Palermo by plane

Arriving in Palermo by plane and the Falcone-Borsellino airport

Palermo's Aeroporto Falcone-Borsellino, also called Punta Raisi, is 35km (22 miles) west of the city center on the A29 highway.

There are daily direct flights in from all of Italy's major cities (flights to Rome and Naples take about an hour) as well as London, Barcelona, Frankfurt, and other major European capitals, including flights on low-cost carriers like easyJet, Meridiana, and Air Berlin.

There are also direct flights from New York City to Palermo on euroFly/Meridiana (

To research flights, fares, and times, visit,,, or the booking site

(You can also get to Palermo from the Trapani airport, which has many flights on low-cost airlines from elsewhere in Europe—though the bus ride does take 2–2.5 hours.)

How to get downtown from the Palermo airport

  • By bus: The Prestia & Comandè bus (tel. +39-091-586-351 or +39-091-580-457; runs to central Palermo every 30 minutes. In central Palermo, the airport bus stops several times along Via Libertà, at the Politeama, at the port (Via Emerico Amari 5), and finally at the Palermo Centrale train station. It costs €6.10 (buy tickets on the bus). 50 min.
  • By train: The Trinacria Express train (tel. +39-091-704-4007; connects the airport terminal with Palermo Centrale train station twice an hour (hourly on Sundays) for €5.80. 67 min.
  • By taxi: A taxi from the airport to downtown Palermo will cost €35 to €45. Cabs line up outside the arivals hall. You can also call ahead for a Radio taxi to get to the airport (tel. +39-091-225-455 or tel. +39-091-513-311). 30–50 min.

How to get to other places in Sicily from the Palermo Airport

For most Siclian destintions, you'll have to get to downtown Palermo first (as described above) then take a train or bus.

There are a few exceptions with direct buses from the Palermo aiport:

How to get between TRAPANI and the Palermo airport

Etna Trasporti (tel. +39-0923-28-404, Twice daily (from the Palermo airport: 12:30pm and 6:30pm; from Trapani: 11:55am and 5:55pm). 70 min. €9.60.

How to get between AGRIGENTO and the Palermo airport

Autolinee SAL (tel. +39-0922-401-360, Three times daily, Mon–Sat (from the Palermo airport: 10:15am, 1:15pm, 7:30pm; from Agrigento: 6:50am, 9:50am, 2:50pm).

At the airport, buy tickets on the bus (exit the arrivals hall, turn right, and walk until you see the SAL sign). In Agrigento, buy tickets at the bus depot on Piazza Fratelli Rosselli. 2.5 hrs. €12.10.


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Aeroporto Falcone-Borsellino
Punta Raisi
tel. +39-800-541-880

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