Car Rental in Palermo
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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.
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 $19.37 per day
- From Palermo to Milan - 120 offers from $22.36 per day
- From Palermo to Naples - 186 offers from $19.37 per day
- From Palermo to Verona - 56 offers from $22.36 per day
- From Palermo to Lamezia Terme - 179 offers from $19.37 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Palermo Cathedral. Another very notable religious building, Palermo Cathedral took about 600 years to finish and is therefore unsurprisingly a mixture of various styles. Known for its towers, beautiful portico, and rich religious art, it is also the resting place of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and his wife, Constance of Aragon.
Traffic and parking
- 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.
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 day trips
- 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.
- Madonie Regional Natural Park. One of the most notable protected nature areas on Sicily, Madonie is named after the mountain range at its heart and has six peaks between 1,500 m and 2,000 m (4,920 to 6,500 feet) that are easy enough to climb but offer great views of the island and the sea below. The austere landscape of the park is enriched by wildlife like the Balloni’s eagle and fallow deer, as well as steep hillside villages and castles like Castelbuono.
Most popular 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.
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. You can pick up a new rental car after arriving on the island.
Car Rental Prices in Palermo
- Convertibles - from $146 per day
- Station wagons - from $75 per day
- Large cars - from $57 per day
- Medium cars - from $50 per day
- Vans - from $122 per day
- Premium cars - from $203 per day
- Small cars - from $26 per day
- SUVs - from $57 per day
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 14 Cities near Palermo
Trapani Car Rentals from $50.51 per day60.5 km / 37.6 miles away
Cefalu Car Rentals from $67.82 per day82.7 km / 51.4 miles away
Agrigento Car Rentals from $73.87 per day105.7 km / 65.7 miles away
144.3 km / 89.7 miles away
Pantelleria Car Rentals from $52.96 per day180.7 km / 112.3 miles away
Comiso Car Rentals from $49.26 per day187.4 km / 116.4 miles away
Catania Car Rentals from $18.42 per day190.6 km / 118.4 miles away
Taormina Car Rentals from $96.65 per day195.3 km / 121.4 miles away
201.4 km / 125.1 miles away
Augusta Car Rentals from $77.63 per day214.6 km / 133.3 miles away
Messina Car Rentals from $48.84 per day215.1 km / 133.7 miles away
Pozzallo Car Rentals from $50.41 per day223.4 km / 138.8 miles away
Avola Car Rentals from $65.98 per day228.8 km / 142.2 miles away
Noto Car Rentals from $65.98 per day4451.3 km / 2765.9 miles away
Top 8 Locations near Palermo
Palermo Airport Car Rentals from $45.31 per day
Palermo Mondello Car Rentals from $26.20 per day18.1 km / 11.2 miles away
Trapani Airport Car Rentals from $50.51 per day60.5 km / 37.6 miles away
Pantelleria Airport Car Rentals from $52.96 per day180.7 km / 112.3 miles away
Comiso Airport Car Rentals from $49.26 per day187.4 km / 116.4 miles away
Catania-Fontanarossa Airport Car Rentals from $18.42 per day190.6 km / 118.4 miles away
Catania Port Car Rentals from $73.87 per day191.1 km / 118.7 miles away
Pozzallo Port Car Rentals from $50.41 per day223.4 km / 138.8 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Palermo?
This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.
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Car Rental Information
|Car rental locations||7|
|Popular suppliers||Sicily By Car, Noleggiare, Italy Car Rent, Drivalia, Automania|
|Popular car categories||Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars|
|Lowest price||$26 per day|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Sicily By Car||Opel Karl||4||2||Small cars|
|Drivalia||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|
|Automania||Fiat Panda||5||1||Small cars|
|Felirent||Fiat Panda||4||2||Small cars|
|Italy Car Rent||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|
|Sicily By Car||Peugeot 208||5||2||Small cars|
|Automania||Opel Corsa Hatchback||5||2||Small cars|
|Viaggiare||Fiat Panda||4||1||Small cars|
|Noleggiare||Citroen C1||2||1||Small cars|
|Viaggiare||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|
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