Palermo ferries connect Sicily with Tunisia, Italy, Rome, Sardinia, Aeolian Islands & Ustica Island with crossings available to Tunis (in Tunisia), Genoa, Naples, Salerno & Livorno (in Italy), Civitavecchia (in Rome), Cagliari (in Sardinia), Panarea, Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Stromboli, Rinella, Alicudi & Filicudi (in Aeolian Islands), Milazzo (in Sicily) & Ustica (in Ustica Island). Sailings from Palermo are operated by numerous ferry companies.
There are up to 24 ferry crossings daily from Palermo with sailing durations starting from 1 hour 25 minutes. Our Palermo ferry summary provides a good guide but for the latest sailing information use our fare search.
The public tram system is the prominent form of public transport around the city, though there are also taxis readily available.
Aristocrats reside in the baroque palaces whilst some streets are still being rebuilt after the second world war – Palermo is the epitome of a paradoxical city. Lying between Europe and Africa, a unique Mediterranean feel embodies the most visited area of Sicily; vintage wine stores are scattered around the quaint, narrow streets whilst the chapels and churches stand proud against the shrinking landscape. The Palazzo dei Normanni e Cappella Palatina, Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio and Cattedrale di Palermo all exemplify the stunning architecture synonymous with Palermo.
What makes the city so unique is the varied history it represents; all of the neighbouring countries and regions have occupied the land at one time. It is possible to enjoy Arabic food whilst looking at Norman towers, though the whole city remains unashamedly Italian. The streets buzz with locals selling authentic clothes and fresh food on the markets, whilst in the quieter regions the smell of some of the world’s best coffee often proves too tempting for most. Quite simply, Sicily is an Italian experience like no other
The capital city of the island of Sicily, Palermo is found on the north coast and is used as the gateway to mainland Italy. There are a huge number of ferry routes departing the port each day, crossing to regions in Italy or other islands off the Italian coast.
If you are coming from Catania, from Viale Regione Siciliana take the exit at Via Giafar and follow the road along the sea to the port.
If you are coming from Trapani, from Viale Regione Siciliana take the exit at Via Belgio, then turn right into Via Restivo, and then left via Notarbartolo. Then follow the signs to the the port.
Nearest train station to the port is Palermo Centrale train station. From here the port is around 10 minutes away by taxi.
From Palermo Centrale train station bus no. 139 takes you to the port.
Via Calata Marinai d'Italia, 90133 Palermo
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