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Cheap Flights to Palermo

Popular in August High demand for flights, 29% potential price rise
Cheapest in January Best time to find cheap flights, 7% potential price drop
Average price £143 Average for round-trip flights in September 2020
Round-trip from £12 From London to Palermo
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Are there currently restrictions on travel to Palermo related to COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Palermo along with the rest of Italy. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Italy has restricted the entry of all visitors who are traveling as tourists. Italian residents and people traveling on business, for health reasons, and in an emergency may enter the country. However, travelers must inform the regional Department of Prevention of their arrival, and are subject to health surveillance and isolation for 14 days, and must submit a declaration that they entered Italy for proven work reasons for a maximum of 72 hours, or for a justified extension for specific needs for an additional 48 hours. All travelers must submit a completed self-declaration form to the airline before arriving in Italy., Effective from June 3, 2020, travelers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom will be allowed to enter Italy. Residence permits issued by Italy with expiration dates between January 31, 2020 and July 31 2020 will be considered valid until August 31, 2020.. If you are looking to book a trip to Palermo and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.

Cheapest prices for Palermo flights by month

January
£79
February
£98
March
£111
April
£91
May
£102
June
£114
July
£162
August
£189
September
£102
October
£98
November
£102
December
£140
Currently, January is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Palermo. Flying to Palermo in August will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to Palermo?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
LON - PMO
Price
£79 - £271
PMO
Temperature
15 - 30 °C
PMO
Rainfall
3 - 141 mm
January is typically the best time to fly to Palermo, but there are other times where great deals are available. July sees the temperatures in Palermo peak to their warmest. December tends, on average, to see the most amount of rainfall.

When is the best time to book a flight to Palermo?

The price you pay for your flight to Palermo may vary depending on when you book. For the best chance of a lower fare, look to book 49 days in advance of your trip. Fares are likely to increase a fortnight or so before your departure date.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Palermo?

The cheapest day to fly to Palermo is usually Tuesday. At the moment, Saturday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Palermo?

To get the best value, try booking a flight at midday when visiting Palermo. Generally the prices will increase for flights in the morning as these tend to have higher demand.

When to fly

Palermo has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, wet winters and summers which are hot and dry.

As with the rest of Italy, Palermo’s main tourist season is April to mid-October, which is when the weather is at its warmest and driest. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures between 23 and 29 degrees Celsius. As this time is popular with tourists, hotel rates and flight prices usually increase. You should also think about booking accommodation is advance, to avoid disappointment, especially during festive periods, such as the Festino di Santa Rosalia. This is the city’s largest festival which honours the patron saint during the month of July. This is celebrated through shows, concerts, exhibitions, a food festival, religious procession and fireworks. The summer season is also a good time to book a flight to Palermo if you want to spend your holiday enjoying the great outdoors and relaxing on some of the most beautiful beaches.

It is worth taking note that the city is also busy at Easter, Christmas, New Year and during school holiday periods and this can in turn see prices rise.

Autumn to early spring is considered the low season, due to the cooler temperatures and increase in rain, although temperatures are still on average above 10 degrees. If you don’t mind dodging the showers then this could be the perfect time to plan your visit, as there will also be fewer crowds and you are more likely to find cheap flights to Palermo. The weather will least effect you if you wish to spend your holiday tasting delicious Italian cuisine in a whole host of restaurants and exploring the numerous museums, galleries and churches, the city has to offer.

Destination overview

Southern Italy is very different to the North: this is the place where life is lived to the full.

Most visitors to Palermo fall in love with the city. It has a stunning location on the west of Sicily, with access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and enjoys warm weather almost year-round. 

As with most of Italy, the city has a host of museums and galleries and spectacular churches, with architecture that dates back many centuries and has influences from Roman, Arab and Greek civilisations. And many tourists book flights to Palermo for the cuisine. The food here is exquisite: all local produce that grows on the island’s hills or is caught in the sea.

The Capuchin Catacombs contain the mummified remains of approximately 8,000 ancient inhabitants of Palermo. Capuchin friars started mummifying and embalming the bodies of the city’s nobles in the late 1500s, and the tradition continued for centuries – the last body was embalmed in 1920. After being embalmed, the corpses were hung along the walls of the catacombs, dressed in their finest clothes, which they still model today. It is a spectacle that is equal parts fascinating and spooky. 

One of the most fascinating attractions in Palermo is the Museo delle Marionette, a museum dedicated to the art of puppetry. The collections here – the world’s foremost puppet collection – highlight this age-old entertainment. Free puppet shows are staged in the summer, but the museum collection itself is entertainment enough. The antique puppets represent traditional characters of Norman Sicily, such as Saracen pirates, knights, ladies and troubadours. The collection includes English “Punch and Judy” dolls and puppets from the Far East. 

In the suburb of Monreale, high on the mountain slope overlooking “Conca d’Oro,” as the valley beyond Palermo is referred to, sits the Monreale Cathedral. The 12th-century cathedral is a mix of medieval Christian and Muslim architecture, and boasts a wonderful mixture of Arab, Byzantine and Norman art. The magnificent mosaics that cover 6,340 square metres of the dome and interior walls are unsurpassed. The adjacent Benedictine abbey features a cloister with 228 carved stone columns, many inlaid with mosaics, depicting scenes from Sicily’s Norman history. 

Some of Europe’s greatest archaeological treasures are tucked away in this former church that dates from the 16th century. In addition to showcasing the famous Stone of Palermo, this museum houses iconic Greek and Roman statues. Highlights include two Phoenician sarcophagi dating from 5 BC, and the Pietra di Palermo, a black slab discovered in Egypt containing hieroglyphics that is known as the ‘Rosetta Stone’ of Sicily. One room is devoted to the marvellous finds unearthed at the temples of Selinunte. There is also an interesting section devoted to underwater archaeology. 

The remains of the ancient Sicilian city of Solunto lie 10 miles (16 km) east of Palermo, near Santa Flavia on the slopes of Mount Catalfamo. It was first a Phoenician village, then a Greek town before it was sacked by the Romans in 254 BC, who rebuilt much of the original town. As a result, the ruins here are of the Roman style. Sadly, no complete structures remain and the ruins consist mainly of floors and the lower portions of walls and columns. Portions of mosaics and paintings are still visible however, and an impressive view of the Gulf of Palermo can be had from the hilltop above Solunto. There is a small archaeological museum at the site, although most of the artifacts from Solunto are in the Palermo’s Regional Archaeological Museum.

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Getting around Palermo

The best way to see Palermo’s medieval centre is on foot. All the sights are close enough that you won’t need more than your own two feet. The rest of the city is another story, and you’ll need to travel via bus or taxi. Buy bus tickets at tobacco shops before you board, and the bus will take you anywhere you need to go, including as far out as Monreale or Mondello. Trips made within a set time period cost a flat fare, or you can buy an all-day pass. For major sights and attractions, you may want to take the Giro Citta tourist bus. The bus travels in a loop, so you’ll get on and get off at Teatro Politeama. Buy your tickets on board. Buses are very convenient, but they can be slow. For a faster trip, call for a taxi or pick one up at a stand. You can also rent a taxi for an entire day.

Airports

The main airport which services Palermo is Palermo Airport (PMO) (website: www.gesap.it), which is also known as Falcone-Borsellino Airport and Punta Raisi Airport. It is situated in Punta Raisi, which is 22 miles (35 km) northwest of Palermo.

 

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