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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

PMO Airport Overview

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(Photo courtesy of a SleepingInAirports contributor / 28Mar2019)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Palermo Falcone Borsellino Airport.

What to Expect

Palermo Airport (code: PMO) 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 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. A reader (April 2019) suggests heading to the 3rd Floor, where they enjoyed a quiet night (at least until 5:00AM) on “chairs that you can lie on”. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Palermo Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

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 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. 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.

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 – Aelia offers Duty Free shopping. In addition, the airport offers several shops including 2 Hub convenience shops for any last minute needs.

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 – If you have any questions, visit the airport information desk for assistance! Location: Arrivals Area, landside, Ground Floor. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00AM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Location: landside on the 1st floor, near Check-in B. Fee: €10 per bag.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available.Location: 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 – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

A reader let us know that the airport is open overnight. (March 2019)


Palermo airport is served by the following airlines: Air France • Air Italy • Air Malta • AlitaliaBritish Airways • Danish Air Transport • EasyJet • Lufthansa • Mistral Air • Neos • Pobeda • Ryanair • Transavia France • Tunis Air • Volotea • Vueling. Note: other airlines may serve the airport on a seasonal-only basis.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Buses

PMO 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.


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.


A train connects the airport to the Palermo central station, along with surrounding cities. Visit the Trenitalia website for more information on routes, schedules and fares.

Last updated: 2020-06-17

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: update the airport guide or  write a review.