Trapani, a wonderful Sicilian city on the west coast, is the perfect city for combine multiple interests: in fact, there is no shortage of history, art, beautiful sea, fun and excellent food! Whether you stay just one day or even a week, you will fall in love with it. Moving is also very simple: you can easily visit the historic center on foot and if you arrive by car no problem, the parking lots in the city are different and also at excellent prices!
So let's find out together how to move in Trapani: info, costs and advice!
- Useful Tips
- How to get from the airport to the center of Trapani
- How to get around on foot
- Con i mezzi pubblici
- By car
- User questions and comments
The best way to move around Trapani is definitely on foot or by bike (rental from € 8,00 / day). For longer distances (for example to move within the province) you can resort to the car (rental from € 23,00 / day).
If you have little time and want to enjoy the best of the city in a few hours, consider a guided tour of the salt pans and the historic center, the ideal solution to get an overview of Trapani and its main attraction.
Furthermore, Trapani is well connected to Erice by cable car (10 min, € 5,50, round trip 9,00) and many depart from the port hydrofoils to visit the Egadi Islands. If you want to treat yourself to a nice swim in the Mediterranean Sea, a comfortable cruise departs from the port of Trapani to Favignana and Levanzo which allows you to discover the two islands in complete relaxation!
If you are staying in the city for more than a few days, you might find it useful Trapani Welcome Card, which includes urban transport and cable cars to reach Erice. If in a day, however, you have several trips planned, we recommend the daily ticket for buses (€ 3,00).
- Recommended solutions and means: on foot in the center, rental car (for the surroundings)
- Solutions and means not recommended: car in the historic center, AST provincial buses
- City cards and season tickets recommended: Trapani Welcome Card (from € 13,00 -), daily bus ticket (€ 3,00)
How to get from the airport to the center of Trapani
Trapani is served byTrapani Vincenzo Florio Airport, also called Trapani-Birgi Airport, is a civil and military airport. It consists of a single passenger terminal, spread over two floors, so finding your way around is very simple.
To get to Trapani you can also choose to land atPalermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport, which has more connections with the rest of Italy and also at a European level, it is in fact the eighth Italian airport for number of passengers! Let's see in detail how to get to the city from these two airports.
Trapani Vincenzo Florio Airport
Trapani airport is only 17 km away (20 min by car). The cheapest, but also the slowest, is the bus, operated by the AST company (40 min to the port area, every day 4: 45-22: 10, one way € 4,90). Faster means are i taxi (20 min, € 30,00) and private transfers to the center, which you can easily book online before departure.
- Distance from the center: 17 km / travel time: 20 min;
- By taxi: average cost € 30,00 / travel time: 20 min
- By bus: average cost € 4,90 / AST company line
- Private transfer:
Palermo Falcone - Borsellino Airport
The Palermo airport is about 80 km away (55 min by car). It is connected to Trapani by several bus, managed both by the Segesta company (direct bus to the center, 1 h 10 min, one way € 9,60) and by the Autoservizi Salemi company (leads to Trapani airport, 1 h, one way € 9,00). A convenient solution is to book a private transfer online before departure that will take you to Trapani. Alternatively there are the taxi, which can be expensive.
- Distance from the center: 80 km / travel time: 55 min;
- By taxi: average cost € 90,00 / travel time: 55 min
- By bus: average cost € 9,00 / Autoservizi Salemi line and Segesta line
- Private transfer:
How to get around on foot
The historic center of Trapani is perfect to be visited on foot! Walking through its streets is an experience to live, so you can fully immerse yourself in its atmosphere. You will also enjoy wonderful walks along the seafront of the city, as on the Promenada, in the southern part, or along the Via Mura di Tramontana Ovest, on the northern side, where there is also the beach of the Mura di Tramontana and which reaches the Piazza Mercato del Pesce.
Finally, the main attractions are almost all close together and reaching them on foot will be very simple! Taking the port as a reference point: the Piazza del Mercato del Pesce is 600 m away, the beach of the Mura di Tramontana 850 m, the Casina delle Palme 350 m, the Porta Oscura - Clock Tower 450 m and the Bastion of the Impossible 400 m m.
For others itineraries on foot and by public transport, download our Smart Guide for visiting Trapani for free.
Con i mezzi pubblici
If you have to travel by public transport, know that Trapani has only the service of urban bus managed by the company ATM Trapani (Transport and Mobility Company).
If you have limited time, and you do not want to give up visiting the famous salt pans, we recommend a guided tour that combines the visit of the historic center to the salt pans, where a local driver will accompany you to discover the history of salt and the most famous places in Trapani in a single day .
The urban service of Trapani is managed by ATM and has 15 lines, which cover the entire area in a capillary way. The service is generally active from 6:00 to 23:00, with possible variations based on the single line or on holidays.
With regard to rates, the ticket for a single journey costs € 1,20 if purchased at authorized dealers, such as tobacconists and bars, buying it on board has a surcharge and costs € 1,40 (make sure you have the right money because the driver may not have the rest). It is valid for 90 minutes from when it is stamped.
There are also gods provincial buses managed by the AST company that connect the city to the airport and to other municipalities in the province. The connection to / from the airport is quite reliable, but the other buses are avoidable. Much better to rely on a private vehicle to reach places such as Selinunte, Castellammare del Golfo, San Vito Lo Capo, etc.
- Downloadable map:
- by 6: 00 23 to: 00
- Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,20, € 1,40 on board
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily € 3,00
Although they are not urban means, hydrofoils are still essential for tourists who intend to enjoy the beauties of Trapani and its province. For some daily excursions to Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo, you will certainly need practical information on timetables and fares, unless you prefer to take part in a comfortable organized cruise that allows you to discover the islands in complete relaxation (recommended especially in the case of limited times).
The service is managed by 2 Maritime Companies: Siremar and Libertylines.
- daily connections of variable duration, minimum 30 minutes for Favignana, minimum 25 minutes for Levanzo, minimum 1 hour and 20 minutes for Marettimo
- Ticket / single ride cost: from € 12,00 per person for Favignana, from € 11,00 for Levanzo, from € 18,00 for Marettimo
The car is an excellent way to get around Sicily on the road, allowing you to easily reach the cities on your itinerary, but it is not the best choice for getting around the city.
The historic center of Trapani is indeed a ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone), therefore access to cars and vehicles is not granted except through special requests and permits that must be approved! The best solution is to leave the car at the edge of the ZTL and then move on foot. On the Lungomare Ammiraglio Staiti and in the area facing the Port you will find several blue line parking.
L'Car is recommended to reach more distant attractions such as the Saline or to move around the city.
The historic center of Trapani is one Limited Traffio area, where vehicles are not allowed to enter, except for electric buses and for residents in the historic center, with valid authorization received from the Municipality. If you need to enter the ZTL for any reason, you must apply directly to the Municipality, using the downloadable form found on the official website.
For any further information and to identify the streets with limited access, you can consult the official website of the City of Trapani, where the map of the ZTL is also presented.
Stops and parking
Parking in Trapani is much easier than in many other cities! This is because i parking lots are numerous and scattered in different areas. The best solution, in order not to pay the cost of parking, is always to choose an accommodation that offers this service to its customers.
As already said, our advice is to park on the Lungomare Ammiraglio Staiti, especially in the area facing the Port.
If you stop in the city for just a day or need to find a parking space, on the edge of the ZTL, as well as throughout the city, there are many parking lots with blue stripes on the surface, which are divided into three different areas: red, yellow and green. Parking is subject to a charge every day, except holidays, at the following times: 8: 30-13: 30 and 15: 30-20: 00 or 24:00, depending on the area (the exact time is always indicated in the signs). The rates are the following: red zone € 0,80 / hour, yellow zone € 0,50 / hour and green zone € 0,10 / hour. You can find more info on the official website of ATM Trapani, with all the explanations also on the areas and payments.