You can reach Lecce in different ways:
Once in Lecce discover the town.
Travel by plane
There are two international airports not far from Lecce:
- Brindisi Airport (about 40 km from Lecce)
- Bari Airport (about 150 km from Lecce)
Shuttles bus or train connections to Bari/Lecce are provided (see below).
Car rentals are available in the main Italian airports, including the airports of Brindisi and Bari. This could be a good idea if you wish to join a visit of the Salento and Apulia to the conference.
1) Route from Brindisi airport (http://www.aeroportidipuglia.it/homepagebrindisi):
From Brindisi airport to Lecce downtown:
- SITA Sud Bus shuttle – from Brindisi airport to Lecce City Terminal
Timetable from January 2023 - https://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/orari/puglia/lecce
Note: the timetable is subject to change at any time; please, check it a few days before your departure. You can purchase the ticket on board the bus. The bus is grey and green, with the `SITA' logo, and usually leaves on the right of the main exit of the airport. In Lecce, the bus stops 100m from the Grand Hotel Tiziano, at the Lecce Airport City Terminal (open 7am - 2.30pm, phone: +39 0832 247882/ +39 0832 256124).
- Airshuttle – from Brindisi airport to the hotels or private homes in lecce
Timetable and reservations: https://www.airshuttle.it/tariffe_eng.asp
Fare: 20 €
Duration: 40 minutes
Note: prices and timetable can vary from time to time. Therefore, we advise you to contact the suppliers of the transport services directly.
2) Route from Bari airport (http://www.aeroportidipuglia.it/homepagebari):
From Bari airport to Bari central railway station:
- Train (Railway Ferrotramviaria spa )
The railway station can be reached on foot directly from the terminal
Timetables and reservations: http://www.ferrovienordbarese.it/times/ ;
Fare: 5 €
Duration: about 15 minutes.
- Shuttlebus (Tempesta Autoservizi)
Timetable: http://www.autoservizitempesta.it/servizi/ ;
Fare: 4 € (ticket can be bought on the shuttlebus)
Duration: around 25 minutes
From Bari central railway station to Lecce:
- Trenitalia spa
Timetable and reservations: https://www.fsitaliane.it/content/fsitaliane/en.html
Cost: 9 to 23 € depending on the train and travel options
Duration: ranging from 1 hour and a half to 2 hours and a half.
Travel by train to Lecce
From Rome or Milan take a Eurostar (EC) or Intercity (IC) train; overnight trains are equipped with sleeper cars with couchettes or beds. It takes about 6 hours to reach Lecce from Rome and 10 hours from Milan by train.
Note: all train timetables in Italy (with the exception of some local companies) are available at the website (also in English) with online booking.
Travel by car to Lecce
- On the A14/E55 motorway head in south direction to Bari;
- Take the exit “Bari Nord”;
- Follow signs for Brindisi/Lecce and continue on SS16 straight to its end.
How to move around Lecce
Urban transport system in Lecce
Once you have arrived in Lecce, there are several buses that connect the Lecce Station (Stazione FF SS) and the City terminal to the city centre. Bus tickets can be bought both in the station bar and at the City terminal’s info point.
Nonetheless, the city centre is at a reasonable walking distance from both.
A map of the urban transport system is available on this site: https://www.sgmlecce.it/servizi/trasporto-pubblico/mappa-linee
Taxi in Lecce
Several companies provide taxi service in Lecce. You may call one of the following numbers (but you might be answered by people who do not speak English) at:
0832 247978 (Train station taxis – official service)
0832 306045 (P.zza S.Oronzo taxis – official service)
Map of the town
A detailed map of the town is available on this site: http://ontheworldmap.com/italy/city/lecce/lecce-tourist-map.html
A map with the most important buildings: