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Why rent a car in Bari?
Bari is a great destination to explore by car. A fascinating city in its own right, it can also serve as a base for exploring the rest of Southern Italy.
Top ways to enter Bari
- Bari Airport: Mostly active during summers, Bari Airport serves flights to and from destinations all across Europe, as well as in Turkey and Egypt.
- Brindisi Airport: Just 115 km (71 mi) down the coast, Brindisi Airport is served by more than 10 airports.
- By sea: If you’re arriving by boat from another destination in Italy, or from Montenegro, Albania, or Croatia, you can conveniently pick up a rental car at Bari Airport.
Useful city facts
- Bari is the capital of Apulia, a region inhabited by about 4,000,000 people.
- The city is made up of 9 quarters.
- Bari has warm Mediterranean climate. Even in winter, the air temperature rarely drops below 10 °C ( 50 °F). The summers are dry and hot, with temperature often exceeding 30 °C (85 °F), so getting properly hydrated is important.
Top destinations and activities
- Basilica of Saint Nicholas (Basilica di San Nicola). The beautiful church romanic church is perhaps the most well-known landmark of Bari, notable for cathedra of Bishop Elias.
- Old Bari. Bari Vecchia and its labyrinthine maze of narrow streets is a great place to explore by foot. Pay a visit to the Palazzo del Catapano palace.
- Fort of Saint Anthony. Located next to the old city walls, the impressive building Fortino Sant’Antonio nowadays serves as home of a beautiful art gallery.
Traffic and parking tips
- The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h.
- Main highways are limited to 130 km/h, non-major highways to 110 km/h, and local roads to 90 km/h. During the rain the limits are respectively lowered to 110 km/h, 100 km/h, and 80 km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50 km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
- The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
- If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
- The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers. Being over the allowed limit can result in hefty fines and even imprisonment.
- The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.
There are numerous toll roads in Italy. The exact fee depends on the route of your choice and the type of a vehicle. See the official Italian toll road website for more information. Use the website’s toll road calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll have to pay for using the toll roads on your planned route.
Ideas for a day-trip
- Matera. The nearby city is a unique place to visit, in large part because of the caves and old churches that have been carved into rock.
- Polignano a Mare. About half an hour’s drive from Bari, Polignano a Mare is a place where you can first enjoy the beach and then have your meal on a clifftop restaurant.
- Brindisi. Nowadays best known as a part destination, Brindisi is surprisingly rich in terms of history and culture.
Most popular rental types and cars
Travelers most often pick the Fiat Panda, the Ford Fiesta, and the Fiat 500, while the most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.
- Naples. This city of the ancient world is full of amazing traces of its history and full of life and modernity in equal parts. Being the birthplace of a pizza is an added bonus.
- Basilicata and Calabria. These two southern Italian regions are perhaps the least visited parts of Italy, but that only makes them a more interesting destination. Go for the nature, the people, and the unique cuisine.
- Sicily. Italy’s largest island should be visited for its cities like Palermo and Catania, endless subtropical beaches, and small inland villages. If you’re in Bari, it’s already practically next door.
How can I save money on my rental car?
There are ways to get a great rental car deal in Bari. Here’s how you start:
- Compare rates of different rental car providers
- Book your rental car well in advance
- Plan your route before you go
- Know your fuel and mileage requirements
- Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Bari is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 51% cheaper than the yearly average.
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