By plane: The closest airport is Bari Palese (1 hour). Buses run from the airport to the Matera city centre (Piazza Matteotti).
By train:Matera is not linked to the intercity railway network. The closest you can get by train is to Bari Central Station, and then take the famously slow, though pictoresque trains of the Ferrovia Appulo-Lucana (FAL). The FAL run regular trains, every 1 and a half hours (around 12 daily), ticket is 4€. They take about 90 minutes to Matera and don’t run on Sundays, when they are replaced by some buses leaving from behind the railway station. Other option is to go through Potenza and Ferrandina on national railroad, but fromFerrandina you will have to hitchike.
By bus: Buses are a really good option: Marozzi runs daily buses to and from Rome (32,50€, every 6,5h), Siena, Pisa and Florence. Booking in advance is essential.Sita links Matera to Taranto, Metaponto and other small towns of the province. Marino links Matera to Milan, Bologna, Naples, and many foreign cities.
Local bus Bari - Matera:
Generally these leave from Bari Via Turati Mater Dei and arrive in Matera Piazza Matteotti.
NB: no overnight buses, the earliest leaves Bari at 6:15 am and latest at 7 or 8 pm!
Tip: check with Elf Pavlik (English, German, Polish) or Ilaria (Italian, English, French), we might be able to help you with the last leg of your journey. Elf, an experienced sharer and hitchhiker, will also help you organize cheap or free travel from wherever you are to lote3.
ok, we have no big train station and anyone knows it! but let me suggest that from the biggest italian town (Rome, Milan, Bologne, Folrence, etc) there are daily buses rides which leads you directly here. In a few days I’ll post here the main timetables and tickets price sothat you can decide if it’s cheaper than take at least two flights and than train.
I met last night BlaBlaCar’s country manager for Spain & Portugal and told him about Lote3. He will be forwarding my passionate request for discount coupons for participants that might use their (great) service to reach Matera. I will update you with any progress.
Wow David, this is a breakthough! So many of us will be reaching bigger cities in Italy and could really use the help to not depend on train schedules and booking bus tickets in advance, especially for those not speaking Italian.
I’m looking over their websites and i already spotted several rideshares from Rome to Bari at quite advantageous rates. I think [Dorotea], [iamronen] and others will also be thrilled with the idea Let us know when you know more, yayy! so grateful for resourceful networkers like you, reminds me what Edgeryders is so much about, having each other’s backs <3
HI @ilariadauria, just wanted to check if you’re still traveling from Rome and when? Ronen and I will be there on Saturday 26th in the afternoon, and I’m figuring out how to get to Matera, your offer sounds very appealing