I was only in Bari to catch the ferry to Dubrovnik and had been told I could walk to the ferry station. I had plenty of time so off I set from the train station. It was just that bit too long for me - especially dragging my suitcase. And I think it was too much for my suitcase because just as I dragged it onto the ferry much, much later, the handle came off. It took me more than an hour, although I didn't get lost. I checked I was going the right way several times and people were very helpful. I think everyone knows where the ferries leave from.
There are three sorts of passage. Cabins, reclining seats and deck tickets. I had tried to get a reclining seat, to be sure I could get on more than anything, but there were none left. You see, deck tickets have to be bought at the ferry terminal before the sailing. You can't pre-book them.
When I got to the ferry I found the ticket office didn't open until an hour before sailing - and what an absolute bun fight! Not enough staff, rude and indifferent staff - ah well. Nobody seemed to know that we had to fill out forms, and when word passed down the line, nobody knew where the forms were.
Then we got into Customs and the guy didn't know which boat was sailing or where it was. Finally a mini bus arrived to take us to the ship. Lots of chaos and slackness.
There is a cafe at the terminal, and plenty of clean bathrooms.
And the trip on the boat was very very pleasant indeed. The bar staff and the duty free staff were charming and helpful and the ferry was well appointed. And sailing into Dubrovnik just at dawn was stunning.
But next time I will take a taxi from the station. There was a rank just outside.
The port of Bari is one of the principal of the Adriatic sea.
The main naval connections are : Bar(Montenegro),Dubrovnik(Croatia),Durazzo(Albania),Corfù-Igoumenitsa-Patrasso(Greece).
Now Bari is also a stage for cruising ships that sail in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea,the passengers of which can enjoy the new "Terminal Crociere",where you will find all you need to plan your (unfortunately short...) visit (maps,infos,etc...).
The AMTAB bus n°20/ connects the harbour with the city center (Railway Central Station - Piazza Aldo Moro).
INFO FOR CRUISING PASSENGERS (if you don't follow an organized tour or simply if you want to walk alone):
The port is in front of the Old Town,1 Km about far from the city centre;when you go out from it,you have 2 possibilities,if you want to walk and have not much time: if you turn left,following the Lungomare Imperatore Augusto and the old wall,you can reach the Basilica of San Nicola and,more ahead,Piazza del Ferrarese,C.so Cavour and C.so Vittorio Emanuele II,a wide boulevard that skirts the Old Town;if you turn right you can reach the Castle, the Cathedral and,more ahead,Piazza Libertà (called Piazza Prefettura,seat of the Piccinni theatre,the town hall and the Prefecture palace) and C.so Vittorio Emanuele II.The best thing to visit the main attractions of the Old Town,would be to reach San Nicola's,and then,trough the Old Town,the Cathedral and the Castle (you can follow the high bell-tower!).
HOWEVER,MY PERSONAL ADVICE IS TO VISIT THE ENTIRE OLD TOWN,NOT ONLY ITS 3 MAJOR ATTRACTIONS.
Whilst Bari is well worth a visit in its own right, for the majority of people visiting it will be to catch or disembark a ferry to either Greece, Dubrovnik or Serbia. The port is located on the Corso Antonio De Tullie, pretty much in the city centre, and is easily accessible by all other forms of transport. Arriving by car the A14 from Rome or the A16 from Naples both lead direct to the port and it is within walking distance from the railway station (about 20 mins) or a short bus or taxi ride. From the airport it is about 5 Km (20 mins drive), once again either by bus or taxi.
As well as the ferry services the port also services various cruise lines.
The port has a rooftop bar/restaurant above the ferry offices with great views across the bay and is quite reasonably priced:)
Website below has useful links and info:
It's easy to reach the most beautiful towns in the Province of Bari by car: the two-lane state-road ss16 (it's very similar to the "autostrada",but it's free;blue road signs) connects all the towns of the Province of Bari (and not only) on the Adriatic sea from north to south passing trough Bari's bypass;so it's easy and quick to reach many beaches and small villages,and bigger towns on the Adriatic coast,or nearby to it,
as,from north(following Foggia) to south(following Brindisi): Barletta-Andria,Trani,Bisceglie,Molfetta,Giovinazzo,Palese (the suburb seat of the airport),BARI,Torre a Mare(a very beautiful suburb,very animated during the summer),Mola di Bari,Conversano,Polignano a Mare,Monopoli-Capitolo (but it's possible to continue on this way up to Lecce,passing through Fasano-Savelletri,Cisternino,Ostuni,Torre Canne,Brindisi,etc.).Near the exit "Polignano a Mare",there are also the detours for Castellana Grotte and Alberobello,that aren't situated on the sea o nearby to it,but in the inside of Puglia.
About the other towns in the inside of Puglia,it's more difficult to explain.
However,if you need an help,you can contact me.
In common with the vast majority of European cities Bari suffers from an overload of the infernal combusting engined vehicles resulting in serious traffic congestion and problematic parking. This is where owning one of these smart cars comes in handy and here in Bari the streets sometimes seem as if there is a smart car convention in town there are so many of them. And so if you are considering hiring a car here - think SMART!
The International Airport of Bari-Palese "Karol Wojtyla" is connected with the city centre (Central Station-Piazza Aldo Moro) by the Amtab bus n°16 in 35/40 minutes(price: 0,80 euro) or directly by the Tempesta bus in 25 minutes(price: 4,13 euro - Timetables in the internet site below ).
It's also available the usual Taxi service.
There are also many parking areas.
In the internet site,all flights from/to Bari are also listed.Bari is connected to many Italian and European cities(Milan,Bergamo,Rome,Genoa,Turin,Pisa,Verona,Venezia,Bologna,Cagliari,Trapani,London,Bruxells,Stuttgart,Frankfurt,Munich,Cologne,Paris,Praga,Tirana,Bratislava,Valencia,Malta,etc...).
Montenegro Lines has two ferry boats, the Sveti Stefan (older boat) and the Sveti Stefan II (new boat). There is a huge difference between the two boats. Traveling on the older boat was similar to traveling steerage. The new boat was substantially nicer and more comfortable with roomy cabins and much nicer common areas.
The two boats operate on alternating dates during the summer. I highly recommend traveling only on the Sveti Stefan II if you are interested in the ferry and your schedule has some flexibility.
This picture shows the dining room on the newer ferry - the Sveti Stefan II. From Bar to Bari we practically had the entire ferry to ourselves. There couldn't have been more than 30 passengers. Going from Bari to Bar was a different story. That ferry had hundreds of passengers, many of whom were sleeping on the floors. When I say it was like traveling steerage, I am serious.
Try to get the new boat.
The first part of our trip was spent in Italy and we needed to get over to Montenegro. The least expensive way to travel from Italy to Montenegro is by way of car ferry across the Adriatic.
We drove to Bari, Italy on the eastern coast and bought tickets on the Sveti Stefan. Advance reservations were not required, even though this particular ferry, which we took on a Saturday night, was full. The trip is overnight, and the boat arrives in Bar, Montenegro the following morning.
The cost of a seat (not a cabin) on the Sveti Stefan was EUR 62,00 per passenger. We took our rental car on the ferry at a cost of EUR 85,00
Bari is connected with all the other main Italian(Rome,Milan,Turin,Naples,Bologna,etc...) and Apulian cities by the TrenitaliaFS trains,by the Ferrovie Sud-Est and the Ferrotramviaria:Bari-Barletta;with Basilicata by the Ferrovie Appulo-Lucane.The Central Railway Station,from which depart the TrenitaliaFS trains,is situated in Piazza Aldo Moro,terminus of many autobus,thanks to which it's possible to reach the port,the airport and other destinations.The other regional trains depart also from the other Railway Station in Piazza Aldo Moro(on the right of the Central Station).
Our recipe for large tourist-unfriendly and aoto-unfriendly large cities is to stay nearby (suburbs or adjacent towns) and commute like many workers. For Bari you would have to locate local buses or the three private train line schedules to pick the best spot. The major cities onthe major train lines are a bit too far (Taranto 115km,
1 1/2 hrs; Brindisi 111 km, 1 1/2 hrs, or better Barletta 65 km, 50 min.). But there are bus and trains from Trani (best bet), Molfetta, Conversano , Polignano and Mola di Bari (all 20-50 km). If you can find on, you might go with a tour group.
The ferry/cruise port is just outside the Old City and is about 20 to 25 minutes walk from the main train station. There are regular bus services between the two, on average two an hour - service #20 and the bus stop is just outside the port entrance. Enter the number 20 in the Codice Linea box on the website below, click on "Cerca" and scroll down - the railway station is on Piazza Moro.
At the time of writing (June 2013) the one-way fare is 1.50 euros, pay the driver.
If you are planning a tour in Puglia, don't forget that there are some low-cost companies connecting BARI to some italian and european cities.
The list of companies:
--- >RAYAN AIR
connect BARI to FRANKFURT HAHN, LONDON STANSTED
---> VOLARE WEB
connect BARI to MILAN LINATE
---> BLU EXPRESS
connect BARI to ROME FIUMICINO
---> HAPAG LLOYD EXPRESS
connect BARI to KOLN, FRANKFURT, MUNICH, STUGGARD
---> VIRGIN EXPRESS
connect BARI to BRUSSELS
---> ALPI EAGLES
connect BARI to MILAN LINATE, VENICE, VERONA, MOSKOW (until 2007 april, 6)
connect BARI to BERGAMO ORIO AL SERIO, TIRANA
Last update 2006/11/26.
In my, admittedly limited, experience the Italian railway system seems well-run, relatively inexpensive (certainly compared to the UK) and connects all the major towns and cities. Bari is on the main Eurostar City route down the eastern coastline and has regular services to and from pretty much anywhere in the country. For instance, there are direct trains to and from Rome with an average journey time of under 5 hours and with a standard fare of around 40 Euros.
Bari Centrale is the city's main station and is situated about a 10 minute walk from the city centre and about 25 minutes from the ferry terminal. The station is adjacent to the main bus terminal with both local services (including to the port) and other further afield destinations.
On the station concourse there are usually plenty of taxis which are, once again in my limited experience, reasonably-priced and hassle-free - you just have to be prepared for a steroetypically Italian-style ride as the driver gets in his practice for his Le Mans debut ;)
Just one small word of advice though - use the regular taxis, don't be tempted by the guy with the oily misfit of a suit who'll offer you a cheap deal: but HEY! That's the same pretty much anywhere isn't it?
There are at least 4 buses from Bari to Naples per day with Autolinee Marino. Departures are at 0840, 1030, 1200 and 1630. The bus takes just over 3 hours, leaving from the street behind Bari train station and arriving at Napoli Garibaldi Station.
Bari train station is home to 3 different railway companies. All train leaves from the same area, but the tracks are in different levels, and the ticket offices are not located together in the same building, so pay attention which company is going to your destination.
Ferrovie Appulo Lucane runs trains to Gravina, Potenza, Avigliano, Matera and other destinations. Check out the link, and click on Bari, to see the timetable for trains leaving from Bari: http://www.fal-srl.it/elencoquadriorari.php. The ticket sale is not in the main building, but around the corner, from where the access to the trains also is.
Ferrovie del Sud Est have a train line between Bari and Taranto, with several stops on the way, including Alberobello and Castellana Grotta. This link is to the websites timetable (pdf-file): http://www.fseonline.it/fse/pdf/
Trenitalia runs trains from Bari to all of Italy: http://www.trenitalia.com