Palermo Airport Buses
The coach and bus stops at Palermo Airport are located at the western end of the terminal building and accessed by turning right out of the arrivals hall. There are four scheduled services to Palermo and other locations in the west of Sicily from which connections can be made to other destinations.
Palermo Airport to Palermo Central Station
The coach service to the central rail station in Palermo is operated by the company Prestia e Comandè. It makes eight stops around the city on-route. The buses are air-conditioned and have free Wi-Fi, TV and the facility to stow large baggage.
The service runs every thirty minutes from Palermo, starting at 04:00 and ending at 10:30. From the airport, the first bus is at 05:00, and from 06:30 runs half hourly until 00:30. The journey time is approximately fifty minutes depending on the traffic.
Tickets cost €6.30 for a single and €11.00 for return and can be bought on the bus or at the ticket office at the airport. If you buy your ticket online in advance, or on your phone via the free BeAppyBus app, the return fare is discounted to €10.00.
- Website: http://www.prestiaecomande.it (available in English)
- Telephone: (+39) 091 586351 / (+39) 091 580457
Palermo Airport to Trapani
The bus linking the airport with Trapani, on the west coast of Sicily, is operated by Segesta, part of the Interbus group. From the airport, there are three stops before terminating at Trapani harbour.
There are four buses daily in each direction; from Trapani at 07.45, 10:45, 13:45 and 16:45; and from the airport at 09:30, 12:30, 15:30 and 19:30. The average journey time is approximately one hour ten minutes.
Tickets can be bought on the bus for €10.00, at the Trapani ticket office for €9.00 or online for €8.00.
- Website: http://www.interbus.it (available in English)
- Telephone: (+39) 091 342525 / (+39) 091 6119535
Palermo Airport to Agrigento and Porto Empedocle
Porto Empedocle is on the central south coast of the island and Agrigento twenty minutes inland. This bus service is operated by SAL (Societa Autolinee Licata) and runs four times daily from Monday to Saturday. There is no service on public holidays.
From Porto Empedocle, buses depart at 06:00, 08:15, 12:00 and 14:30. From the airport the depart at 11:00, 13:30, 16:30 and 20:00. The journey time is approximately three hours.
Tickets can only be bought on the bus and cost €12.60.
Palermo Airport to Ribera
The bus between the airport and Ribera on the south-west coast is an infrequent service with two arrivals at the airport and one departure daily from Monday to Saturday. The bus stops at Menfi and Sciacca. Autolinee Gallo operate this service.
The service runs from Ribera at 05:30 and 12:00 and from the airport at 14:55. The journey time to Menfi is one hour twenty, to Sciacca one hour fifty and to Ribera two hours twenty. The ticket prices to Menfi, single or return, are €9.30 or €14.80; to Sciacca, €10.30 or €16.40; and to Ribera, €11.30 or €18.10.
Tickets can be bought on the bus or online. Buying tickets online involves registration on their website.
- Website: http://www.autolineegallo.it (registration page in English)
- Telephone: (+39) 091 6171141
Sicily by Bus
There is an extensive bus network in Sicily covering most of the island and the buses are quicker than trains, although not as cheap. There are a number of different bus operators in the various areas. Many rural services are linked to school times, meaning early starts and no service after mid-afternoon. Making connections will take careful planning.
Useful information can be found on the Bus Center website.