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Florence to Perugia (or reverse): bus or train?

You can travel between Florence and Perugia by either bus or train. Which is preferable?

BUS:

SULGA Lines has one bus from Monday through Saturday which departs Florence at 18:00 and returns from Perugia at 7:30. Travel time is two hours in each direction, and the one-way fare is 9.80 Euros (15.50 Euros r.t.).

Bus departs Florence from Piazza Adua, adjacent to the train station, and arrives in Piazza dei Partigiani in Perguia, within walking distance of the town center. From P.zza Partigiani, you need to follow the series of steps and escalators which take you through the eerie and fascinating underground Rocca Paolina to exit at the top of the hill.

The primary advantage of taking the SULGA bus is that you don't have to take the orange city bus from the Perugia train station up the hill into town.

TRAIN:

Most travellers will take one of the seven "regionale" trains running between Florence and Perugia (final destination is Foligno). There is also one faster Intercity (IC) train, but it runs at inconvenient hours.

The Regionale train takes about two hours, and the one-way fare is 7.90 Euros in second and 12.55 Euros in first class. First class is really not necessary for this short trip. Trains do not have a/c, nor food/beverage service, nor is is possible to reserve seats. As the train originates in Florence, there is no problem finding a seat.

Once you arrive at the Perugia station, you must take one of the city buses to reach the town center at the top of the hill. It's too steep to walk. The bus ticket costs 80 cents and should be purchased from the newsstand within the station.

NOTE: The SULGA bus continues on to Assisi in 30 more minutes, terminating in Piazza San Pietro, within walking distance of the Basilica of St. Francis and many hotels.

www.sulga.it
www.trenitalia.com
www.apmperugia.it (city and country buses in Perugia and province)

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