Getting to L'Aquila

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Ideally located in central Italy, L'Aquila is at around 110 Km (68 miles) to the east of Rome and at 100 Km (62 miles) to the west of Pescara.

Choose one of the following means of transport to find out more

 

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The closest international airports are: Rome Fiumicino [main hub] and Rome Ciampino, as well as the Abruzzo International Airport (in Pescara).

FFIUMICINO AIRPORT (ROME)

To get to L'Aquila from Fiumicino Airport in Rome (aka Leonardo Da Vinci Airport), you'll have two options:

A Express coaches departing right from the Fiumicino Airport and operated by Gaspari. Read the section called "By Coach" for more information.


T Coach service operated by T.U.A. (aka as ARPA) and Gaspari departing from the "Tiburtina train station" (Stazione Tiburtina in Italian) in East Rome. This means, you'll have to firstly catch a train from the airport to get there, which will take you one hour at least, so we strongly suggest you use option A above.

How to get to Tiburtina Station from Fiumicino Airport

  • The Fiumicino Airport is connected to Tiburtina Station by local trains, runing from 6 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. every 20 minutes
  • Duration: around 50 minutes
  • Ticket cost is 8.00 euro
  • Note that using a taxi from the airport to Tiburtina is very expensive (you may be charged even more than 50 euro!)
  • In order to catch a train to Tiburtina after getting off your plane at Fiumicino Airport, just follow the signs to the Train Station (it is located inside the airport).

From Fiumicino Airport there are two train lines:

  • one line, which is bound for "Roma Termini" station (do not take this! If you happen to get to Termini Station instead of Tiburtina, just use the Underground (Metro) line B, bound for Rebibbia (there are a lot of signs indicating "Linea B", "direzione Rebibbia"). Your destination is Tiburtina (only 4 stops).
  • another line (use this!), which calls at Tiburtina. But note that the trains calling at Tiburtina are actually bound for "Orte" or "Fara Sabina", so you may find these names on the timetable instead of "Stazione Tiburtina". There are ten stops after leaving the airport to get to Tiburtina (so be ready to get off after the ninth station called "Roma Tuscolana").

Outside the Tiburtina train station you will find the coach station from where coaches leave for L'Aquila. Read the section called By Coach to get further information.


CCIAMPINO AIRPORT (ROME)

To get to L'Aquila from the Ciampino Airport in Rome (aka G.B. Pastine Airport), you'll have two options:

A Express coaches departing right from the Ciampino Airport and operated by Gaspari. Read the section called "By Coach" for more information.


T Coach service operated by T.U.A. (aka as ARPA) and Gaspari departing from the "Tiburtina train station" (Stazione Tiburtina in Italian) in East Rome. This will take you more than one hour, so we strongly suggest you use option A above.

How to get to Tiburtina Station from Ciampino Airport

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Ciampino Airport
 
Bus to Anagnina Metro Station
 
Metro A from Anagnina to Termini
 
Metro B from Termini to Tiburtina
 
Coach to L'Aquila
  • You'll find different buses parked right outside the arrival terminal (Ciampino airport is quite small, btw): ask the driver or look at the display on the bus. Your destination is Anagnina (it is the name of an underground - metro station). Tickets can be bought on the bus (price is around 1 EUR).
  • After reaching the Anagnina metro station, get off the bus, walk down the steps and enter the underground station (you will see an "M" (metro) on the signs).
  • Buy a ticket (around 1.5 euro): there are self-service machines or desks.
  • From Anagnina there is only one underground line (line A). Get off at Termini (the main train station in Rome, btw).
  • Now change trains and take the metro line B, bound for Rebibbia (there are a lot of signs indicating "Linea B", "direzione Rebibbia"). Your destination is Tiburtina (only 4 stops).

Outside Tiburtina train station you will find the coach station where buses depart for L'Aquila. Read the section called By Coach to get further information.

 


PABRUZZO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PESCARA)

To get to L'Aquila from Pescara Airport (Aeroporto Internazionale D'Abruzzo), you will have to reach "Pescara centrale" train station.

From Pescara Airport to L'Aquila

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Pescara Airport
 
Bus to Pescara train station
 
Coach (A.R.P.A.) to L'Aquila
  • Once you are outside the airport, catch bus number 8 or 38.
  • A ticket costs around 1 euro. Tickets can be bought from automatic machines or desks.
  • Duration: around 20 minutes.
  • The bus will take you to Piazza della Repubblica in Pescara, a large square in front of "Pescara centrale" train station.
  • Buy a ticket for L'Aquila at the ticket office (biglietteria in Italian) you will find at the bottom of the square.
  • A ticket costs around 14 euros.
  • Duration: around 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • Alternatively, you can catch a train, which is definetely cheaper (around 7 EUR) but you'll have to change trains at Sulmona (a town between Pescara and L'Aquila), so the whole journey could take you almost 3 hours.

 

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ACoaches departing from the two airports in Rome: Fiumicino or Ciampino

This route is operated by Gaspari. The whole trip takes about 2 hours depending on traffic (1 hour and 30 minutes from/to Ciampino Airport). Tickets can be bought on the bus or here (English version available).

Gaspari coach timetable from/to Rome airports

 

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1) At Fiumicino Airport Gaspari coaches depart from the bus station outside the Arrival Terminal 3. Look at these photos to have a better idea of where coach can be found.

2) At Ciampino Airport, Gaspari coaches depart from the bus stalls you'll see in front of you when you get out of the airport (which is quite small, by the way).

3) The only stop that Gaspari coaches will do in L'Aquila is the one at the Hotel Amiternum (see the map below). When you get off, you will find a bar next to the hotel, which sells bus tickets (as well as sandwiches, drinks etc...) and has toilets, too.

  • From the Hotel Amiternum you can catch local buses (orange/blue buses run by A.M.A.) or another TUA/ARPA to get to the Department of Mathematics, our students flats in Pizzoli, to L'Aquilone Shopping Center or to any other places in L'Aquila.
    • If you're catching a bus bound for Pizzoli or our Department, you'll have to cross the petrol station and walk to the road called SS80 [map, photo]
  • From here you can also board FlixBus or Baltour coaches, connecting L'Aquila to most popular Italian cities (Rome, Naples, Florence, Milan, etc.).
  • You will also find taxis available even at night (look at box on the right (Travel Links) for more info.

 


TCoaches departing from Tiburtina Station in East Rome

This route connects L'Aquila to East Rome in around 1 h 30 mins, and is operated by TUA/ARPA as well as Gaspari. Coaches depart from the bus station located outside the "Tiburtina Train Station" (in Italian: "Stazione Tiburtina"). See the section "By Plane" to learn more about how to get to Tiburtina from the two Rome airports.

Coach service from/to Tiburtina train station in Rome

T.U.A./ARPA COACH TIMETABLE

ROME (Tiburtina station) - L'AQUILA (Hotel Amiternum) L'AQUILA (Hotel Amiternum) - ROME (Tiburtina station)
Working days: 6.15, 6.45, 7.30, 8.10, 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.25, 12.45, 13.20, 14.15, 14.45, 15.15, 16.15, 17.15, 17.45, 18.15, 18.45, 19.30, 20.30, 21.30, 23.00 Working days: 4.40, 5.10, 5.40, 6.10, 6.55, 7.25, 7.55, 8.25, 9.10, 10.20, 11.10, 12.10, 13.10, 13.40, 14.15, 15.30, 16.25, 17.25, 18.10, 19.10, 20.25
Holidays: 8.10, 11.00, 12.25, 13.30, 15.00, 18.00, 19.00, 19.30, 20.30, 21.30, 22.00, 23.00 Holidays: 6.10, 8.10, 10.20, 12.40,15.10, 15.30, 16.25, 18.10, 19.10, 20.25

GASPARI COACH TIMETABLE

ROME (Tiburtina station) - L'AQUILA (Hotel Amiternum) L'AQUILA (Hotel Amiternum) - ROME (Tiburtina station)
Working days: 07:30, 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 17:00, 18:30, 20:00, 22:30 Working days: 06:20, 08:00, 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 17:30, 18:00
Holidays: 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 17:00, 18:30, 20:00, 22:30 Holidays: 05:00, 06:20, 08:00, 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 17:30, 18:00
  • You will find the coach station outside the Tiburtina Station (connected by local trains to the Fiumicino Airport - see the related section for details). When you get out of the station (either Metro or Train station), just cross two roads with a flyover above you and keep walking straight on with the station at your back. You may see the indication "Capolinea Atral e Cotral" or "Autostazione Tibus";
  • TUA/ARPA tickets (around 11 euro) have to be purchased, before getting on the bus, at the ticket office you will find there. Most TUA/Arpa coaches to L'Aquila will be leaving from parking lot no. 1 (stallo 1 in Italian).
  • Gaspari tickets (around 9 euro) can be purchased online or even on board. 
  • When the coach drives through the toll gate in L'Aquila, please get ready to alight the bus, as it will be stopping after a few seconds. This stop is not a coach station, but do not hesitate to get off there even though you will just see a pavement and a hotel, called the Hotel Amiternum.
  • When you get off, you will find a bar next to the Hotel Amiternum, which sells bus tickets, snacks, drinks, and has toilets, too.
    • From the Hotel Amiternum you can catch several local buses (orange/blue buses run by A.M.A.) to get to the Department of Mathematics or to L'Aquilone Shopping Center or any other places in L'Aquila.
    • From here you can also catch another bus (TUA/A.R.P.A.) taking to our student's residence in Pizzoli or other towns in the region.
    • From here you can also board FlixBus or Baltour coaches, connecting L'Aquila to most popular Italian cities (Rome, Naples, Florence, Milan, etc.).
    • You will also find taxis available even at night (look at box on the right (Travel Links) for more info.
  • TUA/ARPA coaches (but not Gaspari!) will also be doing other stops in L'Aquila city centre, including the main bus station called "Collemaggio", which is at a short walking distance to the old city centre as well as to the GSSI (Gran Sasso Science Institute).

 

 

trainBy Train

L'Aquila can also be reached by train. However, the whole journey from Rome may take you even 4 hours or more, and you'll have to change trains at least two times, whereas a bus will take you there in an hour or so. Thus, we strongly recommend using coaches, instead, unless you wish to visit historical towns in the Abruzzi region.

freccialinkaq (photo courtesy of news-town.it)NEWS!!! As of June 12, 2016 L'Aquila is connected to the "Roma Tiburtina" train stration via Freccialink. This means that if you're going to catch a Frecciarossa (high-speed) train from Rome to get to Florence, Milan, Naples or other big Italian cities, you can now buy a special ticket from/to L'Aquila combining bus + train service. As pointed out above, there is no direct railways connecting L'Aquila to Rome. Trenitalia has thus decided to offer a special bus service (called Freccialink) operating 4 times a day (2 on the way to Rome and 2 on the way back). The bus departs right from outside the train station in L'Aquila, and it will take passengers straight to "Roma Tiburtina" train station in max. 1 h 30 mm, where they will continue their journey on a Frecciarossa train. Please note that such bus service (10 EUR) can only be purchased as part of a ticket for a Frecciarossa train ticket (from Rome to any big city where Frecciarossa trains operate). This means that you are not allowed to alight such bus just to get to the city of Rome - you'll have to use ARPA, Baltour or Gaspari coaches, instead.

Information (in English) available at: www.trenitalia.com

 

 


 

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