Fancy booking flights to Palermo from London? The Sicilian capital is perfect for a weekend break or a longer summer holiday, with nearby coastal towns such as Cefalú providing sun, sand and Sicilian charm by the bucket-load. Here’s everything you need to know before booking your cheap flights from London to Palermo.
London Stansted Airport Overview
When you book your cheap flights to Palermo from London you’ll be flying out from London Stansted airport. London Stansted airport is the fourth busiest airport in the United Kingdom, welcoming around 25 million passengers every year. Getting to London Stansted from central London is easy via public transport. If travelling by bus, take the National Express coach which runs 24 hours a day and has 15 pick-up points around central London. For a quicker route, you can travel by train via the Stansted Express from London Liverpool Street which runs every 15 minutes. If travelling by car, you’ll find Stansted Airport is around 68km outside central London just off the M11 motorway.
Stansted airport has just the one terminal and one runway. Once you’ve passed through security, you’ll find a wide range of shops, restaurants and cafes in the duty free for any last- minute shopping you need to do before your flights from London to Palermo.
Falcone Borsellino Airport Overview
When you arrive in Palermo you will be landing in Falcone Borsellino Airport which is located 35 km (22mi) west northwest of Palermo. To get from Palermo airport to the city centre there are a several public transport services available to you. By train, the airport's railway facility, Punta Raisi railway station links the airport with Palermo Centrale railway station. There is also a shuttle bus service available from the airport to the city centre. The Prestia e Comande bus operates on daily basis on the route between the Central Station / Politeama (Piazza Castelnuovo) and the airport. The journey takes 40 – 55 minutes, depending on where your exit station.
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What to Expect on arrival at Palermo?
After you’ve booked your London to Palermo flights, you’ll find plenty to look forward to in Palermo. No only does Palermo enjoy very hot summers, but also boasts beautiful architecture, historic sites and delicious street food. Must-sees include The Palazzo dei Normanni or Royal Palace of Palermo. It was the seat of the Kings of Sicily during the Norman domination and served afterwards as the main seat of power for the subsequent rulers of Sicily. For some of the best views of the city and the surrounding coastline, head for the heights of Mount Pellegrino. Meanwhile, the nearby Cathedral of Monreale is a spectacular example of Norman architecture, dating back to 1174. One thing that you must absolutely try in Palermo is the famous street food. Palermo regularly ranks as one of the world’s top destinations for street food featuring flavours that range from the familiar (pizza-like sfincione) to the exotic (chickpea fritters with minty potato croquettes) to the downright daring (spleen sandwiches and skewered entrails).
Five fun facts about Palermo
When you fly London to Palermo in summer you should know that Palermo experiences very hot weather, with temperatures hitting as high as 32°C during July and August - be sure to pack plenty of sun cream.
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your pounds for euros before your London to Palermo flights.
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