Two rail lines serve Perugia. The state railway connects with Rome (2–3 hr.; most trains require a change at Foligno) and Florence (2.25 hr.; most trains require a change at Terontola) every couple of hours. There are also hourly trains to Assisi (20–30 min.) and Spoleto (1.25 hr.). The station is a few kilometers southwest of the center at Piazza Vittorio Veneto (tel. 147/888088) but well connected with buses to/from Piazza Italia (1€). Perugia’s seven-stop, 3km (2-mile) long “minimetro” also makes the run from the station up to stops in the town center (1.50€, buy tickets in machines). The station for the Umbria Mobilità–operated regional railway (tel. 800/512141), Sant’Anna, is in Piazzale Bellucci (near the bus station). These tiny trains run to neighboring hill towns—Assisi, Spello, Spoleto, Todi, Orvieto—every couple of hours.
SULGA lines (www.sulga.it; tel. 075/500-9641) operates 4 to 5 buses a day to and from Rome (2[bf]1/2 hr.), stopping at Florence’s Fiumicino airport; some also stop at Assisi, Deruta, and Todi. BusItalia Nord buses (www.fsbusitalia.it; tel. 075/963-7001) also connect Perugia with Assisi (6 buses daily; 50 min.), Gubbio (6 buses daily; 1 hr., 10 min.), and Todi (6 buses daily; 1 hr., 15 min.). The bus station is in Piazza Partigiani and connected to Piazza Italia by escalator.
Perugia is well connected by road to Siena (a little over an hour on the free Raccordo), Rome (about 2 hrs. via the A1 autostrada), and Assisi, Spoleto, and other Umbrian towns. While much of the centro storico is off-limits to nonresident drivers, well-marked parking lots are situated at the base of the hills over which old Perugia sprawls, with elevators and escalators to take you up to the center. Some of the most convenient parking is at the underground pay lot at Piazza Partigiani, from which escalators take you up to Piazza Italia (with some amazing underground scenery along the route). Rates are from 1.10€ to1.50€ for the first hour, 150€ to 1.90€ for each successive hour, and 17€ daily. Some hotels issue a card that allows you to park for 5€ a day, leaving and entering as you wish. For more about parking in Perugia, visit www.sipaonline.it.
While most visitors arrive by train or car, Perugia does have a small airport, Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria (www.airport.umbria.it; tel. 075/592141), 10km (6 miles) east of the city, which serves an increasing number of inter-European flights. Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) flights connect Perugia with London Stansted and Brussels, and Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com) flies between Perugia and Munich. Buses connect the airport with the Perugia bus station (30–40 min.; 2.50€ in terminal, 3.50€ on bus), but service is infrequent; check airport website for schedules. Taxis to or from the airport cost around 25€.
The tourist office at Piazza Matteotti 18 (turismo.comune.perugia.it; tel. 075/573-6458) is open daily 8:30am to 6:30pm. They provide a fairly useless free map and charge 1€ for a good one.
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