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Taranto

Getting there & around

Buses heading north and west depart from Porto Mercantile; those going south and east leave from Via Magnaghi in the new city. Note there are fewer services on Sunday.

FSE (800 07 90 80) buses go to Bari (€4.60, two hours, eight daily). Infrequent SITA (899 32 52 04; www.sitabus.it in Italian) buses leave from Porto Mercantile for Matera. STP (0832 22 44 11) and FSE buses go to Lecce (€2.60, two hours, five daily).

Marozzi (080 579 90 111) has express services serving Rome’s Stazione Tiburtina (€35.50, six hours, four daily). Marino Autolinee (080 311 23 35) runs overnight to Milan (€46, 11 hours, one daily). Autolinee Miccolis (099 470 44 51) serves Naples (€18, four hours, three daily) via Potenza (€9.50, two hours).

Buy tickets for buses and boats at Ausiello di Sude Viaggi (Corso Umberto I;9am-1pm & 4.30-8pm).

It’s preferable to travel by train on long-distance routes. Both Trenitalia (89 20 21) and FSE (099 471 59 01) trains go to Brindisi (€4, 1¼ hours, frequent) and Bari (€6.80, 1¼ hours, frequent), as well as Naples (1st/2nd class €32/24, 4½ hours, five daily) and Rome (€56/38, six to 7½ hours, five daily).

AMAT (099 4 52 67 32) buses 1/2, 3 and 8 run between the train station and the new city.

There is metered parking in the Piazza Garibaldi.