Despite its rural location, it is not difficult getting to Umbria with its lush green valleys and hilltop villages. You have several transport options available whether by air, train or road and the opportunity to explore other nearby regions along the way. With our advice below you can easily plan your trip to this glorious region and ensure you have an unforgettable balloon flight over Umbria!
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Airport options for getting to Umbria
Umbria San Francesco di Assisi Airport, Perugia
Umbria’s only international airport is located 12 km from Perugia to the east. It is well located for exploring the region as it is right at the centre, but sadly it only offers a limited number of flights. This includes Ryanair flight to London Stansted, Malta, Brussels and Catania and Albawings or Blu-Express flights to Tirana.
- You can take a Bus Italia bus outside the main terminal to Perugia, Assisi or Foligno
- Tickets cost €50 to Perugia, €3.00 to Assisi and €4.20 to Foligno and you can purchase them at the airport bar
- You can also opt for a direct shuttle to Perugia train station with ACAP-SULGA with tickets costing €8.00 one-way (you will need to book online)
- Taxis can be found outside the terminal to Perugia or Assisi for around €30
- Make sure to agree the price beforehand with the driver or that the meter is on
- There are major car rental firms available including Hertz, Europcar, Avis and Budget
- The best prices can be found 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
If you cannot find a suitable flight directly to Umbria, then flying to Rome is your next best option. It also gives you the opportunity to visit this wonderful city for a day or two before travelling to Umbria.
The best option to get to Umbria is to hire a car. This is the fastest and most convenient way to get to rural Umbria and the easiest way to explore its many sights. It gives you the flexibility to explore where you want without relying on public transport.
However, there are also good public transport options available with the cheapest being the Flixbus from Tiburtina Bus Station to Perugia. It takes around 2 hours and 20 minutes and tickets start at €15. If you want to get the train to Perugia, it takes 3 hours from Termini Train Station and costs between €10 and €60, depending on the train and how far in advance you book your ticket.
Rome has 2 main airports:
Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport (Fiumicino)
This is the city’s largest airport and is one of the busiest in Europe. It is to the west of Rome in Fiumicino and offers a fantastic range of flights from all over the world. Some of the main airlines include Alitalia, Emirates, British Airways and Ryanair. From the airport to Termini and Tiburtina stations there are bus, train and taxi options. The quickest and most convenient option is the Leonardo Express Train which takes just 30 minutes to Termini and costs €14.
A much smaller airport to the south-east of Rome, Ciampino only offers flights from Ryanair and Wizzair. It has easy links to Termini and Tiburtina, including bus, train and taxi options. The best way to get to Termini is to take the dedicated bus to Ciampino Train Station and catch one of the regular trains to Termini. It costs only €1.50.
After Rome your next best option to get to Umbria is to travel to Florence. Again, you have the chance to explore another beautiful city for a few days before starting your trip to Umbria.
To get from Florence to Perugia and the rest of Umbria hiring a car is again the most convenient option. There are also good public transport links with regional buses running once a day and regular trains that take around 2 hours. Train fares are between €10 and €50 depending on how far in advance you book.
Florence’s main airport is in Pisa and there are great links to the city centre.
Pisa International Airport
Pisa is a small airport with most of its flights operated by Ryanair to destinations across Europe. There are also some flights from easyJet, Transavia and British Airways. You can either arrange a private transfer to the city, take a bus or the train to Florence. Taxis to Florence are not recommended as they cost around €170. The best transfer option is to book a bus transfer online (you can also buy tickets at the airport) and take it from directly outside the terminal to Santa Maria Novella Station in Florence.