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About Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport

Palese Airport was built in 1930 as a military airfield and training base for the Italian Air Force in the port city of Bari, which directed trade in Italy.  The airport was seized by the British army in the Second World War. During the war the airport, which Britain and America used as a operational airfield as well as a command and control base then opened to civil flights in the early 1960s.  In 1981 a cargo terminal building was built and then was turned into a passenger terminal after there was no demand for cargo transportation.  Renovation works started in 2000 and were completed in 2006.  The airport's tower, runway, terminal and parking lot were completely renewed. Palese Airport, which is still used by the Italian Air Force for military purposes, welcomes 4 and a half million passengers annually.

Getting to the City Center from Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport

Bari, which is located in the southeast of Italy, is also home to one of the most important ports of the region. The city accepted as the second largest city of Southern Italy after Napoli, has a very important place in both maritime and aerial transportation. The airport is very close to the city which is known with its small square and the world-famous cathedral.

The airport which is 8 kilometers of the city center also known as Karol Wojtyla or Palese Airport. Although the construction of the airport began in 1930s and was used for military purposes, today it has an important place for the tourism in the region. At the airport, there are restaurants and cafes where you can taste the famous delicacies of Italy, stores for those who want to do some shopping and car rental offices for those who want to continue with their travel with a private car.

At the bank branch found at the airport, you can perform many banking transactions including money transfers and foreign exchange transactions or you can use ATMs in the terminal.

There are different alternatives that you can spend time before and after your flight at the airport, which also has a private passenger lounge where you can have a good time before your travel and enjoy various tasty treats. There is also a parking area at the airport for passengers arriving with their cars.

There are many alternatives to get to the city center. To reach the city center from the airport, you can use the taxis waiting in front of the terminal, get on a bus or rent a car. Once you arrive at the city center by bus or taxi, you can continue your travel from the train station to different regions and cities located near the city.

Taxi

Your first transportation alternative to get to the city center from Bari Airport, which is also known as Palese Airport due to the region it is located in, is taxi. You can be in the city center in about 25 minutes by getting on a taxi waiting in front of the airport terminal building. There are two taxi companies offering service in Bari as Radio Taxi and EuroTaxi. Taxi fares are generally similar, but you will have to pay more during the weekends, on holidays and late hours of the night. Also remember that you will have to pay an extra amount for travelling with more than 4 people for your baggage.

Although taxi is a much more expensive alternative than other vehicles, especially buses, they are commonly preferred by passengers who have heavy baggage. Another advantage of taxi is that it takes you to your hotel or destination in a short time and leave you just in front of the door so you will not have to walk.

You have to make sure that the taxi you are getting on for reaching the city center is licensed. In fact, there are also taxis that offer service unofficially in the city, and these demand higher amounts from their customers.

To distinguish the licensed vehicles from others, keep in mind that taxis in the city are usually yellow and white, and there are license numbers on the glass in front of the driver. Another thing you need to be careful about when going to the city center by taxi is that the taximeter is open.

Sometimes taxi drivers may not want to run taximeters by telling you that they are out of order, but you can still insist on this or get on a different taxi.

Bus

In Bari, you can also add buses to the options for getting to the city center from the airport. Bus stands out as the most economical transportation alternative. Bus route 16 carries passengers to the central parts of Bari, including Aldo Moro Square. In addition, the train station is very close to this square. By transferring to the trains, you can visit nearby places and other destinations.

Buses, also known as AMTB in the city, arrive at the city center at the end of a travel of about 40 minutes from the center. Bus is a more economical option even if it takes longer to arrive at the city center. You can get to the city center by using these buses which operate from 05:00 pm to 09:30 pm.

You can also travel with Tempesta which is another bus company. This is a faster but slightly more expensive option than the other. Tempesta buses take you to the center of Bari in about 25-30 minutes. From Bari Airport, you can also travel to other airports near the city and to the port. It is very easy to get to the other airports which are close to the city with the buses operating more frequently during the summer months. From Bari Port, you can get on the ferries for going to cities like Dubrovnik and Kotor.

Train

Unlike most European cities, transportation between the city center and the airport cannot be provided by trains. For this reason, it is not possible to reach the city center directly from the airport by trains. However, you can arrive at the train station located in the city center by using the buses and from there you can travel to different regions by train.

The city center is 8 kilometers of the airport and this distance makes it difficult to travel between these two places with trains.

Car Rental

You can rent a car to travel between the city center and the airport or to visit nearby places during your visit. This one of the most comfortable options. You can rent any car you want from one of the car rental companies AVIS, Hertz, Europcar and Alamo. In this way, you can freely and comfortably travel to wherever you want without depending on any public transportation vehicle or taxi.

At the airport, you can easily find the offices of the car rental companies and rent any car you want. If you wish, you can rent your online before your travel and when you arrive at the airport, you can receive your car and take the road to the city center. If you don’t have much information about the roads in the city, you can take a navigation or map with you.

Limousine

Luxury vehicles, which are usually preferred by those visiting the city for business purpose, are also among the options you can use to travel between the airport and the city center. Also in Bari like many other cities, the cost of renting a limousine and luxury vehicle is much higher than the other alternatives, but you can choose this option if you want to travel more comfortably.

Moreover, limousines offering service with private drivers are extremely comfortable for crowded families traveling with their children.

Hotel Shuttle

In Bari, you can also use hotel shuttles to get to the center of the city from the airport. Some hotels in the city offer airport shuttle transfer service for their guests. Not every hotel has this service. You can make a reservation by contacting your hotel before the travel to take advantage of the airport transfer service. Some hotels offer this service for free.

You can be in the city center within a short time thanks to the airport shuttle service, which is accepted as one of the most comfortable transportation alternatives for the people visiting the city for the first time.

Last Updated: 06 Sep 2017
Getting to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport from the City Center

Bari, which is located in the southeast of Italy, is also accepted as the second largest city of the region after Napoli. In the city, which also has one of the largest and busiest ports of the county, both maritime and aerial transportation are considerably developed. Transportation between the airport and the city center is also easy and comfortable. In order to get to the city center from the airport which is also called as Karol Wojtyla or Palese Airport with the name of the region it is located in, you can use many alternatives such as taxi, bus or train. If you want a more comfortable option you can rent a limousine or get on a taxi.

Bus is a very convenient alternative for those who want to evaluate economical options for travelling in the city. But taxis can be a lot more useful if you have heavy baggage. Those who want to move freely in the city and visit nearby places can get to the airport by renting a car from many different car rental offices located in the city.

After arriving at the center of the city by train, it is possible to reach the airport by transferring to the bus or taxi. In addition, those coming from other cities like Dubrovnik or Kotor can fly to many parts of both Italy and Europe from Bari Airport.

If you are hungry or want to drink something while waiting for your flight, you can go one of the restaurants and cafes at the airport. In addition, you can do some shopping at the stores where you can find many products. There is also a private passenger lounge where you can have a rest or work. The airport also has bank branches and ATMs for money transfers and other banking transactions.

Taxi

The first option to be used for the transportation from Bari city center to the airport is taxi. You can reach the airport after a travel of about 25 minutes thanks to vehicles owned by Radio Taxi or EuroTaxi companies offering service in the city. Taxis are one of the most comfortable and quick options for going to the airport, but they are more expensive compared to buses.

If you have too much baggage or you don’t have much time and the departure time of your plane is closing, you can save time by using the taxi option and reach the airport in a short time. Make sure before getting on a taxi that it is licensed. Unlicensed taxis are also available in Bari, but if you use an unlicensed taxi, you may need to pay more for the same distance. The most guaranteed alternative is the licensed taxis for a travel without any problem.

Bus

In Bari, you can also add buses to the options for getting to the airport from the city center. Bus stands out as the most economical transportation alternative. Bus route 16 carries passengers from the central parts of Bari, including Aldo Moro Square, to the airport. Buses, also known as AMTB in the city, arrive at the airport at the end of a travel of about 40 minutes from the center.

The bus takes passengers to the airport from the city center in about 40 minutes. You can get to Bari Airport from the city center by using these buses which operate from 05:00 pm to 09:30 pm.

Tempesta which is one of the bus companies offering service in the city is a much faster option. But the amount you need to pay is higher. It is possible to reach the airport in about 25-30 minutes by the buses which more frequently operate during summer months.

Train

Unlike most European cities, there is not a train station at Bari Airport. For this reason, it is not possible to reach the airport directly from the city center by trains. However, you can arrive at the city from other cities or smaller settlements by train and after getting off the train you can get on one of the buses that passing by the station or use a taxi. The airport, which is only 8 km of the city center, can be reached in about 30 minutes by taxi or bus after getting of the train.

Car Rental

Renting a car is also a very popular option in Bari which hosts many beauties worth to be seen. Thanks to the vehicles you can rent from the different companies such as AVIS, Sixt, Alamo and Europcar in the city center, you can discover the historical and natural beauties of Bari and its surrounding during your travel, and at the end of your visit you can reach the airport with the car you have rented.

You can be at the airport in a short time after taking the road from the city center and following the airport signs. It is possible to find your way much easier with a map or navigation device.

Hotel Shuttle

If you will be staying at a hotel during your visit, you can also get support from your hotel about getting to the airport from Bari city center by using shuttle service. The airport is only 8 kilometers of the city center and you can reach the airport in about 25 minutes by using the hotel shuttle service. Airport shuttle is also a much more comfortable alternative for families with heavy baggage or children. However, the cost of these services may be much higher than you would expect. It would be useful to get information about the fares in advance. In this way, if the cost exceeds your budget, you can direct to different alternatives such as bus, taxi or car rental.

Limousine

Limousines are waiting for their passengers in the city for those who want to make their travel memorable with a much more luxurious and comfortable vehicle. For detailed information about the luxury vehicles that you can rent in the city, you can make a quick search on the internet or get support from your hotel.

The limousines, which can take you to the airport in about 20-25 minutes from Bari city center, offer service with private drivers. Limousine is a comfortable and enjoyable alternative especially for crowded families with children.

Airport Information

The distance between the city center and airport is about 8 kilometers. Karol Wojtyla Airport or Palese Airport, with its more commonly known name, connects Bari, which is considered to be one of the most important centers of Southern Italy after Napoli, to the world. From the airport, there are flights to many destinations in Italy such as Rome, Milan, Venice, Bergamo and Pisa. In addition, it is possible to fly to many cities in Europe such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Munich.

Although the airport is not very large, it offers many alternatives for passengers like shopping, eating, relaxing or resting. It is known that the construction of Bari Airport, a medium-sized airport, started in the 1930s and was used for military purposes in the early periods. With the development of tourism in recent years, the number of flights from the airport, which has become one of the most important transportation centers of the region, increases day by day.

At the bank branch found at the airport, you can perform many banking transactions including money transfers and foreign exchange transactions or you can use ATMs in the terminal.

SEAP Lounge, which offers service for passengers who want to wait for their flight in a more comfortable environment, is open from 05:00 am to 09:00 pm.

At Bari Airport, there are also stores where you can buy phones, accessories, jewelry, cosmetic products, magazines, books and newspapers. There is also a parking area at the airport for those arriving by car.

Last Updated: 06 Sep 2017

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