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Car Rental in Palermo

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Optimo Rent
$3.78 per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Optimo Rent
$3.85 per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Optimo Rent
$3.96 per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$3.99 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Automania
$4.07 / per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Economy
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Optimo Rent
$4.19 / per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa Hatchback or similar
Opel Corsa Hatchback
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Automania
$4.19 / per day
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Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$4.22 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 22:26 on 2022-01-21. 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
8.1

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$ 20.48 per day
  • From Palermo to Milan - 120 offers from US$ 23.64 per day
  • From Palermo to Verona - 56 offers from US$ 23.64 per day
  • From Palermo to Naples - 186 offers from US$ 20.48 per day
  • From Palermo to Lamezia Terme - 179 offers from US$ 20.48 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

  • 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 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.
  • 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 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. You can pick up a new rental car after arriving on the island.

Car Rental Prices in Palermo

  • Station wagons - from $47 per day
  • Large cars - from $56 per day
  • Medium cars - from $32 per day
  • Vans - from $160 per day
  • Small cars - from $29 per day
  • SUVs - from $50 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 14 Cities near Palermo

  1. Catania Car Rentals from $0.99 per day
    168.2 km / 104.5 miles away
  2. Trapani Car Rentals from $3.85 per day
    79.3 km / 49.3 miles away
  3. Comiso Car Rentals from $14.50 per day
    168.4 km / 104.6 miles away
  4. 190.1 km / 118.1 miles away
  5. Pantelleria Car Rentals from $31.91 per day
    190.5 km / 118.3 miles away
  6. Pozzallo Car Rentals from $30.49 per day
    204.8 km / 127.3 miles away
  7. Cefalu Car Rentals from $25.74 per day
    59.8 km / 37.1 miles away
  8. Agrigento Car Rentals from $23.40 per day
    94.1 km / 58.5 miles away
  9. Taormina Car Rentals from $28.68 per day
    172.4 km / 107.1 miles away
  10. Capo d'Orlando Car Rentals from $14.20 per day
    121.9 km / 75.7 miles away
  11. 183.9 km / 114.3 miles away
  12. Catania - Sicily Car Rentals from $35.49 per day
    165.2 km / 102.6 miles away
  13. Carini Car Rentals from $35.49 per day
    14.5 km / 9.0 miles away
  14. Avola Car Rentals from $243.91 per day
    208.3 km / 129.4 miles away

Top 9 Locations near Palermo

  1. 23.0 km / 14.3 miles away
  2. Trapani Port Car Rentals from $23.40 per day
    74.9 km / 46.5 miles away
  3. 79.3 km / 49.3 miles away
  4. 165.2 km / 102.6 miles away
  5. Catania North Car Rentals from $52.38 per day
    166.5 km / 103.5 miles away
  6. 168.2 km / 104.5 miles away
  7. Comiso Airport Car Rentals from $14.50 per day
    168.4 km / 104.6 miles away
  8. 190.5 km / 118.3 miles away
  9. Pozzallo Port Car Rentals from $30.49 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
$106.48
January
$14.75
February
$9.71
March
$41.52
April
$27.27
May
$30.79
June
$58.66
July
$38.73
August
$26.90
September
$25.03
October
$33.58
November
$33.58
December
The best month to rent a car in Palermo is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $9.71). This is 74% cheaper than the yearly average and 91% cheaper than renting in January (when rental prices start at $106.48 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?

The most popular month for renting a car in Palermo is March, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Palermo by Monthly Searches
296%
January
286%
February
372%
March
April
May
June
July
August
56%
September
34%
October
82%
November
73%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Sicily By Car Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Maggiore Lancia Ypsilon 5 1 Small cars
Noleggiare Toyota Aygo 5 2 Small cars
Locauto Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Sicily By Car Peugeot 208 5 2 Small cars
Italy Car Rent Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Noleggiare Citroen C1 2 1 Small cars
Italy Car Rent Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Italy Car Rent Citroen C3 5 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Ireland
VW Golf
September 22, 2021
Great cost and customer service, car was brand new and spotless too
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.
Ireland
Fiat 500
August 12, 2020
Palermo is a very busy city to drive but the countryside of Sicily is nice and easy drive in.
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.
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
July 24, 2018
Rent small cars as streets v narrow No petrol stations within immediate vicinity of airport therefore fill up as leave Palermo

Top 22 Suppliers in Palermo in 2022

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+390645229545
Localita Punta Raisi, 90145 Cinisi PA
Working hours
Mon:09:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.2
+390916850991
VIA DELLE MAGNOLIE 33,
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+390917044013
Palermo Aeroporto Cinisi loc, 90045 Punta Raisi PA
Locauto
Locauto
Exceptional 9
+390916850991
Via delle Magnolie 33, 90144 Palermo
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-13:00
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Exceptional 9
+393517977073
Strada Statale 113, Km 291,500, 90045 Cinisi PA
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
Target Rent
Target Rent
Excellent 8.9
+39091609078800393492173436
Via Francesco Crispi, 250
Working hours
Mon:08:30-19:00
Tue:08:30-19:00
Wed:08:30-19:00
Thu:08:30-19:00
Fri:08:30-19:00
Sat:08:30-13:00
Sun:08:30-13:00
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Excellent 8.8
+390917854555 / +393427588405
Via G. Sciuti, 83, 90144 Palermo PA
Working hours
Mon:08:30-13:00; 15:00-18:00
Tue:08:30-13:00; 15:00-18:00
Wed:08:30-13:00; 15:00-18:00
Thu:08:30-13:00; 15:00-18:00
Fri:08:30-13:00; 15:00-18:00
Sat:08:30-13:00
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.8
+390918049060
Via Agnelleria, 90044 Carini PA, Italy
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+390916805276
Viale Francia, 3/Ca
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.7
+390917044013
VIA AEROPORTO
Europcar
Europcar
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
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
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+39091213112
Palermo - Aeroporto Punta Raisi, 90145 Palermo PA
Working hours
Mon:07:30-23:59
Tue:07:30-23:59
Wed:07:30-23:59
Thu:07:30-23:59
Fri:07:30-23:59
Sat:07:30-23:00
Sun:07:30-23:59
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
+39091546189
Via Mariano Stabile, 11 90139 Palermo PA
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:09:00-12:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8
+390918889015 / +393395654556
Palermo Downtown, Via Generale Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa, 12
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:09:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7
+39091591414 / 8778223872
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