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The historic center of Palermo can be easily visited on foot or by bike. To reach the areas of the monumental route, you can use buses and trams.
The most used public transport is definitely the bus. Bus lines in Palermo can be checked on the company site of AMAT, which manages them. Alongside the traditional ones there are three tourist-type lines, at a reduced cost, that run through the Old Town (red, yellow and green Line); The 101 line, which run through the entire city from the central station to the Renzo Barbera Stadium; and the 806 that links the centre with the seaside resort of Mondello. The cost of the ticket is €1.40, valid 90 minutes from validation. Highly recommended to tourists is a ticket valid 24 hours from the first validation, that can be purchased at a price of €3.50. There are also two night lines, N1 and N2. You can reach Monreale with line 389 that starts from Piazza Indipendenza, every day, approximately every one hour and a half.
Palermo Metro includes three lines: line A connects the central station and the station Notarbartolo to the airport of Punta Raisi; line B goes from the station Notarbartolo to Giachery and line C goes from the central station to Termini Imerese. However, strengthening and expansion works are underway, with the aim to increase the number of stops and connections offered. The service is active from 6.10 am to 08.35 pm.
Following the prices of the tickets:
Single ticket: €1.50, validity 90 minutes
Weekly subscription: €10.80
Monthly subscription: €26.60
Annual subscription: €257,50
The Port of Palermo is connected by ferry lines to the main Italian and Mediterranean ports.
There are 4 tram lines. Line 1 starts from the central station and is useful for those who want to visit the Admiral Bridge and the Church of St.John of the Lepers; lines 2 and 3 connect the Notarbartolo station with the western outskirts of the city; line 4 starts from the Notarbartolo station and reaches Corso Calatafimi from where you can take the bus to Monreale. The cost of the ticket, which can also be used on buses, is € 1.40, valid 90 minutes after validation. There is a ticket valid 24 hours from the first validation, which can be purchased at the price of € 3.50. The tram is in operation from 06.00 am to 9.00 pm.
There are two free shuttles that allow you to move around the historic center of Palermo: Orange Shuttle Old Town, connects Porta Felice with Piazza Indipendenza along the perimeter of the city center or some stretches of it. The frequency of the runs is every 14 minutes from 06.30 am to 21.12 pm, every day. Free Express shuttle: connects the Basile car park (recommended for those who reach the city by car from Viale Regione Siciliana) with the historic center of the city to Piazza Indipendenza. The frequency is every 15 minutes from 06.20 am to 21.05 pm, every day.
Who wants to take a tour of the city through the streets of the old town with an unusual and traditional vehicle can choose the carriage. These means of transport can be taken from Piazza Pretoria, Piazza Vittoria, Piazza Bellini, Piazza Verdi and the Central Station. Since there are no official rates, it is advisable to ask for the rate in advance, by specifying the duration and itinerary (the average rate is about 80.00 euros per hour). Check if the vehicle displays the license and logo of the city of Palermo.
From 2009 the city has been equipped with two cycle paths, connecting the foothills with the maritime areas, both measuring 7 km. The city offers a Bike Sharing service with a subscription service at the following rates: one day 5.00 €, one week 8.00 €, one year 25.00 €. You can pay for your subscription online.
FROM THE AIRPORT
The Palermo “Falcone Borsellino” airport is connected to the city centre by the Autolinea Prestia & Comandè bus, which runs from 6.30 a.m. to midnight and departs every 30 minutes. It takes about 50 minutes, with stops at Central Station, Piazza Giulio Cesare, Politeama, Via Lazio (corner of Via Libertà) and Via Belgio. Ticket cost 6,30 €. You can also take advantage of a Taxi Sharing service, which follows the same route as the bus, at a cost of 7.00 € per person. The normal taxi service has fixed rates based on the route, of € 35.00. € 40.00 or € 45.00. The Trinacria Express train, which connects the airport with the railway stations of Palermo, is not active at the moment due to works to improve the network.
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