How to move in Palermo: info, costs and advice

Palermo is the capital of beautiful Sicily and is also the fifth largest city in Italy. This Sicilian center is really big and offers its visitors a large number of attractions to see. Unfortunately, public transport represents one of the "critical points" of Palermo. Despite the large number of solutions available, the public transport system is not very efficient, despite the recent investments that have led to the creation of the tram line and car sharing and bike sharing services.

Let's find out then the guide on how to move around Palermo: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Palermo
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. How to get around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Moving around Palermo presents some criticalities in the transport systems, due in large part to the traffic that prevents public transport from guaranteeing a certain punctuality. The most reliable bus lines are those of the center, that is 101, 102, 104 and 806. In the center there is also a free line called Free Centro Storico. We also recommend the tourist bus, with stops at strategic points in the city.

Always because of the traffic, driving in Palermo is a very stressful and demanding experience. We therefore also advise against rental and car sharing vehicles.

The metro in Palermo is operated by Trenitalia, but it is only useful for reaching the airport or key stations such as the central station. The recently introduced tram has very few lines and is currently useful for connecting peripheral areas, such as the city's shopping centers.

Walking on foot is the best way to get around the centerdespite the distances. The advice is to first take a tour with a local guide, to locate the landmarks and settle in more easily. If you want to know why Palermo is the European capital of street food, take advantage of the walking tour between street food and history!

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot and by bus to get around the center, taxi at night, tram to the suburbs, train / underground to the main stations, tourist bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: city buses outside the narrow historic center, metro and tram for getting around the center. We strongly advise against cars, scooters and bicycles
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: daily for city bus € 3,50, Multiday from € 5,70 (2 days)

How to get from the airport to the center of Palermo

Palermo is served byFalcone-Borsellino Airport and represents one of the major airports in Italy, as well as being the base of several low cost and non-low cost airlines. The airport is not far from Palermo, it is located west of the city, in the municipality of Cinisi, and it is really easy to reach the center.
Alternatively there is the Trapani Vincenzo Florio airport, just over 100 km away.

Falcone-Borsellino Airport

  • Distance from the center: 35 km / travel time: 35 min;
  • By train: Trinacria Express line / ticket cost € 5,90 / travel time: 1h;
  • By taxi: average cost € 40,00 / travel time 35 min
  • By bus: cost one way € 6,30, round trip € 11,00 / transfer by Autolinee Prestia and Comandè / travel time: 50 min

Trapani Vincenzo Florio Airport

  • Distance from the center: 118 km / travel time: 90 min;
  • By taxi: average cost € 90,00 / travel time: 55 min
  • By bus: average cost € 9,00 / Autoservizi Salemi line and Segesta line / travel time: 1h 30min

How to get around on foot

Palermo is a big city and has a lot of attractions to visit. Most are in the historic center, others are more distant; however, moving on foot is the best way to visit the center. However, wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for long walks, as the center is very large. Furthermore, the intricate maze of streets and the chaos of the city can be confusing: for a first approach and to not miss the must-sees, we recommend a tour with a local guide, to identify the landmarks and settle in more easily.
If you want learn about the food and wine culture of the city, opt for the walking tour between street food and history, which will show you why Palermo is the European capital of street food!

To give you an idea of ​​the distances between one attraction and another, the famous "Quattro Canti" are about 600 meters (8 min on foot) from the Cathedral, which is in turn 2 km from Piazza Politeama. Mondello beach is about 30 minutes away by public transport; for journeys like the latter it is obviously recommended to use public transport.

For others itineraries on foot and by public transport, download our Smart Guide for visiting Palermo for free.

How to get around by bicycle

The possibility of traveling by public bicycle was initially a service offered by the university and reserved only for students. It was then extended to everyone, thanks to the management by AMAT, and today it counts 420 bicycles throughout the city, divided into well 37 stations.
The Bike Sharing of Palermo is called BiciPa, you have to register to get your electronic card, necessary for the collection of the bicycle. You can find all the info on the official website.

However, due to the heavy traffic and the generally "messy" driving style, it is strongly not recommended to travel by bicycle.

  • every day 7: 00-22: 30 / in the public holidays every day 7: 00-24: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 30 minutes free, then € 0,50 every next half hour
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily € 5,00, weekly € 8,00

Con i mezzi pubblici

In Palermo you will have a great variety of means to get around: subway, bus, tram, taxi, bike sharing and car sharing. But unfortunately the transport system is not always efficient and punctual. The service is quite lacking especially as regards buses, which hardly respect the timetable. Whenever possible, therefore, prefer to move on foot or with the main lines of the center (i.e. 101, 102, 104 and 806), which often pass through the main streets.

An excellent alternative that we recommend is the tourist bus, which follows a circular route with stops located in strategic points of the city, close to the main attractions. In this way, in addition to not having to worry about understanding which means to take and in which direction, you can also enjoy a panoramic tour of the city!


The Palermo metro is a service managed by Trenitalia and is divided into 3 called lines Line A, Line B e Line C, with which it is possible to reach a few areas of the city, mostly nerve centers such as the central station, Notarbartolo or suburbs and airport. The frequency of the races ranges from 30 to 60 minutes according to the time slots.

  • Downloadable map: subway-palermo
  • Line A (central station - airport) 5: 00-22: 00 / Line B (Notarbartolo - Giachery station) 6: 00-20: 00 / Line C (Central station - Bagheria - Altavilla Milicia) 5: 30-21: 40
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: weekly € 10,80, monthly € 28,60


Palermo buses are managed by the AMAT company and offer 90 lines, plus 4 more nights and a free shuttle to the historic center which is called Free Historical Center. AMAT gives the possibility to buy, in addition to the normal single tickets, also day tickets of various durations, called Multiday. Unfortunately, the bus service fails to guarantee a certain punctuality, except for the lines that move in the historic center (101, 102, 104) and which connect the city to the Mondello maritime area (806) which instead are absolutely performing.

  • Downloadable map: bus-palermo
  • day lines 5: 30-23: 00 / night lines 23: 00-5: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,40
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket € 3,50, booklet of 20 tickets € 23,50, Multiday 2 days € 5,70, Multiday 3 days € 8,00, Multiday 4 days € 10,20, Multiday 5 days € 12,50, Multiday 6 days € 14,60, Multiday 7 days € 16,80


The trams are always managed by AMAT, so the tickets or passes you buy for the buses can also be used to travel on the trams, and the prices are the same. The lines are 4 and have a frequency of 5, 10, 12 min. It is still not very useful for tourists and for getting around the center, as it mostly reaches suburbs and shopping centers. However, it is still developing and expanding.

  • Downloadable map: tram-palermo
  • by 6: 00 21 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,40 valid for 90 minutes
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket € 3,50, booklet of 20 tickets € 23,50, Multiday 2 days € 5,70, Multiday 3 days € 8,00, Multiday 4 days € 10,20, Multiday 5 days € 12,50, Multiday 6 days € 14,60, Multiday 7 days € 16,80


The Palermo taxi service is divided and managed by numerous cooperatives o private taxi drivers, therefore, since it is not a unison service, it is not possible to have precise information regarding prices other than a summary average between various rates. As for timetables, you will find a taxi at any time and at various points in the city. They are by far the most recommended way for night trips.

  • 24h
  • Ticket / single ride cost: basic rate € 4,50 + € 1,60 every km
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: € 27,00 for one hour

By car

The use of the car is strongly discouraged in Palermo due to heavy traffic and rather messy driving style. Use it only for excursions in the surrounding area.

Furthermore, the historic center of Palermo is a limited traffic area (ZTL), therefore the circulation of vehicles is limited to pre-established hours and to particular categories of users. Finally, it's easy to run into endless queues due to city traffic, especially at peak times, we therefore always invite you to pay the utmost attention and prudence. If you have a car, our advice is to leave it at the paid parking lots and then move on foot or by public transport.


To access the Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL) in Palermo is need to buy a ticket, at a cost of € 5,00 which is valid for one day. The ZTL is active from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 20:00. For more detailed information you can download the ZTL Palermo App, contact the call center at 091-350350 from Monday to Friday 8: 00-18: 00. Or visit the official website of the city of Palermo or the official AMAT website, where it is also map available of the ZTL.

Stops and parking

If you plan to use the car, go pay attention to the areas where you can park, as, especially in the areas adjacent to the historic center, there is the presence of blue areas, each of which marked with abbreviations ranging from P1 to P18. Each has an hourly rate of € 1,00 valid from Monday to Friday in the time slots 8: 00-14: 00 and 16: 00-20: 00.
In these blue areas you will almost always meet unauthorized parking attendants, which for a few euros will "keep an eye on" your car. Of course, be wary and always prefer to independently purchase parking cards from automatic machines or from nearby newsagents and tobacconists.

There is also the possibility to park at one of the many private car parks, including for example multi-storey car park piazza Orlando (Get directions), Piazzale Hungary car park (Get directions), Amari car park (port - Get directions), Via Ernesto Basile car park (University - Get directions). All a affordable prices, starting from € 1,60 / h.

"I Drive" Car Sharing

Car Sharing is also managed by Amat, and in Palermo it is called Io guido Car Sharing. It makes available to citizens and visitors alike 130 vehicles, between electric cars and methane cars. You register online on the official website and get your Smartcard, then you have to book the car by calling the service number and agreeing on the time and the pick-up station. We reiterate however how it is the use of the car is strongly advised against, due to the heavy traffic and rather messy driving style.

  • all day
  • Ticket / single ride cost: rates vary according to the type of vehicle and use of one way or round trip, but on average they range between € 2,00 / h and € 3,00 / h
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: annual € 25,00
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