Tl;dr - 2 and a half wait for 806 bus on way back, go to the first stop on the bus route to avoid problems we had.
I was looking forward to our beach trip and I am so disappointed how it went. Really feel the need to warn others about the unpredictability of the buses as we were caught very off guard.
The 806, the main bus from Palermo to Mondello, is advertised on Google Maps as running every 10 minutes. Our trip to the beach was absolutely fine - the bus was roughly on time and it was a really quick journey to Mondello.
The actual beach itself is very popular and commercial, to the detriment of the experience. The majority of the beach is fenced off and used for beach cabins, lounges, parasols and the like. We checked prices for one of these areas and it was 10eur for 1 person. We went to the free sand bit - which was literally a sliver right next to the sea. Walking along the strip of sand meant getting our shoes wet trying to find a spot, to point out how small. Last complaint would be the number and insistence of people coming to sell products - it's probably because of how small the area was, but it seemed like people were coming every few minutes and became very grating, particularly when they wouldn't leave you alone despite saying no several times.
Despite this, we did have a nice day - it really is a beautiful beach and the sea is clear and gorgeous.
Then came the killer, which is what really spoilt the whole day. The buses did not turn up every ten minutes. In the total 2 and a half hours we were waiting to get a bus, we maybe saw five 806s max - all of which couldnt take us because they were so full. We started at stop 9 (which is a bit further than most beachgoers to be fair - we wanted to go to a supermarket) and ended up walking the whole way to stop 1 just so we could get on the bus. We stopped at several bus stops along the way such as the main one at the end of the promenade which I imagine a lot would try, but to no avail. When we did finally get on the bus, it was completely packed and everyone was squished despite being the very first stop. We picked up people at the 2nd stop and then no one after that.
Seriously disappointing experience for us as the beach is as beautiful as it looks on the photos, but be warned if you want to go by public transport. If you don't want to get a taxi, try and immediately got to stop 1 which is still close the beach and near the toy park
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