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 separated into two separate waiting rooms for Schengen and non-Schengen flights. There are more than a dozen shops and eateries 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 that can be for a fee. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

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

Where to Sleep

Travellers report that the airport’s top floor has limited foot traffic at night, and ample floor space. It is reportedly somewhat hidden, but access can be gained by stairway or elevator. Reviewers recommend coming prepared with a travel mat, sleeping bag, sleep mask and ear plugs/noise-cancelling headphones, as the terminal’s bright lights and noisy overnight cleaners can be a sleep prohibitor. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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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 Hotels

If sleeping in Bari Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • B & B Simpson – (5 minutes from the airport) Located next to the airport, but it’s a 25 minute walk. The hotel will provide a transfer upon request. The cost is 10,00€ each way. » Check Rates
  • B & B FLY – (5 minutes from the airport) Located right next to the airport, but it’s a 25 minute walk so you might prefer to take a taxi. » Check Rates
  • Parco Dei Principi Hotel Congress & Spa – (5 minutes from the airport) A free shuttle is available. Once you have collected your luggage call +39 080 539 48 11 and head outside to wait. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Bari Airport on Tripadvisor 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 through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

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

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Banca Popolare Pugliese, are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your 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 2 Relay Stores.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of any 24-hour dining options.

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

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

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

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available. Location: Airside, Arrivals Hall, 1st Floor.

Mobile Charging – There are power outlets available in the waiting area of the Departures Hall, Airside, 2nd Floor.

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

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

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

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


Bari airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Air Cairo • Air France • AirDolomiti • AlbaStar/Wings • Alitalia • Austrian Airlines • BH Air • Blue Air • Blue Panorama Airlines • British AirwaysEasyJet • 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 the centre of Bari, you need to connect to a train or you need a shuttle bus to another airport to catch an additional flight, the airport provides many options. For fares, routes and schedule information, visit the Bari Airport website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Auto Europa • Autovia • Avis • Budget • Europcar, Hertz • Locauto • Autoservizi Maggiore Rent • Win Rent • Sixt • Joy Rent.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: B&B Fly   •   Vittoria Parc Hotel.


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 underground walkway. Tickets sold online are one-way only, and must be printed and used on the day they are issued. For ticket purchase, visit the Ferrotramviaria website. At the time of this update, a one-way ticket from the airport to Bari Centre costs €5.00.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are 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 web sites. 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.