Third city in the South, seat of important trade fairs and first port of the Adriatic for passengers, Bari contains the essence of Puglia. Although it has always been a crossroads between East and West, tourism has arrived in more recent times also thanks to the redevelopment works of many city districts. And if it is true that many prefer to stay in other Apulian locations, Bari now has many facilities suitable for tourists who come here for short weekends or who choose it as a base and then visit the surroundings.
Here is one for you guide on where to sleep in Bari: best tips and neighborhoods to stay!
- Useful tips: the best neighborhoods to stay
- Bari area guide
- Bari Vecchia / San Nicola
- Crucian carp
- Towns near Bari where to stay
- Bari accommodation price map
- User questions and comments
Useful tips: the best neighborhoods to stay
When looking for accommodation in Bari, prices vary depending on the area and the type of structure. Usually, the places near the port and the historic center are the most expensive, but also those where you can breathe the soul of the city. For this reason, if you are looking for an authentic experience, we recommend the Bari Vecchia district, which extends from Corso Vittorio Emanuele to the port.
The Murattiano district, called more simply Murat, always close to the center, is the area that extends between the seafront and the railway, convenient for travel and its many nightclubs. The residential neighborhood of Carrassi is a viable alternative for stay in Bari without spending too much but it is still a recommended area, full of bars and restaurants. Finally, if you arrive by plane and want to get around the surrounding areas, Palese is the district 8 km from the center and close to the Karol Wojtyla airport served by various public transport.
- Recommended areas to save: Carrassi, Palese, Madonnella
- Recommended areas for families with children: Bari Vecchia, Madonnella
- Recommended areas for young people: Murat, Carrassi
- Best accommodations: we have selected the best hotels, b & bs and hostels in Bari. Discover our tips and book on Booking
If you are in Bari for work or as a one-day stopover to other destinations, consider sleeping near the airport. Find the best solutions and selected hotels on Booking.com
Bari area guide
The city of Bari has about 324.000 inhabitants and is the capital of Puglia, overlooking the Adriatic Sea in the center of a large flat area.
The conformation is described as an eagle with outstretched wings, whose head is the peninsula, where Bari Vecchia and Murat are located, which extend to the east with the districts of San Giorgio Torre a Mare and to the west with Palese, while in the central body are the districts of Poggio Franco, Picone and Carrassi. There are other areas then, but the most famous ones for a tourist or business stay are these.
Areas to avoid: Libertà, San Girolamo and San Paolo are districts not to be chosen for your stay because they are outside the center, without particular attractions. Also, it is not recommended to go alone in the evening.
Bari Vecchia / San Nicola
Until a few years ago the Bari Vecchia district was degraded and infamous but starting from the 90s it has undergone a redevelopment and today it is one of the most suggestive and best areas of the city. Here you will find the main attractions of Bari, such as the Cathedral of San Sabino, the Basilica of San Nicola, the Civic Museum of Bari and the Nicolaiano Museum, the Norman Castle and several historic buildings. Nicola and Largo Papa Urbano II.
Full of clubs, restaurants and attractions to visit, it certainly is the best area to stay, thanks to the many hotels, B & Bs and holiday homes available. By staying here, you can move mainly on foot, fully experiencing the atmosphere of the city!
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 50,00 for low cost accommodations to € 450,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
Just outside Bari Vecchia, the Murat district, whose main streets are Corso Cavour, Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Sparano, is surrounded by trendy shops and trendy clubs that fill up with people in the evening.
Who numerous concerts and shows take place, thanks to the presence of important theaters such as the Petruzzelli Theater and the Margherita Theater.
A very convenient area even for those arriving by train, because the central station is located here, and it is very safe because it lives at any time of day or night. It is about an area suitable for everyone, to families but also to those looking for nightlife, as numerous clubs overlook Corso Vittorio Emanuele! Also, by staying here you can mainly move around the city on foot!
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 50,00 for low cost accommodations to € 650,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
To the east of Murat, there is another neighborhood where we recommend staying especially if you are traveling as a family. We are talking about the Madonnella district, which includes the whole area close to the Lungomare di Crollalanza up to the Nazario Sauro seafront.
At the end of the latter promenade is located the city beach of the city, Pane e Pomodoro, named after the eating habits of the citizens. The area is full of green areas and other important attractions of the city, such as the Palazzo dell'Aeronautica and the Corrado Giaquinto Art Gallery. From here you can reach the historic center by walking along the seafront, especially wonderful at sunset, or with city buses. From the beach you can also reach the center by train, from Bari Parco Sud station to Bari Centrale station (5 min).
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 40,00 for low cost accommodations to € 120,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
The Carassi district is located in the southern part of the city and is a quiet area with modern but cheaper facilities compared to the historic center. This area develops mainly between Via Camillo Rosalba (the main street of the neighborhood), Via Salvatore Matarrese, Via Antonio Lucarelli and Via Giulio Petroni.
E' the ideal area especially for business trips, in fact, it is also in a convenient position to reach the city center or the motorway in a few minutes. But also for those who are looking for a bit of nightlife because here there are several bars, pubs and places to stay in the wee hours. Here, in fact, the Polytechnic of Bari is located and is a very young area.
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 40,00 for low cost accommodations to € 110,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
In the west of the city, the Bari Palese district is a convenient area for those who want to be outside the center to get around with their car in other locations or for those arriving or departing by plane. The area develops between Via Capitaneo, via Modugno and Via Napoli and on the border between Palese and Bitonto, there is the rural church of the Annunziata, dating back to the th century, in Apulian Romanesque style.
Furthermore, in this neighborhood, in the first or second week of August, celebrations are held in honor of the patron saint Archangel Michael.
Bari Palese has several comfortable facilities, economical and quiet, ideal for quickly reaching the airport. This neighborhood is recommended for those who want a bit of tranquility and are not interested in nightlife. If you have a car, it can also be convenient for families. Moreover, you can reach the center by train, from Bari Palese station to Bari Centrale station (11 min).
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 35,00 for low cost accommodations to € 120,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
Towns near Bari where to stay
The province and surroundings of Bari they range from stunning seaside resorts to small towns in the interior of the region with historic centers characterized by fairytale palaces and churches surrounded by hills and expanses of centuries-old olive trees. Often those who come to Puglia and want to visit Bari prefer to stay outside the city in one of these villages:
- Polignano a mare (34 km / 30 min): to choose if you want to enjoy a particular atmosphere especially out of season, when the masses of tourists have gone away. It is certainly not a cheap location but it really deserves at least 1 night. Connected to Bari by direct regional train (Trenitalia, 45 min) - Hotels and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room
- Bitonto (22 Km / 18 min): between the sea and the highlands of the Murge, known as the "city of olives", Bitonto, in the past a bitter enemy of Bari, can be the ideal base for visiting the surroundings of the province of Bari and the interior of the region. Connected to Bari by direct regional train (Trenitalia, 32 min) - Hotels and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room
- Ruvo di Puglia (40 km / 40 min): halfway between Andria and Bitonto and not far from Bari, immersed in a plain surrounded by olive trees, Ruvo is a quiet village with millennia of history, ideal for those looking for relaxation and silence but want a base for visiting the area. Connected to Bari by direct train (Ferrovie nord Barese, 50 min) - Hotels and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room
- Conversano (34 Km, 35 min): if the citizens of Bari and Monopoli in the summer choose this location to escape there will be a reason. With a beautiful historic center and lots of greenery around, Conversano is ideal if you are looking for structures where you can rest between one visit and another. Connected to Bari by direct train (South East Railways, 40 min) - Hotels and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room