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How to get from Palermo Airport to Cefalu

Cefalu, a coastal city in northern Sicily, Italy located 97.7km away from Palermo. It is famous for its 12th century Norman cathedral, the Mandralisca Museum, and some of the most stunning beaches in the area. Known to be one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, it is also one of the busiest during the holiday season.

So when travelling to Cefalu, the closest airport to this medieval town is Palermo International Airport, and after landing at Falcone-Borsellino Airport you have 2 different transportation options; you can either take a taxi or a private airport transfer, or a train. Taking a taxi or a private Palermo airport transfer is definitely the fastest and most comfortable travel option. Taking only 1 hour 15 minutes, taxis offer 24/7 door-to-door services taking you to your Cefalu hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Another travel option from Palermo airport is to take a train from the airport’s train station, Punta Raisi, to Palermo Centrale and from there take a connecting train to the heart of Cefalu in 1 hour 55 minutes. This option is cost-savvy and great for solo or light travellers.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €140 75min 24/7
Train €23.40 115min 05:15–20:27

How to get from Palermo airport to Cefalu by taxi

If you are looking for the easiest and most efficient way to travel from Palermo airport, then taking a taxi or a private airport transfer to Cefalu is definitely the best option for you. They both offer 24/7, comfortable, air-conditioned, door-to-door services, taking only 1 hour 15 minutes to reach your accommodation in Cefalu.

Taxi fare from Palermo PMO Airport

Palermo airport taxis to Cefalu don’t offer flat rate fees, instead, they use a taximeter based on the distance and time travelled. This means that your final price will depend on your exact location within the city, however, your overall taxi fare should cost around €140. Please note that an extra fee of €0.30 is charged for each piece of luggage and will be added to your end fare.



Trip Duration

1 H 15 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Palermo International Airport.

Where do I get it from?

The official Palermo airport taxi rank can be found on the left side of the arrivals terminal.


Although being the more expensive travel method to get from PMO airport to Cefalu, taking a taxi is definitely the most practical and convenient option. Having a reliable private vehicle take you, your luggage, and your travel partners straight to your Cefalu accommodation after a long flight is priceless. However, as airport taxi prices vary depending on many factors, it is highly recommended to book a private Palermo airport transfer in advance at a flat rate fare and avoid any hidden fees.

Editor’s Note

Taxi drivers in Sicily have a reputation for overcharging their customers by either adding extras on the meter or taking a longer route. It is recommended to ask for a receipt at the end of your journey and to follow a map on your mobile phone.

Useful Tips

It is important to know that official Palermo taxi prices vary depending on the time of day and if you are travelling on a weekend or on a holiday.
There are two official taxi companies operating at Palermo airport, both are easy to recognise as they are white with a yellow stripe across the side of their vehicles.
It is not mandatory to tip your Palermo taxi driver, however, it is always appreciated. Most travellers round up their taxi fare to the next denomination.

How to get from Palermo airport to Cefalu by train

A cheaper travel option to get from Palermo airport to Cefalu is to take the train. Unfortunately, there are no direct trains running from Palermo’s Punta Raisi airport train station to the charming Italian village. You will firstly have to take the Trenitalia from the airport’s train station to Palermo Centrale, and from there take a connecting Trenitalia train to Celafu. Although this might seem complicated, the two trains are very well coordinated leaving a minimal transfer time of around 10 to 20 minutes.

How much is a train ticket from Palermo airport to Cefalu?

A regular one-way train ticket from Palermo airport to Cefalu city centre costs €11.70 and can be purchased from the ticket vending machines at the airport train station or online through the Trenitalia website.



Trip Duration

1 H 55 Min.

There is a waiting time of up to 2 hours for the train.

Value for Money

The Trenitalia train is available daily from 05:15 to 20:27.

Where do I get it from?

The Punta Raisi airport train station can easily be found underneath the airport. Signs indicating the train station are placed around the airport. You will then find your Cefalu train at Palermo Centrale, times and platform will be indicated on the station screens.


Having a public transport option is always a convenient and cost-savvy way to travel, especially that taxis in Sicily can get pricey. Although the train from Palermo airport to Cefalu is not direct, they are very well synchronised, leaving minimal transfer times at Palermo Centrale. However, if you are travelling with children or heavy luggage this option may be complicated; it is definitely a better option for solo or light travellers.

Editor’s Note

Please note that your travel time may vary according to the train you take and how many stops are made along the way. Moreover, transfer times between the two trains range between 10 to 20 minutes.

Useful Tips

It is highly recommended to check all train timetables beforehand as both timetables may change on weekends and holidays.
It is good to know that Trenitalia offers assistance to people with disabilities or reduced mobility; you can just ask a member of staff at the airport's train station and again at Palermo Centrale and they will happily assist you.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Palermo airport to Cefalu?

Palermo International Airport is located around 97.7km away from Cefalu and it takes around 1 hour 15 minutes to reach by taxi or car and 1 hour 55 minutes by train.

How to get from Palermo airport to Cefalu?

There are 2 transportation options to get from Palermo airport to Cefalu; you can either take a taxi or private transfer or you can take the Trenitalia train, which includes a connection at Palermo Centrale train station.

How much is a taxi from Palermo airport to Cefalu?

Taxis in Sicily calculate their prices using a taximeter, so based on the distance travelled. If you wish to take a taxi from Palermo airport to Cefalu your taxi fare will cost around €140. However, if you want to travel at a flat rate fare, it is recommended to pre-book a private transfer online and avoid any hidden costs.

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