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FLIGHTS

There's plenty of choice now for flights to and from Puglia, not only from the UK but within Italy and Europe.

Ryanair have expanded their base in the region, with exciting new opportunities for easy and economical travel for Puglia residents and visitors.

Direct flights from the UK remain to Bari and Brindisi from Stansted with Ryanair, and to Bari from Gatwick with British Airways or Easyjet, but there is an increasing range of attractive indirect options, especially from regional airports.

There are also many direct flights from Bari and Brindisi to other European destinations - see SEAP (the Puglia airports authority) site for current schedules.

Other Italian airports within easy reach of Puglia include Pescara (about 3 hours drive to central Puglia) and Naples (about 3 hours).

 

Bari Airport (Palese- BRI)

Is situated about 11 km west of Bari, just off the state road SS16 (E55). In 2005 a new terminal building opened, regarded as a great improvment and a sign of Puglia's investment.

It will normally be necessary to hire a car, as getting around rural Puglia is not very easy by public transport, which is still relatively undeveloped outside the main train lines.

Car hire companies present in the airport terminal include Europcar, HolidayAutos, Avis and Hertz. Cars are best and easiest ordered in advance from the UK through the internet. Hertz offer special prices to RyanAir customers - see also the RyanAir web site. Check your excess damage agreement to make sure it suits your requirements. Agencies including AutoEurope also offer one-stop search for value, but we would recommend contracting directly with the provider rather than through an agency which may occasionally change your agreement or swap provider after booking.

From the airport it is a straightforward journey to Alberobello and the Itria Valley, on dual-carriageway for most of the way, continuing down the SS16 as far as Fasano. Alternatively from the Bari ring road you can take the SS100 towards Taranto and cut across-country from Casamassima. For the Ostuni area carry on further down the dual carriageway (which now has motorway status).

Brindisi Airport (BDS)

Is situated a few kilometers north-west of Brindisi, off the state road SS379 (E55). Also now it has a new terminal buuilding, although smaller than Bari's.

Car hire companies are present in the airport terminal. Again cars are best and easiest ordered in advance from the UK through the internet - try Herz and AutoEurope for good prices. Because of the times of the Stansted flights not all offices are open at arrival time.

From the airport to Alberobello and the Itria Valley is on dual-carriageway (motorway status) for most of the way, continue up the SS379/SS16 as far as Fasano. For Ostuni and Cisternino areas the travel time is shorter.

Rail

Bari is served by express trains northward via Pescara (3 hours) to Milan or Venice, also across to Rome (about 4 hours). Trains from Bari continue along the Adriatic coast down via Fasano and Ostuni to Brindisi and Lecce, and from Bari there are (slow) trains via Alberobello and Martina Franca to Taranto. But please note because of lack of public transport options locally it is pretty essential to have your own transport, and car hire is difficult outside Bari and Brindisi and their airports.

By car

If you want to bring your own car, it will take about 20 to 22 hours driving time from Calais by motorway through France and Italy, or France(Belgium/Luxembourg)/Switzerland/Italy, perhaps best done over three days.

 
 
Travel Links SEAP - Bari and Brindisi airport info
   



 
   
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