Alberobello Italy - A Guide To Transport Options
A Trulli at Sunset
Getting to Alberobello
Visiting Alberobello is a must for all travellers to this southern region of Italy.
A designated World Heritage Site since 1996, this article is designed to show the transport options available to this unique and special town of the trulli.
Whether you are considering a day trip here or interested in making it a base from which to explore the region, I have put together an informative guide on the different modes of transport available, including nearest airports, ferry ports, trains, buses, car hire and mopeds.
For many of the regions “must see” spots, and having travelled all over this part of Italy, Alberobello would make an excellent town to stay in for a few days or longer depending on your itinery and transport choice.
The Region has 2 International Airports – Bari and Brindisi and here is an introduction to them -
Airports of Puglia
Bari Airport (IAT code BRI)
Located on the North East coast in the Province of Bari, 11km outside Bari city, this airport is officially called Aeroporto di Bari Karol Wjtyla, after the late Pope John Paul II. The airport has seen huge Increases in traffic in the last five years with Interest growing in the region. As a result, Puglia is now popular with overseas buyers keen to have their own piece of Italy. They are purchasing properties at great prices to use as holiday homes, Investments and many have moved permanently here. This has seen a change in flight availability thankfully, but alas they have still not put a direct flight from Ireland Into their schedule!! The main airlines are Ryanair, EasyJet, Alitalia and Lufthansa with routes from UK and Europe with Lufthansa also doing a flight from New York. There are numerous Internal flight options available with all major Italian cities Including Rome, Milan and Turin. If you need to connect to a train for Alberobello, you need the shuttle bus at the airport which will bring you directly Into Bari train station where you can catch the train to Alberobello run by FSE (Ferrovie Sud Est). Bari Airport is approximately 70km (43 miles) from Alberobello.
Aerial View of Brindisi
Brindisi Airport (IAT code BDS)
Aeroporto Del Salento is located on the Southeast coast in the Province of Brindisi, 2km north of Brindisi town. The airport has seen a huge increase in passenger numbers and last year it had its busiest year yet at 2.1 million passing through. Brindisi also services UK, Europe and connects to all major Italian cities. What I have done before was fly into Brindisi and fly out of Bari and vica versa. It’s an option you may want to consider if flight schedules, budgets or itinery are a factor. For connecting with a train , it is a little more time consuming as you need to get a bus into the railway station and get a train towards Alerobello but will have to change twice; at Francavilla and Martina Franca. Expect it to take just under 2 hours. Brindisi is approximately 60km (37 miles) from Alberobello.
Take a Train
The little train station in Alberobello is a short 5 – 10 min walk from town. The train fares with FSE are grouped by distance and certainly all English and Irish travellers will find incredibly cheap compared to home. If you find you need a change of scenery for a day or half day there are a few very close excellent choices that are minutes away and cost next to nothing! Martina Franca is a favourite of mine and a beautiful, elegant 10th century town with artistic baroque buildings, high up on the Murgia Plateau. Current train fare quoted with FSE (as of 2012) is $1 . . . . .not bad!!!!
Castellana Grotte is another great place to visit. Here there are the world famous caves and should be on your itinery. Very close also at 13km (9 miles), once the train arrives in Castellana, you get a bus to the grotte just 2km away. There are tours you can do there that will vary between an hour and two hours, so don’t forget you cameras!! Current train fare quoted with FSE (as of 2012) is $1.60.
The trains and stations are small but if you are unsure what to do ask one of the staff they are generally helpful, but may not have much English. Validation of tickets is through a yellow machine, and must be done before boarding. Sundays there are no trains here but are replaced with buses.
Buses here are available but a bit sparse, however depending on where you want to get to, it is still possible to do but just means you may have to change at another town to get there. With FSE (same company as trains) they run to local favourites Locorotondo and Martina Franca or longer journeys to Bari and Taranto. Sometimes not the most efficient or time saving choice but it is possible and is cheap, similar to train prices.
This port is one of the most important in Puglia, situated in the regional capital, there are in fact two ports. The “Old Port” situated in the historic part of Bari, mainly services fishing trawlers and small sailing vessels. The “New Port” is the modern port for all large ferries to Greece, Albania, Croatia and Montenegro . Destinations include Corfu, Kotor, Durres, Dubrovnik and Igoumenitsa. During the summer season they also operate services to Cephalonia and Patras. There are regular buses from the port to bring you into the central train station or shuttle buses for the airport are available. Car hire may be organised in advance for pick up at the port by your agent, so no need to go into the city.
Revamped in recent years, Brindisi Port is another option for travelling to or from Alberobello. With services to Greece and Turkey, locations include Zante, Corfu, Paxi, Patras, Igoumenista, Cephalonia and Cesme. Numerous Ferry companies operate out of Brindisi, many all year round with increased crossings during the summer season (June – September). The port also has a short and long stay car park facility available for passenger convenience. Car hire may also be organised through your agent prior to arrival, but check first if they provide port pick up as not all companies will facilitate this.
His & Hers Smart Cars
A Three Wheeler Car or . . .
My recommendation, if at all possible would be to hire a car or drive your own vehicle. You then have the freedom to go where you want, when you want and spend as much or as little time as you want, without the worry about timetables. You will also be able to see so much more of this area you would get to see and experience otherwise. Car hire is available at both airports and Ferry Ports, and best to have booked prior to arriving. It makes the process that bit quicker, unless of course you get stuck behind the “didn’t prior book a car brigade” who also have a problem with insurance cover!! That happened to us and an hour later . . . . We were still there!
A Lamborghini . . . Take Care Driving
The autostrada runs along the coast between Bari and Brindisi so it is easy to navigate your way to Alberobello.The main roads in and out of the town are the SP239 and the SS172 and are good roads to drive. Once you get into the towns you are visiting, you need extra caution. The roads are usually very narrow and finding parking can be difficult (as is Alberobello). My advice is as soon as you see a spot take it and then walk. Certainly in the smaller towns, you will not have to walk more than 15 min to the town centre. If however you have an adventurous spirit, pick a lesser road you can identify on the map and see where it takes you!! We did this many times, sometimes on purpose, sometimes not!! We saw some amazing properties, met lovely friendly locals in tiny villages and found some stunning coves and beaches.
Mopeds and Bicycles
Both can be hired locally in Alberobello and can be a great way of seeing the countryside, stopping off whenever you feel like it. Both are ideal for the small towns, they make for much easier parking and manoeuvring! Just remember where you park them and what they look like as there are “quite a few”!!! The Italians do a huge amount of weaving in and out of traffic on the mopeds and a common sight will be entire families aboard!
Few and far between here, many of the hotels, guesthouses, bed & breakfasts and trulli accommodations will organise private taxi services for you, in particular for airports and ports. Small family run places will be only too happy to drive guests where they need to go to for a lesser charge and will even act as personal tour guides if you wish! Taxis from airports expect to pay approximately €90 - €110 one way to Alberobello for 2-3 people.
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- Aeroporti di Puglia
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