Perugia it offers an enchanting panorama and a slow pace of life, like a real country town. Unfortunately, reaching Perugia is less simple than one might think: if it is true that the highway itself does not pass through Umbria (for landscape reasons) it is also true that there is a motorway link which will allow you to reach Perugia quickly both from Orte, if you come from the south, and from Bettolle if you come from the north. Furthermore, new fast-running connections have recently been opened also for Civitanova Marche and Siena. Furthermore, Perugia has several railway stations (the main one is Perugia Fontivegge) and a Bus Terminal located in the center (Piazza Partigiani).
Here is a guide on how to get around Perugia: info, costs and advice!
- Useful Tips
- How to get from the airport to the center of Perugia
- How to get around on foot
- How to get around by bicycle
- Con i mezzi pubblici
- By car
- User questions and comments
Forget the use of scooters and bicycles: the climbs that lead to the historic center of the city could put a strain on your body. The car is equally inadvisable. The best way to reach the historic center of Perugia is to use the Minimetrò.
You can comfortably leave your car at completely free parking in Pian di Massiano (Get directions) and go up to the historic center by light rail.
Once you arrive in the historic center, the best way to visit it is on foot! For a first approach to the city, we recommend that you take part in a guided walking tour with a local guide, which will take you to discover this wonderful city!
- Recommended solutions and means: on foot, minimetrò
- Solutions and means not recommended: cars, bicycles and scooters
- City cards and season tickets recommended: day ticket for public transport (from € 5,40)
How to get from the airport to the center of Perugia
Perugia has a international Airport located in Sant'Egidio, just 12 km from the center. At the moment, the airport does not have many flights but the list of destinations is constantly updated. Even if reaching the airport with the public transport provided by BuSITAlia, it is not easy given the reduced passage times.
International Airport of Umbria-Perugia "San Francesco d'Assisi"
- Distance from the center: 12 km / travel time: 20 min
- By taxi: average cost € 30,00 / travel time: 20 min
- By bus: average cost € 1,50, E007 and E422 lines with BuSITAlia / average cost € 8,00, AIRBUS line
Florence-Peretola "Amerigo Vespucci" International Airport
- Distance from the center: 163 km / travel time: 1 h 50 min
- By train: Trenitalia regional train / ticket cost: € 14,65 / travel time 2 h 30 min
- Private transfer: Perugia airport transfers from / to Tuscan cities
How to get around on foot
The historic center of Perugia can be easily visited on foot, albeit uphill. Furthermore, it is equipped with a ZTL at varying times and parking is subject to charges, so the use of a private car is highly discouraged. Stroll through the steps of Perugia, historical or automated, and its alleys will also give you access to beautiful views, where the green of the vegetation blends perfectly with the red of the sunset.
For a first approach to the city, we recommend that you take part in a guided walking tour with a local guide, to better understand the city and become familiar with the main landmarks. In the following days you can then stop in the places you liked the most and visit the individual attractions!
The heart of Perugia is Piazza IV Novembre. Here are the Fontana Maggiore, one of the entrances to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and, on the opposite side, the Palazzo dei Priori, seat of the National Gallery of Umbria.
To reach Rocca Paolina it is necessary to use the escalators that start from via Masi.
For others itineraries on foot or by public transport, download our Smart Guide for visiting Perugia for free.
How to get around by bicycle
For some years now, Perugia has had a bike sharing service with 7 cycle parking stations. If you are fit or just want to indulge in a ride in the flat area of the city or within the Cenci Green Route, you can take advantage of 30 pedal assisted bicycles. You can find all the info on the location of the stations and where to buy the season tickets on the official website.
- Cycle parking: piazza Umbria Jazz, via Duranti, via Trasimeno Ovest, viale Centova, via Vicinale Centova, via Tazio Nuvolari, Piazza Italia
- Annual subscription: € 30,00 including € 5,00 top-up and third-party liability insurance coverage - first half hour free, second half hour and subsequent € 1,00 every half hour
- 4forYou formula: € 8,00 - daily validity with 4 hours of use of the bike without tariffs
- 8forYou formula: € 12,00 - valid for 48 hours with 8 hours of use of the bike without charge
Con i mezzi pubblici
Getting around by public transport in Perugia is not easy, let's face it. The reduced hours, the one-way streets and the hilly area make a nice walk preferable to waiting for the city bus. However, the public transport of the Umbrian capital has an advantage: the Single ticket Perugia which can be used on all vehicles even if managed by different operators.
Perugia does not have an underground subway. However, in the last two decades the Minimetrò has come into use, a kind of elevated light rail that from the free parking of Pian di Massiano takes you comfortably to the center, to Pincetto, also allowing you various intermediate stops. One of these is that of the Fontivegge railway station, where trains arrive and depart directly connecting Perugia to Florence, Rome and Milan.
Il connection is fast and the frequency of the races intense but be careful: it closes early in the evening.
- Downloadable map: minimetro-perugia
- Monday to Saturday 7: 00-21: 20, Sunday and holidays 9: 00-21: 00
- Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 rides € 12,90, tourist 24h € 5,40
Using buses in Perugia, as we said, is not easy. Beyond the crowds and the frequency of the races, you have to keep in mind that Perugia climbs up several hills and the roads are narrow, therefore often one-way. Urban transport is managed by BusItalia, with connections that reach the various districts and areas outside the historic center.
- downloadable map: bus-perugia
- generally 6: 00-00: 00, each line has its own time
- Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50, € 2,00 on board
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 rides € 12,90; tourist 24h € 5,40
Getting around Perugia by car is not recommended, especially if you don't know the city. City traffic is intense and fast flowing. Furthermore, most of the streets are one-way and in general, especially near the center, are narrow and with numerous ups and downs. The historic center is armored in a ZTL very strict and, where access to cars is allowed, you risk getting stuck (in the true sense of the word) in the alleys.
If you arrive in the city by car because you are engaged in an on the road in Umbria or central Italy, the best solution is to find accommodation with the parking service for its guests. If you are staying for just one day, then we recommend that you leave your vehicle in one of the car parks outside the center.
The historic center has a ZTL with different gates and different access times depending on the area and the day of the week. Via Baglioni, via del Parione, via Campo Battaglia, via Bonazzi, via Fanti, via Masi, via Battisti, via Della Sposa, Corso Garibaldi, via Appia, via Del Roscetto, Corso Bersaglieri are part of the ZTL. To check the status of the ZTL and avoid fines, consult the official website of the Municipality.
Limited traffic area
In addition to the ZTL, Perugia has road prohibited to cars without authorization. Examples are Corso Vannucci, the central street of the city, Piazza IV Novembre (locally known as the fountain square) and via Oberdan.
Stops and parking
All car parks in the historic center of Perugia are subject to charges. In addition to the parking lots along the road recognizable by the blue stripes, you can take advantage of numerous indoor parking lots, such as the Piazzale Europa car park, connected to the historic center by a free escalator, the Sant'Anna car park, the Piazza Partigiani car park, which will allow you to explore the Rocca Paolina since to get to the center you will certainly have to pass through it. , the Car Park of the Covered Market, the most central of all.
Il average cost of stops is € 1,50 / hwhether you choose covered parking or you opt for street parking. In addition to paid parking, Perugia has a very large and free parking in the stadium area: Pian di Massiano Parking (Get directions). From here you can easily reach the center with the Minimetrò.