Travelling to Puglia from AbroadBy plane
Flying to Puglia’s main airport Bari and secondary airport Brindisi, is getting easier each year as new routes are opened and tourism in Puglia steadily grows.
Airport Location relative to our Rental listing
Relax Puglia’s rental holiday villas are situated in the lower murgia, between Bari’s southern town of Locorotondo, Martina Franca in the Taranto province, and connecting with Brindisi towns further south Cisternino and Ceglie Messapica and Bari an area referred to as the Valle d’Itria, which is in fact, geologically speaking, a karstic depression, historically a natural shelter for wayfarers giving rise to the conical buildings referred to as trullo (plural trulli), orchards of olive trees and vast lines of vines.
Former wayfarers now today’s tourists, holidaying in the Valle d’Itria. This area can be easily reached by either airport, Bari or Brindisi. Brindisi is closer with a 30-40 minute drive away. Bari is an hour or so’s drive depending on traffic. Bari airport accommodated over 4 million passengers in 2016, a record with an upswing in international traffic by 20% on previous records. By comparison Brindisi handles one million passengers a year. Brindisi is a useful hub for Greek island hoppers; just over 200 kms away.
There are a few airline companies that operate and offer flights to a number of destinations. It is an international airport; therefore, further afield destinations can be reached as well. However, many of the flights serve other Italian airports. Ryanair is the airline company that handles the greatest number of destinations and flights and they are an airline company that is well known for being a ‘low-cost giant’.
Some of their destinations include Bologna, Brussels South-Charleroi, Eindhoven, Girona, London-Stansted (a popular long-haul destination), Milan-Orio al Serio, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Venice-Treviso and Verona.
Alitalia is another popular airline company with flights to Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino and Venice-Marco Polo, while Air One offers flights to Milan-Malpensa. EasyJet, another low-cost airline, offers seasonal flights to Paris-Orly, and regular flights to Milan-Malpensa and Geneva. Other airline companies include Meridiana Fly, Helvetic Airways, KLM, Air France, TAP-Air Portugal and Air Baltic. Rome, Pisa and Milan are some of the most popular destinations.
Brindisi airport is the furthest south and thus the most convenient for the Salento, Lecce area and the Valle d’Itria, which is our zone of concentrated holiday villas, and can easily be reached with a 45 - minute drive. However, also convenient for two stay holiday destinations or those looking to explore the Salento peninsula or head off to Greece by air or by boat.
Facilities: Shops, restaurants, parking, transport by taxi or coach, disabled facilities
Bari is further north and the busiest of the two airports with more connections and more flights per day. The Valle d’Itria can be reached within an hour’s drive. Many airlines operate on a seasonal basis, others all year round.
The airport was completely overhauled in 2007 and now sits on a 30,000 square meters area. It is located some 11 kilometers or 6 miles from the city of Palese. This airport is also known as Karol Wojtyla Airport, a name borrowed from Pope John Paul the Second.
Facilities: Shops, restaurants, parking, transport by taxi, coach or train, disabled facilities
Ryanair: Bologna, Brussels South-Charleroi, Cagliari, Genoa, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Kos, London-Stansted, Maastricht, Madrid, Malta, Milan Orio al Serio Bergamo Airport, Paris-Beauvais, Pisa, Rome Ciampino Airport, Seville, Trieste, Turin, Valencia, Venice-Treviso, Verona, Weeze
Volotea: Venice-Marco Polo - Seasonal: Ibiza Airport - Palma de Mallorca
Alitalia: Bologna, Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino, Turin, Venice Airport Marco Polo
Air Berlin: Berlin-Tegel, Dusseldorf,
Air Europa: Seasonal: Barcelona
Air Italy: Verona
Air One: Milan Malpensa Airport
Belle Air: Tirana
Blue Panorama Airlines: operated by Blu-express Catania Airport, Palermo
British Airways: London-Gatwick
EasyJet: Milan-Malpensa Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Germanwings: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Helvetic Airways: Zurich
Iberia: Seasonal: Madrid Airport
Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine: Munich
Lufthansa Regional operated by Eurowings: Dusseldorf
Meridiana fly: Milan-Linate Seasonal: Olbia
Wizz Air: Bucharest-Baneasa, Budapest, Prague, Amsterdam Airport
Travelling to Puglia within ItalyBy plane:
The main airport in Puglia is Karol Wojtyla Bari situated on the outskirts of Palese. The airport has many internal connections through:
- Alitalia (Alitalia.com) from Milan Linate, Rome Fiumicino;
- Ryanair from Bologna, Pisa, Cagliari, Trieste, Venice, Genoa, Milan Orio al Serio, Rome Fiumicino and Torino;
- Easyjet from Milan Malpensa;
- Volotea from Catania, Palermo, Venice and Olbia;
- Blueair from Torino;
- Meridiana from Olbia.
- Bari airport is connected by train to Bari central – See ferrovienordbarese.it – or via coach no. 16 – See amtab.it. Coach is about a 40 - minute drive away. See also Autoservizi Tempesta which is a navette; Pugliairbus – see aeroportidipuglia.it - takes you from Bari to Taranto and Foggia.
- Brindisi is a secondary hub but closer to the Valle d’itria and many of our properties than Bari airport. Internal flights to Brindisi include:
- Alitalia from Milan Linate, Rome Fiumicino;
- Ryanair from Bologna, Milan Orio al Serio, Rome Fumicino and Venice;
- Easyjet from Milan Malpensa.
- Trenitalia – see Trenitalia.com guarantees transport between regions.
- From Milan to Taranto – via Bari or via Lecce, Milan to Bari takes in Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Ancona, Pescara and Foggia. The Milan to Taranto takes in Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples, Salerno and Potenza. Choose between the Frecciabianca and the Frecciarossa.
- Also try the Intercity Notte – Night Train.
- Frecciargento connects Rome to Lecce via Caserta, Benevento, Bari and Brindisi.
- The normal Intercity trains connect Rome to Bari passing Caserta and Benevento or Rome to Taranto via Naples, Salerno and Potenza.
Ferrovie del Gargano – ferroviedelgarcano.com – operates in the Foggia area, whereas Ferrovie del nord Barese – ferroviedelnordbarese.it connects Bari to a number of the towns north between Bitonto, Andria and Barletta.
The area south of Bari is covered by the company Ferrovie del Sud Est – fseonline.it
The coach is a good alternative especially if you are travelling from the middle of Italy. A number of connections are available from the main stations throughout Italy through the company Baltour – autolinee.baltour.it – and also Flixbus – flixbus.it – Onbus connects with Puglia and Sicily. Simet -simetspa.it - connects Bar and Foggia to cities in Le Marche, Abruzzo, Basilicata and Calabria.
Marozzi - marozzivt.it - runs lines from Rome to Bari and Brindisi, but also Gallipoli, Ginosa, Otranto and Taranto.
Marino Autolinee – marinobus.it – coonects the northern cities to destinations in Puglia whereas the Salerno-Naples-Bari line is covered by Sita Sud – sitasudtrasporti.it.
There is a bus from the train station in the Gargano which connects to the main localities in the Gargano and Rome, Emilia, Piemonte and Lombardia. Ferroviedelgargano.com
Ferrovie del Sud Est also covers the bus lines in the south from Bari to Salento. The Gargano Ferrovie aka busline also covers Foggia, Barletta, Andria, Trani connecting with the Barese line Ferrovie del Nord Barese.
Sitasud covers the minor areas in the locality of Bari and Foggia.
Whereas Bari and Taranto are covered by Miccolis – miccolis-spa.it.
An additional service runs in the south from June through to September, in the Salento-Lecce zone. Salento in Bus. -provincias.le.it/web/provincialecce/trasporti
The A14 connects Poggio Imperiale, San Severo and Foggia, Barletta, Bari and Taranto.
Between Barletta and Fasano, the SS16 and the SS379 continues through to Brindisi. From Brindisi, you need the SS613 for Lecce. From here the SS101 Salentina connects to Gallipoli and the East coast. And from there the SS274 Salentina Meridionale takes you to Santa di Leuca and the furthest south extremities of the peninsula.
The Tremiti islands are accessible via the port of Peschici, Vieste and Termoli in the Molise. During the summer time Navigazione Libera del Golfo -navlib.it - have departures from Vieste and Termoli whereas Navigazione Libera Adriatica – traghettilines.it leave Vieste and Peschici. Throughout the year Tirrenia – tirrenia.it navigate from the port of Termoli.