Getting to and from Brindisi Airport (BDS)
Brindisi Airport is located approximately two or three kilometres from the city of Brindisi, in the Puglia region of southern Italy. It is also commonly referred to as Brindisi Papola Casale Airport, or Aeroporto del Salento, due to its location in these areas. Around one million passengers make use of the airport each year, and it has the necessary facilities to cater for the needs of arriving and departing passengers. Although Brindisi is not a major tourist location, there are a few sights to see, and Brindisi Airport is the perfect place to arrive when visiting Lecce, and other towns in Salento. Driving to Brindisi Airport is relatively easy, as there are a few prominent roads in the area.
From Brindisi, motorists should use the SS16/SS379 road to reach Brindisi Airport. This road is right beside the airport, and there are airport signs along the way to help with your direction. Brindisi is located to the north of the airport. It is a short drive to the airport from Brindisi, since the airport is only a few kilometres away. However, the length of the drive will always depend on the current traffic conditions.
Motorists travelling to Brindisi Airport from Lecce should use the SS613 road, which leads to Brindisi and to the airport. Lecce is approximately 45 km from the airport, and the journey will take around 40 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Lecce is a more popular location than Brindisi, as it has a beautiful town centre well known for its many baroque style buildings and statues.
There are a couple of other airports in the vicinity of Brindisi Airport, and these include Bari Airport, about 111 km away, Tirana Airport, 170 km away, Crotone Airport, 198 km away, Corfu Airport, 204 km away, and Tivat Airport, which is about 204 km from Brindisi Airport as well. Transport by the Pugliairbus is available from Brindisi Airport to the airports of Bari and Foggia, and this is a complimentary bus service offered during the summer months.
The official airport code of the airport is BDS, with LIBR as its ICAO code, and its address is noted as Aeroporto Brindisi, I-72011 Papola Casale, Italy. The navigation points of the airport are as follows: Longitude - 17° 56' 48" E; Latitude - 40° 39' 29" N. The telephone number of the airport is +39(0) 831 416511, and fax number is +39(0) 831 416516. Brindisi Airport also has an official website with plenty of information about the airport, transport, airlines, facilities etc. A contact form is available for any email enquiries.
Brindisi Airport consists of one terminal building, which is designed to handle arrivals and departures. It is not as large as some other airports in Italy, and therefore passengers will not have any trouble in finding their way around. Various airline companies serve the airport, such as Ryanair, Air France, Alitalia and KLM. Airline tickets can be purchased from the SEAP ticket counter, and they also provide information on flights. There is a Bancomat and ATM available, for banking transactions, telephones, toilets and a First Aid facility. Lost and Found offices are located in the arrivals area to assist with lost or damaged baggage or other missing items. There are no business services at Brindisi Airport, besides basic fax and telephone usage at the service counter.
Departing passengers with a bit of time to spare can browse the few shops at the airport, or eat at the Autogrill S.p.A. located on the airside of the terminal. There are also a few places which provide meals and snacks on the landside of the airport. A duty-free shop is located after the security checkpoint, and passengers can also purchase security plastic bags at the airport. These bags are used for liquid items which will need to be carried through security in hand luggage. A new service at Brindisi Airport is the Totem Web Point, which enables passengers to research information regarding the airport and the surrounding Puglia region. Brindisi Airport welcomes disabled passengers, and is fully equipped for their comfort. Additional assistance can be arranged from your airline company, at least 48 hours in advance of your departure flight.
Passengers can also travel to Brindisi Airport by bus or taxi. Buses are available from the city centre of Brindisi, and from the Lecce City Terminal, in Lecce. Approximately every half an hour a bus travels to the airport from Brindisi, while there is a bus from Lecce about every two hours. The bus’ timetables may also coincide with the flight schedules at the airport. There is no train station at the airport; therefore passengers arriving at Brindisi Railway Station will need to take the bus to Brindisi Airport. Taxis are available from all the main bus or train stations, at public squares or popular tourist locations, or they can be called to come and fetch you from your location.
Ensure that you arrive in good time for your departure flight at Brindisi Airport, with time to find a parking space as well. Further information is available at the information desk within the arrivals hall of the terminal building.