Car Hire at Palermo Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
You can explore at your own leisure and discover the best that Sicily has to offer when you hire a car at Palermo Airport. Whether you want to visit secluded beaches, eat in small local restaurants, or visit some of the island’s best vineyards, having a car at your disposal will make life a lot easier.
Where to hire a car at Palermo Airport
Europcar, Avis, Hertz and Autoeuropa all provide car hire from Palermo Airport. Their reception desks are in the arrivals hall, just as you come out of baggage reclaim.
Petrol stations near Palermo Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
The nearest petrol station to Palermo Airport is an Esso garage. To reach it, leave the motorway at the exit for Villanuevo di Cinisi. If you’re driving from Palermo, you will need to drive past the airport. Turn left towards Cinisi: the garage is on the left. Follow signs for Palermo to get back to the motorway. The airport is off the next exit.
Driving around Palermo Airport
Almost as soon as you leave the airport you will find yourself on the Autostrada A29, the Autostrada del Sale. This links Palermo with Mazara del Vallo. It’s a large and fast moving road, so it’s important that you feel comfortable with your rental car and know exactly where you’re going. Look for car hire deals that include a sat-nav, as this will make reaching your destination a lot easier.
Getting to your destination
Sicily’s capital offers a heady mix of European and African culture. There’s plenty to keep you entertained, but if you need some more inspiration take a look at our top ten things to do in Palermo.
It takes just over half an hour to drive to Palermo from the airport. Spaces marked with blue lines are pay and display spaces. Stock up on scratch-card parking tickets from the tobacconist. Once you’re ready to park just scratch out the date and time that you arrived in the space and place the card on your dashboard. It costs roughly €1 (about 73p) per hour. There’s a large car park in Piazza Ungheria: it’s a little more expensive to park here at €1.50 (about £1.10) but it’s within walking distance of some of Palermo’s top sights.
One of the Med’s most romantic destinations, Trapani is surrounded by beautiful countryside and gorgeous beaches. Pay a visit to Erice: a medieval town that towers over the surrounding countryside.
It takes about 50 minutes to drive to Trapani from Palermo Airport. There’s a free car park at Piazza V. Emanuele, and another beside the communal pool just off Via Isola. You’ll have to walk a little way to get into the centre of the city. There are some smaller car parks closer to the city centre just off Via XXX Gennaio.
Wine lovers will be in their element during a holiday in Marsala, the main city in Sicily’s wine region. With its baroque old town and long, storied history, it’s an absolute joy for history buffs too.
It takes an hour and ten minutes to reach Marsala from Palermo Airport. Parking is widely available, but it’s a good idea to look for hotels with a car park so that you don’t have to spend your time hunting for a space.
Prices subject to change