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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Palermo, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Sicily By Car
$33.66 / per day
Palermo, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Sicily By Car
$33.80 / per day
Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Centauro
$45.97 / per day
Palermo Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Centauro
$47.49 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Palermo Airport Car Rental
Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Firefly
$50.82 / per day
Palermo Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Firefly
$53.36 / per day
Palermo, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Fiat 500 L or similar
Fiat 500 L
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Sicily By Car
$56.99 / per day
Palermo Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Centauro
$58.23 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Italian
Currency
EUR
Country code
39
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$44.55 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
70 - 90 km/h
43 - 56 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Palermo?

Palermo is a great place for renting a car. Not only will it let you explore the rest of the island, a great city in its own right.

Palermo Car Rental

Top ways to enter Palermo

  • Palermo Airport: Also known as Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino, named so after two Italian judges, Palermo Airport serves more than 5 million passengers every year.
  • Trapani Airport: Small and cozy, Trapani Airport is about 90 minutes drive west of Palermo.
  • By sea: If you’re arriving in Palermo by ferry, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Palermo Port.

Useful city facts

  • Palermo is the capital of Sicily. Not only one of Italy’s 20 regions, Sicily is also the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. 
  • Palermo enjoys a typically warm Mediterranean climate. Influenced by winds from nearby Sahara, it has some of the hottest weather in Europe. Even winters are mild, although the snowfall does occur about once every decade.

Top destinations and activities

  1. Palace of the Normans. The home of old Sicilian kings and the oldest royal residence in Europe, this palace is a monument of the unique Arab-Norman architecture that you can find in Sicily. Now a seat of the Sicilian Parliament, it can still be accessed as a tourism object. 
  2. Capuchin Catacombs. Seeing the mummies of ex-residents of Palermo might understandably be considered scary, so you should definitely know what you’re getting into before visiting, but it does provide a fascinating insight into the city’s history.
  3. Gesu Church. Built of polychrome marble and older than many other churches in Palermo, Gesu is one of the most important baroque buildings in Sicily.

Traffic and parking tips

  • The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h. 
  • Main highways are limited to 130 km/h, non-major highways to 110 km/h, and local roads to 90 km/h. During the rain the limits are respectively lowered to 110 km/h, 100 km/h, and 80 km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50 km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers. Being over the allowed limit can result in hefty fines and even imprisonment. 
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

There are numerous toll roads in Italy. The exact fee depends on the route of your choice and the type of a vehicle. See the official Italian toll road website for more information. Use the website’s toll road calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll have to pay for using the toll roads on your planned route.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Bagheria. This small town is visited both for its magnificent villas and for the museum of painter Renato Guttuso.
  • Trapani. Similar in atmosphere to Palermo, only smaller, Trapani is a great place to visit on a relaxing day trip. Nearby Lido di San Giuliano beaches are some of the most beautiful you’ll find in Sicily. 
  • Cefalù. About an hour’s drive east of Palermo, this village is famous for its beaches, seafood, and unique architecture.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental cars in Italy are the Fiat Panda, the Ford Fiesta, and the Fiat 500. The most popular rental car type is an economy, followed by mini and compact.

Further destinations

  • Catania. Dramatic Mount Etna and beautiful baroque architecture are just two of the many reasons to visit Palermo’s great rival on the eastern coast of Sicily.
  • Syracuse. Not far from Catania, Syracuse is perhaps the best place on the island to learn about Sicily’s Greek heritage.
  • Malta. Picturesque, hospitable, and full of ancient stories, Malta is a great destination that’s only a short fly away from Palermo.

How can I save money on my rental car?

There are many things you can do to get a good rental deal in Palermo:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Palermo is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 70% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 4 Cities near Palermo

  1. Catania Car Rentals from $29.33 per day
    190.6 km / 118.4 miles away
  2. Trapani Car Rentals from $51.89 per day
    60.5 km / 37.6 miles away
  3. Comiso Car Rentals from $45.19 per day
    187.4 km / 116.4 miles away
  4. Pantelleria Car Rentals from $16.51 per day
    180.7 km / 112.3 miles away

Top 6 Locations near Palermo

  1. Palermo Airport Car Rentals from $29.70 per day
  2. Trapani Airport Car Rentals from $51.89 per day
    60.5 km / 37.6 miles away
  3. 180.7 km / 112.3 miles away
  4. Comiso Airport Car Rentals from $45.19 per day
    187.4 km / 116.4 miles away
  5. 190.6 km / 118.4 miles away

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Palermo?

Car rental prices in Palermo vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Palermo
$103.66
January
$14.36
February
$9.45
March
$40.42
April
$26.55
May
$29.97
June
$57.11
July
$37.71
August
$26.19
September
$24.36
October
$32.69
November
$32.69
December
The best month to rent a car in Palermo is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $9.45). This is 74% cheaper than the yearly average and 91% cheaper than renting in January (when rental prices start at $103.66 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Palermo?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in May, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in August, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Palermo
9
January
8
February
7
March
7
April
10
May
9
June
7
July
5
August
5
September
6
October
6
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Palermo?

While travelers visit Palermo year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is July, and the least popular is December.
Palermo Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
72%
January
87%
February
101%
March
113%
April
134%
May
126%
June
142%
July
113%
August
127%
September
83%
October
66%
November
35%
December

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
VW Golf
September 6, 2019
Highly recommended. Madonie National Park very enjoyable driving.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Panda
June 11, 2019
Although the car was great, driving in the small towns of Sicily was not easy. For an American, it was a big challenge managing very narrow roads, fast Sicilian drivers, unmarked one-way streets, etc.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Up
May 13, 2019
Easy to follow signs, drivers are ok
Australia
Fiat 500 2 doors
October 15, 2018
Parking at many locations very limited so ensure parking available at accommodations ,be prepared to drive in tight spaces
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
September 10, 2018
Palmermo looked like an under invested town and in some places pretty third world. A few hours away we found some fantastic towns like Cefalù & Castelbuono - I would highly recommend visiting these two towns.

Top 20 Suppliers for Palermo in 2019

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
0039 0 645 229 545
Localita Punta Raisi, 90045 Cinisi PA
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.2
00390917044013
VIA AEROPORTO,
Locauto
Locauto
Exceptional 9
0039 0 917 044 013
Aeroporto di Palermo Falcone e Borsellino, 90045 Punta Raisi
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Exceptional 9
0039 0 918 694 268 / 0039 3 917 906 065
Via Nazionale 39, Cinisi, Palermo
Target Rent
Target Rent
Excellent 8.9
0039 0 918 664 114
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 39, 90045 Punta Raisi PA, Italy
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Excellent 8.8
0039 091 591 250 / 0039 3 428 721 095
Partenze, 90045 Punta Raisi PA
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.8
0039 0 918 049 060
Contrada Feudo Orsa, 90045 Cinisi PA, Italy
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.7
00390917044013
VIA AEROPORTO
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7
+39-0916511393
Aeroporto Falcone-Borsellino
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+39091591688
FALCONE & BORSELLINO AIRPORT
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+39091591688
FALCONE & BORSELLINO AIRPORT
JoyRent
JoyRent
Excellent 8.6
0039 0 917 868 324 / 0039 3 459 756 594
Strada Statale 113 Km. 291 – C.da San Giovanni – Cinisi
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0039 091 591 684
Aeroporto Falcone E Borsellino, 90045 Cinisi PA
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
0039 091 591 684
Palermo Aeroporto Punta RaisiLocalita Punta Raisi
Noleggiare
Noleggiare
Excellent 8.2
0039 0 918 669 674 / 0039 3 247 944 010
Aeroporto di Palermo Falcone e Borsellino, Località Punta Raisi, 90145 Cinisi PA
Ecovia
Ecovia
Excellent 8.1
0039 0 918 694 268
Via Nazionale, 39, 90044 Carini PA, Italy
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8
0039 0 918 699 782 / 0039 3 342 829 304
Via Nazionale, 25, 90045 Cinisi PA
Firefly
Firefly
Very good 7.8
0039 3 426 460 910
Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino, 90145 Palermo PA
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.8
+39 0689830777
S.S. 113 km 289,900 Contrada Scalette
Car2Move
Car2Move
Very good 7.7
0039 3 396 331 368
Giovanni Boccaccio, 90045 Cinisi-Palermo

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