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Car Rental in Palermo

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 107 or similar
Peugeot 107
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$8.29 / per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$8.44 / per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$8.61 / per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Economy
Lancia Ypsilon or similar
Lancia Ypsilon
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$8.91 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Palermo Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$9.14 / per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ecovia
$9.67 / per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$10.25 / per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$10.66 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:30 on 2021-01-24. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Italian
Currency
EUR
Country code
39
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
70 - 90 km/h
43 - 56 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
7.5

Why rent a car in Palermo?

Palermo is a great place for renting a car. Not only will it let you explore the rest of the island, a great city in its own right.

Taking a rental car to the mainland: Most hire companies at Palermo Airport allow their cars to be taken between Sicily and mainland Italy. Usually, travelers make this a one-way trip (that is, not returning to Siciliy or not returning to the mainland). There is an additional fee for this, though it is not large percentage-wise if hiring a car for a week or more.

 

Palermo Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Palermo

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Palermo and drop off in another city include:

  • From Palermo to Catania - 232 offers from US$ 21.96 per day
  • From Palermo to Milan - 120 offers from US$ 25.36 per day
  • From Palermo to Verona - 56 offers from US$ 25.36 per day
  • From Palermo to Naples - 186 offers from US$ 21.96 per day
  • From Palermo to Lamezia Terme - 179 offers from US$ 21.96 per day

Top ways to enter Palermo

  • Palermo Airport: Also known as Palermo-Falcone Borsellino, it handled 6.6 million travelers in 2018. The airport is especially active during the summer months when it has flights by more than 30 different airlines. The airport is located 31 km (19.2 mi) northwest of the city and can be reached in about 45 minutes.
  • Trapani Airport: Also known by its full name Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani–Birgi, this small airport handled 1.5 million travelers in 2018. The airport is served by five different airlines, offering domestic connections, as well as flights to and from countries like Germany, Malta, and the Czech Republic. Located 112 km (69.5 mi) southwest of Palermo, Trapani Airport takes 90 minutes to reach.
  • Comiso Airport: Another small international airport, Comiso-Pio La Torre is served by four airlines (although two only have flights during the summer months). The airport offers flights to and from Belgium, Germany, and Malta. Located 238 km (148 mi) southwest of Palermo, Comiso Airport can be reached in about 3 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Catania Airport: Sicily’s biggest airport, Catania-Fontanarossa handled almost ten million travelers in 2018. The airport has flights by more than 50 airlines, including low-cost carriers like Ryanair, Volotea, and Wizz Air. Located 215 km (133 mi) southeast of Palermo, Catania Airport can be reached in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Useful city facts

  • Palermo has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with very hot summers and mild winters. The average high temperature is 30.5 °C (87 °F) in August, the hottest month, and 14.5 °C (58.1 °F) in February, the coldest. Palermo is, on average, one of the hottest cities in Europe. The precipitation is very low in June and July, but there’s an increase from October all the way to February. Despite its southern location, snowfall does occur in Palermo (about once a decade). 
  • Palermo is the capital and largest city of Sicily (which is not only one of Italy’s 20 regions, but also the largest island in the Mediterranean). The city has a population of about 675,000, with 525,000 more people living in the larger metropolitan region. The city is made up of eight districts that are further divided into quarters. An inhabitant of Palermo is called Palermitano or Panormito.

Top destinations and activities

  1. Palace of the Normans. The home of old Sicilian kings and the oldest royal residence in Europe, this palace is a monument of the unique Arab-Norman architecture that you can find in Sicily. Now a seat of the Sicilian Parliament, it can still be accessed as a tourism object. 
  2. Capuchin Catacombs. Seeing the mummies of ex-residents of Palermo might understandably be considered scary, so you should definitely know what you’re getting into before visiting, but it does provide a fascinating insight into the city’s history.
  3. Gesu Church. Built of polychrome marble and older than many other churches in Palermo, Gesu is one of the most important baroque buildings in Sicily.

Traffic and parking tips

  • The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h. 
  • Main highways are limited to 130 km/h, non-major highways to 110 km/h, and local roads to 90 km/h. During the rain the limits are respectively lowered to 110 km/h on the main highways and 90 km/h on non-major highways. The general speed limit is lowered to 50 km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card and your driver's license with you at all times.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers. Being over the allowed limit can result in hefty fines, suspension of your license, and even imprisonment. 
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

There are two toll roads on Sicily — the A18 between Catania and Messina and the A20 between Palermo and Messina. The A19 between Palermo and Catania is not tolled and neither are the A29 and highway between Catania and Siracusa.

The toll gates accept credit cards, cash, and Telepass. Most rental companies in Siciliy do not provide Telepass transponders with their cars. Keep in mind that you cannot use your own Telepass unless the license plate of the car is registered to it — contact Telepass to see if you can do this or not. In any case, you can always pay for the tolls in cash or with a credit card. 

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Bagheria. This small town is visited both for its magnificent villas and for the museum of painter Renato Guttuso.
  • Trapani. Similar in atmosphere to Palermo, only smaller, Trapani is a great place to visit on a relaxing day trip. Nearby Lido di San Giuliano beaches are some of the most beautiful you’ll find in Sicily. 
  • Cefalù. About an hour’s drive east of Palermo, this village is famous for its beaches, seafood, and unique architecture.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental cars in Italy are the Fiat Panda, the Ford Fiesta, and the Fiat 500. The most popular rental car type is an economy, followed by mini and compact.

Further destinations

For more about traveling around Sicily with a rental car, check out our complete guide.

  • Catania. Dramatic Mount Etna and beautiful baroque architecture are just two of the many reasons to visit Palermo’s great rival on the eastern coast of Sicily.
  • Syracuse. Not far from Catania, Syracuse is perhaps the best place on the island to learn about Sicily’s Greek heritage.
  • Malta. Picturesque, hospitable, and full of ancient stories, Malta is a great destination that’s only a short flight away from Palermo.

Car Rental Prices in Palermo

  • Station wagons - from $35 per day
  • Large cars - from $55 per day
  • Medium cars - from $25 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $101 per day
  • Small cars - from $19 per day
  • SUVs - from $47 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

There are many things you can do to get a good rental deal in Palermo:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Palermo is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 70% cheaper than the yearly average.
  • Check out our list of the best rental companies in Palermo.

Top 12 Cities near Palermo

  1. Catania Car Rentals from $15.36 per day
    190.3 km / 118.3 miles away
  2. Trapani Car Rentals from $12.24 per day
    60.5 km / 37.6 miles away
  3. Comiso Car Rentals from $23.14 per day
    187.4 km / 116.4 miles away
  4. Messina Car Rentals from $10.99 per day
    215.1 km / 133.7 miles away
  5. Pantelleria Car Rentals from $23.08 per day
    180.7 km / 112.3 miles away
  6. Agrigento Car Rentals from $14.77 per day
    105.7 km / 65.7 miles away
  7. Pozzallo Car Rentals from $25.83 per day
    223.4 km / 138.8 miles away
  8. Taormina Car Rentals from $30.76 per day
    195.3 km / 121.4 miles away
  9. Capo d'Orlando Car Rentals from $15.23 per day
    144.3 km / 89.7 miles away
  10. Cefalu Car Rentals from $18.81 per day
    82.7 km / 51.4 miles away
  11. Catania - Sicily Car Rentals from $15.36 per day
    189.4 km / 117.7 miles away
  12. Avola Car Rentals from $196.21 per day
    228.8 km / 142.2 miles away

Top 7 Locations near Palermo

  1. 23.0 km / 14.3 miles away
  2. Trapani Airport Car Rentals from $12.24 per day
    79.3 km / 49.3 miles away
  3. Catania North Car Rentals from $15.36 per day
    166.8 km / 103.7 miles away
  4. 168.2 km / 104.5 miles away
  5. Comiso Airport Car Rentals from $23.14 per day
    168.4 km / 104.6 miles away
  6. 190.5 km / 118.3 miles away
  7. Pozzallo Port Car Rentals from $25.83 per day
    204.8 km / 127.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Palermo?

Car rental prices in Palermo vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Palermo
$114.21
January
$15.82
February
$10.42
March
$44.53
April
$29.25
May
$33.02
June
$62.92
July
$41.54
August
$28.85
September
$26.84
October
$36.02
November
$36.02
December
The best month to rent a car in Palermo is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $10.42). This is 74% cheaper than the yearly average and 91% cheaper than renting in January (when rental prices start at $114.21 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Palermo?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in May, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in August, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Palermo
9
January
8
February
7
March
7
April
10
May
9
June
7
July
5
August
5
September
6
October
6
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Palermo?

While travelers visit Palermo year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Palermo by Monthly Searches
48%
January
318%
February
368%
March
37%
April
45%
May
42%
June
47%
July
37%
August
67%
September
42%
October
77%
November
71%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Sicily By Car Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Sicily By Car Fiat 500X 5 3 Medium cars
Noleggiare Citroen C1 2 1 Small cars
Interrent Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
GreenMotion VW Polo 4 1 Small cars
Ecovia Fiat Panda 4 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Peugeot 107 2 1 Small cars
Noleggiare Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Ford Focus STW
September 29, 2020
Drive with extra caution and vigilance, other drivers will constantly try to cut you off. Be on constant look out for scooters around your car because they don't obey any traffic rules.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
October 25, 2019
In Sicily, be confident in your driving, other road users will give you little room for error.
Ireland
Fiat Panda
September 21, 2019
Great place. Fun to drive there if you’re not a nervous driver. Bagheria is a great little town. Good food, nice people and the beaches near Astra are beautiful. Great to have the freedom of the car to go anywhere, anytime. We would have travelled by train to Palermo from Bagheria for day trips as it’s more relaxing than driving.
United Kingdom
VW Golf
September 6, 2019
Highly recommended. Madonie National Park very enjoyable driving.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Panda
June 11, 2019
Although the car was great, driving in the small towns of Sicily was not easy. For an American, it was a big challenge managing very narrow roads, fast Sicilian drivers, unmarked one-way streets, etc.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Up
May 13, 2019
Easy to follow signs, drivers are ok
Australia
Fiat 500 2 doors
October 15, 2018
Parking at many locations very limited so ensure parking available at accommodations ,be prepared to drive in tight spaces
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
September 10, 2018
Palmermo looked like an under invested town and in some places pretty third world. A few hours away we found some fantastic towns like Cefalù & Castelbuono - I would highly recommend visiting these two towns.

Top 22 Suppliers in Palermo in 2021

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+390645229545
Localita Punta Raisi, 90145 Cinisi PA
Working hours
Mon:09:00-20:00
Tue:09:00-20:00
Wed:09:00-20:00
Thu:09:00-20:00
Fri:09:00-20:00
Sat:09:00-20:00
Sun:09:00-20:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.2
+390917044013
VIA AEROPORTO,
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+390917044013
Palermo Aeroporto Cinisi loc, 90045 Punta Raisi PA
Locauto
Locauto
Exceptional 9
+390917044013
Aeroporto di Palermo Falcone e Borsellino, 90045 Punta Raisi
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Exceptional 9
+390918694268 / +393917906065
Via Nazionale 39, Cinisi, Palermo
Target Rent
Target Rent
Excellent 8.9
+390918664114 / +393688010919 / +393275925547
Contrada Feudo Orsa, 90045 Cinisi, Province of Palermo
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Excellent 8.8
+39091591250 / +393428721095
Partenze, 90045 Punta Raisi PA
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:59
Tue:08:00-22:59
Wed:08:00-22:59
Thu:08:00-22:59
Fri:08:00-22:59
Sat:08:00-22:59
Sun:08:00-22:59
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.8
+390918049060
Contrada Feudo Orsa, 90045 Cinisi PA, Italy
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.7
+390917044013
VIA AEROPORTO
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+390916511393
Aeroporto Falcone-Borsellino
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+39091591688
FALCONE & BORSELLINO AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:09:00-16:00
Tue:09:00-16:00
Wed:09:00-16:00
Thu:09:00-16:00
Fri:09:00-16:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
Sun:09:00-16:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+39091591688
FALCONE & BORSELLINO AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:59
Tue:08:00-23:59
Wed:08:00-23:59
Thu:08:00-23:59
Fri:08:00-23:59
Sat:08:00-23:59
Sun:08:00-23:59
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+39091591684
Aeroporto Falcone E Borsellino, 90045 Cinisi PA
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:59
Tue:08:00-23:59
Wed:08:00-23:59
Thu:08:00-23:59
Fri:08:00-23:59
Sat:08:00-23:59
Sun:08:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+39091591684
Palermo Aeroporto Punta RaisiLocalita Punta Raisi
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:59
Tue:08:00-23:59
Wed:08:00-23:59
Thu:08:00-23:59
Fri:08:00-23:59
Sat:08:00-23:59
Sun:08:00-23:59
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+390917044013
Via Aeroporto
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Noleggiare
Noleggiare
Excellent 8.2
+390918669674 / +393247944010 / +390918669593
Aeroporto di Palermo Falcone e Borsellino, Località Punta Raisi, 90145 Cinisi PA
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:30
Tue:08:00-22:30
Wed:08:00-22:30
Thu:08:00-22:30
Fri:08:00-22:30
Sat:08:00-22:30
Sun:08:00-22:30
Ecovia
Ecovia
Excellent 8.1
+390918694268
Via Nazionale, 39, 90044 Carini PA, Italy
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8
+390918699782 / +393342829304
Via Nazionale, 25, 90045 Cinisi PA
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:30
Tue:08:00-21:30
Wed:08:00-21:30
Thu:08:00-21:30
Fri:08:00-21:30
Sat:08:00-21:30
Sun:08:00-21:30
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+393317457961
Palermo Airport,90045 Cinisi, Province of Palermo
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.4
+390645209634
Località Punta Raisi, 90145 Cinisi PA
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7
+39091591414 / 8778223872
In Terminal
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7
+390645209634
Aeroporto Internazionale Falcone Borsellino, Località Punta Raisi
Working hours
Mon:09:00-20:00
Tue:09:00-20:00
Wed:09:00-20:00
Thu:09:00-20:00
Fri:09:00-20:00
Sat:09:00-20:00
Sun:09:00-20:00
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