There are several international airports in the south of Italy. However, it is typical for the south, that in the low season some small airports function as domestic only. Domestic flights connect the airports of north and south, so it’s easy to get anywhere through the connection.
A list southern Italian airports and a useful information on each below:
Airport of Naples (NAP)
Naples has the biggest international airport in the south of Italy with over 6 million travellers every year. It is located less than 10 km away from the city. There are regular shuttle buses (operated by Alibus) going to the city center from the airport. The journey takes about 20 minutes to Piazza Garibaldi (central station) or 30 minutes to Piazza Municipio (the port). Buses operate from 5:30 a.m until midnight. Ticket cost €4 and can be purchased on board. The schedule for buses departing from the airport to Piazza Garibaldi is here. Other big cities in the area, such as Benevento, Caserta, Avellino, Potenza and major touristic destinatinations such as Sorrento and Capua can be reached directly from the airport by bus. The schedules can be found here.
Taxis are located just outside the Arrivals hall of the airport. The price is fixed and therefore very convenient, but we recommend checking the price with the driver before leaving the airport. The journey to the city center should cost between €16 – €25 depending on the specific destination. Find the details for taxis fixed prices for several touristic sites here.
You can find major car rental companies, as well as local ones. However, we strongly recommend booking a car in advance online. To get to the airport car rental parking area, you’ll need to take a shuttle, which is free of charge. It departs from the exit of the Arrivals Concourse to the P5 Car Park every 5 minutes between 7.30 a.m. and 11.30 p.m. To better navigate yourself in the car rental services, please use this map.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the airport for a limited time.
Airport of Bari (BRI)
The international airport of Bari is located less than 15 km from the city. The train from the airport to the central station takes 30 minutes and costs €5. The trains operate from 5.00 am to 11:30 pm.
Buses to the Bari city center are operated by AMTAB and Tempesta companies. AMTAB city bus №16 and is cheaper (€0.80), but takes nearly an hour. You have to buy a ticket in advance at the ticket office. Tempesta costs €4.15 and the journey is about 20-30 minutes. Tickets are available on board. Buses operate from 5am to midnight. It is also possible to take a direct bus to Matera, it goes 3 times a day. The journey takes about 75 min and costs €6. Find all the connections between the different airports and main cities within Puglia here.
Taxi service is available outside arrivals hall. Find the fixed prices to the most important destinations here. The main car rental companies have offices in the airport. Book earlier for a quicker service. Free Wi-Fi is available in the airport for a limited time.
Airport of Salento – Brindisi (BDS)
The small airport of Brindisi, Aeroporto del Salento, services both domestic and international flights. It is a good option if you’re travelling to the southern part of Apulia – the subregion of Salento. The airport is 10 km away from the city center of Brindisi and nearly 50 km from the city of Lecce – the biggest city in the Salento area. There are bus connections to Brindisi airport, the city center and the port area, operating from 5.30 am to 11.45 pm. Tickets cost €1 in the ticket office or €1.5 on board. There are also buses to Lecce city center, but they only run every two – three hours. Find all the connections between the different airports and main cities within Puglia here.
Taxis are available outside of the arrivals hall. The main car rental companies have offices in the airport. Free Wi-Fi is available in the airport for a limited time.
Airport of Lamezia Terme (SUF)
The airport of Lamezia Terme is the biggest and the only international airport in Calabria. It is located about 12 km north-east of the city of Lamezia Terme in the province of Catanzaro. There are buses connecting the airport to all the major towns in Calabria. Different bus companies operate different destinations: here you can find the route and a bus company you need. We suggest taking a bus if you are traveling to or near Lamezia Terme, Catanzaro, Cosenza, Crotone and few other towns on the way. The prices vary depending on the final destination.
Trains: The central station of Lamezia Terme – Lamezia Terme Centrale – is just a 5 minute drive from the airport. The shuttle bus from the airport to the train station departs every 30 minutes from 5.30 am to 11.15 pm. From Lamezia Terme station you can reach most places in Calabria, as it is the main station in the region. To find routes and buy tickets you can use the Trenitalia website – the national train company in Italy.
Taxis are available outside of the arrivals. The main car rental companies have offices in the airport, and are located in the office building within 2 minutes walking distance. Free Wi-Fi is available in the airport for a limited time.
Airport of Catania (CTA)
The international airport of Catania is one of the biggest airports in the whole of Italy. As a matter of fact, the the route of Rome-Catania is one of the most travelled in Europe. It is located less than 10 km south of the city center. There are buses running from the airport to the Catania central bus station from 5.00 am to midnight, departing every 25 minutes. The journey takes about 20 minutes (depending on traffic), and costs €4. On this page you can find a list of bus companies and destinations.
Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall. The main car rental companies have offices in the airport. Free Wi-Fi connection is only available in the VIP Lounge SAC.
Airport of Palermo (PMO)
The airport is located about 35 km away from Palermo and mainly has flights to the western part of Sicily. Most of international flights are only serviced during the high season. It it easy to reach Palermo through a connection in Naples or Rome. We suggest taking a bus to get to any major city in Sicily right from the airport. All details about schedules and and costs are here.
Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall. Fixed price to Palermo city center is between €35 and €45 and depends on the final destination. A taxi sharing service is also available from specific platforms, the cost of the service is €8 per person. You can find more details here.
Find the list of the companies who operate inside the airport here. Free Wi-Fi is available in the airport for a limited time.
Airport of Trapani (TPS)
Like all other small airports of the island, this airport is mostly busy during the high season. You can take a bus from the airport to the Trapani city center, Palermo, Agrigento and Marsala. Here you can find information and schedules.
The taxi area is outside the airport terminal, opposite the main entrance. The fixed fare to Trapani city center is €30. The main car rental companies have offices in the airport. Free Wi-Fi is available in the airport for a limited time.
Airport of Pantelleria (PNL)
The airport mainly works as a connection between Pantelleria and Sicily, and is only busy in summer. The main routes are Palermo and Trapani. The island itself is pretty small, so it’s very easy to get to and from the airport through local buses or shuttle services provided by the hotels. Find the bus schedules and the phone number to book a taxi here . Several local car and motorbike rental companies operate in the airport.
Airport of Comiso (CIY)
Located less than 10 Km away from the city of Vittoria and about 25 km far from Ragusa, the airport mostly services charter flights in summer.
Airport of Lampedusa(LMP)
The airport of Lampedusa is located in the southern area of the small island of Lampedusa. It only serves domestic flights, connecting Lampedusa and Linosa to Sicily main island. The airport has a bar open every day 6.00am to 7.00 pm. Free Wi-Fi is also available.