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About Matera

Located in the region of Basilicata, the small city of Matera is often overlooked by travelers. Matera's rocky landscape made it difficult to build a traditional city throughout its history. In the Sassi area of Matera, residents dating back to the Palaeolithic era worked with nature to carve homes and buildings from the cliffs. The Sassi area of cave dwellings, inhabited until 1952, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, Matera has lots more to offer visitors aside from its unusual architecture.

For a city this storied, it's best to take a guided tour to learn all about Matera's fascinating, long history. The city and surrounding area are home to around 100 churches, many filled with unique art and stone carvings. To see how many of the town's residents once lived, visit the Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, a recreated cave dwelling.

To fully immerse yourself, you can even stay in one of the boutique hotels built inside the caves. After a day spent wandering through Matera's narrow winding streets, spend the night in one of the converted traditional Sassi for a truly authentic experience of Matera.

Since Matera is a relatively small town, the transportation options are limited. The closest airport is located near Bari, around 60km away. However, several bus lines provide service to Matera from cities including Bari, Naples, Rome, and more.

What bus companies travel to Matera, Italy?

Located in Italy, Matera is accessible by bus from 4 other cities. You can choose from 36 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Matera on Wanderu. FlixBus usually has the most buses on any given day.

Bus companies serving Matera

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus2914h 20m$78.82
Marino256h 54m$49.77
Itabus145h 19m$28.89
Miccolis Spa102h 50m$41.27
Liscio15h 40m$52.71
Pugliairbus11h 15m$7.32
Sita11h 15m$4.98
  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Marino buses travel across Italy to cities such as Naples, Padua, and Lecce, and into neighboring countries including France, Switzerland, and Germany. Their fleet features comfortable reclining seats, air conditioning, complimentary WiFi connectivity, a restroom, and even a minibar!

  • Itabus is an Italian bus company servicing the whole peninsula, including major tourist hotspots like Rome, Trieste, and Catania. The company has both single and double-decker buses with clean, comfortable seats, complimentary WiFi, power outlets, restrooms, and air conditioning. Upgrade to a premium ticket for even larger seats and extendable armchairs.

  • Miccolis Spa operates between June and September, with service to popular cities such as Caserta north of Naples, Pompeii, Salerno, Matera, Bari and its airport, and Taranto. Although the primary aim is to provide the cheapest tickets possible for its passengers, Miccolis Spa coaches offer complimentary onboard WiFi and two pieces of luggage to go in the hold.

  • Liscio (which literally translates to ‘smooth’) is an Italian bus company providing smooth trips across the country. Its 59-seater coaches are equipped with complimentary WiFi and USB power outlets, as well as onboard restrooms. You can also stow two pieces of baggage into the hold, which is perfect for those who like to pack a little extra for trips.

  • Pugliairbus is an Italian coach company operating in the Puglia region (hence the name), which stretches along the southern sections of Italy’s Adriatic Sea coast and includes the ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot. Destinations include Matera and Taranto, with their most popular routes going between Foggia and Bari. Since the company is part of the Metaurobus group, its buses aren’t always labeled with Pugliairbus branding. If you’re ever unsure, the bus drivers will be happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

  • Sita (or SITA) is a regional bus company in Italy with services in and around the Bay of Naples. The company prioritizes budget-friendly service- meaning there aren't many amenities onboard, but you won't find a cheaper way to travel to cities like Rome, Naples, and Bari.

Frequently Asked Questions

$4.94 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Matera, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Matera. In the last month, buses from Bari to Matera had the lowest average price at $13.57.

The busiest bus station in Matera is Via Don Luigi Sturzo (Chiesa S.Paolo). As Matera's main station, it has the most buses coming and going. However, a popular alternative is Central Bus Station FAL.

The closest airport to Matera is Bari Palese Airport (BRI), it is located 33.8 miles from the city center of Matera.
Among bus travelers Matera is the second most popular destination in the region. It also ranks number 45 in Italy. Matera has the most bus connections in the region. There are 29 bus schedules arriving in Matera each day.
The population of Matera is 54891. Matera ranks number 2 in terms of population in Matera and number 27 in all of Italy.
Bus tickets to Matera range from $5 for a short trip to Matera, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Matera starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Matera can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $5.
The closest bus station to the city center of Matera is Central Bus Station FAL, located just 0.1 miles away. Select Central Bus Station FAL as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Matera. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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