Bari Airport Car Hire
Bari Airport (sometimes referred to as Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport or Palese Airport) is Puglia's largest airport. It is highly popular, particularly in the summer months for those heading for the beaches in the south of Italy, where car hire is a popular way of getting around the many resorts, towns and cities in the region.
There are the wonderful Tremiti islands, which can be reached by ferry from Termoli. The Gargano promontory is a huge nature reserve, which having traversed it will bring you to the towns of Peschici and Vieste, both well worth a visit and, if you can afford the time, an overnight stay. Drive through the wild and relatively undeveloped coastline near Salento.
Heading south will of course bring you to the best of Puglia, miles of olive groves stretching into the distance, the Unesco protected Trulli of Alberobello and the caves at Castellana. Also this airport is in an ideal location for car hire in Matera.
Where are the car hire desks at Bari Airport?
The most important thing to do is to follow the instructions on your rental documents. It will also depend on whether you have chosen an on airport supplier or one which is based off airport a short walk away.
The main location for on airport car hire firms based at Bari Airport is in the Airport Terminal (walk out the Arrivals Gate, which is on the the ground floor of the airport, turn left and you will find the desks almost immediately).
For the budget conscious there is the option of an off airport supplier which offers a meet and greet service. After leaving the Arrivals Gate follow signs to the Puglia Tourist Information Office in the Arrival’s Hall. There, a member of staff from the car rental firm will be waiting with a sign showing your surname and they will take you to your rental car. The car hire office is actually a good 15 - 20 minute drive from the airport so do factor this in to your journey planning both on arrival and return.
Where can I collect/drop off the car at Bari Airport?
The on airport car hire collection and drop off points are very close to the terminal.
To return the car hire enter Bari Airport and follow the Car Rental signs. The car hire parking area is next door to the terminal.
If returning your hire car to the off airport supplier drive it back to the company's office where you collected it. You will then be dropped back to Bari Airport.
Bari Airport Top Tips
- Bari Airport is a small but efficient airport. It doesn't offer much in the way of restaurants and snack bars, so you might want to consider eating before you arrive.
- The roads around Bari Airport can be potholed and we have seen those rushing to return to the airport damaging a wheel on their rental car. We suggest leaving a bit of extra time so you can make sure you and your hire car arrive back safely.
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Locauto is an Italian company, with a lot of experience in the car hire sector. They offer rentals across Italy for both short and long term. With a sizeable fleet of vehicles and many locations country-wide they make an ideal choice for holidaymakers and business people alike.
Leaving the arrivals gate, located on the ground floor of the airport, turn left and walk for a few meters you will find the Locauto office. The parking Locauto is in near the office, just a few meters walk from the terminal building.
Karol Wojtyla Airport
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The counter is located inside the terminal of the airport. There is no shuttle service.
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SurPrice is a budget car hire company with their focus being mainly on price. Currently, given the challenges of buying new cars and the increased demand for hire cars this year, they have decided to retain some older cars in their fleet - so the condition of the car that you will be allocated can vary. At busy times they can also leave short turnarounds between rentals so if you do get an older car check everything is working as expected before leaving the compound. They are likely to encourage you to take their in-house excess insurance.
Rental office is located 5 minutes away from the Airport terminal. Free shuttle bus service is provided, marked as Surprice/Autoone. On arrival please call 00390802220424. Collection point is outside the arrivals terminal, please use the exit 3 (Uscita 3) and proceed directly across the road to the shuttle area, to where the street is painted blue, you will be collected there.
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