Getting there & away
Buses operated by STP (0831 54 92 45) go to Ostuni (€2.60, 50 minutes, six daily) and Lecce (€2.90, 45 minutes, two daily), as well as towns throughout the Penisola Salentina. Most leave from Via Bastioni Carlo V, in front of the train station. FSE (800 07 90 90) buses serving local towns also leave from here.
Marozzi runs to Rome’s Stazione Tiburtina (€35.50, 8½ hours, two daily) and Pisa and Florence (€61.50, 14 hours, one daily), from Viale Arno. Appia Travel (0831 52 16 84; Viale Regina Margherita 8-9) sells tickets.
Brindisi is on the main Trenitalia train line and trains run regularly to Bari (€11, one to 1¾ hours), Lecce (Eurostar 1st/2nd class €8/6.50, 30 minutes) and Taranto (€4, one hour 10 minutes). Other destinations include Milan (Eurostar €86/65, 9½ hours) and Rome (Eurostar €67/47, six hours).
Ferries, all of which take vehicles, leave Brindisi for Greek destinations including Corfu, Igoumenitsa, Patras and the Ionian Islands. From Patras there’s a bus to Athens. Boats also serve Albania (daily) and Turkey (seasonally).
For the new ferry terminal, follow signs for Costa Morena from the autostrada. Allow plenty of time to board your ferry.
Most ferry companies operate from June to August. All have offices at Costa Morena (the new port), and the major ones also have offices in town. There’s a tax of €4 per person and car. Check in at least two hours before departure or you risk losing your reservation.
Endeavor Lines/Hellenic Mediterranean Lines (0831 52 85 31; www.ferries.gr ; Corso Garibaldi 8) Year-round to Corfu, Igoumenitsa and Patras, and to Cephalonia, from where you can get a ferry to Zante (Schinari), from June to early September.
From Papola Casale (BDS; www.seap-puglia.it), Brindisi’s small airport, there are internal flights to Rome, Naples, Milan, Bologna and Pisa. The airport is served by Alitalia, AirOne, Volareweb.com and Myair, and there are direct flights from London (Stansted) with Ryanair, from Brussels with Jetairfly, from Vienna with Austrian Airlines, and from Zurich with Helvetic. Flights are scarce in winter.
Major and local car-rental firms are represented at the airport and there are regular SITA buses to Lecce (€5, 50 minutes, eight daily) and STP buses to central Brindisi (€3, 40 minutes, nine daily).