Officially known as the Karol Wojtyla Airport, Bari Airport (BRI) is located around 8 kilometers northwest of the centre of Bari. The airport was at first a military airfield built back in the 1930s and it remained so until the 1960s when the first flight for the general public took off from its runway.
Airport shuttle: The shuttle bus provided by the Tempesta company runs every half an hour from the airport to the central train station in Bari (located in the city centre). The price of one-way ticket is 4€ and the buses are located in front of Departures section.
NOTE: An advantage of the Tempesta Buses is that you can pay the driver directly, and do not have to worry about purchasing a ticket in advance.
Local bus: Taking the bus line nr.16 provided by the local bus service AMTAB is probably the cheapest way of getting to the centre of Bari (Piazza Moro is the last stop) because the price of the ticket is just 1€ . The first bus departs at 5:10 am and the last one at 21:35.
Train: Although the metroline FM2 gets you to the central train station in just 13 mins, the ticket is not as cheap as the one for the bus, as it costs 5€.
NOTE: The metroline isn’t really a metroline, but a regional train that runs approx. every 45 minutes and the train comes from Bitonto to Bari Centrale, passing the Airport.
From the Bari airport to the Bari port: The ferry port is just outside the Old City and takes about 20-25 mins of walk from the main train station (after taking a bus from the airport to the station) or you can take bus line nr.20 and the bus stop is just outside the port entrance.
Taxi services: Taxis are available 24/7 and they are located outside the Arrivals section. The most recommended taxi services at the airport are EuroTaxi, Radiotaxi and Taxi Apulia and the journey to the centre will cost you approximately 20€.
NOTE: Avoid unofficial drivers who offer cheaper services, as you might get charged with much higher prices once you arrive at your destination.
Transfer: If you decide to book your own private transfer, or maybe you need a minivan if you are travelling in a bigger group of people, you can get them for 40-70€, depending on the vehicle you choose.
Renting a car at Bari airport: Those who prefer exploring the city by themselves but want to avoid public transport, car rental companies like Sixt, Europcar and Locauto offer their services in the airport area. To avoid being left without the car, book them online.
Renting a bus at Bari airport: In case you are coming with a larger group of people, the best option is to rent a bus prior to your arrival. After doing so, the bus rental companies will inform you on the pick-up point.
From BRI to Matera: If you’ve just landed at the Bari Airport and you need to go to Matera, you can get the train from the airport to Bari Centrale (it takes 13 minutes). Once there, go to the “Ferrovia Appulo Lucane” railway station (close to the central station you’ve just got off) and wait for the first train connecting Bari to Matera. Tickets can be bought right there, at the ticket office, the ride costs €4,80 and it takes about 1 hour and a half.
FAQ – bus and transport from Bari airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: That will not be a problem as there are bus lines running all day every half an hour, but in case you miss them all, get yourself a taxi but be careful and negotiate the price in advance, because you might get overcharged, especially late at night.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: The closest hotels to the Bari airport are:
- Hotel Parco dei Principi (4*) – 10 minute walk from the airport; offers free Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking
- Vittoria Parc Hotel (4*) – 3km away from the airport, free Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast, offers room service and laundry washing service
Q: I would like to spend one day in Bari in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Yes, of course. The best way to do so is to take one of the buses which take you directly from the airport to the city centre and are the most convenient way of transportation. The airport does not offer luggage lockers but you can leave your luggage at the train station for 5 € (first five hours; every next hour costs additional 0,70€)
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Bari. Are there any direct lines from the airport to other cities?
A: To visit nearby cities the best option would be to go to the train station first and from there take the bus or train which will get you to your destination. You can visit places like Polignano a Mare (with beautiful beaches), Giovinazzo or Molfetta.
Q: Can I exchange the money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, there are several exchange offices and ATMs at the airport, working 24/7, but it would be better to exchange the money before the trip and have some euros on you since the rate will be a lot higher on the spot and no currency other than euro is accepted.