When travelers need to reach Sicily's capital, taking the train is usually a sensible option. Trains run into Palermo from Syracuse, Catania, and Messina to the east, and cities like Marsala or Trapani in the west. With reliable, comfortable Trenitalia services running every day, it's an enjoyable way to travel.
The major station in Palermo is Palermo Centrale, which is where the vast majority of trains to the city will terminate. Famous for its striking Renaissance-style design, the main station hosts stores and cafes and is on the edge of the historic city center. Transfers to the port should take 10 minutes or so, while Trinacria trains also serve Palermo Airport - a handy option for travelers who need to head elsewhere.
The only company running rail services into Palermo is Trenitalia. Italy's largest rail company, Trenitalia runs direct trains from almost all large Sicilian cities, with no changes needed. Trains are divided into cheaper standard services, and Frecciarossa or Frecciargento options, with more legroom and onboard WiFi.
Arriving in Palermo by train is usually the most enjoyable and convenient option. For starters, Palermo Centrale is, as the name suggests, very conveniently located. Passengers can leave the train and walk to the historic core of Palermo in 15 minutes or less. Additionally, transfers to the airport or seaport are easy, making onward travel a breeze. Moreover, Trenitalia services provide plenty of room and operate a reliable schedule all week long. They will almost always beat buses in terms of speed, Finally, long-distance trains run from Rome, which makes transfers from transatlantic flights easy.
When getting around Palermo, having a PMO Tourist Card should be a big help. Cards provide discounted entry into major attractions as well as cheaper public transport. As far as sights go, the breathtaking cathedral is a must-visit, as is the Norman Palace, which is a testament to Sicily's multicultural past. If visitors have the opportunity, taking in an opera at the Teatro Massimo is unforgettable, while the city's Botanical Garden is a great place to chill out and take in some of Sicily's almost constant sunshine before heading to a local trattoria for some delicious Sicilian cuisine.