Sleeping in Airports

Palermo Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Palermo Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

The benches are nice,with good cushion and no armrest. But remember to bring eye-mask, ear-plug and sleeping bag to ensure a good sleep. – Atom

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Falcone Borsellino (Palermo) International Airport.

What to Expect

Palermo Airport consists of a small terminal with a dozen expensive eateries and shops, located primarily on the airside. WiFi is available and there are plenty of outlets for charging mobile devices. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

Travellers report feeling safe in this airport and that airport staff are generally accommodating to overnight sleepers. There is plenty of comfortable, armrest-free seating and benches, but reviewers are mixed about other elements that help or hinder sleep, with some finding the airport noisy and bright, while others said it was quiet with dim overnight lighting. Perhaps it’s a case of finding the right spot in the terminal. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes Gesap VIP Lounge – Location: Landside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Palermo Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hotel Magaggiari – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle service is available upon request between the hours of 8:00AM – 11:30PM. Cost is approx. 25,00€ each way.» Check Rates
  • Florio Park Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be provided upon request. Cost is approx. 30,00€ each way for 2 people.» Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Palermo Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Palermo Airport in the departure lounges and in the Gesap VIP Lounge. Connect to the “HOT SPOT GESAP” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. There are four machines, one of which dispenses foreign currencies. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: Airside and Landside, on the 1st and 2nd floors.

Banking Services – Banca Nuova offers full-service banking. Location: 1st Floor, Departures Area. Hours: 8:30AM – 1:30PM and 2:55PM – 4:25PM. Closed on bank holidays.

Currency Exchange – A Bureau de Change is available in Check-in A. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:30PM.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well there are a few shops available on the second level.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with some open as early as 5:00AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options.

Information Desk – Location: Arrivals Area, landside, Ground Floor. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00AM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Available landside on the 1st floor, near Check-in B. Fee: €10 per bag.

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available in Check-in B, on the 1st floor. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Mobile Charging – Two “recharge point” booths are available in the departures lounges.

Pharmacy – Location: Departure Hall, 1st Floor. Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, please send an email to [email protected] and we will update this airport guide.

Airlines

As of February 2018, Palermo airport is served by the following airlines: Alitalia • Mistral Air • Meridiana.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Buses

The airport is well connected to the bus system offering four options. Whether you are looking for a connection to the city centre or longer, onward travel there should be an option for you. All buses allow for tickets to be purchased on board; however, it may be more economical to buy in advance. For rates, routes and schedules, visit the Palermo Airport website.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service onsite: Avis • Europcar • Goldcar • Hertz • Holiday Car Rental • Italy Car Rent • Maggiore • Locauto • Noleggiare • Sicily by Car / Auto Europa • Sicily Car Rental • Win Rent.

Taxis

Metered taxis are readily available for hire at the taxi stand near the Arrivals exit. Flat rates are available to key points in the city. Also near the taxi stand is two platforms for shared taxis, which depart with a minimum of 4 passengers. The fare for a shared taxi is € 8 per passenger.

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.