How to get to Matera by bus
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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?
Bus companies serving Matera
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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