Escape the bustle of the Eternal City for the southern delights of Puglia. Find out about taking the train from Rome to Bari.
After spending time in the busy city of Rome, there’s nothing like heading for the beaches of Puglia for a well-deserved break. Bari is both Puglia’s largest city and its capital, with several of its own beaches and the perfect gateway into the region.
Direct trains can cover the Rome-to-Bari distance of 280 miles (451 km) in four hours. The drive would not only take longer, it would rob you of the chance to watch the landscape of southern Italy drift by the train window.
Frequent Trains from Rome to Bari Centrale
As Trenitalia expands the network of its high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains, cities like Bari become much easier to include in an Italy trip. Thanks to the Frecciargento trains that now run direct from Roma Termini station to Bari Centrale station, the journey time can be as little as four hours.
There are 18 trains each day leaving Rome headed for Bari, though only a few are direct. The transfer point may be Benevento or Barletta or Ancona, so be sure to examine the details of each possible route before you book. Some of the trips requiring a train change also use a combination of AV trains and Regionale trains. Ticket prices on this route range from $37-71.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Rome to Bari Centrale
There are only a few direct trains from Rome, Italy to Bari each day, and the difference in trip duration is significant enough that if you can change your schedule to get on one of the direct trains that’s a good idea. The journey time increases from roughly four hours on a direct train to 6-7 hours if a transfer is required.
Amenities on Trains from Rome to Bari Centrale
Frecciargento trains offer very similar in passenger experience to the top of the line AV trains (they’re just not as fast). There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars. Passengers in 1st class cars get a free drink and a newspaper. Both typically have a cafe car which all passengers can use, and power outlets are in both class cars at each seat.
There are sometimes 1st class and 2nd class cars on Regionale trains, but not always. Because reservations are not required on these trains, you simply find an available seat on a car in the appropriate class for your ticket. There is no food service or cafe car on these trains, and although they are supposed to be air-conditioned it isn’t always functional.
Rome and Bari Centrale Train Stations
Roma Termini is the city's largest station, and also a major transportation hub within Rome. Many bus lines stop right outside the station, and there is a Metro (subway) station inside Termini, too.
Bari Centrale is the primary station in Bari, located in the city center on Piazza Aldo Moro. It’s one of the busiest stations in the country. Several local buses stop just outside the station, as do several regional bus lines - handy if you’re headed out of the city immediately to other parts of Puglia.
See below for details on traveling from Rome to Bari Centrale by train.
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