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Palermo City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Palermo, Italy
To limit the spread of the coronavirus, attractions may be closed or have partial closures. Please consult government travel advisories before booking. The WHO is closely monitoring the coronavirus and more information can be found here.

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Overview

See the highlights of Palermo with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, exploring at your own pace. Get a view of the city’s top attractions from the top of a double-decker bus, including sights like the Quattro Canti, Vucciria Market and the Teatro Massimo – one of Italy's most famous opera houses. Enjoy audio commentary during the tour.
  • Get the perfect introduction to Palermo with a hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • See the top attractions in Palermo, including the Teatro Massimo and Vucciria Market
  • Explore both bus routes to see even more of the city
  • Get on and off the bus as many times as you like during your 24-hour ticket
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Hop-on hop-off tour
Individual earphones
Recorded commentary
Free Wi-Fi onboard bus
Mobile free App “Sightseeing Experience
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Discover the best of Palermo with ease during a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the Sicilian city, complete with audio commentary.

There are two bus routes to choose from, and you can switch between them to fully explore everything Palermo has to offer. Line A includes stops at the Quattro Canti, the Botanical Gardens, Palermo Cathedral and Vucciria Market. Line B includes stops at the English Garden, Mercato del Capo and Teatro Massimo.

Join either bus tour at any stop, and get off the bus any time you like to visit a nearby attraction. Stop to admire the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace), built by Arab emirs in the 9th century, or the Baroque architecture of the Quattro Canti. Visit the Castello deall Zisa’s fountains and gardens and the colorful stalls of Palermo’s busy outdoor markets.

All of the stops for the two bus routes are listed in the itinerary section. Both routes stop at Teatro Politeama and Teatro Massimo.
Itinerary
Duration: 
50 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Line B Summer ( 12 am - 5 pm 1 hour about ) Winter ( 1 departure 1 pm ) * October 2020 Timetable: Departures line B: 17.00
Via E. Amari, 138
Teatro Politeama
Via della Libertà, 43
Giardino Inglese
Dante - Villa Malfitano
Villa Malfitano
Piazza Sacro Cuore, 3
Castello della Zisa
Volturno - Capo
Mercato del Capo
Piazza Verdi
Teatro Massimo
Piazza delle XIII Vittime, 23
Points of interest passed by on this route
Giardino Inglese
 
Il Castello della Zisa
 
Villa Malfitano
 
Mercato del Capo
 
Teatro Massimo
 
Teatro Politeama Garibaldi
 
Duration: 
1 hour 
Operating Schedule:
  Line A Summer ( 9.30 am - 5 pm, 30 min. frequency ) Winter ( 3 departures: 10 am - 11 am - 12 am ) *October 2020 Timetable: Departures line A: 10.00 - 11.00 - 12.00 - 13.00 - 14.00 - 15.00 -16.00 Tour suspended from from November 2nd to December 18th, 2020 (included)
Via E. Amari, 138
Teatro Politeama
Via Ruggero Settimo, 26
Teatro Massimo
Via Vittorio Emanuele, 56
Palazzo Steri
Orto Botanico
Orto Botanico
Stazione Centrale - Pensilina Esterna
Stazione Centrale
Quattro Canti
Quattro Canti
Indipendenza - Palazzo Reale
Palazzo Reale
Via Vittorio Emanuele, 3
Cattedrale
Points of interest passed by on this route
Quattro Canti
 
Norman Palace
 
Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati
 
Cattedrale di Palermo
 
Teatro Massimo
 
Teatro Politeama Garibaldi
 
Orto Botanico di Palermo
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • October 2020 Timetable: Departures line A: 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 Departures line B: 17
  • Tour suspended from from November 2nd to December 18th, 2020 (included)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Sightseeing Experience

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.


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Bus tour
Jennifer_M
, Feb 2020
The tour gave a good overall view of the city. At times you could not hear through the ear buds. But I did not say anything to guide
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Thank you for sharing your opinion with us!
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Recommend
915LizaJ
, Sep 2019
We use these every time we visit Italy ,such a great idea We usually stay on for the full tour of the city to get our bearings then go round again to get off to explore something that’s caught our eye Great idea , the big red hop on hop off bus are the best compared to other company’s we have found Palermo was no exception 👍🏻
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Worthless
Steve F
, Aug 2019
Not worth the $$. The old town line (red line) went all around the perimeter of old town, but all the walking was inside. Nothing was more than .75 miles end to end. Complete waste.
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We are really sorry for your bad feedback Steve!
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Great Experience
gandjstevenson56
, Jun 2018
Informative and a great way to see the city of Palermo. However disappointing that you can buy your tickets directly on the bus cheaper than you can from Viator.
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We really enjoyed the tour of Palermo...
Vyvyan H
, Mar 2018
We really enjoyed the tour of Palermo there is a lot to see and this tour covered most of it
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Loved Palermo, but unfortunately the...
porgy
, Feb 2018
Loved Palermo, but unfortunately the day we went we were blighted by torrential rain. We optimistically boarded the first Hop on Hop off bus of the day near the port we were on a cruise and decided to go UP TOP. The rain started, it was windy, but we thought we'd brave it out with umbrellas as we didn't want to see the city through steamed up windows. BIG MISTAKE - we were absolutely drenched and in the end had to leave the bus before it has finished its red route. We never got onto the blue route and were told later by some fellow cruisers on our bus that it stopped and cancelled any further trips because the conditions were so bad. Not your fault I know. My husband developed hypothermia and we had to get him back to the ship quickly. One memory of Palermo that will stay with me forever was a half eaten dead cat on the pavement in the dock area - that no one had seen fit to remove! Still, it is a beautiful city - a bit like Naples only more so - but do choose a sunny day! Incidentally, the city provides a free city bus which follows a similar route to the Hop on Hop off - no commentary though and no up top - I don't know if it provides anything for the blue route.
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Loved this tour!! Bus was easy to...
nancygodoy418
, Dec 2017
Loved this tour!! Bus was easy to locate, and tour information was great!!
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The biggest problem was locating the...
Eleanor C
, Oct 2017
The biggest problem was locating the bus stops. Despite having a map showing given points of pick /drop off, they weren't always signposted with the bus tour making it very difficult to know if you were in the right place. Locals were helpful but often didn't know themselves or sent us to the wrong bus stop. Wasted a lot of time on a one day trip in Palermo waiting at bus stops and often the wrong ones. Clearer signposting like a simple solution of company sign at designated bus stops would be useful? We did the A line route but never found the B line. Even the bus company staff were vague and we went the wrong way. Expensive really at 20 each. Horse and carriage only costs 50 bartered down and they let you get off and explore sights too and can carry four people.
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This is a good way to get around the...
Taylor R
, Oct 2017
This is a good way to get around the busy city, but the commentary is minimal. There is such opportunity to provide visitors with information on the sights and history surrounding us, but that just didn't happen. You still need your own guide book to figure out what you're looking at and the historical relevance. We walked up to the catacombs from stop 6 I think and that was interesting. I usually love seeing new cities this way, but this tour was definitely lacking.
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It's a great way to get a view of the...
Hellen W
, Oct 2017
It's a great way to get a view of the overview/layout of Palermo. Definitely recommend.
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