City buses are generally reliable and relatively cheap. You get seventy minutes of riding; so if you have only a quick errand, try to get back on before it expires (the time is stamped on it). Riding black (i.e. without a ticket) is chancy and will net you a hefty fine if you’re caught, so don’t risk it. One biglietto (ticket) or corsa semplice, costs €1,50. If you forget, go immediately to the driver – it will cost you €2 on board. A ten-ride ticket (biglietto da dieci corse) is slightly discounted, so get one if you’ll be in town for a while. More than the slight discount, these tickets are useful because you’re not always running to find a ticket from a tabaccaio when the bus is arriving – you just hop on. You can also use the ticket for more than one person; just put it back in as soon as it’s stamped. For local buses from Piazza Italia: check the map at the end of this guide or ask someone at the ticket booth, which line to take for your destination. APM also has a map for the whole bus network like the one for the London Tube. You can get it at the biglietteria on Piazza Italia.
Bus stands usually have both a map that shows the route of the bus (you are at the red dot) and a schedule of when the bus is planned to pass. Note that feriale means, ‘work days’ (Saturday usually included, though some schedules now have feriale and sabato feriale) and festivo means, ‘Sundays and public holidays.’ The buses always have their destinations (make sure you know what direction you are heading) on the electronic display at the front, and some have displays inside of upcoming stops. The principal nodes where buses connect are at Piazza Italia, Piazza Partigiani (where the long-distance buses arrive), Piazza Morlacchi or Cavallotti (below the fountain), and Piazza Grimana (by the University for Foreigners). If you ask a driver nicely and stick close to the front, she’ll likely let you know when your stop is up. Just say: “Vorrei scendere a…………”
Don’t get confused by “alternate” buses: G1 and G2 have substantially the same route but different final destinations, while the TS and TD both do the same loop but in opposite directions! You can get an orario (timetable) of all the buses at the stand on Piazza Italia; it’s a different one for the summer. Look in the back to find the timetable for the festivi. Remember that when you’re waiting for the bus, you have to stick out your hand to tell the driver that you want him to stop for you. You can find the schedules for both the local buses and the long-distance buses run by APM online at www.apmperugia.it. Look at the left under Orari. On the orari page you will see an option to look at the urban bus lines of Perugia and other cities (i.e. the yellow buses), while below you’ll see the line for the extraurbani (long-distance) schedules. Select which line you want, remembering that feriale means Monday-Saturday.
MiniMetrò > Perugia’s light rail line finally opened on 29 January 2008, and boy are we proud of it! The Stazione Pincetto is the one near the Mercato Coperto in the center, and trains leaving from Stazione Pincetto head towards the train station (Stazione Fontivegge), the Questura (Stazione Cortonese) and the Saturday Market, Percorso verde, and stadium (Stazione Pian di Massiano).
To get to the Stazione Pincetto, walk from Piazza Matteotti at the opposite end from the Coop, down Via Oberdan to number 18. Look for the blue Minimetrò “M” and the word “Pincetto” on your left. Go down the alley, down the walkway, and down the escalators to the station.
The MiniMetrò is open Mo-Sa 7-21:20, Sunday and holidays 8:30-20:30, though the last run starts fifteen minutes before closing. Any modifications to this schedule will be posted on the Minimetrò website. Transport in Perugia is now “unified” in the sense that the standard “UP” ticket is valid for the urban network made up by the various means of public transport (Minimetrò-APM-ACAP-RFI-FCU). The tickets are available at automatic dispensers (you can even pay by Creditcard) at the entrance of each MiniMetrò station, as well as at authorized dealers (newsstands, the tabaccaio, some cafés).
Cars > Can You Drive Like An Italian? Those that have a car in Perugia are both benedetti and maledetti (blessed and cursed). On one hand it makes reaching a lot of picturesque Umbrian cities and attractions like the hot springs much easier. On the other hand the limited traffic (and even more limited parking) in the center make a car a headache. Rental is easy, but note that when renting a car in Italy it’s next to impossible to find a car that’s automatic. It’s safe to say that if you don’t drive with manual gears, you probably won’t be able to rent a car in Italy. Here are some options: Avis – There is an office at the main train station (Stazione F.S.) Maggiore – This is also down next to the train station. These guys have a reputation for renting you a car without a lot of hassle, even if you’re younger than 25 years old. Just take your passport and a credit card and usually they will help you out. 075.500.7499. Hertz – Once again, just to the right of the train station. It’s a family-run place and they have a cute little poodle named Golia (Goliath). Call 075.500.2439 for more info.
A word on the ZTL and Parking: To make the center more pedestrian-friendly, Perugia, like many Italian cities, has created a zona traffico limitato, a Limited Traffic Zone. The precise hours depend on the time of the year and are listed in the back of the city’s infobrochure VivaPerugia. The TI has a small guide for parking, Guida ai parcheggi della città, which describes the pay parking lots well and only puts a little blue P (no box around it) on its map for the free parking spots. You can get the tourist ticket for parking at Piazza Partigiani: only €7.75 for twenty-four hours. Ask at the cash register right after you park.
Fancy sharing a ride? If your lingo is bello you can try hooking a hitch through the dedicated Italian site, www.postoinauto.it. Don’t ask us: any arrangements you make are completely between you and Guido. If from a neighboring country, e.g. Germany, you might as well look on the home country sites you are familiar with. You might find somebody who can take you all the way home to Mutter.