Booking flights offers an excellent way to get to the Sicilian capital. Palermo has excellent regional air connections to Rome, Milan, Paris, and Madrid, all of which cater for flights across the Atlantic. With alternatives requiring a mixture of buses, ferries, and trains, flying is by far the easiest way to make the trip.
There's only one airport in Palermo. Falcone Borsellino Airport can be found over 20 miles to the city's northwest, so it's a fair distance out of town. However, transfers aren't usually a problem. Prestia e Comande run buses every 30 minutes into Palermo city center and take 55 minutes, while car hire and taxis are also available on site.
No airlines fly from North America to Palermo. However, plenty of airlines fly from cities with transatlantic connections. Options for regional flights include easyJet, Ryanair, Eurowings, Volotea, and Alitalia. Most offer low-cost fares, and all operate throughout the year.
For those coming from America, flying is comfortably the best way to reach Palermo. Travelers won't be able to fly straight from American cities to Palermo itself, but they will have a choice of methods for their transfer to Sicily, and flights to Palermo are usually the best option. Flights travel from European hubs like Rome Fiumicino, Paris CDG, London Heathrow, and Milan Malpensa. All cater for American visitors and journey times to Palermo range from two to three hours. Flights are far faster than alternatives, which include buses or trains from Rome and Milan. Those options will take at least eight hours, and probably longer, so there's a massive difference between transport methods.
If visitors are headed to resorts on Sicily's northern coast, be sure to arrange shuttle transfers or taxis before flying. When in the city itself, public transport is always available to make sightseeing easier but it's even easier with a PMO Tourist Card. This card offers free transport, making it simple to reach highlights like the Norman Palace, the cathedral, or the stunning Palatine Chapel. Beyond those must-see historical sites, shopping at Vucciria Market is a wonderful experience, and the Museum of Archaeology is a time-trap, offering an endless selection of ancient art works and discoveries from the Greek and Roman eras.
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