This blog provides a simple guide with all the essential information required for travelling between Bari train station and Bari ferry port. Plus the facilities they both provide. This information is valid as at July 2017, when I travelled through Bari.
Bari Train Station
There are two train stations in Bari, located side by side. The Ferrovia Appulo Lucano trains (for example, travelling from Matera or Altamura) arrive at the local station. Other national/Trenitalia trains arrive at the Bari Centrale station.
- Both stations don’t have a tourist information point/desk, only ticket information points and cafes.
- There is a luggage deposit office on Platform 1 at Bari Centrale station, open from 0800-2000 hours. It costs €6.00 per bag for six hours and then extra charges apply thereafter. So if you plan to spend some time in Bari for the day before continuing your journey, I would recommend that you leave your luggage here as opening times at the ferry port luggage offices are unreliable. (see Ferry Port Section). Be warned, this luggage deposit office (at Bari Centrale) will tell you that there is no luggage deposit at the ferry port but I found it was not true.
Bari Bus Station
The Bari bus station is located in the carpark in front of the train stations.
- Purchase your €1.00 tickets from the tabacchi stores (newstands/cigarettes) inside the train station.
- Take bus 20/ (must have a "/" after the number 20) to the port. Approximately a 7 minute journey and it drops you at both terminals.
- Alternatively you can walk to Bari ferry terminal. Allow 20 to 30 minutes.
Bari Ferry Port
There are two ferry terminals at the port. It’s only a 10 minute walk between the two or you can take the free shuttle bus.
- Luggage deposit for €4.00 per bag. However, the opening times are from 0830-1230 and 3.30pm-8.00pm. I arrived at 1.30pm, so I waited until 3.30pm, hoping that 1.5 hours walking in the old town will be enough time, but no one arrived to open the office. I was informed at 4pm that it’s closed for the rest of the day. Therefore, if you want to spend the day or afternoon exploring Bari, then I would recommend to use the luggage deposit service at Bari Centrale train station as they don’t close over the lunch/siesta period.
- The bus stop for the number 20/ bus (to/from the train station) and the free terminal shuttle bus is located just outside the terminal, to the right.
TERMINAL PORTO DI BARI
- Mainly for departures to destinations other than Greece, for example, Croatia.
- It’s an air conditioned terminal with ticket offices for all ferry companies. You can exchange your online bookings into physical boarding passes here.
- Free toilets.
- Outside, adjacent to the terminal, are two snack bars serving sandwiches, drinks and snacks.
- The luggage deposit office is located next to the snack bars (last office in photo above). The cost is €4.00 per bag. The window displayed two different opening times but generally closed between 1.00 to 5.00pm. I was there at 5.00pm and they weren’t open. Therefore, as recommended earlier, if you want to spend the day or afternoon exploring Bari before departure, I would recommend using the more reliable luggage service at Bari Centrale train station.
- The Stazione Marittima bus stop, located just outside the terminal, is for bus number 20/ (to/from train station) and the free terminal shuttle bus.
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Sightseeing in Bari
I managed to fit in 1.5 hours of sightseeing and would like to let you know it was well worth it. The old town is a delightful maze of narrow cobblestone streets. Get lost meandering this small area and you will find:
- White stone churches suddenly appear. St Nicholas church is a must. Beautifully decorated inside with the ceiling in bright gold and frescos. Walk down into the Byzantine crypt to view the tomb containing the bones and relics of St Nicholas (stolen from Turkey 1000 years ago). It was the first church I saw in Italy what was free entry!
- Browse the souvenir shops or make a stop at a small cafe or pizzeria.
- In the late afternoon after siesta, when the locals open their front doors, take a peek inside into their tiny living quarters and watch them go about their daily lives - cleaning the kitchen, doing their hair or rolling out the hand made pasta.
You can easily spend 2-3 hours in Bari old town if you go into every church, visit the castle and make a stop for a snack or drink. I wish I had more time.
The new town, located in between the old port town and the train station, is a series of grid like, clean streets containing shops and hip bars/cafes. Lots of young people around, as it is a major university town after all!
There are apartments galore i this bustling port town. You really are spoilt for choice. Choose to either stay amongst the maze of the old town or outside the walls in the modern town.
(the old town) Stay in a quiet yet central location. From this modern, chic apartment, you step out the door right into the old town. It features air conditioned rooms and a rooftop terrace.
Bari Airport Transfer
Although I personally didn’t go to the airport myself, I did see the staff at the Ticket Information Points at both train stations help travellers purchase their tickets to the airport. It all looks very simple.
Bari train station to port updates
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