Getting around Palermo
Buses, operated by Amat (tel: +39 091 350 111; www.amat.pa.it), are easy to use and serve every corner of Palermo, including Monreale and Mondello. Buy tickets from Amat kiosks, tobacconists or any shop displaying the Amat sign. Tickets must be validated upon boarding the bus.
Minibus services on the Linea Gialla (yellow line) and Linea Rossa (red line) run from the railway station and stop at the most frequented tourist destinations.
Palermo metro goes round the historic centre from Central Station, running approximately every 30 minutes. However, it’s not that convenient for tourists.
Taxis are fairly expensive in Palermo. Taxi ranks can be found throughout the city, including outside the main train station, in Via Roma and at most of the main squares. Otherwise, you can order cabs by phone from Autoradio Taxis (tel: +39 091 513 311) or Radio Taxi Trinacria (tel: +39 091 6878).
Attempting to drive in Palermo during the week is unwise - confusing road signs, hefty traffic jams and aggressive drivers combine to make it a trying experience. The situation improves at weekends, but parking is always a problem.
The centre of Palermo (the ZTL-zone) is restricted to traffic and a congestion charge is applicable. The ZTL-zone in Palermo is active daily from 0800-2000 and is controlled by video cameras. If you are driving to a hotel within the zone, give your number plate to the hotel in advance to avoid paying a fine.
If your hotel doesn't have a car park, leave your car at one of the garages scattered around the city (there are several located by the main railway station and around the main piazzas). The main central parking area is Piazzale Ungheria, which operates 24 hours a day. Never leave valuables in your car.
Bicycles are available for hire from Tour Palermo Bici (tel: +39 331 750 7886), Via Giardinaccio 66. Cycling in the city centre is a little hairy given all the traffic, but the seaside resort of Mondello is great for exploring on two wheels.
You can rent vespas and scooters from Sicily Motor Rent (tel: +39 091 617 8022; www.sicilymotorent.it) at Via Pola 21.