Car Rental Palermo

✓ No Hidden Costs ✓ No Booking Fees ✓ Free Cancellation
Driver's country of residence is United States of America (USA) and age is 30-65
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30 - 65
  • 66
  • 67
  • 68
  • 69
  • 70
  • 71
  • 72
  • 73
  • 74
  • 75
  • 76
  • 77
  • 78
  • 79
  • 80+
500+ Trusted Providers:

Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Sicily By Car
$29.67 / per day
Palermo Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Sicily By Car
$30.03 / per day
Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Centauro
$45.93 / per day
Palermo Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Centauro
$47.45 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Palermo Airport Car Rental
Compact
Fiat 500 L or similar
Fiat 500 L
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Sicily By Car
$49.35 / per day
Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Firefly
$50.77 / per day
Palermo Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Firefly
$53.31 / per day
Palermo Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Centauro
$58.17 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 14:17 on 2019-11-11. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Italian
Currency
EUR
Country code
39
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$44.54 / per day
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%

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.

Palermo Car Rental

Top ways to enter Palermo

  • Palermo Airport: Also known as Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino, named so after two Italian judges, Palermo Airport serves more than 5 million passengers every year.
  • Trapani Airport: Small and cozy, Trapani Airport is about 90 minutes drive west of Palermo.
  • By sea: If you’re arriving in Palermo by ferry, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Palermo Port.

Useful city facts

  • Palermo is the capital of Sicily. Not only one of Italy’s 20 regions, Sicily is also the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. 
  • Palermo enjoys a typically warm Mediterranean climate. Influenced by winds from nearby Sahara, it has some of the hottest weather in Europe. Even winters are mild, although the snowfall does occur about once every decade.

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, 100 km/h, and 80 km/h. 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 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 and even imprisonment. 
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

There are numerous toll roads in Italy. The exact fee depends on the route of your choice and the type of a vehicle. See the official Italian toll road website for more information. Use the website’s toll road calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll have to pay for using the toll roads on your planned route.

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

  • 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 fly away from Palermo.

Car Rental Prices in Palermo

  • Station wagons - from $84 per day
  • Large cars - from $75 per day
  • Medium cars - from $62 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $226 per day
  • Small cars - from $45 per day
  • SUVs - from $114 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.

Top 4 Cities near Palermo

  1. Catania Car Rentals from $29.31 per day
    190.6 km / 118.4 miles away
  2. Trapani Car Rentals from $51.84 per day
    60.5 km / 37.6 miles away
  3. Comiso Car Rentals from $45.15 per day
    187.4 km / 116.4 miles away
  4. Pantelleria Car Rentals from $16.50 per day
    180.7 km / 112.3 miles away

Top 6 Locations near Palermo

  1. Palermo Airport Car Rentals from $29.67 per day
  2. Trapani Airport Car Rentals from $51.84 per day
    60.5 km / 37.6 miles away
  3. 180.7 km / 112.3 miles away
  4. Comiso Airport Car Rentals from $45.15 per day
    187.4 km / 116.4 miles away
  5. 190.6 km / 118.4 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
$103.57
January
$14.34
February
$9.45
March
$40.39
April
$26.53
May
$29.95
June
$57.06
July
$37.67
August
$26.16
September
$24.34
October
$32.66
November
$32.66
December
The best month to rent a car in Palermo is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $9.45). This is 74% cheaper than the yearly average and 91% cheaper than renting in January (when rental prices start at $103.57 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 July, and the least popular is December.
Palermo Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
76%
January
91%
February
106%
March
118%
April
141%
May
133%
June
150%
July
119%
August
71%
September
88%
October
70%
November
37%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
Sicily By Car Ford Fiesta 4 1 Small cars
Target Rent Fiat Panda 2 1 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
GreenMotion VW Polo 4 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Optimo Rent Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
Centauro Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Sicily By Car Fiat 500 L 5 1 Medium cars
JoyRent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Centauro Ford Focus 5 3 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

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 20 Suppliers for Palermo in 2019

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+390645229545
Localita Punta Raisi, 90045 Cinisi PA
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.2
+390917044013
VIA AEROPORTO,
Locauto
Locauto
Exceptional 9
+390917044013
Aeroporto di Palermo Falcone e Borsellino, 90045 Punta Raisi
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Exceptional 9
+390918694268 / +393917906065
Via Nazionale 39, Cinisi, Palermo
Target Rent
Target Rent
Excellent 8.9
+390918664114
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 39, 90045 Punta Raisi PA, Italy
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Excellent 8.8
+39091591250 / +393428721095
Partenze, 90045 Punta Raisi PA
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
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+39091591688
FALCONE & BORSELLINO AIRPORT
JoyRent
JoyRent
Excellent 8.6
+390917868324 / +393459756594
Strada Statale 113 Km. 291 – C.da San Giovanni, Cinisi
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+39091591684
Aeroporto Falcone E Borsellino, 90045 Cinisi PA
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+39091591684
Palermo Aeroporto Punta RaisiLocalita Punta Raisi
Noleggiare
Noleggiare
Excellent 8.2
+390918669674 / +393247944010
Aeroporto di Palermo Falcone e Borsellino, Località Punta Raisi, 90145 Cinisi PA
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
Firefly
Firefly
Very good 7.8
+393426460910
Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino, 90145 Palermo PA
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.8
+390689830777
S.S. 113 km 289,900 Contrada Scalette
Car2Move
Car2Move
Very good 7.7
+393396331368
Giovanni Boccaccio, 90045 Cinisi-Palermo

Why choose us?

  • Exclusive rates from a wide range of suppliers

    Providing rental offers for over 2,000,000 cars in 150+ countries, we can find you a great car in the right location for the best price
  • High level of satisfaction

    Great Trustpilot review score – 4.6 – based on feedback from thousands of our customers
  • Personalized assistance during the reservation process

    24/7 customer support in 12 languages via your preferred channel — chat, phone, email
We use cookies in order to provide you the best and most relevant experience and optimize our website functionality. By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies. Read more
Please select a pick-up location and dates