Nestled in the picturesque Puglian countryside, the charming destination of Alberobello is famous for its unique trulli houses and beautiful buildings. I have visited this region several times as a solo traveller, with my most recent visit being in March/April 2023.
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In this article, I will discuss various transportation options available for how to get to Alberobello. This includes arriving by plane at one of Southern Italy’s nearest airports, arriving by different train routes, using bus connections and arriving by car on a scenic road trip through Puglia.
1. How to get to Alberobello by plane.
If you’re planning a trip to the picturesque town of Alberobello, nestled in the heart of Puglia, Italy, flying is one of the most convenient ways to get there. In this section, I’ll discuss the closest airports and how to get to Alberobello from these locations.
Closest airports to Alberobello
The two nearest airports serving Alberobello are:
- Brindisi Airport (BDS): Located approximately 80 km away from Alberobello.
- Bari Karol WojtyÅ‚a Airport (BRI): Situated around 70 km away from Alberobello.
From the UK, I always find Bari flights are quite a bit cheaper than Brindisi flights.
I’ll describe how to get to Alberobello from both airports below.
How to get to Alberobello from Bari airport (BRI)
To get from Bari airport to Alberobello, you have several options:
- Rent a car: Car rental services are available at the airport. The drive takes about an hour and offers beautiful views of Puglia’s countryside. Remember that driving in Italy requires an International Driving Permit if you don’t hold an EU licence. See further driving tips below.
- Take a shuttle bus or taxi: Book your shared shuttle service or private taxi online through companies like Shuttle Direct , which offers direct transfers between the airport and Alberobello.
- Public transportation: You can take a local bus called Tempesta Bus that goes directly from Bari Airport to Bari Centrale Train Station. Then board on Ferrovie del Sud Est regional trains going towards Putignano, and finally change for another train headed toward Martina Franca with a stop in Alberobello (see train travel below).
How to get to Alberobello from Brindisi airport (BDS)
To travel from Brindisi Airport to Alberobello, consider one of these options:
- Rent a car: Rent a car from Discover Cars at the airport. The drive takes about an hour and offers scenic views along the way. Remember that driving in Italy requires an International Driving Permit if you don’t hold an EU licence. See further driving tips below.
- Take a shuttle bus or taxi: You can book a shared shuttle service or private taxi online through companies such as Shuttle Direct or Sun Transfers.
- Public transportation: Take a bus from the airport to Brindisi train station, then catch a train to Bari Centrale. From there, transfer to another train heading towards Alberobello (see train travel below).
2. How to get to Alberobello by train.
If you’re planning to visit the charming town of Alberobello, taking a train is a good option for both convenience and affordability. With its well-connected rail network, travelling to and from Alberobello in Puglia is relatively easy. However bear in mind it can take a while, and Alberobello trains don’t run all evening and/or Sundays.
To reach Alberobello by train, you first need to get to Bari Centrale Station.
Arriving at Bari Centrale Station
The main railway station that connects you to Alberobello is Bari Centrale Station. This station serves as a hub for various regional trains operated by Trenitalia and Ferrovie del Sud Est (FSE).
There are two ways to get to Alberobello from Bari Centrale:
A. Ferrovie Sud Est (FSE) trains to Alberobello
Once you arrive at Bari Centrale Station, look for the FSE trains heading towards Putignano. These trains run frequently throughout the day with approximately one-hour intervals between departures. You can check the timetable on the official Ferrovie del Sud Est website.
- Bari – Putignano: Board an FSE train from Bari Centrale towards Putignano. The trip to Putignano will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Putignano – Alberobello: From Putignano, you will need to change trains and board another FSE train towards Alberobello. This journey takes approximately 30 minutes.
Note that tickets for the FSE trains can be purchased at Bari Centrale Station or online through their website. Remember to validate your ticket using the validation machines available on platforms before boarding the train.
B. Trenitalia Trains via Martina Franca
An alternative route is taking a Trenitalia regional train from Bari Centrale to Martina Franca, followed by an FSE bus connection to Alberobello. You can check timetables and purchase tickets on Trenitalia’s official website.
- Bari – Martina Franca: Board a Trenitalia regional train from Bari Centrale towards Taranto, but get off at Martina Franca station. The journey takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Martina Franca – Alberobello: From Martina Franca station, take an FSE bus heading towards Alberobello which takes about 40 minutes.
Whether you choose the direct FSE route or opt for a combination of Trenitalia trains and buses, make sure to plan ahead with accurate timetables and ticket information for a smooth journey.
Exploring Alberobello, Puglia, Italy by train is a great way to experience the region’s natural beauty and charming villages. Make sure you check times though, as trains don’t run as frequently as they do in other parts of Italy.
Further reading: Your Ultimate Guide to visiting Alberobello.
3. How to get to Alberobello and other local areas by bus.
There are long-distance buses and local buses. All bus lines stop in Alberobello, at Via Cavour.
The local bus network is operated by Ferrovie del Sud Est (FSE), which connects Alberobello with nearby towns such as Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Cisternino and Ostuni.
FSE bus routes
FSE offers several routes that pass through or terminate in Alberobello. Some popular routes include:
- Alberobello – Locorotondo: This route takes approximately 30 minutes one way.
- Alberobello – Martina Franca: This route takes approximately 45 minutes one way.
- Alberobello – Cisternino: This route takes approximately 1 hour one way.
- Alberobello – Ostuni: This route takes approximately 1.5 hours one way.
To find the most up-to-date timetables for these routes, visit the official FSE website.
Tickets and pricing
Ticket prices vary depending on your destination but generally range from €1 – €4 per single journey. Tickets can be purchased at the bus station, local newsstands (tabacchi), or on board from the driver. Keep in mind that purchasing a ticket onboard may cost slightly more than buying it beforehand.
For those planning to use public transportation frequently during their stay, consider purchasing a daily or weekly pass for added convenience and savings.
Bus etiquette and tips
When travelling by bus in Alberobello and Puglia, keep these tips in mind:
- Validate your ticket: Remember to validate your ticket using the machine onboard as soon as you board the bus.
- Schedule flexibility: Buses may not always run precisely according to schedule; allow some extra time when planning your journeys.
- Limited Sunday service: Bear in mind that buses operate less frequently on Sundays and public holidays. Plan accordingly if you need to travel during these times.
- Limited evening service: There are not always buses in the evenings (I discovered this when I arrived in Bari at 8pm and there were no buses to Alberobello until the next day!)
In summary, travelling around Alberobello by bus is an affordable way of exploring this charming region at your own pace while experiencing local life. With numerous routes connecting popular destinations within Puglia, it’s easy to plan day trips or extended stays throughout this beautiful area of Italy.
4. How to get to Alberobello by car.
Renting a car in Alberobello is an ideal way to explore the captivating region of Puglia and take in its stunning scenery. With a car rental in Alberobello, you can easily visit nearby towns and attractions while enjoying the stunning landscapes along the way.
A. Car rental options in Alberobello
There are several reputable car rental companies available in Alberobello, offering various types of vehicles to suit your needs and budget. Some popular options include:
I recommend booking your car rental online before arriving in Italy to ensure availability and secure better rates. Discover cars is a car-comparison website and it is always my go-to place for car rentals in Italy.
Further reading: Ultimate Guide to Renting a Car in Puglia, Italy.
Driving around Puglia may be different from what you’re used to, so here are some helpful tips for navigating roads in the area.
- Drive on the right side of the road and overtake from the left.
- Be aware that some roads in Puglia, especially in rural areas , can be narrow and winding. Take extra caution when driving through these routes.
- Always follow posted speed limits, which are typically indicated by a circular sign with a red border and black numbers. Speed limits vary depending on the type of road: urban streets (50 km/h), secondary roads (90 km/h), main highways (110 km/h) and motorways (130 km/h).
- Parking spaces can be limited in Alberobello’s town centre due to its UNESCO World Heritage status. Look for designated parking lots or street parking spots marked with blue lines, where you’ll need to purchase a ticket from nearby machines.
- Keep an eye out for Zona Traffico Limitato signs – these indicate restricted traffic zones where only authorised vehicles are allowed during specific hours. Avoid entering these zones without proper authorisation to avoid fines.
Further reading: Hazel’s Guide to Driving in Puglia, Italy.
With your car rental sorted and equipped with essential driving tips, you’re ready to explore Alberobello and beyond. Discover charming towns like Locorotondo, Cisternino, Ostuni or venture further into Puglia’s stunning coastline along Polignano a Mare or Monopoli – all within easy reach by car.
5. Map showing Alberobello with local airports and train stations.
Further reading: Ultimate Puglia Travel Guide.
6. FAQs about how to get to Alberobello, Puglia, Italy
How do you get to Alberobello Puglia?
This post is about how to get to Alberobello. You can fly into Bari or Brindisi airport and then take a train or bus. Alternatively, rent a car for more flexibility in exploring the region. The most convenient option is flying into Bari Airport (BRI) and taking a direct train from Bari Centrale station.
What is the best way to get to Puglia?
The best way to get to Puglia depends on your preferences and budget. Flying into Bari or Brindisi airports are popular options, followed by trains, buses, or renting a car for transportation within the region.
Further reading: How to Get to Bari by Plane, Boat, Bus, Train & Car.
What is the best time to visit Alberobello?
The best time to visit Alberobello is during the months of April through October. The warm, pleasant climate creates an inviting atmosphere for visitors to explore the area’s many attractions and participate in cultural events. Additionally, this period offers plenty of cultural events such as music festivals, food fairs and markets that make a trip to Alberobello even more enjoyable.
Top tip: To avoid crowds, visit in April, May, September or October. During these months there are also fewer crowds so you can enjoy your stay without having to battle with large numbers of tourists for space or services. In the afternoons you can get the town to yourself for the best photos of Alberobello.
Related reading: The Best Time to Visit Alberobello.
How many days do you need in Alberobello?
It is possible to visit Alberobello in just a few hours, or half a day. However, to fully experience all the city has to offer, it’s recommended that visitors spend at least two days in Alberobello.
The first day could be spent exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of trulli houses and discovering the quaint cobblestone streets of this historic town. On the second day, you can visit some nearby attractions such as Castellana Grotte or Polignano a Mare beach before ending your trip with a leisurely stroll through one of Alberobello’s many olive groves. With two days in Alberobello, you will have plenty of time to take in its unique beauty and enjoy everything this charming Italian village has to offer.
Is Alberobello Italy worth visiting?
Yes, Alberobello is definitely worth visiting due to its distinctive trulli architecture recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town offers a unique cultural experience, picturesque streets, and an opportunity to explore the beautiful Puglia region.
Further reading: Must See Sights: The 30 Best Places to Visit in Puglia.
7. Further travel tips and information on Alberobello
This section contains help on where to stay and what to do in Alberobello.
What to do in Alberobello.
First, check my Ultimate Alberobello Guide and 16 great things to do in Alberobello for inspiration.
The main activity when visiting Alberobello is sightseeing in the two main neighbourhoods: the Rione Monti and Rione Aia Piccola district. Both are recognized for their unique trulli buildings, which are conical stone dwellings dating back to medieval times that were originally used as temporary dwellings for shepherds. The town’s historic centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
The Rione Monti is more touristy and contains a variety of souvenir shops, restaurants, and cafes. In contrast, Rione Aia Piccola has fewer trulli houses but features several churches, museums, and other attractions.
For dining, there are lots of local specialities you must try, including the Alberobello Pasqualino sandwich! There are also lots of wonderful restaurants to visit in Alberobello serving traditional Pugliese food.
There are several of beautiful viewpoints in Alberobello, including the Rione Monti viewpoints and the Belvedere Santa Lucia.
Exploring the area independently or with a guided walking tour is an excellent way to discover Alberobello’s unique trulli structures and its rich history.
Tours in Alberobello.
Once you have worked out how to get to Alberobello, you may like to book some local tours. Here I will list some of my favourite tours in Alberobello, plus some which are very popular/highly rated on Viator and Get Your Guide.
For solo travellers, be aware that many tours in Alberobello (and Puglia in general) seem to have a minimum two-person rule, which can be frustrating. However I found that by contacting tour operators directly, I was able to arrange bookings for one person, so always email them to check.
1. Alberobello & Polignano private walking tour: includes free time in Polignano (you could use it to visit the stunning beach) and a coffee tasting.
2. Private cooking class with lunch or dinner: learn to cook typical Italian dishes with a ‘Cesarina’ in a private home, then tuck into your delicious 3 course meal afterwards with wine.
3. Small group street food tour in Alberobello: this walking tour must be very popular, as I have never yet been able to book onto it. It looks excellent. Make sure to book early (and let me know how it went!)
4. Boat tour of the Polignano a Mare caves – if you have the opportunity, you must see the caves of Polignano. This is a small group tour with a badge of excellence.
5. Day tour of Bari, Alberobello and Matera – three towns in one day, which would be very difficult to do on public transport. Private tour with hotel pickup.
Where to stay in Alberobello.
There is a wide selection of trulli hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs available for those wanting to experience this unique destination.
Further reading: My stay in a Trulli in Alberobello (Photos & Review)
Here are my recommendations for places to stay in Alberobello:
- Gatto Bianco Case d’Allora: Charming and traditional private trulli situated within 5 minutes walk of the heart of Alberobello. I stayed here in April 2023 – read my full review first and check prices here.
- Trulli Nuova Aia Resort: aparthotel in Alberobello with terrace or balcony and a swimming pool. Rated exceptional on Booking.com. Check prices here.
- Trulli Terra Viva: huge amazing 5 star villa with swimming pool for a large family, sleeps 14. Rarely have I ever seen a 10/10 rating on Booking.com before! This would be perfect for a large family, check prices here.
There are lots of different types of properties to choose from. You can check the current prices and availability for all properties in Alberobello on Booking.com here.
You can also use this map to see where accommodation by location:Booking.com
Road trip itineraries in Puglia.
I have published a series of done-for-you road trip itineraries for Puglia, along with guides for driving in Puglia and how to rent a car in Puglia.
My itineraries come in 7 day, 10 day and 14 day versions, but of course you can amend them to suit your own preferences. They all contain driving instructions, maps and suggestions for things to do and places to stay.
- Whistlestop 2 week road trip itinerary for Puglia.
- Relaxed 2 week road trip itinerary for Puglia.
- Whistlestop 10 day itinerary for Puglia.
- Relaxed 10 day itinerary for Puglia.
- Whistlestop 7 day road trip itinerary for Puglia.
- Relaxed 7 day road trip itinerary for Puglia.
- All Puglia itineraries in one place.
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