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Basic information

  • Area: 116.20 km² (44.9 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +3980
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 320,160
  • Official language: Italian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Bari – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

The Bari International Airport, Aeroporto di Bari "Karol Wojtyla", is located approximately 11 km North West of Bari and has recently undergone a massive development allowing it to support greater numbers of air passengers. The easiest way to travel to and from the airport by public transport is to take the Tempesta Autoservizi bus right into the heart of Bari to the central station. A one-way ticket costs €4.15 and the journey takes around half an hour. Services run throughout the day from 45 minutes to two hours, it is advisable to check the timetable before travelling. Amtab, the local public transport provider offer a more scenic bus route in the form of route 16. With tickets only costing €0.80 one-way, the longer journey may be worth it for some.

As with all international airports, car hire and taxi ranks can be found within and just outside the terminal.

Bus

Amtab Bari runs a comprehensive bus service throughout the city and its districts. Many of the routes travel through the city centre making it a great way to get around whilst sightseeing. Tickets are cheap at around €0.75 for a single trip which is valid for 75 minutes and €1.80 for a one day travel card.

Car

With so many wonderful places to see outside of the city centre, hiring a car is by far the best way to get around. With both international and local car hire companies found at the airport and in Bari city centre prices are competitive and it is easy to rent for a day, week or longer period of time. Prices are usually a little higher if renting from the airport than from one of the city centre outlets, however the airport offices generally have later opening times and are also open on weekends.

Ferry

Being a maritime port there are an abundance of passenger ferry services serving Bari. Sail across the Adriatic Sea to destinations in Croatia, Greece and Albania. The crossings are too long to only spend a day but if you feel like exploring further afield they make for a good adventure!

On Foot

The compact size of Bari city centre makes it easy to explore on foot. See things at your own pace; take in the atmosphere of the old town and the smell of the sea.

Taxi

Several taxi companies offer passenger transport in Bari and the surrounding region for short journeys as well as longer hires. Pre-book transport or find a taxi at the Central Station in the city centre. It is possible to find some good deals on longer hire cabs (for instance day trips) and many companies will cater for large groups, call to check prices though before travelling as costs can vary.

Train

Ferrovie Sud Est run tourist trains from Bari into the heart of the Puglia countryside via winding routes through the picturesque greenery. Many of the main tourist destinations are serviced by the train lines and travelling by train is a delightful way to reach you destination un-hurriedly.