Palermo metropolitan railway service

Palermo metropolitan railway service

Trains at Punta Raisi
Locale Palermo
Transit type commuter rail
Number of lines 2
Number of stations 16
Began operation 1990
Operator(s) Trenitalia
System length 39.1 km (24.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 3 kV DC, overhead line
System map

The Palermo metropolitan railway service is a commuter rail system operated by Trenitalia. It serves the city of Palermo in Sicily, Italy.


There are two lines:

Both lines are served by a train every 30 minutes, although on the Palermo Centrale  Punta Raisi line some stops are served by half of the trains.[1]

For a complete list of Palermo Metro stations, see: List of Palermo metropolitan railway stations.


The first section of the Palermo "metropolitana" was opened in 1990, a month before the beginning of Italia 90, the football World Cup. The line had only six stations: Palermo Centrale, Vespri, Palermo Notarbartolo, Federico, Fiera and Giachery. The line used the tracks of the old Palermo  Trapani railway, running across the city until Notarbartolo station, and from there it followed the branch to the port, along which new stops were built.[2]

This line was also used to reach the Stadio Renzo Barbera (Stadio della Favorita) football stadium.

In November 1993 a new branch was opened, on the tracks of the railway to Trapani, running diesel railcars type ALn 668. The first two stops were San Lorenzo-Colli and Tommaso Natale.[3] In 1994 stops at Francia and Cardillo-Zen were opened.[4]

In 2001 a new tunnel station (Palazzo Reale-Orleans) was opened, serving the city centre.[5] The metropolitan service was extended to Punta Raisi railway station, serving the Falcone Borsellino Airport.[6]


Palermo Centrale  Punta Raisi

Improvements on this line began 22 February 2008.

Palermo Notarbartolo  Giachery

This route was repaired in 1993.

See also


  1. Orario ufficiale Trenitalia 2012-2013, quadro M95
  2. Ettore Caliri: Ferrovia metropolitana a Palermo. In: I Treni Oggi Nr. 108, Oktober 1990. Editrice Trasporti su Rotaie, pages 16–19
  3. Palermo più metropolitana. In: I Treni Oggi Nr. 133, Januar 1993. Editrice Trasporti su Rotaie, page 8
  4. Ettore Caliri: Nuove fermate a Palermo. In: I Treni Nr. 154, November 1994. Editrice Trasporti su Rotaie, pages 14–15
  5. Novità a Palermo. In: I Treni Nr. 228 (Juli 2001), page 4
  6. Marco Minari: Treni in aeroporto. In: I Treni Nr. 280, April 2006. Editrice Trasporti su Rotaie, page 31
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