Fastest journey1hr 34m
Take the train from Florence to Perugia and discover some of the loveliest scenery in Tuscany and Umbria. The 160-kilometre journey takes about two hours. The trains that travel this route are classified as Regionale Veloce (RV) services. These are regional services which stop only at principal stations along the route.
From Florence the route travels south-east up the valley of the River Arno to Arezzo. The latter part of the journey, from Arezzo to Perugia, is superb. Sit on the right side of the train for views of Lake Trasimeno. There are seven direct trains each day from Florence to Perugia. There are additional connections with one change of train at Terontola-Cortona.
Bookings for the journey from Florence to Perugia usually open two months in advance. However, the fare on this route is fixed and does not hike up closer to the date of travel. Therefore you won't find cheaper tickets by booking early.
Florence to Perugia
All trains from Florence to Perugia depart from Santa Maria Novella station in the middle of Florence. Most trains make about a dozen stops en route to Perugia, of which the most important are Arezzo and Terontola-Cortona (where the train leaves the line to Rome and turns east to skirt the shores of Lake Trasimeno). Reckon on a journey time of about two hours, plus or minus 20 minutes. The fastest train of the day is a late evening departure which speeds from Florence to Perugia and makes just two stops along the way.
Perugia has a number of railway stations. If you are heading to the city centre, the place to alight is simply called Perugia.
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