Top Travel Tips for Getting to Umbria – Guest Blog Post

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Umbria may be a rural delight of rolling green hills and hilltop villages, but that does not mean that it is difficult to get to! There are several different options available by air, train and road that will ensure that you can easily reach your holiday destination. You simply need to coordinate them and with our advice below, you will have your trip to this wonderful part of Italy all planned in no time and save money.

Airport parking

An often-overlooked aspect of booking a trip abroad is airport parking at your destination airport. It can be expensive to park your car at the airport, especially if you want to park in the peak holiday period without booking in advance. You can easily save on your trip to Umbria by booking your parking as far in advance as possible and by using an airport parking comparison website.

By booking ahead you could save up to 60%! Parkhero is a great example comparison website for travellers from the UK. It allows customers to quickly find and compare the best available airport parking Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and more across the UK. This website does not even charge you a booking fee and you do not need to make an account. To find a similar website for your departure airport simply type ‘compare airport parking in…’ into a search engine for country specific websites.

Choosing your airport

Umbria International Airport, Perugia (San Francesco di Assisi)

This small airport is the only one located in Umbria and is 12 km to the east of the regional capital, Perugia. It is the most conveniently located airport for exploring the region as it is right at the centre. The only downside is that It has a limited number of destinations which include London Stansted, Brussels, Catania, Malta with Ryanair and Tirana with Albawings/Blu-Express. 

Transfer options

By bus

  • Catch a Bus Italia bus directly outside the main terminal to Perugia, Assisi or Foligno
  • Tickets cost €2.50 to Perugia, €3.00 to Assisi and €4.20 to Foligno and can be purchased at the airport bar
  • Also, a direct bookable shuttle to Perugia train station with ACAP-SULGA with tickets costing €8.00 one-way

By taxi

  • Take a taxi from outside the terminal to Perugia or Assisi for around €30
  • Make sure to agreed the price beforehand with the driver or that the meter is on

By car

  • You can hire a car directly at the airport with a number of major firms available including Hertz, Europcar, Avis and Budget
  • You will find the best price by booking in advance online
  • Both Perugia and Assisi are a 15 to 20-minute drive away and Lake Trasimeno is about 30 minutes away

Rome 

If Umbria International does not offer you convenient flights, flying first into Rome can be a good option. It gives you the chance to spend a day or two in this fascinating ancient city before heading to Umbria. 

Your best transfer options from Rome to Umbria depends on how much you want to spend and how long you want to be travelling. If you plan to explore more broadly in Umbria, we recommend you hire a car, as it will be much easier than relying on public transport. 

For public transport you can opt for the Flixbus which offers reasonable one-way tickets from Rome to Perugia for around €15 for a 2-hour 20-minute journey. You can also choose to travel by train which takes around 3 hours and costs between €10 and €60, depending on the train and how far in advance you book your ticket. The train is a good option if you plan to visit different towns as the bus has fewer stops. 

The transfer options below will show your options for travelling from the airport to Rome’s main bus and train stations.

Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport (Fiumicino)

Rome’s main airport is located to the west of the city and is one of Europe’s busiest airports. It is served by national carrier Alitalia and major international carriers, such as British Airways, Air France, Iberia, Lufthansa, Emirates, and Ryanair. There are destinations from all over the world and you will easily find a convenient option for your trip.

Transfer options

By train

  • Leonardo Express Train takes you directly to Termini Train Station in 30 minutes for €14 between 7am and 11:30pm
  • Regional FR1 Sabina-Fiumicino train is slower but costs just €8 and also stops at Tiburtina where you can find long distance buses, such as the Flixbus

By bus

  • SitBus from Terminal 3 takes you directly to Termini Train Station and leave every 30 minutes between 7:45am and 11:45pm and takes around an hour
  • Tickets can be purchased online or on the bus and cost €6 one-way
  • Terravision is another bus line that offers a similar service for the same price and frequency

By taxi

  • You can find a taxi directly outside Arrivals at Terminal 1 and 3 and it will cost around €50 take about 40 minutes to Termini Train Station or Tiburtina Bus Station
  • Make sure the taxi has the city logo on its doors and that you confirm the price beforehand with the driver (prices are fixed by the city)

Ciampino Airport

This small airport is to the south-east of the city and offers budget flights from Ryanair and Wizzair to a number of destinations across Europe.

Transfer options

By train

  • Take the dedicated bus leaving every 20 minutes to Ciampino Station and catch the regional train to Termini for just €1.50
  • Trains run every 30 minutes between 5:30am and 10:30pm

By bus

  • SitBus same as for Leonardo Airport above
  • Terravision buses take you directly to Termini, cost €4 (if booked online) and take 40 minutes running between 8:15am and 12:15am

By taxi

  • You will find taxis outside Arrivals but make sure the vehicle is white and has the city symbol on its doors
  • Taxis cost around €30 but make sure to agree with the driver beforehand

Florence

Travelling to Florence and then onto Umbria is another great option giving you the chance to explore this fabulous city. It is slightly further away than from Rome, depending on which part of Umbria you wish to visit.

From Florence to Perugia and beyond, the best option is again to hire a car as it gives you the chance to stop where you wish and explore this rural paradise. However, there are also good public transport options, including a frequent regional train service taking around 2 hours and costing between €10 and €50.

Transfers below are from Pisa International Airport to Florence Santa Maria Novella train station.

Pisa International Airport

This small airport mostly provides flights from Ryanair with some flights from easyJet, Transavia and British Airways to destinations across Europe. It is the main airport serving Florence.

Transfer options

By train

  • Take a bus, taxi or the People Mover to Pisa Central station for with frequent trains to Florence taking 50 to 80 minutes for €9

By bus

  • Direct bus transfers run from the airport to Florence taking 60 mins for €13
  • You can book online or at the airport

Now you know the easiest options to reach us in Umbria so make sure to book yourself a spot on one of our unforgettable wine tours! If you are looking for somewhere to stay or recommendations on the best places to eat we also have plenty of tips to help you out.

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