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Palermo Taxis

Palermo Taxi General Information and Tips


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Palermo Taxis

Palermo, Sicily’s cultural, economic and tourism capital. An Italian city known for its rich history, culture, art, music and food; and for those reasons, the city attracts around 1.2 million tourists each year, making it is easy to find a Palermo taxi. Many different taxi companies operate in Palermo, you can either call a company or head directly to one of the official taxi ranks placed around the town.


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
35 €
45 €
22 MIN
48 €
61 €
40 MIN
50 €
60 €
23 MIN
41 €
53 €
30 MIN

Palermo Taxi Prices

Unfortunately Palermo taxis are known for their high prices, and use taximeters to calculate their fares, based on the time and distance travelled to the exact destination. Furthermore, Sicilian taxi drivers can be a bit sneaky by taking longer than necessary routes – for these reasons, travellers prefer pre-booking a private transfer online or private Palermo taxi services that charge at a fixed rate.

Taxi Fares:

Tariff 1 – From Monday to Saturday from 06:00 to 22:00

Base fee (incl. 2 km): €6.35
Per Km: €0.84
Waiting time per hour: €16.80

Tariff 2 – Monday to Saturday from 22:00 until 06:00 and Sunday all day

Base fee (incl. 2 km): €8.26
Per Km: €0.84
Waiting time per hour: €16.80

Please note that an extra €0.30 will be charged per piece of luggage, which is then added to your total taxi fare and other surcharges may apply.

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How to get a Taxi in Palermo

There are a few ways to find a Palermo taxi, but hailing a passing taxi on the street is not customary. It is best to either phone a taxi company or go to one of the many taxi ranks placed around the city and major travel hubs (such as the train station, Piazza Ruggero Settimo, Teatro Massimo and Piazza Indipendenza).

It is important to always make sure that the driver resets the taximeter and that it is switched on to the right Tariff before starting your journey.

If you prefer to travel around Palermo with a pre-booked taxi company or private transfer service, there are many of them too, all operating at competitive prices. So why not book your private transfer in advance and head off to some of the most amazing sites around Palermo.

Book your Palermo Taxi Transfer in Advance

Knowing that your Palermo taxi is waiting for you at a set time, in a set location and at a fixed price is a great feeling; especially if you want to budget and plan your trip in advance. All you need to do is pre-book your Palermo transfer online and get your holiday started! 

Bare in mind that many advance booking companies may have high fees, so to avoid steep rates and hidden charges, book your Palermo transfer with Welcome Pickups

Palermo Taxi Tips

  1. Almost all Palermo taxis accept bank card payments, however, they do prefer being paid in cash.
  2. It is not customary to tip your Palermo taxi driver, however it is always appreciated. If you had a smooth and enjoyable right you can always round up the end fare to the higher number.
  3. Sicilian taxi drivers are renowned for overcharging, either by adding extras on the meter or taking a longer than the necessary route. It is important to check this, either by asking for a receipt or by following your route on a mapping mobile application.
  4. Make sure your driver resets his taximeter to the base fare before you begin your journey.
  5. You can also ask for a receipt when your trip is completed, in case you leave anything behind in the taxi.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Palermo

Although most standard taxis in Palermo are not wheelchair accessible, a few companies do offer this option. If you wish to book a fully accessible taxi with spacious seating, large walkways and access ramps, it is best to contact a disabled accessible taxi service in advance.

Frequently asked questions

Are taxis expensive in Palermo?

Yes, taxis in Palermo are known to be quite expensive. Furthermore, taxis in Palermo do not offer flat-rate fares, instead, they calculate their prices using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled. Going further, other factors may further affect your price, such as traffic conditions, the time of day, if you are travelling on a weekend or a holiday.

If you wish to travel on a flat rate fare, it is highly recommended to pre-book your airport transfer online and avoid any hidden fees.

Do you tip taxi drivers in Palermo?

Italians, and more precisely Sicilians do not usually tip their taxi drivers. However, if you had an enjoyable ride it is always greatly appreciated.

How can I get a taxi in Palermo?

It should be easy to find a Palermo taxi as there a quite a few roaming around the city. The easiest and most common way is to either call a taxi company, or to head to an official taxi rank placed around the city and at major transportation hubs.
Please note that it is quite uncommon to hail a passing taxi on the street.

Another option is to pre-book a private taxi online at a set rate fare, and your taxi driver will wait for you at the pick-up location you have chosen.

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