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Bari is the capital of Puglia, a region in southeastern Italy. It is also an important transport hub and ferry port for Mediterranean destinations such as Sicily and the Balkans. The old town is one of the best places to get lost in this city. The narrow streets make it difficult for outsiders, but the locals know the way and will show you around if needed. You will be enchanted by the beautiful medieval streets and squares in the city. The best way to experience the city is over a cup of coffee or tea in one of the many cafes at your destination. The city has spectacular treasures to offer, from world-class cuisine to historic castles. Bari will entertain you, whether you are traveling with family or on business - it can serve as a base camp while you explore Southern Italy. You should spend some time driving around Bari because there is so much to see within the city limits: Olive groves merging into bright green fields where cows lazily graze in the sun on hot afternoons.
Basic info and car hire in Bari
- Location: Southern Italy
- Population: 330.000
- Official language: Italian
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Meditteranean climate
- Holidays in Bari: For public holidays in Italy click here.
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Bari are in good condition.
- Car hire in Bari: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Bari is Bari Airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Bari!
Driving in Bari
There are many toll roads in Italy. The exact fee depends on the route you choose and the type of vehicle. For more information, visit the official Italian toll road website. Use the website's toll calculator to find out exactly how much you will have to pay to use the toll roads on your planned route. Note that credit cards, cash, and Telepass are accepted at the toll gates.
Driving in Bari can be challenging and drivers can be impatient. Remember that the maximum BAC value for drivers is 0.05%. There is a zero-tolerance law for novice drivers who have held a license for less than two years and young drivers under the age of 21.
- Age limits: 21 years old-25 for larger vehicles
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance.
- Additional requirements: Glasses (in case you need glasses, you must always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Italy and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
- Children in the car: Children up to the age of 10 may only be taken in the back seat and a suitable child seat must be available up to a height of 1.50 meters.
- Driving side of the road: Right hand
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h. Main highways are limited to 130 km/h, non-major highways to 110 km/h, and local roads to 90 km/h.
Car Hire in Bari
Most popular car hire at Bari
The most selected hire car in Bari is the Fiat 500, Renault Clio or Opel Corsa. Renault Captur is also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Bari are mini and economy.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Bari
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Bari. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Italy.
- Bari-Florence (7 hr -701.8 km)
- Bari-Brindisi (1 hr 18 min -117.4 km)
- Bari-Naples (2 hr 51 min -262.9 km)
- Bari-Rome (4 hr 35 min - 455.2 km)
What to see in Bari
There is so much to see and do in Bari. You should not miss visiting Piazza Mercantile, one of the most popular places in Bari. It is the heart of the commercial and administrative centre of the city and houses the city market. Sit down in a cafe or restaurant and enjoy "La Dolce Vita". From the highest point of Ruota Panoramica, you can see many of the city's most popular sights. A ride on the Ferris wheel at sunset is a great way to spend romantic moments with your loved ones. If you want to relax after sightseeing, do not miss the most popular city beach in Bari. During the summer nights, many young residents of Bari come here to party. Live music is often played here and the atmosphere is fantastic. The refreshing Adriatic Sea is very inviting during the hot summer months.
Drive your rental car beyond Bari
Bari is a great place to explore the entire Italian south or just a base camp for day trips. Just about 50 kilometres from Bari, you can find the picturesque and historic town of Altamura which houses some amazing churches like Saint Mary's Assumption Cathedral. The ruins of the ancient city Egnazia are also worth seeing as they offer visitors something different than what most would expect when travelling through southern Italy! Stone City Matera - located 65 km southwest in this part-of-the world-, has an interesting cave system that makes visiting it on any given day worthwhile indeed; though make sure not forget your camera since there will no doubt be plenty of memories made here too at one time or another.
Enjoy the culture in Bari
Where to eat, drink, and party in Bari
The Puglia region is famous for its Cucina Povera (literally 'food of the poor), a cuisine that is simple and tasty, using only seasonal and local ingredients. Originally, this was done out of necessity. The most famous - and popular - the manifestation of this philosophy is orecchiette, a typical Apulian pasta made without eggs and shaped like little ears. They are prepared by nonas all over town and in the family-run restaurants where they are a speciality. The shape is perfect to hold the sauces that Bari is famous for. They are made with the region's freshest vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes and mushrooms, and further spiced up with plump olives from Puglia. Another Bari speciality is riso, patate e cozze. Look forward to delicious layers of rice, potatoes and mussels baked in terracotta pots in wood-fired ovens.
Street food is also popular in Bari - try the panzerotti, deep-fried dumplings stuffed with cheese and tomatoes. Down in the markets, you can eat the freshest seafood you have ever tasted. Vendors offer plates of squid, prawns and anemones for you to try with a wedge of lemon.
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in Italy?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old to hire a car in Italy?
The minimum age to rent a car for Economy groups are 19 years old renters. For Compact, Intermediate car groups are available for 21 years old renters. Full-size vans and standard car Groups are available for 25 years old renters. With some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 21 years of age.
Do I need car insurance in Italy?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Italy with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Italy?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in Italy?
Drivers license issued in Italy or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in Italy.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in Italy?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in Italy?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Hyundai I10 and Fiat Panda often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in Italy?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise Rent a Car, Alamo, Keddy by Europcar, SurPrice Rent a Car, Ecovia, Sicily By Car and Locauto.
What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in Italy?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Fiat Panda, Opel Corsa, Renault Clio, Fiat 500.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I rent a car in Italy?
Most car rentals in Italy offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
How much to hire a car in Italy?
We have found prices down to 8 GBP per day. However, this may depend on the rental period, location and company.
Can you take a hire car from Italy to Slovenia?
Yes, most car hire companies will allow you to drive over to Slovenia while you have a vehicle for rent. It is a good idea to talk to the agent at the counter about this before heading out on the road. To get all necessary information needed.
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