There are a number different ways to get to Martina Franca; you can get a train from northern Italy, a boat from Croatia or fly to Bari and Brindisi.
Getting to Bari
Bari is the capital city of Puglia, and also its main transport hub. It has a medium size airport (Bari Palese, also known as Karol Wojtyla – yes, it’s named after Pope John Paul II), with links from Stansted and Gatwick, a port with links to Croatia & Greece, and a railway station with links to major cities across Italy.
- Ryanair flights between Stansted & Bari currently take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday.
- British Airways flights between Gatwick & Bari currently take place on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.
- www.Skyscanner.net is a great site to find the best prices and times to fly. Its Interactive Chart provides a very useful method of finding the best flights.
Bari is a major port for southern Italy, and it is possible to get there from a number of countries around the Adriatic & Mediterranean (such as Croatia & Greece).
Brindisi is a smaller airport than Bari, but it is also served by Ryanair and BA. It is a similar distance from Martina Franca, so is a useful alternative.
Getting to Martina Franca from Bari
Bari Palese Airport has the usual car hire companies:
Directions from Bari Palese Airport to Martina Franca
Leave Bari Palese airport. At the exit roundabout, take the second exit (remember to go anti-clockwise around the roundabout!). Follow road around to the SS16, and follow directions for Brindisi / Taranto / E55. Stay on the SS16/E55 for ~40 miles, until the Fasano exit. Follow signs for Locorotondo & Martina Franca. Drive through Locorotondo, and you will reach Martina Franca.
Regular trains leave Bari Central Station (Bari Centrale) approximately every hour for Martina Franca, although there are currently no trains on Sundays.
Journey time: 1h30m
Please be aware that the train ticket is not sold at the Bari main ticket counter, but on the platform where the train leaves; go to the underpass and look for a sign of “Ferrovie Sud Est”.