Bari is a wonderful town located on the Apulian coast and is one of the most important cities in the region. IS' a destination suitable for everyone, which combines art, culture, history with the sea and outdoor activities, without forgetting good food! The historic center must be absolutely discovered on foot, we recommend a walk with a local guide to immerse yourself in the atmosphere and discover the secrets of the city!
The major attractions are not far from each other, but for convenience you can use the extensive bus network!
So let's find out together how to move in Bari: info, costs and advice!
- Useful Tips
- How to get from the airport to the center of Bari
- How to get around on foot
- How to get around by bicycle
- Con i mezzi pubblici
- By car
- User questions and comments
Bari is a perfect city to be visited on foot! The historic center is a ZTL, where cars cannot enter unless a permit is issued, so you will still be forced to leave your vehicle in the peripheral car parks and then move on foot.
Especially for those with limited time, the guided walking tours are particularly recommended, allowing you to discover the must-sees of the historic center and explore the alleys while observing the women intent on preparing fresh pasta. Equally valid is the ecological bike tour, which combines fun, art and culture and the tasting of typical products!
To reach more distant areas, you can use the urban bus system, which covers the city in a widespread manner! The service is really very cheap: a single ticket costs € 1,00, while the day ticket € 2,50, the weekly one € 12,00.
- Recommended solutions and means: on foot, bus
- Solutions and means not recommended: car in the center
- City cards and season tickets recommended: bus day ticket (from € 2,50)
How to get from the airport to the center of Bari
The city is served byBari-Karol Wojtyla International Airport, which is about 10 km from the historic center. It is the main airport in Puglia, as well as being one of the most important in southern Italy. It is well connected to the rest of Italy and also has many international flights!
Getting to the center from the airport is very simple. The most economical solution is the direct bus of the AMTAB company that connects the airport with the central station of Bari (line 16, 30 min, € 1,00, with an increase of € 50,00 if purchased on board). Alternatively you can take the train, the airport has a train station that can be easily reached on foot from the arrivals terminal (line FR2, 20 min, € 5,00). Finally, if you travel with a lot of luggage, you can choose the taxi (airport-central station fixed cost € 23,00) or book a private transfer from the airport to the city center conveniently online.
Bari Karol Wojtyla International Airport (BRI)
- Distance from the center: 10 km / travel time: 20 min;
- By train: FR2 line / ticket cost: € 5,00
- By taxi: average cost € 23,00 / travel time: 20 min
- By bus: average cost € 1,00 / line 16 AMTAB company
- In transfer:
How to get around on foot
The best way to discover the historic center of Bari is on foot, even better if accompanied by a local guide! Here you can walk through the narrow and characteristic streets and enjoy long walks by the sea, such as the one on the Lungomare Araldo di Crollalanza. Many of the main attractions are located close together: taking as reference the majestic Cathedral Basilica of San Sabino, the Basilica of San Nicola is 400 m away, the Fortino di Sant'Antoni at 900 m, the Puglia museum complex at 350 m and the Lungomare Araldo di Crollalanza at 1 km.
How to get around by bicycle
The city is perfect for discovery by bike! Pedaling you can reach even more distant areas and beaches! Starting from the center (always keeping the Cathedral Basilica San Sabino as a reference point) you can travel the whole coast until you reach wonderful beaches such as Pane e Pomodoro (3 km) and Torre Quetta (4,5 km), or reach nearby locations such as Torre a Mare (13 km).
You can rent a bicycle directly online before your departure and organize your itinerary freely (from € 15,00 per day, including helmet, lock and city map), or you can participate in characteristic organized tours, for example the fantastic gastronomic tour in bicycle that also includes street food meals and Apulian specialties.
Con i mezzi pubblici
If you need to reach an attraction or a neighborhood further away or if you are visiting the city on a hot summer day, then the best solution is to opt for the use of public transport. In Bari you will find only the urban bus network, which covers the whole area in a capillary way. Then there is one railway network which starts from the Central Station and which does not serve the historic center, but which connects the more peripheral districts, usually non-touristy, and which leads to Barletta, so it can be useful for visiting nearby places.
If you have to move around Bari and in the more touristic areas, the bus is definitely there best solution. The urban network is managed by the AMTAB company and counts 33 lines covering the whole city! The service is generally active from 5:00 to 23:00, with possible variations based on the single line.
With regard to rates, the single ticket costs € 1,10 and is valid only for one trip, if purchased on board € 1,50. There are also tickets with different validities, which allow you to use the means for the entire duration: 90 min ticket € 1,20, day ticket € 2,50, booklet of 10 tickets € 9,00.
- Map: official site
- by 5: 00 23 to: 00
- Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,00, if purchased on board € 1,50
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 90 min € 1,20, daily € 2,50, booklet of 10 tickets € 9,00, weekly € 12,00
This network is managed by the Ferrotramviaria company, and it is one train network which cover the most peripheral districts of Bari and reaches Barletta. A great solution if you want to do some day trips. The times are very variable, generally the service is active from 4:30 to 23:30, but undergo different changes based on the line and on weekdays / holidays.
With regard to rates, these vary according to the station of arrival: a single ticket for a short distance costs € 1,10, for the Bari-Barletta route € 4,90. The weekly pass also varies according to the distance and starts at € 6,20 for the shortest distance.
- approximately from 4:30 to 23:30, visit the official website
- Ticket / single ride cost: from € 1,10
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: weekly from € 6,20
Getting around Bari by car is really not recommended. This is because there is no real need: in the historic center you can move on foot and the main attractions are close to each other, also to reach more distant areas you can opt for the bike or public transport. Another factor not to be underestimated is the traffic, especially in summer, when people move to reach the beaches and seaside resorts in the area, thus causing numerous delays and queues.
If you arrive in Bari with your car or you rent one because you are engaged in an on the road itinerary (in this case, the car is the best way to move between the different locations in Puglia), you could consider the option of a accommodation with parking and then move on foot.
Bari has a Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL), which includes the entire Old Town and is bordered by streets such as Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Corso Senatore Antonio De Tullio and the Lungomare Imperatore Augusto.
This area is divided in turn into four sectors, indicated with numbers from 1 to 4. Some areas are perpetually limited traffic, while others are subject to different times, all of which can be consulted on the official website of the city of Bari. Permission to access the ZTL can only be requested by residents and certain working classes that carry out their activity within the area.
- Downloadable map of the ZTL:
Stops and parking
Since the whole Old Town, or the historic center, is a ZTL, you will not be able to access it by car unless you have a permit, which is granted only to certain categories. In this case, the best solution is to choose an accommodation that includes the parking service for its guests. So you can leave your car in a guarded parking lot and use it only if you plan day trips in the surrounding area.
If, on the other hand, you decide to move by car, you will have to park in the parking lots located at the limits of the ZTL. The parking lots to satin, or those on the road, are generally paid between 8:30 and 20:30 (with possible variations depending on the area) and have a cost ranging from € 1,00 / hour to € 2,00 / hour in those on the border of the ZTL. The AMTAB company, which manages the urban network, provides the Park & Ride service: you can leave your car in peripheral car parks and then move towards the historic center with the shuttles provided (rate: daily parking ticket € 1,00 + shuttle ticket € 0,30 valid for the whole day; more info on the official website ).