If you’re looking to fly to Palermo from New Zealand, then you’ll find a range of options with various airlines through Cheapflights. The flight duration is lengthy and can vary depending on stopovers and the origin airport that you are flying from. In general, if you’re flying from Auckland International Airport (AKL), flights take around 31h to 39h to get to Falcone Borsellino Airport (PMO) in Palermo, Italy. Flying from Christchurch Airport (CHC) takes between 31h and 45h. The fastest flight out of Wellington Airport (WLG) is a total of 41h 55min while the longest takes 47h.
Unfortunately, nonstop flights are not currently available from New Zealand to Palermo, Italy. However, you can find an array of Palermo flight deals that include two and sometimes three stopovers—just check out offers through Cheapflights. If you’re flying from Auckland, you can fly with Qatar Airways via Doha International Airport (DOH) for a 2h 50min stopover and then onto Barcelona El-Prat Airport (BCN) for 5h 50min before connecting to Falcone Borsellino Airport in Palermo. In total, the flight takes 37h 15min. The fastest route is 31h 05min via Singapore Airport (SIN) and Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUN) with Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa. From Wellington, via Air New Zealand, fly to Auckland for a 5h 35min stopover, then onto Dubai International Airport (DXB) with Emirates, which includes a 4h 40min stopover. Next is a 3h 55min stopover in Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO), after which you’ll finally connect to Palermo with Alitalia for a total journey time of 41h 55min. From Christchurch, the quickest flight is 31h 55min and operated by Swiss Air with stopovers in Singapore (5h 50min) and Zurich (45min).
To get from Falcone Borsellino Airport, Palermo, to the city centre, you can catch a train from the airport’s train station, which is located underneath the airport in an underground facility. Trains run every 30min and take about 50-65min. Tickets cost € 5.90 (NZ$ 10) for adults, € 3 (NZ$ 5.07) for children aged between 5-12 years and children under 4 years of age go free. The airport bus is also an option and takes around 45min to get to the centre, while tickets cost around € 6.30 (NZ$ 10.65) for single journeys or € 11 (NZ$ 18.60) for a return journey. Airport taxis are also available in front of the terminal building, and the charge is usually €50 (NZ$ 84.50) for the 40min drive to the centre.
Palermo is well known for its amazing churches and historical architecture, and the Palermo Cathedral, La Martorana Cathedral and the Palatine Chapel are must-sees. There is also the impressive Royal Palace, known locally as the Palazzo dei Normanni, and the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, which has buildings that date back to the 6th century, combining Arabic and Norman styles in architecture. For day trips, there’s Monte Pellegrino, which is around 9 miles from the city centre, with fantastic views of the city and the Mediterranean. If you’re looking to sample some local delicacies, then check out the famous food markets in the city.
If you’re flying from New Zealand to Palermo, Italy, then you must provide a valid passport at the airport. For New Zealand citizens, a travel visa is not required unless you intend to travel around Italy for more than 90 days. However, prior to travelling, you will need to apply for the ETIAS authorisation, which can be done easily online.
Most people fly into Palermo Punta Raisi (PMO) if they book a flight to Palermo. Punta Raisi is conveniently located just 24.5 km from Palermo’s city centre.