Travelling around Bari, Italy: information for tourists

Bari – useful information for travelers, tips and prices



The city of Bari is located in the beautiful region of Puglia. The city itself is not very big, with a population of just over 300 thousand people.

Located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea it is one of the main ports in Italy. Also here is a major international airport Bari Palese (Bari Palese), which is located 9 kilometers from the city center. But strangely enough there are no direct flights from Russia, you will have to take a flight with connections.

Bari Town Street

The population of Bari speaks its own dialect, which even some Italians do not understand. But still locals are very friendly with tourists, friendly and eager to make contact.

Each Italian city has its own saint, in Bari it is Nicholas the Wonderworker, whose relics are at rest in the Basilica of San Nicola, which daily attracts many Catholic and Orthodox pilgrims to the city.

Public transport in Bari

Bari Tourist Bus

Bari has a public bus service operated by AMTAB, but to explore the historic center of Bari there is no need to buy a ticket for public transportation, it can be easily explored on foot.

The bus fare depends on the amount of time you are going to spend on public transportation.

Usually in bookstores and tobacconist’s stores they sell tickets that are valid for

  • one trip (1,00 €);
  • 90 minutes (1,20 €);
  • 24 hours (2,50 €);
  • 7 days (€ 12,00);
  • 30 days (€35,00);
  • 1 year (250,00 €).

Weather in Bari

Summers in the city are hot and dry, with almost no precipitation at this time of year.

But in winter the rain and snow in Bari is common, although it is difficult to call it winter (compared to CIS countries), because the cold starts at the end of November and the temperature rarely drops below zero.

Culinary traditions

The cuisine of Puglia, as well as in Liguria region inevitably relies on seafood. Here they are eaten in all forms – fried, boiled, added to pasta sauce, and sometimes sea urchins, cuttlefish, oysters and octopus are eaten raw, seasoned only with lemon.

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The traditional pasta of Puglia is “orecchiette”, which is pasta in the form of ears, cooked with turnip sauce or broccoli with anchovies, which are perfectly complemented by rosé wine. The real “ears” of Puglia are made exclusively by hand and they are, if I may say so, the culinary symbol of the city. But not to be confused with the ears from Basilicata, which are cooked there with ricotta cheese (ricotta) or with a sauce prepared on beef broth.

As in Italy, there is a wide use of olive oil, tomatoes, onions, olives, anchovies, artichokes, broccoli, asparagus, peppers and eggplant.

Special place in local cooking of course belongs to such cheeses as mozzarella, stracciatella and burrata, as well as giuncata and ricotta.

Agree the products are not complicated – vegetables, fish, cheese and meat, and the dishes are really original, unusual and very tasty. And if you happen to visit this place, you must try the Altamura bread, which was named after a small town near Bari. This bread has been deservedly awarded DOP status in Europe.

The best wines of Bari are Rosato del Salento, white Locorotondo and Castel del Monte, red Martino and San Severo.

Hotels in Bari

Without a doubt an unforgettable vacation depends on the right choice of accommodation, so compare hotel prices in advance with the most popular Booking service:

Attractions in Bari

Basilica di San Nicola di Bari – The Saint Nicholas relics are placed there; every Thursday there is a service for Russian speaking visitors, led by the Russian priest of the Moscow Patriarch.

Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Bari

It is possible to lean on the relics, buy holy water and holy oils. Located in Piazza San Nicola, it is open every day seven days a week from 6:45 to 13:45 and from 16:00 to 19:45.

Sculpture of Nicholas the Wonderworker next to the temple

Affordable Bari tours can be booked online, in advance, as well as group, individual and bike tours, more information here.

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Also don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of professional Russian-speaking guides in Bari:

San Sabino Cathedral – the most beautiful building of the 9th – 10th centuries, simple at first glance the facade is decorated with sculptures of fantastic creatures, inside everything is striking in its beauty and coziness. In the crypt of the cathedral rests the relics of St. Sabin. The museum is very popular with tourists with its archaeological finds from the Middle Ages.

The address is Piazza dell’Odegitria 1, open every day from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

It was built at the beginning of the 20th century, its walls are decorated with beautiful frescoes, its interior is evocative for its refined taste and its antique furniture.

Open only on Sundays from 9.30 to 13.00, free access.

Bari sightseeing map

The Mincuzzi building, an architectural jewel of Bari, has stores and cafés on the first floor with a large glass dome on the roof.

Address: Via Sparano.

Palazzo Fizzarotti, an imposing 18th century eclectic building located in the heart of the historic city, is composed of three floors. In general, it is a huge gallery. It regularly holds exhibitions and other artistic events.

Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele

Swabian Castle of Bari

Palazzo de Gemmis, an elegant 19th century palace in Piazza Garibaldi, is the current city library.

Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele 49, open every day except Sunday.

The Castello Normanno-Svevo is a relic of a 16th century fortress consisting of a group of towers surrounded by a wide moat.

It is present in Piazza Federico II di Svevia 4, and can be visited every day except Wednesday from 08:30 to 19:30. The price of admission is 2,00 euro.

To get to Bari by plane

Bari Airport is named Bari Palese, 9 km to the north-west of the city center. There are no direct flights from Moscow.

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Find an inexpensive ticket from Moscow:

You can get to the city from the airport:

  • by cab, price approximately 20.00 – 25.00 €;
  • By express Shuttle Tempesta, price 4,00 €;
  • Bus No. 16, price € 1,00 one way (pay directly to the driver € 1,50), runs every 30 minutes, travel time 35 minutes, ticket can be bought at the bookstore or tobacconist’s store at the airport;
  • By subway, price € 5,00 one way, travel time 20 minutes.

Nearest airports:

  • Naples, Capodicchino International Airport;
  • Rome, Fiumicino and Ciampino international airports.

How to get to Bari from Rome

The distance from Rome to Bari is 450 km.

By car: to get from Rome you must first take the A1 (A14) – take the Napoli – take the A16, Nola – Avellino – Bari. The whole trip takes about 5 hours and costs about 70€. The fee for the journey is 20,00 € for the road tax and 50,00 € for the fuel. Your navigator can direct you to the other two options, but we advise you to stick to this route, as almost all the way will be on an expressway.

By train: The Frecciargento from Roma Termini to Bari Centrale takes 4 hours, with no transfers and a ticket price of 40,00€. By intercity train it will take you a little longer (about 6,5 hours) and the ticket will cost 23,00 €. The price of the ticket will depend on the chosen train and the class of the carriage and may vary from 23,00 € to 81,00 €.

By bus: You can also take a bus from Rome to Bari. Boarding takes place at Rome’s Tiburtina train station and the journey time varies between 5.5 and 7.5 hours, depending on several factors – traffic jams, peak hours, and departure time. The bus arrives at the Bari bus station “Largo Sorrentino”, located near the train station Bari Centrale. Ticket prices range from 20,00 to 25,00 €.

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A bus ticket from Rome to Bari can be booked in advance on the website – Flixbus. When booking online, please note that some buses may have to change in Naples.

How to get to Bari from Naples

The distance from Naples to Bari is 260 km.

By car: The shortest way is Via A16, the travel time will be about 3 hours. The total cost will be about 55,00 €. Of these, 21,00 € for the road tax, and 34,00 € for fuel.

By train: There are no direct trains from Naples to Bari. Therefore you have to make 1 or 2 transfers. In the case of two transfers one of the means of transport will be a bus. You can check the train schedule on the Trenitalia website. The price of tickets depends on the chosen train and class of carriage and varies from 23,00 to 56,00 €.

Buy tickets for a train or bus, you can use the service Omio.

By bus: You can get from Naples to Bari by bus. The bus departs from the Metropark Centrale bus station in Naples and arrives at the Largo Sorrentino bus station in Bari. The journey will cost from 9,00 € to 18,00 € (including discounts). The travel time is from 3 to 4 hours.

As I said above, the ticket can be purchased online, in advance on the Flixbus website.

Prices for food in Bari

Bari City View

Grocery prices in Bari are about the same as in Italy as a whole. Grocery prices in Italy.

  • A typical Italian breakfast in a café consisting of a cup of cappuccino and a croissant will cost about 2.50€ (croissant 1.00€, coffee 1.20 – 1.50€).
  • Lunch at a fixed menu restaurant (menu fisso – first, second, salad and a drink) will cost 10,00 – 15,00 €.
  • Take-away pizza in pizzerias 5,00 – 6,00 € per piece, pizzetta in bakeries or supermarkets 1,00 – 1,50 per slice.
  • Dinner in a restaurant (first, second, salad, wine) will cost about 25,00 € per person.
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Prices for products in Bari supermarkets:

  • Fresh milk from 1.5 € for 1.5 liters;
  • eggs from 1,00 € for 6 pieces;
  • apples € 1.00-2.00 per kg;
  • bread 2,00 € for 1 kg;
  • olive oil 5 € per liter;
  • wine 2,00 € for 0,75 l;
  • water 1,50 – 2,50 for 6 bottles;
  • cabbage 1,00 – 1,50 € per kg;
  • potatoes 0,60 – 1,00 per kg;
  • Fresh tomatoes 1,00 – 4,00 € per kg, depending on variety;
  • lettuce 1,00 – 1,70 per piece;
  • onions 1,00 – 2,00 € per kg
  • carrots 1,00 to 1,00 per kg;
  • chicken meat 2,00 – 4,50 €/kg
  • chicken breast 7,00 – 10,00 €/kg;
  • pork 4,00 – 6,00 €/kg
  • Beef 7,00 – 10,00 € per kg;
  • Parmesan 10,00 – 15,00 € per kg;
  • Other cheeses from 6,00 €/kg;
  • Sausages from 10,00 € per kg;
  • strong alcoholic drinks from 7,00 €;
  • pasta 1,20 per kg.

The Sea and the Beaches of Bari

Bari view of the city and port

Bari’s coast is washed by the Adriatic Sea, considered one of the cleanest.

Bari is a coastal resort, so don’t miss the opportunity to stroll along the picturesque, urban promenade, Lungomare Nazario Sauro, which seamlessly connects to Armando Perotti promenade. The pedestrian zone runs along the sea and is ideal for jogging and long walks in the fresh air.

Also for those who want to sunbathe and swim, there are beautiful beaches both inside and outside the city. One of the most famous beaches in the city is “Pane e Pomodoro”, located along Lungomare Nazario Sauro.

It is also popular with tourists and locals equipped beach San Francesco alla Rena, visitors are offered the full range of services – umbrellas, sun loungers, hot showers, playgrounds, bar, restaurant and more. It is located east of the old center.

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