Getting to Palermo Punta Raisi Airport (PMO)
Punta Raisi Airport is situated approximately 32 km (20 miles) from the city of Palermo, which is the capital of Sicily. The airport lies on the northern coastline of Sicily, and is also nearby to Cinisi, Pozzillo, Terrasini and Torre Muzza. Punta Raisi is to the west of Palermo Airport, and Siino Orsa and Pozzillo are to the east.
The main roads in the vicinity of the airport are the A29 (Bretella Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino) and the E90 (Autostrade Palermo-Mazara del Vallo).
From Palermo to the airport: Drivers should use the A29 motorway, driving in the direction of Trapani. There is an exit which is signposted as ‘Puntaraisi – Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino’ – which is Punta Raisi Airport’s other popular name.
From Trapani: Motorists should also follow the A29 motorway, but in the direction of Palermo. The exit that should be taken is also signposted as ‘Puntaraisi – Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino’.
Take note of the speed limits that are applicable in Palermo, as there are often radar traps to catch speeding motorists. On the open roads the limit is 90 km/h (55 miles/h), in towns and residential areas it is 50 km/h (30 miles/h), and on the highways and motorways there is the limit of 130 km/h (80 miles/h). If you are driving to the airport, allow plenty of time for your journey, especially if you have to drive through busy areas of Palermo. Time will also be needed once you arrive at the airport to find parking and check-in your luggage.
Apart from driving to the airport in your own car, there are a few other ways of getting to Palermo Airport. One of the popular transportation methods used by many is the train. The Trinacria Express is operated by Italy’s national railway service, Trenitalia, and it runs at regular intervals from the Central train station in Palermo to Punta Raisi Airport. The bus is another alternative. The Prestia e Comandè Airport Buses run to the airport every 30 minutes between the hours of 6:30 and 24:00. Many passengers consider the bus to be a much quicker journey than the train. Buses that travel to the airport from other areas are the Segesta Buses, Sal Buses and Gallo Buses. Besides public transport, many passengers prefer to take a taxi from one of the railway stations. Although this is always a more expensive option, the comfort and convenience is often worth the extra euro.
Once arriving at Punta Raisi Airport, passengers will be pleased to find a modern and well-equipped airport terminal building, with many interesting shops, bars and restaurants to help pass the waiting time required before their flight. There are also plenty of banking services, such as ATMs and exchange facilities, as well as postal services. The ticket offices can be found on the first floor of the terminal. An information desk is also available on the first floor, with airport staff members ready to assist with any enquiry that you may have. This desk is open from 6:00 to 24:00.