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Find out how to get to the Italian language school Culturforum in Palermo: by air, ship, train, car or a transfer.

GETTING TO SICILY BY AIR

The easiest and quickest way to get to Sicily is certainly by air.

In Sicily there are two international airports, Palermo-Punta Raisi and Catania-Fontana Rossa. Both airports have direct flights from all over Europe. Some low cost companies fly now to Trapani-Birgi as well.

Palermo airport is about 30 km from the city centre. Almost all the major international scheduled airlines and many low-cost airlines fly to Falcone-Borsellino airport. For information on Palermo airport visit the website: Palermo Airport.

FROM PALERMO AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTER WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT

On the lower floor of the airport, there is the train station, here you will have to take the train to Palermo Central Station. For rail connections, updated train timetables and information on costs and services, visit the Italian Railways website: Trenitalia.

You can reach the central station of Palermo also by bus, the bus stop is 50 m to the right as you exit the airport. The bus will leave you right in front of Central Station. The bus leaves every half hour from 5 to 24 and the ticket costs around € 6.00. For information on the service, visit the website: Prestia and Comande.

If you wish to travel more comfortably you can book a transfer that will take you to your accommodation at any time. Booking a transfer is very simple, just enter the date, arrival time and the number of your flight in the appropriate section of the registration form.

If you still do not have the necessary data available, you can tell us all the details a few days before your arrival.

The Vincenzo Bellini airport of Catania is located about 200 km from Palermo. Several flag companies fly to Catania and also several charters. Arriving in Catania you can enjoy the splendid view of Mount Etna from above. For information on Catania airport visit the website: Catania Airport.

FROM CATANIA AIRPORT TO PALERMO BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

To go from Catania airport to Palermo by bus, just go to the bus stop which is right in front of the terminal. For bus, timetables visit the website: Sais autolinee.

Trapani is located on the western coast of Sicily, about 100 km from Palermo. The Vincenzo Florio airport is connected to some major European cities by Ryanair. For information on Trapani Birgi airport visit the website: Trapani Airport.

FROM TRAPANI AIRPORT TO PALERMO BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

To reach Palermo from Trapani you must first take the bus that takes you from the airport to Palermo Central Station. The bus leaves every weekday at 7:40 am and 2:40 pm. Sundays and holidays at 10.10 am and 6.40 pm. The journey takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. For information on Trapani Airport – Palermo connections visit the websites: Autoservizi Salemi and Terravision.

GETTING TO SICILY BY SHIP

The most fascinating and romantic way to get to Sicily is certainly by ship. At your arrival, the Plain of Palermo will appear to your sight. You can get to Palermo from either Genova, Civitavecchia or Napoli.

A luxus ship, provided with several facilities (cinema, swimming pool, bars and restaurants) connects daily Palermo to Genova. The crossing takes 20 hours. Departure from Genova every evening at 23:00, arrival at Palermo the following day at 19:00. For information, availability and online booking visit: Gnv

Civitavecchia is the port of Rome and is located some 100 km from the Italian capital city. The ship from Civitavecchia to Palermo leaves daily, the journey lasts 12 hours. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays the service is operated by the company Snav. Tuesdays and Thursdays by GNV. For information, availability and online booking visit the websites: Gnv and Tirrenia

It is also possible to get further south, to Napoli, and here take the ferry which will take you to Palermo in 10 hours. The ferry leaves every night at 20:00 and arrives at Palermo at 6:00 of the following morning. The service is operated by two different companies: Snav e Tirrenia

GETTING TO SICILY BY CAR

If you arrive in Sicily by car from the Italian peninsula, after crossing the Strait of Messina by ferry follow the signs for the A29 Palermo-Messina motorway (toll). Take the motorway towards Palermo and take the exit towards Palermo port.

With a rental car at Palermo airport, follow the directions for Palermo and continue to the Centro exit, then follow the signs to the city centre.
If you have rented a car at Catania airport, follow the signs until you reach the Palermo-Catania motorway (toll-free) towards Palermo. Follow the signs and take the Porto di Palermo exit
If you have rented a car at Trapani airport, follow the signs for the Provincial Road Trapani – Marsala, and then take the exit for the A 29 Palermo / Mazara / Trapani direction Trapani / Palermo. After about 10 km take the junction towards Palermo and continue towards the capital.

QUICK AND COMFORTABLE TRANSFER TO PALERMO

Whether you arrive by plane in Palermo, Catania or Trapani or by boat, why not choose to reach Palermo by taxi? After a long journey, the best way to start a relaxing vacation is surely to let yourself be led to your own accommodation without having to worry about chasing trains or buses.

Booking a transfer is very simple, just fill out the appropriate section of the registration form by entering the date and time of your arrival. If at the time of registration you are not yet in possession of the travel data, just send them to us by email as soon as you have them available. At your arrival, you will find a Culturforum employee who will accompany you comfortably to your accommodation.

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