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Palermo Travel Guide

Getting Palermo

Palermo is the capital city of Sicily; this is the reason why there are many kinds of transportation and many ways to reach the city, in this page you will find info on the types of transport the city offers:

Palermo by plane:

Sicily has three main airports linked to the main Italian and European cities: Palermo, Trapani and Catania, but there are others airports such as the ones on the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa.

The main airport in Palermo is the international airport of Palermo-Falcone which is located in Raisi. It is the main gateway to Palermo and other cities in Europe. You will find different flights at different prices.

Palermo by Boat:

One of the most beautiful ways to arrive in Palermo is by boat because people enjoy the sea sight around Palermo. There are two main Companies that offers this service, the first one is Tirrenia which connects Palermo with Napoles every day; the duration of the trip is approximately 10 hours. The second company is Grandi Navi Veloci that connects to Genova with trip duration of approximately 20 hours, from Livorno with duration of approximately 19 hours and from Rome with duration of approximately 12 hours.

Palermo by Train:

The main train company in Palermo is Trenitalia for those travelers that come from Italy and take the train in Naples or in Rome after crossing the Messina Strait. There are regular train services to several villages on the island (Catania, Messina, Enna, Trapani, Caltanissetta, Cefalu, Agrigento and Siracusa). The duration of the trip from Rome to Palermo is approximately 12 hours. For timetables, please check the Trenitalia website or call the green number 89 20 21.

Palermo by Car:

Driving to Palermo could be a problem. In Palermo we must drive on the right side and the speed limits vary according to location. In urban areas the speed limit is 50 km / h, while in secondary roads the limit is 90 km / h. Primary roads set a limit of 110 km / h and on the motorways the limit is 130 km / h.

Palermo is connected with Catania through Enna by the A19. Following the north coast of Sicily you will find the A20 through Cefalu and Capo d'Orlando and the A29 on the westward to Trapani.

There are companies with moderns and comfortable units that connect the different areas for example SAIS, SEGESTA and Cuffaro.

SAIS Autolinee
Phone: (091) 616 6028
Web Site:

- Segesta
Phone: (091) 616 9039
Web Site:

- Cuffaro
Phone: (091) 616 1510)

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