Roma / Rome to Perugia by train

How to travel from Rome to Perugia by train

In common with many Italian rail routes there is a choice of services when making a journey by train from Rome/Roma to Perugia:

  1. If the timing suit sand you want the peace of mind of a reserved seat, take the Intercity (IC) train.
    Also because limited numbers of the most 'Super Economy' tickets will be made available for the IC train, if you book ahead, it can be a money saver.

  2. The RV trains are more frequent and you can book last minute at the station with the peace of mind that you won't have saved by booking in advance.
    So if you buy tickets on the travel date, these trains become the cheapest option.

Though this isn't a high speed route, so the Intercity trains are only marginally faster.

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Option 1: taking the Regionale Veloce trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Perugia

All of these trains also call at: Assisi and Perugia Ponte San Giovanni*
*The train will call here BEFORE it arrives at the main station Perugia, so if you're heading to Perugia take care NOT to leave the train at this station, it is some distance from the town.

All trains also call at: Roma Tiburtina

Due to the perhaps surprisingly sparse train service on this Rome to Perugia route, it's worth looking up the departure times of these direct RV trains on Trenitalia, even if you will be buying tickets at the station.

Also when you look up the Rome to Perugia train journey on Trenitalia, you will see up to five other journeys per day, which involve making a usually straightforward connection between trains in Foligno.

The alternative Intercity train service:

If you would rather have the peace of mind of travelling in a reserved seat on the Rome to Perugia train journey, you can take the Intercity (IC) train.

It isn't much faster than these RV trains, but on Sundays to Fridays it isn't usually scheduled to depart from Roma Termini until 19:58.
On those days of the week it comprises the final train of the day from Rome to Perugia; it doesn't operate on Saturdays.

Mon-Fri = 4 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 3 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: No - not if you travel by these Regionale Veloce (RV) trains from Rome to Perugia, though you can save by booking in advance for the alternative IC train.

Tickets will cost the same price if purchased at the same station immediately before departure if you travel by these RV trains.

If you will be buying tickets at the station just before departure, tickets for  these Regionale Veloce (RGV/RV) trains will be much cheaper than the price of that IC train.

However, if you are booking in advance the price difference with the IC train will be more marginal; and the IC train ticket will include an assigned seat.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia from €12 approx

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoNot High Speed

Good to Know

As seats can't be reserved on these RV trains, aim to be waiting on the concourse at Roma Termini, ticket(s) in hand, when the binari (track/platform) that the train will be departing from is confirmed.

If you want to buy tickets at Roma Termini, then it's a good idea to be at the station a minimum of 40 mins before the train departs.
Buying tickets from a Trenitalia ticket machine is usually quicker than purchasing at the ticket office, but at busy times there can be lengthy queues for the machines.

On particularly busy trains, finding a spare seat at Roma Tiburtina can be a lottery, so this is a journey on which boarding at Roma Termini is recommended.

Don't forget to stamp your ticket before boarding these RV trains.

Approaching Assisi (apologies for the poor quality image) Approaching Assisi (apologies for the poor quality image)

It's a pleasant rather exciting journey by train from Rome to Perugia, through the rolling landscape of central Italy.

Though as the admittedly poor quality image below shows, from the right of the train you can see the Basillica of Saint Francis of Assisi, as the train approaches Assisi.

Option 2: taking the Intercity train

Travel Information

Final Destination: Perugia

This train will also call at: Assisi and Perugia Ponte San Giovanni*
*The train will call here BEFORE it arrives at the main station Perugia, so if you're heading to Perugia take care NOT to leave the train at this station, it is some distance from the town.

This train also calls at: Roma Tiburtina

Sunday - Friday =  1 x train per day
This train is not available on Saturdays

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 3 months ahead of the travel date

On Fridays to Sundays, this Intercity train from Rome to Perugia is usually scheduled to depart from Roma Termini at 19:55 (it doesn't operate on Saturdays).

It is more expensive than the more frequent alternative service, but difference in price can be less than €5s.

Complimentary seat reservations are also included with the ticket price when booking tickets for this IC train.

The cheapest 'Super Economy' tickets for this journeys tend to still be available when booking only a couple of days ahead.
Though if you will be booking at the station on your day of travel, those Regionale Veloce trains will be cheaper.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Italiarail from €12.90

Italiarail Guide

ItaliaRail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.
Though ItaliaRail will charge a booking fee, typically of around €3.

Users of InterRail and Eurail passes can also book seat reservations on the Frecce and InterCity trains without paying a booking fee,

Trenitalia from €12.90

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoNot High Speed

Good to Know

On Sundays to Fridays there are three options for taking a train from Rome to Perugia.

(1) Travelling by this Intercity (IC) train, which is usually scheduled to depart from Roma Termini at 19:55
If you want to travel from Rome to Perugia with the peace of mind of a reserved seat, you have to take this IC train.
On Fridays to Sundays it is also the final train of the day from Rome to Perugia.

(2) The slightly more frequent service of Regionale Veloce (RV) trains from Rome to Perugia.
They aren't much slower than this Intercity train and they will be cheaper; though the difference in price will be more marginal if you book in advance.
They're also the only option if you want to take a direct train from Rome to Perugia and arrive there before 22:00.

(3) Though the most frequent option of all is to take an RV train from Rome to Foligno and then make what should be a straightforward connection, into a train on to Perugia.

The train service from Rome to Perugia is comparatively sparse, because Perugia isn't on the main railway route, which heads north from Rome, hence it not being on a high speed line and therefore having no service of Frecce or Italo trains.

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