Nov 20

Getting from Rome to San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio Shrine) in Italy



This place of religious devotion in Italy’s Southern Puglia region should attract so much tourism and pilgrimage. The Capuchin monk who lived here was and continues to be a revered figure and a source of discussion, but the shrine is a must see for many people visiting Italy.


Getting there


Often tourists arrive in Italy expecting to simply include this as a stop along a typical, Rome, Milan, Venice Tuscany itinerary. Many fail to realize that Puglia is quite a distance from Rome and train and bus options in addition to being 5 or 6 hours can come with transfer wait times as well. In general Rome is the biggest jumping off point for this journey. Foggia and Bari are nearby cities with small airport, but trains and buses are more economical and provide stunning views of the wild countryside.


Trains: Trenitalia is the official website on which one can book tickets and look at timetables and options. The most direct route is from Rome Termini to Foggia train station. There are two kinds of trains between Rome and Foggia: First, Le Freccia, trains which take around 3 hours with tickets starting at around 50 Euros.  Second there are IC (intercity) trains which take roughly 5 hours and make more frequent stops. The price difference can be 10-20 Euros from the Freccia trains.


Once in Foggia train station there are two options: From this station one can catch regular buses to San Giovanni Rotondo or continue on a regional train to San Severo, which is closer to San Giovanni Rotondo. This will still require a bus transfer, although the buses run less frequently and the time spent making a transfer in trains doesn’t really get one into town any quicker. So one can get the local SITA bus  at Piazzale Vittorio Veneto just outside the train station. Buses depart every half hour between roughly 5am and 10pm each day with some variations. Cost should be around 3 Euros one way. The schedule can be seen here.



Buses: SITA the transit system between cities has 2 departures from Rome’s Tiburtina station daily. One at 06:15 and one at 17:00 each day. These arrive right to San Giovanni Rotondo. The tip return leaves San Giovanni Rotondo at 5:40 and 17:20. It is always a good idea to confirm the schedule and one can do so here. The trip takes between 5 and 6 hours. Certainly driving  rental car is a good option too. The highways are easily navigable with a good GPS, simply be sure and bring funds for toll road charges.


Nearby Attractions:


Once in this beauty part of Italy one might wish to venture around and see some wonderful attractions. Foggia and Bari are cities with a wealth of history, as well as Manfredonia, the beaches around the Gargano Promontory and the cave shrine of St. Michael at Monte Sant’Angelo.




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  1. Pat Rice

    Please let me know the price of the bus from Rome to San Giovanni Rotonda, return trip.

    Many thanks

    1. voyageur

      Dear Pat
      Thanks for your message.
      The price for the bus ticket is around $60 USD for a round trip.
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  2. Andrew Fernandez


    Trying to book the bus online – but which station do I need to select from here:

    Is the bus / coach OK? Do you need to book in advance?



    1. voyageur

      Hi Andrew,

      Since it is summer it would be a good idea to book ahead of time. We have never heard of anyone not getting in but it would be a good idea with the higher traffic. The station you should select would be Roma Tiburtina. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  3. Amarilis

    I intend to go in september by train. Once in Foggia is it esasy to take a taxi to San Giovanni Rotondo?
    How much will it cost?

    1. voyageur

      Hi Amarilis,

      Once in Foggia it will be easy to find taxi’s around the train/bus stations and major squares. However the price can be costly ranging from estimated 75-90 Euros. One may be able to negotiate some, but the distance is 40 minutes and out of town. The 732 bus is only 5 Euros and runs from the train station in Foggia to San Giovanni. here is the schedule:


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  4. Gemma

    We would like to travel by bus from Rome Tiburtina station to the Padre Pio shrine in San Giovanni Rottonda, and come back to Rome in the same day. Questions: 1) Can we book online and pay in US dollars in advance before we leave from the US? Our date is Nov.7, 2015, a Saturday. Are the schedules the same as a weekday? 2) How much do they cost round trip? 3) Is it easy to get a taxi from our Hotel Holiday Inn Express to the bus station? How much do taxis cost? and are taxis reliable? Thank you!

    1. voyageur

      Hi Gemma,

      The website with the schedule is as follows: http://www.ferroviedelgargano.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Roma-Monte1.pdf

      There does not seem to be a way to preorder online, as it is a lengthy trip down and back it would be a lot for one day, as well as having to operate around the schedule.

  5. Gemma

    We would like to travel by bus from Rome Tiburtino to San Giovanni Rotondo on Nov.7, 2015 for one day. Can we book tickets for the bus online, how much do they cost? What is the schedule round trip on a Saturday? Thanks.

  6. benedict

    I with my wife and 1 son aged 10 plan to visit Lanciano ( eucheristic miracle )and san giovanni rotondo ( padre pio ).
    appreciate if someone can advise the best route by bus
    we want to leave from rome ( hotel roma sud ) on the 20th sept and on 22nd noon is our fligh back from FCO airport
    so plese advice the best way and the cost involved



    1. voyageur

      Thanks for your message that sounds like a very nice trip.

      The time frame you describe sounds too short, especially if you want to do it using public transportation. It will just be enough to go to San Giovanni Rotondo.
      If you want to see both places it is possible to do it so renting a car. The highway is quite nice, but just be mindful there are tolls along some of the main routes. Renting a car can cost you something around 50 Euros a day and gas is now more affordable than it used to be.

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  7. benedict

    dear voyageur,

    Really appreciate your quick reply . actually I would like to know if you organise this tour or do you know of anyone in rome if they do the tours if there are any bus tours going to these 2 places and probably we could join them.
    if you know appreciate if you could provide their contact no and email address .

    thnaks and regards


    1. voyageur

      Dear Benedict,

      We are always happy to assist people with our expertise in getting airplane tickets, hotels and transportation options even when we are not travel agents. Actually this is a very specific local experience you are asking about, that requires some on the ground research. However depending on how soon you need it, as a favor we can inquire about it around Rome as we will be there Aug. 15-16. Please Let us know.


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  8. benedict

    really appreciate your quick reply .. we will be in rome on sept19th night and leave on 22nd noon.
    but honestly i thought you were a resident of rome or work or have a travel agency
    actually i do regret for troubling you.
    actually I was thinking on 20th morning we leave for rotondo and check in a hotel and then visit padre pio and then next morning leave for lanciano and latter go to rome where we check in hotel in rome for the night .

    if you know of any travel agencies doing the transport do email me sylvandacunha@gmail.com

    thanks and appreciate

    1. benedict

      Dear voygeur,
      Actually i just wanted to know if there are any travel agents or tour operators that have buses going to rotondo on the 20th morning and then send overnight there and next morning go to lanciana and then to rome in the evening or early next morning go direct to airport

      thanks and regards


  9. Sonia Liao

    We are a group of 6. Just want to know travel options (hours, price, transpo) from Rome to the Shrine of Padre Pio. Leaving on the 27th of September. Many thanks and Godbless

    1. voyageur

      Hi Sonia,

      Overall one can take the Train: plug in dates, fares and schedules at Trenitalia.it
      or the Buses which we’ve mentioned in the article. The hours prices and schedules will depend on the times you are entering.

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  10. Flor fernandez

    I’m traveling in car from Rome to San Geovanni no April.this is the first time that i través to Italy. I’m sutil afraid of driving but i need some advice.

    1. voyageur

      Hi Flor,

      What specifically do you need advice with?

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  11. Yhna

    is there a train from Bari Airport to Foggia? How often does it run? How many hours by train from Bari airport to Foggia? From Foggia are there buses to get to San Giovanni?
    Do we have to purchase the tickets ahead? Planning to visit Padre Pio Shrine and it’s our first time. Any advice?

    1. voyageur

      There is no train station in Bari airport, only Bari itself. Honestly buses are more frequent in this part of Italy than trains. Sita Sud, AMTAB and Pugliairbus are the bus lines that serve between various airports and train stations in the area. You can most likely get tickets at the departure station. Go by bus or train from Bari to Foggia and There are regular buses from Foggia train station to San Giovanni Rotondo.

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  12. Razielle Anne Santos


    I am travelling to Padre Pio on May 17-19. I have already booked a train (via Tren Italia) to Foggia on May 17th arrival time is 17:41. Can you please help me get to Hotel Centro Di Spiritualità Padre Pio? How do we buy bus tickets in SITA Bus? and what bus number should we go to?

    Also, can you please help us on how do we get back to rome intertational airport on May 19th (morning)? What is the earliest bus schedule we can get from Hotel Centro Di Spiritualità Padre Pio to foggia train station?

    1. voyageur

      Hi Razielle,

      We normally provide information about transportation services and recommended travel strategies. Some of the more detailed requests you are making as you know can take some time to look up and correspond about. If we were to assist you here we would charge a fee through paypal as it would take time to line up a particular trip in detail for you.

      Please let us know,

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  13. Jonjon Cucio

    Dear Voyageur,

    My wife and I are traveling to Padre Pio by bus. We booked already online. My question is if there is any space in the bus to put our luggages? Because have 2 hand carry luggages and 2 big luggages.

    Thank you very much in advance.


    1. voyageur

      Hi Jon Jon,

      I don’t know exactly which company you are using but most standard size European bus lines are the big coach buses with space down below for luggage storage. Have some cash on hand in cash there is a small fee, but usually there isn’t.

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  14. Rissa

    My husband and 2 children have planned to visit the Padre Pio shrine this July from Rome. We are from the Philippines. I’d just like to ask if you think our visit can be done in a day? We plan to take the early Le Freccia train and then the bus to arrive there. Our schedule is tight and knowing the site pretty well, I’d like to ask your opinion of whether our plan is feasible with enough time spent at the shrine and nearby sites.. Thanks.

    1. voyageur

      Hi Rissa,

      It can be done in a day, but you may not get lots of time at the shrine, often it is a 6 hour journey from Rome each way, since you are taking the fast train it may be around 4 hours each way. That would leave you the remainder of the time at the Shrine and surrounding areas which can be visited really in 4 hours total.

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  15. Claire

    Our group (3 people) will be taking the SITA bus from Foggia train station to San Giovanni Rotondo. How far is the Padre Pio shrine from the bus stop in San Giovanni Rotondo? Do you suggest taking a taxi or walking towards the shrine?
    Thank you!

    1. voyageur

      Hi clare it depends on the level of mobility in your group. It is a fine walk for most people, a taxi would be for those who have trouble walking.

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  16. Vida de Jesus

    Your website is very helpful wc I came across as I was researching on our planned trip to Padre Pio. Based on info I gathered, the faster way to San Giovanni is via Freccia train fr Rome Termini Station , from here one takes thebus fr Foggia train Sta. wc takes about 40 mins. We plan to do this in one day. Pls help us w the following:

    1. Can we get tickets on line for the Freccia train? approx cost?
    2. Is it easy to take d connecting bus? Available at all times?
    3. Does bus take us to the shrine itself?

    Thank u so much, info u can provide will significantly help us plan this trip.
    Vida from
    Manila, Philippines

    1. voyageur

      Hi Vida,

      You should be able to get Freccia train tickets at trenitalia.it
      The buses in Italy run on regular schedules during normal hours 6am-midnight with varying frequencies, but the more touristed the area the more likely it runs often.
      The bus will arrive close to the shrine, but not exactly there, however San Giovanni Rotondo is not a huge town to walk around in. So it will be close.

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