Car Rental Bari

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Hertz in Bari

Perched on the heel of the Italian boot, Bari is a sleepy maritime city and the gateway to the wonderful Puglia region. The atmospheric historic old town and mouth-watering seafood are the perfect introduction to south-west Italy.

Book car rental in Bari and discover this sunbaked part of the country at your leisure. We have several pick-up points in the city, including at the airport , so you can start your journey the moment you touch down.

Browse our range of vehicles online and pick out the perfect one for your vacation. We have smaller city cars along with spacious SUVs, so there’s room for all your family – not forgetting your luggage. When you book with us, there are no hidden extras to pay and we aim to get you into your car as quickly as possible so you can make the most of your time here.

Pickup Locations Bari

  • Bari-Via Luigi Ricchioni 26

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1300 1530-1900, Sa 0800-1300, Su closed

    Address: Via Luigi Ricchioni 26

    Phone: +39 080 5429723

  • Bari Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-2400, Sa-Su 0800-2400

    Address: Hertz - Bari Aeroporto - Viale Enzo Ferrari, Bari

    Phone: 0039-0805-316171

  • Bari IKEA-Via Caduti del lavoro 35

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr on request, Sa-Su 1000-1300 1500-2000

    Address: Via Caduti del lavoro 3/5

    Phone: +39 080 5429723

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Driving in and around Bari

Bari

Bari isn’t just a fantastic place in its own right, it’s also an ideal location if you want to explore the hidden gems of southern Italy by car, especially in an area where public transport is generally unreliable.

The SS16 loops around the city, providing access to the suburbs. The Corso Vittorio Veneto snakes along the waterfront and takes you into the historic part of Bari. Make use of the parking lot just beyond Castello Normanno-Svevo, as the tight streets around here make it easier to explore the main sights on foot. While the old town is a souk-style warren of cobblestone lanes, the adjacent modern city was meticulously planned and is much easier to navigate as a driver.

Polignano a Mare is a 40-minute drive down the coast via the SS16. The town itself is perched dramatically on a cliff high above the sparkling blue sea, but there’s also a number of beaches here too, made for sun-seekers.

UNESCO-listed Alberobello is also under an hour away along the SS100 and SS172. This storybook town is like nothing you’ve ever seen before with its clutch of cone-shaped houses called ‘trulli’.

Historic Lecce is less than a two-hour drive away on the southbound SS16, SS379 and SS613. If you’ve got time to make this day trip, it’s worth it to see the city’s hoard of unique baroque architecture.

First-time drivers should note that vehicles travel on the right-hand side of the road in Italy. The Italian speed limit is 130 km/h (80 mph) for freeways, while 110 km/h (68 mph) is the maximum on non-major roads, which drops to 50 km/h (30mph) in urban areas. Seat belts must be worn by the driver and all passengers.

A quick guide to Bari

Bari

Experience a different side of Italy when you visit Bari and surrounding Puglia. Rome may have a goldmine of history, Florence a wealth of treasured art and Bologna world-famous cuisine, but this region has all three – and more. It’s time to discover Italy’s best kept secret.

Bari’s historic heart

Wandering along the charming, winding alleyways of Bari’s old town, you’ll find plenty of cafes and restaurants that serve up the city’s specialty – seafood. Paglionico Vini e Cucina is one of the best – and oldest – taverns to dine at. There’s no menu to flick through – simply order your pick of what’s being served up that day, such as fried calamari, grilled octopus and shrimp pasta, in a place that has been popular with locals since 1870.

Make time to pay a visit to the Basilica di San Nicola. This Norman-style church was built in the 12th century as a home for the remains of Saint Nicholas, which were stolen from Turkey in the 11th century by Barese merchants. He’s better known today as the origin of Father Christmas.

Castello Normanno-Svevo is another stop to make while in Bari. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, it was built in the 12th century to protect the city and its mighty bastions and thick walls still stand today.

Beyond Bari

Alberobello is a day tripper favorite due to its unique ‘trulli’ homes. Don’t forget your camera – the architecture is remarkable, with whitewash limestone walls and conical roofs painted with various symbols.

Lecce attracts visitors all-year-round, thanks in part to its beautiful baroque architecture. Flamboyant churches and palaces appear as you wander the labyrinth of medieval passageways. Basilica di Santa Croce is one of its finest examples, with a breathtaking sculpted façade that took 100 years to create. Lecce is also a foodie paradise Come here to sample Pugliese cuisine at its finest, with trattorias serving up dishes ranging from broad bean purée with braised wild chicory to shrimp risotto.

Beach hopping near Bari

Bari’s coastal location means there’s a wealth of nearby beaches to discover. Pop towels, a picnic and bucket and spades into the trunk of your rental car and set off to explore the Adriatic coast.

On the eastern edge of Bari is Pane e Pomodoro Beach, meaning you don’t need to travel far from the city to bask in the sunshine.

If you’ve got time to go further afield, Cala Porto Beach in Polignano a Mare is a real beauty. It’s found in the heart of the town, where small white pebbles form the shoreline, fringed with blue-green waters and surrounded by dramatic hilltop buildings. Just down the coast is Lido Santo Stefano, another sun kissed sandy bay with beautiful green waters – perfect for swimming and snorkeling.  

With car rental in Bari, you can enjoy a feast of culture on vacation in this sensation slice of Italy. Start your Puglia journey in style – you’ll want to come back again and again.