Getting Around

Getting Around Basilicata

With its off beaten tracks and unusual routes, getting around the region of Basilicata is recommended by hiring a car, as it allows you to explore with the coastline and towns without having to wait around for public transport, however there are other ways of doing it…


At the airports you will find all the major car hire outlets including: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore and Rhino Hire. We recommend that you book car hire in advance to get the best rates and deals.


If you are travelling around the region by car or motorbike, you will need a detailed road map of the region. Autostradas such as the A16 (running west-east) and the A3 are fast roads, however you will need to use the state roads (‘S’ or ‘SS’) to really explore the region. Many of the small towns and villages are accessed via the provincial roads (‘P’ or ‘SP’).


Getting around on the local trains is very economical and simple. The partially privatised state train system operates the majority of services: Trenitalia Ferrovie Appulo Lucane is the private train line linking the Bari province with Basilicata.


The Bus Company SITA covers most of Basilicata, however a variety of companies offer bus services. The services can be limited out of high season and on Sundays and bank holidays, so ensure you research your route if you are planning to travel at these times. Bus timetables can be picked up from Tourist offices, and in some smaller towns and villages bus tickets are sold in bars and tabaccherie (tobacconists).


Local taxi numbers are available from the tourism offices, and you can usually find them at bus and train stations. Taxis are not particularly cheap, however they are useful for shorter journeys and day trips to nearby towns.


If you’re bringing your own bike or hiring one locally be sure to wear a helmet and have all the relevant maps with you. Bikes can be taken on any train carrying the bike logo, and all ferries allow free bike passage. You will find bike hire outlets in most of the major towns, and there are organised cycling tours in Matera and the Pollino National Park. Further information on cycling holidays in Italy is available in the activities section and includes a brochure of cycling itineraries.