Sleeping in Airports

Bari Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Bari Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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BRI Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Bari Karol Wotjyła International Airport.

What to Expect

Bari Airport (code: BRI) serves its passengers with a small, two-level, 14-gate terminal separating arrivals from departures. The departure level is further divided into two waiting rooms for Schengen and non-Schengen flights. More than a dozen shops and eateries are dispersed throughout the airport. WiFi is available, but reviewers provided mixed reports on whether there are plentiful power outlets for charging electronic devices. For additional comfort, a private lounge can be used for a fee. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Bari Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / 19June2018)

Sleeping in Bari Airport

It is possible to sleep overnight at Bari Airport; however, the terminal is small and has limited seating. M st seats have armrests, making it difficult to get comfortable and stretch out.

Locations & Seating

Reviews of Bari Airport are mixed. Several readers spotted couches located in the cafés scattered throughout the airport. However, some said these are inaccessible to travellers when the cafés are closed, while others reported you can easily move them around for extra comfort. People also reported metal benches with armrests in the waiting area. Luckily, there is ample floor space across the two floors of the terminal, and many passengers have reported stretching out and setting up camp here. M st sleep-related recommendations are for the top floor, which is quieter and away from regular foot traffic. However, one of our readers reported that police woke him up several times, saying he was not allowed to sleep on the floor.

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For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. S e Airport Hotels in the guide below or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.   r more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Bari Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours, with modified hours in the event of construction work.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Bari Airport:

  • Parco Dei Principi Hotel Congress & Spa – Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Bed & Breakfast FLY – Airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Bari Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass, or using a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Sala VIP – Location: Airside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Bari Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

At the time of this update, we have no information about drinking water for travellers with refillable water bottles. If you know, click here to update this guide.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions, including McDonald’s, operate throughout the terminal with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we cannot confirm the availability of any 24-hour dining options.

Luggage Storage & Lockers


Mobile Charging

Several readers reported that power outlets are hard to find. A few of these have been spotted in the waiting area of the Departures Hall, Airside, 2nd Floor.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.




Free WiFi is available at Bari Airport in designated WiFi zones. Connect to the “AdP_FreeWifi” network using one of your social media accounts.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs operated by Banca Popolare Pugliese are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, Arrivals, 1st Floor • Airside, Departures, East wing, 1st Floor

Baby Care Facilities – The airport offers several baby care rooms.

Chapel – Location: Landside, Arrivals Level

Currency Exchange – Best & Fast Change offers currency exchange service landside in the Arrivals Atrium. Hours: unknown.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Aelia Duty-Free offers duty-free shopping airside. A variety of retail shops are located both landside and airside, including Barus • Relay • Pandora • 4Giveness Beachwear • Marina Militare • Montevago • Heinemann Duty-Free.

Information Desk – Have any questions? Two information desks are available in the Landside, Departure Area, 1st Floor, beside the ticket office.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having them wrapped in plastic. Location: Landside, Departures Hall, 1st Floor. Hours: Unknown.

Medical Services – First aid services are available if you feel unwell or injured yourself. Location: Airside, Arrivals Hall, 1st Floor.

Pharmacy – Location: Airside between Gates 4 and 5. Hours: 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM (Daily).

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Bari Airport is served by the following airlines: Air France • AlbaStar/Wings • Alitalia • Austrian Airlines • BH Air • Blue Air • Blue Panorama Airlines • British Airways • EasyJet • Ellinair • Eurowings • FreeBird • Lufthansa • Luxair • Meridiana Fly • MistralAir • Montenegro Airlines • RyanAir • S7 Airlines • Swiss • Transavia • Turkish Airlines • Volotea • Vueling • Wizz Air.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Bari Airport is well connected to the bus system. Whether you are looking for a local bus to get you to the centre of Bari or you need to connect to a train or a shuttle bus to another airport to catch an additional flight, the airport provides many options. For information on fares, routes and schedules, visit the Bari Airport website.

Car Rentals

Airport car rental agencies include Leasys • Sixt • Italy Car Rent • Gold Car • Loran Italian Rental • Sicily by Car • Autoservizi Maggiore • Avis Autonoleggio • Hertz Autonoleggio • Europcar Italia Spa • Locauto Rent • Autovia Noleggi auto e furgoni

Hotel Shuttles

A few area hotels provide airport shuttle service: B&B Fly  •  Parco Dei Principi Hotel Congress & Spa •   Vittoria Parc Hotel.

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are located in the ground transportation area 24 hours a day. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.


Bari Aeroporto Railway Station is connected to the airport by an underground walkway. Tickets sold online are one-way only, and must be printed and used on the day they are issued. For ticket purchases, visit the Ferrotramviaria website. At the time of this update, a one-way ticket from the airport to Bari Centre costs €5.10.

Airport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Temperature – Some readers said the terminal is cold at night due to the air conditioning. Arrive prepared, just in case. It’s better to have a blanket than to need one later on. Even a hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets colder.
  • Lighting – A few travellers have reported that airport lights stay on all night. Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
  • Noise – Bari Airport can get noisy with the sound of cleaners doing their jobs. Some travellers have reported this happening from about 10 PM until 1 AM. Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones will help if you’re trying to sleep overnight.

Safety & Security

We have had no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Bari Airport.

Sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your valuables. Here are a few tips:

  • Safety First. It’s a good idea to know where the security office is; also, look for video cameras where you plan to sleep. You can also ask the security personnel for advice on the safest places to spend the night.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend you stay near other travellers or close to security. This will help you feel more secure and deter potential thieves.
  • Hide Your Valuables. It’s also important to hide your valuables. Don’t leave them out in plain view, as this could make you a target for theft. Additionally, if you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something or sleep with your bag up against a wall to make it harder for someone to access zippers and pockets. We have received reports of sleepers who awoke without their phones and laptop bags. The travellers were left with just their headphones and laptop bag strap.
  • Stay Alert. It’s best to stay alert and awake if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you stay awake, and remember that you can always catch up on sleep during your flight. These simple precautions can help you enjoy a safe night at the airport.

Last updated: 2024-02-19

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.