Car hire in Palermo

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Car hire in Palermo

On this page you’ll find tips and advice on renting a car in Palermo, and the cheapest rental cars at guaranteed lowest price. If this is your first time renting a car in Italy, please read our general tips on car hire in the country via the link below.

Our car rental offices in Palermo

  • Palermo Centrale Railway station: If you are arriving in Palermo by train, car hire is possible right next to the station. Here you’ll find three different car rental offices with a wide selection of rental cars. Getting out of the city from the train station and to the surrounding areas is smooth and easy with a car.
  • Central Palermo: Slightly east of the train station, in the more central parts of the city, there are two car rental offices on Via Messina and Via Imperatore Frederico. Both of these offices are close to the major road SS113, and are therefore excellent options if you are driving to different parts of the city or its surrounding areas.
  • Palermo harbour: If you are arriving by ferry, picking up your rental car upon arrival is very convenient and easy. There are four car rental offices within walking distance from the harbour on Via Marino Stabile and Via Francesco Crispi. These offices are also close to the major road SS113, making it easy to get out of the city.

Car hire at Palermo Airport

Palermo is the capital of Sicily, and is also home to the island’s main international airport Falcone-Borsellino Airport (airport code: PMO). Here you can rent a car from all major car rental companies. You’ll find their offices directly adjacent to the Arrivals hall.

There are also several places to pick up your car in central Palermo, if this suits you better.

Be aware that many roads on Sicily are narrow and winding, which requires the driver to stay alert. Livestock also walks freely on the roads in some areas, so pay extra attention in the countryside.

Where to go around Palermo

As mentioned, Palermo is the capital of Sicily. With its northern location, the city is a very good starting point for car trips on the beautiful island. Below we’ll mention a few of our favourite spots.

Mount Etna
Mount Etna is Sicily’s highest peak, and it offers visitors a breathtaking view and an amazing nature experience. The peak can be reached either by cable car or designated jeeps that drive from the town Rifugo Sapienza. If you’re up to it, you can also hike. Regardless of how you get to the top, once there, you’ll see smoking craters and an incomparable view of the whole island.

The cosy town of Taormina on Sicily’s East Coast is a real gem. Here you’ll find an old town with interesting buildings as well as beaches. In Taormina there is also a very famous ruin of an ancient Greek Theatre, which give you amazing views of the city and the surrounding area.

If you drive south from Palermo for about two hours, you’ll reach the city of Agrigento and its many interesting historical sights. In the classical era, Agrigento was one of the most important cities of the Greek Empire. Here you can see the Vallei di Templi, a large area of excavations and well-preserved ancient Greek temples – well worth a visit!