Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea with a total population of 5 million people.
With a total surface of 25.700 square kilometers, the island has 2 international and 4 domestic flights airports.
Best Airport for Sicily Italy Catania or Palermo
The most important airstrips from the island are Palermo and Catania, both operating international flights.
If you plan to fly to Sicily with low-cost airlines you will land on one of the following airports: Trapani or Comiso.
So most probably your flight to Sicily would land on one of these four designated areas.
For domestic flights, you will probably land on Lampedusa and Pantelleria.
Now let me tell you a few words about each of them!
Palermo Falcone Borcellino airport in sicily italy
Formerly known as Punta Raisi airport Palermo is located 35 kilometres northwest of Palermo city.
It is the second-largest airstrip from the island if we take into consideration the number of passengers who transit the area.
Companies like Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Lufthansa and many others operate on this airstrip.
The second-largest Sicily Italy airport can be reached with a rented car, with public transport or by taxi.
You can rent a car directly from the airport, from the designated areas where all the major car rental companies have an office, or you can rent it online and pick up your car from the pickup area.
The second option is better because renting a car in advance means better prices and the possibility to choose the car model you want to rent.
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A taxi from the airport to Palermo city might cost you around 35 eur, but check to see if the meter is on.
If not, you have to negotiate with the taxi driver before entering the car.
If you choose the train or bus to get from the arrival terminal to Palermo city, then you should know that the ride takes around 40 minutes.
Unfortunately, if you choose to travel by bus expect delays as these are very frequent.
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Catania Fontanarossa Airport “Vincenzo Bellini”
Catania Fontanarossa Airport is the largest from the island and the main gateway to the world.
It is located 15 minutes ride from Catania city centre, in the eastern part of the island.
You can rent a car or take a bus to reach your final destination from Sicily.
There are direct buses from the terminal to Palermo and Taormina.
It took you about 2,5 hours to reach Palermo and 45 minutes to get to Taormina.
Or you simply can ook an airport transfer with the hotel where you book your holiday.
It might not be cheaper, but for sure is stressless.
Taxis are also available outside the arrival terminal but prices might be a little bit high especially if you don’t like to negotiate.
Trapani Birti Airport “Vincenzo Florio”
A popular airport for Sicily Italy if you choose to fly with a low cost airline is Vicenzo Florio.
This Sicily airport is located in the western part of the island, in Birgi, just 8 kilometres away from Trapani and 70 kilometres away from Palermo.
If you choose to fly with Ryanair then you should know that you can choose to land on this airstrip.
Regular buses, taxis and rented cars can be used to reach your hotel or whatever you want to see in Sicily.
Comiso Airport „Pio La Torre”
Another popular landing place for low cost airline is Pio La Torre Comiso airport.
The terminal is was open for commercial flights in May 2013 and is located in the southern part of the island.
The other two airports from the island, Lampedusa and Pantelleria are really small and used just for domestic flights.
Lampedusa is located on a small island near Sicily and Pantelleria is located just 5 minutes ride from the city with the same name.
So, to sum up, there are 4 international and 2 domestic airports on the island serving for commercial purposes.
They are located all over the island, making it easier for you to reach your destination!
The island is large, so first, decide what you want to see and then, based on your itinerary choose on which Sicily airport to land!
Logistical tips and tricks for your trip
Book your accommodation
We always use Booking.com as they have the best price-quality ratio and they offer a wide range of hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and villas to choose from.
You will find here all types of accommodations, from the cheapest ones to the most luxurious.
Don't forget travel insurance
Travel insurance will always protect you against unexpected events and cost like illness, COVID, injury, theft, or travel cancellation.
We never go on any trip without travel insurance and there were many cases when we had to use it.
Renting a car
We like to explore a country on our own and a car gives us the mobility and freedom to do that.
We always rent our car from Discovercars as they have free cancellation 48 hours prior to starting date and a wide range of car rental companies and options to choose from all over the world.
Tours and attractions
When we are looking for some adventure or we simply want to break up the monotony and discover new places, we always use GetYourGuide.
We love it because we always find the most amazing experiences, with free cancellation and a large variety of activities and tours to choose from.
Airplane tickets and holiday packages
Expedia is our ally when searching for the best price for airplane tickets as it works as an aggregator for a huge number of airlines and we always find the best price for our flights.
Travel tip: use Expedia when you are searching for holiday packages as they have many last-minute offers and great discounts for hotels, flights, and even the whole holiday packages.