Palermo Airport Car Hire
Palermo Airport (or as it's called locally Aeroporto di Palermo Falcone e Borsellino) is one of Sicily's two major airports. It serves the north and west of the island as well as the major city it is near to. Car hire from Palermo is very popular as public transport is limited and, unless you are on a prearranged tour or on a city break to Palermo itself, it's really the only way to explore the coast and countryside. It has attractions such as Cefulu to the east, Monreale which overlooks the city and is a great place to relax and reflect for an hour or two, or the area around Marsala, home to Sicily's wine country. From the airport you take the SS 188 to Marsala Here you can really get away from it all travelling along roads surrounded by gently rolling hills covered in vineyards stretching away to the horizon.
Where are the car hire desks at Palermo Airport?
The most important thing to do is to follow the instructions on your rental documents. It will also depend on whether you have chosen an on airport supplier or one which is based off airport a short walk away.
The on airport car hire companies can be quickly found by hopping on the shuttle that runs to and from the nearby car hire area in the airport. All on airport companies are based there. Rental car parking is located just a few metres away, adjacent to the car rental firms offices.
We also have an off airport car hire supplier at Palermo, where you approach the information desk in the arrivals hall, and call the company. They will send a shuttle to collect you, and it's about a 10 - 15 minute drive away depending on traffic.
Where can I collect/drop off my hire car at Palermo Airport?
The on airport car hire car park is next door to the car hire offices.
To return your car, enter Palermo Airport and follow signs to the car rental area. Having had your car checked you hop back on a shuttle to the main Palermo Airport terminal.
If you are using the off airport company, return the car to the location you picked it up from and you will be dropped back to Palermo Airport.
Palermo Airport Top Tips
Palermo Airport is a modest operation and when a number of planes land at the same time (which tour operators tend to aim for as this allows them to operate their transfer systems effectively) car hire desk queues can build up. Send the driver on ahead to deal with the paperwork whilst the rest of the party collect the bags (making sure to leave any luggage receipts with them in case one has gone astray and needs reporting). Meet up at the car hire area to save the driver circling the one way system endlessly after they have collected the car.
The Palermo Airport website provides lots of flight and other local information if you want to research your destination before you arrive.
Map courtesy of www.gesap.it
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Aeroporto di Palermo Falcone e Borsellino
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