marsala only hydrofoils depart the company Ustcalines. Egadi can be reached by ferry Siremar leaving from the port of Trapani and the ability to take the car or the bike. The trip is very nice especially in the approach to the islands. From Trapani ferry impiega1 now for Favignana, 1 hour and 40 minutes to Levanzo, 2 hours and 40 minutes for Marettimo.

Pelagie Islands: Lampedusa and Linosa
Getting there: Linosa and Lampedusa can be reached by ferry or hydrofoil from Porto Empedocle. The ferry (Siremar) starts from Porto Empedocle to midnight every day except Friday and arrives at 6:30 am to Linosa and after a couple of hours to Lampedusa. Alternatively, from mid-June until mid-September you can take the hydrofoil (Ustica Lines) with departure at 15:30 and arrival after about three hours to one hour after Linosa and Lampedusa, on a daily basis. From June 1 to September 30 not land vehicles or motorcycles on the island.

Getting there: From the port of Trapani in hydrofoil with Usticalines, departing at 13:20 and arriving at 15:50. Siremar ferry with departure at 23:59 and arrival at 5.45 am.

By car

The situation of the roads is quite variable. There are both efficient connections both roads in poor condition. On the other hand you do not pay the toll motorways Sicilian excluding stretches Palermo-Messina-Catania and Messina. In addition to a variety of state roads, provincial and municipal, the island has five roadways.
A18 Messina-Catania
About 76 km long runs the highway that connects the island’s busiest tourist areas and industrial pole of Catania with advanced agricultural areas of Ragusa and Siracusa. You pay the toll.
A19 Palermo-Catania
It combines the two main cities of Sicily with a stretch of 199 km. It ‘a less busy highway from the previous, so you might say even smoother and safer if it were not for the eternal construction sites along the route. The sea is never seen but in return in spring, autumn and winter crossing expanses and green hills. You do not pay the toll. Warning: because of a damaged viaduct, currently is not feasible a large stretch, so it is mandatory to get out and use ordinary roads.
A20 Palermo-Messina
A route of 181 km, full of tunnels and crossed by heavy vehicles. By beautiful viaducts you offer a panoramic view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, at times breathtaking. You pay the toll and the general state of the road is very good.
A29 Palermo-Trapani-Mazara del Vallo
It ‘a highway very fast with a 112 km route that connects Palermo and Trapani in just one hour. At 30 km there is the International Airport Falcone-Borsellino. For long stretches of the highway along the coast and over the Mediterranean sea it is really nice. You do not pay the toll. Attention, there is a gas station along the highway so refuel before leaving!
Motorway Catania-Siracusa
It originates in Catania, the city ring, and after a journey of just over 25 km ends at Augusta, grafting on the country road main road 114 for Syracuse. You do not pay the toll.

By bus

These means are modern and well equipped, but watch out for journey times may be greater than predicted! Unfortunately the carriers’ sites are often only in Italian and not very navigable.
The coach of the SAIS linking Palermo with the interior and the north eastern corner of Sicily, Messina, Catania, Enna, Gangi, Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone, Caltanissetta, Gela. Information: tel. +39 095/536201.
Bus Segesta
Several links in Sicily
Information: tel. +39 091 304 106.