Travelling to Puglia
Now you have decided to make Puglia your holiday destination it’s time to make consider the different ways of travelling to Puglia.
Brindisi airport is just half an hour’s drive from our Puglia villas. Bari Airport is just one and half hour’s drive. Naples and Rome are also viable alternatives. Naples is a four hour pleasant drive mainly on motorways with fantastic scenery. Rome is a six hour drive or train ride. You might like to think about staying in Rome for a day or so and then taking a connecting flight.
Tip : When you arrive at Bari or Brindisi airport if you need to use a baggage trolley you will need either a euro, pound or dollar coin. A UK two-pence coin works as well!
The main airlines offering direct flights in and out of Brindisi, Bari, Naples and Rome airports are :
- British Airways – BA fly from London Heathrow to Brindisi, from London Gatwick to Bari and daily from London Gatwick to Naples. BA also fly to other main Italian airports (with connecting flights on other airlines to Brindisi or Bari) from most of the main UK airports
- Easyjet – London Gatwick to Brindisi, London Gatwick to Bari, London Gatwick to Naples, London Luton to Milan, Naples, Pisa and Rome, London Stansted to Naples, Bristol to Naples, Pisa and Rome, Edinburgh to Milan and Naples, Liverpool to Naples. Easyjet also fly from UK airports to Milan for connecting flights.
- Ryanair – London Stansted to Brindisi, Bari or Rome, Liverpool to Bari, Manchester to Brindisi, Naples and Rome
- Air Berlin – Vienna to Brindisi. Graz, Salzburg and Vienna to Bari, Milan(LIN), Naples, Rome(FCO). Innsbruk to Naples.
- TuiFly – Vienna to Rome
- Ryan Air – Brussels to Brindisi, Bari, Milan(Bergamo) and Rome
- Wizz Air– Prague to Bari
- Easyjet – Copenhagen to Milan(MXP)
- EasyJet – Paris(Orly) to Brindisi, Milan(LIN), Naples, Pisa, Rome(FCO). Paris(CDG) to Milan(MXP) and Naples.
- Ryan Air – Paris Beauvais to Brindisi and Bari
- Air Berlin – Berlin(TXL), Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich to Brindisi
- Air Berlin – Berlin(TXL), Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Munich, Nuremberg, Saarbrucken and Stuttgart to Bari
- EasyJet – Berlin(SXF), Hamburg to Naples. Hamburg to Rome, Milan(LIN), Berlin(SXF), Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart to Milan(MXP).
- Eurowings – Berlin(TGL), Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart to Brindisi and Bari
- Lufthansa – Munich to Bari
- RyanAir – Baden-Baden, Berlin(SXF), Dusseldorf Weeze, Frankfurt(HHN) and Nuremberg to Bari.
- TUIfly – Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorfi, Munich and Stuttgart to Brindisi. Stuttgart to Bari.
- Ryanair – Eindhoven to Brindisi, Maastricht to Bari
- Wizz Air – Budapest to Bari
- Al Italia – Milan(LIN), Rome(FCO) to Brindisi and Bari
- Easy Jet – Milan (MXP) to Brindisi and Bari
- Ryanair – Bologna, Milan(Begamo), Pisa, Rome(FCO), Turin and Venice to Bari
- Ryanair – Bologna, Cagliari, Genoa, Milan(Begamo), Pisa, Rome(FCO), Trieste, Turin and Venice to Bari
- WizzAir – Bucharest to Bari, Cluj-Napaca to Bari
- Ryanair – Seville/Valencia to Bari
- Ryanair – Stockholm to Brindisi. Gothenburg, Smaland and Stockholm to Bari
- Air Berlin – from Zurich to Brindisi
- EasyJet – Geneva and Basel to Brindisi, Basel, Geneva and Zurich to Naples
Another alternative for travelling to Puglia is to let the train take the strain. If you have a little more time to travel and like the idea of a more relaxed method of travel consider Puglia by train. From the UK take the afternoon Eurostar to Paris, and then from Paris-Bercy, the overnight Artesia sleeper train ‘Palatino’ to Bologna where you will pick up the train from Bologna to Brindisi, arriving in Brindisi in the afternoon of your second day. You can of course consider spending a couple of days in Paris and or Bologna allowing you to discover a little more of Europe during your holiday.
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One of our regular visitors travels to Puglia by train, you can read about train travel experiences here.
When you are making your Puglia Travel plans consider driving. Travelling to Puglia by car gives you the opportunity to explore and experience more of Italy. It is also an opportunity to visit other European countries.
If you are travelling to Puglia by car from the UK or Ireland take the ferry or the eurotunnel to France. Once you are on mainland Europe you can vary your route to take you via the places you want to visit on your way to Puglia.
Tip : If your route includes driving through Switzerland and you will be using the Swiss auto-routes you will need to purchase a vignette”. This can be bought at the Swiss customs point on your entry into Switzerland!
After you have arrived on mainland Europe you can continue your journey by road or by rail using one of the car-carrying train services like the French Motorail. Plan your route before you leave home. Websites like viaMichelin can help you plan your route and give a good idea of the costs involved.
Although low cost flights may seem the cheapest option they may not work for you if you are a large family or need to travel with a lot of luggage. In high season airfares are usually much more expensive and it may be more cost efficient and convenient to drive. And of course you save on the cost of hiring a rental car for the duration of your holiday. Driving of course also offers you the opportunity to explore other parts of Europe on your way to and from Puglia.
Before you leave home.
Make sure you have the correct insurance for driving in Europe and any other countries that you may travel through, that you have your driving licence with you and passport too. You can find lots of information about driving in Europe on the RAC website
We do strongly recommend that you hire a car for the duration of your holiday in Puglia. Many people use websites that trawl the car rental company websites. While most of the trawler websites are reputable some are not, please do be careful. Before you book using a trawler website check them out on TrustPilot or some other review forum or website. We wish we had! We had a particularly bad experience with EconomyCarRentals who are based in Greece. You can read our review and many others here.
We are often asked to recommend car hire companies. We suggest that you avoid the well know car hire companies. Not because there is anything wrong with them or from bad experience. It’s simply because there are usually shorter queues at the lesser known car hire desks.
Tip : If possible the named driver should go on ahead to the Puglia Car Hire desks while the others wait in the baggage hall for there luggage. This can cut down the time between your arrival in Puglia and picking up your car.
Whichever car hire company you book your Puglia Hire Car with we recommend that consider taking additional insurance to cover the excess. Excess amounts can be high, typically 800 euros or more. Read this MoneySavingExpert article to find out more. Do make sure that any additional insurance has all the cover you need. Some policies exclude things like tyres, windscreens and roof damage.
Whichever way you are travelling to Puglia please consider taking out insurance. We’d hate to think that you would have to cancel your holiday for any reason or that you might need medical care while you are in Puglia, but in case you do, consider taking out the relevant insurance.
Many airlines automatically offer you travel insurance when you buy your tickets, do check carefully what is included and any particular circumstances that are excluded. If you travel more than once a year it’s worth considering an annual travel policy. An annual travel policy can be purchased from a number of different companies as well as from your local post office. You can compare the costs of annual travel policy on websites like www.moneysupermarket.com.
You can find details of our cancellation policy in the terms and conditions. If you do have to cancel we will always try and re-book your cancelled week(s) at the same rate and if we do then we will refund the full amount to you, minus a small admin fee. With late cancellations we may need to discount the week(s), in which case we will refund the reduced amount to you. Sadly sometimes it’s not possible to re-book late cancellations in which case a refund will only be paid in accordance with our terms and conditions. If you have good travel insurance, and depending on the reason for cancellation, then you should be able to claim the villa rental as well as your travel costs.
If you are resident in the UK and eligible for NHS treatment there, make sure you have your EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) which can be obtained free of charge. The EHIC will cover medical emergencies and also any chronic disease or pre-existing condition. You can make and application and get more information from DirectGov. At the moment we do not know what impact there might be when the UK leaves Europe.
If you are resident in another European country and entitled to healthcare in your country of residence then you should ensure that you have your country’s equivalent of the EHIC. In Italy this is the Tessera Sanitaria,
You should always check to see if you need any additional top-up insurance and if you are travelling to Italy from a country outside the European Union then you may need to make your own health cover arrangements.
Sorting out your holiday spending should be part of your Puglia Travel plans. We’re sure you know that in Italy the currency is the Euro.
In Puglia it is very hard to find a bank that will exchange Travellers’ Cheques and to do so will involve a trip into one of the major cities.
Most small shops and restaurants do NOT take credit or debit cards. The larger supermarkets do take cards and in some of the hypermarket centres you will find “Bancomats” where you can withdraw cash using your credit or debit cards.If you are travelling to / in Europe from the UK, consider the use of a pre-paid euro card. These often offer a better exchange rate and lower commission, even no commission charges, than your sterling cards. You can compare pre-paid euro cards here.
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