Bari airport is located approximately 8 kilometres (5 miles) northwest of Bari's city centre. The airport is found in Palese, so it's often referred to a Bari Palese airport, but it is officially named Bari Karol Wojtyla after the late Pope John Paul II. The city of Bari is situated on Italy's Adriatic coast to the south of the Puglia region in Italy and it is a popular destination in the south of Italy for tourists.
The airport is the busiest airport in the south of the mainland, handling 4,318,410 passengers in 2016 from domestic and international routes. The majority of routes are from European countries including the UK, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Greece, with Ryanair offering just over a third of all the routes. There are currently 20 operators flying to and from the airport, with Wizz Air being the second biggest operator. Flights from the UK are offered by EasyJet, British Airways and Ryanair, with EasyJet and British Airways offering flights from London Gatwick, and Ryanair flying from Liverpool and London Stansted. You can find out more information all the airliners and their routes here.
In the early 2000's there was a major investment into the infrastructure of the airport which included a completely new passenger terminal, new aircraft parking areas, a new control tower and an extension to the runway. With these changes the airport become very modern.
The single passenger terminal which opened in 2005 measures approximately 30,000 square metres and has 3 floors. The ground floor is for flight arrivals but it also has 8 departure gates (B3, B4 and A6 to A11) to the rear, the first floor accommodates the departure hall and lounge with 7 boarding gates (B1, B2 and A1 to A5), and the second floor has a further waiting area for departures. B gates are used for flights to non-Schengen areas with passengers having to pass security before they can proceed to the gates, where A gates are for flights to Schengen areas.
There are a number shops, cafes, information points, ATM's, a Bank and a business lounge in the terminal, with disabled facilities that meet all EU airport regulations. In the departures lounge you will find 20 stores selling electronics, books, newspapers, Italian specialties, toys and travel items, as well as a duty free shop with cosmetics. There is also free and unlimited Wi-Fi access in the arrival and departure areas.
The airport is easily accessible by bus and train. Both of these services operate on a regular basis and are a cheap means of transportation to get to and from the airport. There are also taxi and private transfer operators that can take you to and from the airport, as well of rental firms in the arrivals area where you can hire a car is you wish to drive yourself.
- Trains - There is a railway service that can take you to and from the airport to Bari Centrale station. This station is in the centre of the city, so it's a very convent means of transportation for air passengers. This service is offered by the Bari metropolitan railway service, running on the FM2 line, and was opened on 20 July 2013. You can find out more about this service including the timetable and costs on our rail page located here.
- Buses - There are a few different bus services that can take you to and from the airport. The most popular and cheapest service is from the AMTAB buses (Bus/Line 16). These buses can take you from the airport to Piazza Aldo Moro, which is next to the Bari Centrale train station in the centre of the city. You can find out more information on all the bus services including the routes, timetable and costs on our bus information page located here.
- Taxis - As with most airports there is a taxi rank located outside of the arrivals area. A taxi will be the most expensive operation, but they can offer you a door-to-door service. A journey into the city centre will cost approximately €25.00 and will take about 20 minutes. You can find more information on taxis here.
Address: Viale Enzo Ferrari, 70128 Palese BA (Italy)
Phone: +39 (0)80 580 0200