Brindisi may be one of the lesser-known cities in southern Italy, but it does have its own airport. This makes it a great place to start a trip around Puglia (Apulia) and the rest of Italy. Connecting flights and trains are available to numerous Italian destinations (including Bari, Lecce, Rome and Milan), while Brindisi ferries connect the country with Greece, Albania and more.
There is one airport which serves Brindisi and the surrounding area. Brindisi Airport (BDS), also known as Brindisi Papola Casale Airport or Salento Airport, may only have a small terminal, but its amenities make it comfortable. Visitors can take advantage of the free WiFi and power outlets to pass the time. There are also a few places to eat and shop on arrival or departure plus a nursery and an ATM. Best of all, Brindisi Airport is located just 4 miles from the city centre, which is just a 10 to 15-minute bus ride away.
Ryanair is the only airline to offer year-round flights between the UK and Brindisi. Its routes depart from London Stansted and Manchester. There are also seasonal flights available from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Bristol via British Airways and easyJet. Other airlines with non-direct flights include Alitalia and Lufthansa.
One great reason to travel to Brindisi by plane is the flight duration, with flights taking as little as under three hours. Another benefit is that travellers can reach Brindisi direct from any one of five airports during the summer season or two airports year-round, with connecting flights available from airports all over the UK. Last but not least, Brindisi Airport is located just 15 minutes from the city centre and 30 minutes from Brindisi Station, so passengers can get to their hotel or connecting transport in no time.
Brindisi is most commonly used as a springboard to travel around Puglia (Apulia). After taking a bus to Brindisi station, the best way to get around Italy is via one of over a dozen train routes. However, just because most people use Brindisi for transit doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see in this city. Highlights include walking and dining on the palm-lined port and the stunning architecture of the Old Town. In the city itself, the best way to get around is car hire or on foot.
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