Flight time from London
2 hrs 25 mins
Venture into Italy’s humble region
Flight time from London
2 hrs 25 mins
Cheapest return flight
Distance from London
Umbria’s capital city is vibrant, authentic and charming yet it surprisingly remains somewhat untouched. Known for its perfectly preserved historic centre and vibrant university scene, Perugia is the place to enjoy a lively cultural getaway. The simplest way to visit the Italian towns of this beautiful region is to book one of our direct flights Perugia.
Perugia’s medieval centre (Centro Storico) is perched on scenic hilltops, elevated above the modern city and fertile rolling hills. Here you’ll find a profusion of Roman monuments, cobblestoned alleyways, ancient arches and traditional Italian piazzas which are adorned with gothic mansions and basilicas. Student populations create a dynamic vibe, often hanging out at the profusion of lively restaurants, cafes and bars. Jazz-enthusiasts flock to Perugia in July to celebrate Umbria Jazz festival – one of the most acclaimed in Europe – whilst there’s also the annual chocolate festival for eager chocoholics. Exploring the wider Umbrian region is straightforward with adequate road and rail connections between the towns. Book your Perugia holiday with British Airways and you’ll enjoy high-quality service and arrive ready to discover the delights of the Umbria region.
How long does it take to fly to Perugia from London?
You can fly directly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Umbria International Airport (PEG) three times weekly, giving you plenty of choice and flexibility. The flight duration is just around 2 hours and 25 minutes. Distance is 832 miles. With seasonal flights operating from June to mid-September, you’ll be able to experience Perugia at it’s best.
How many bags can I check in on my flight to Perugia?
Fly with British Airways to experience the ultimate convenience, flexibility and high level of service. You can fly with hand-baggage only or take advantage of the 23kg checked baggage allowance which is included in all standard economy or holiday package bookings. Alternatively, fly with Club Europe to receive an even larger checked baggage allowance of two 32kg checked bags.
Passengers are also permitted to bring one handbag or laptop case as well as a cabin bag or larger backpack. Families with young children can check in an additional car seat or collapsible pushchair.
Read our baggage essentials guide for further information.
Do I need a visa for Perugia?
As with any Italian destination, UK citizens do not need a visa to travel to Perugia, but they will need to hold a valid UK passport with at least six months validity.
You can find more information regarding visa requirements on our visa information page.
Where is Umbria International Airport and how far is Perugia's city centre?
Umbria International Airport is located just seven and a half miles from Perugia’s city centre. You can take a bus or taxi when exiting the airport or, for the ultimate convenience, add a private transfer to your British Airways booking. Hiring a car is the perfect option if you’re planning on exploring the splendid Umbrian towns and villages during your stay.
Which cabins can I book when I fly with British Airways?
Decide whether to book Euro Traveller or Club Europe when you fly to Perugia with British Airways. Euro Traveller fares provide the greatest value economy cabins. Our fare structure allows you to choose between three economy fares, including:
Club Europe (business) cabins offer the utmost comfort and convenience. As a Club Europe traveller, you’ll be entitled to a larger checked baggage allowance and priority boarding. Find additional personal space for your journey and onboard complimentary food and refreshments.
Our Perugia hints and tips will have you feeling like a local in no time.
Make the most of Perugia’s traditional Mediterranean climate. In terms of weather, the months of May to early October are preferable, although this is understandably a busier time of year - especially when festivals are on. From May through to September, there’s the lowest rainfall on average and pleasant warm temperatures whilst July and August are the hottest months. However, due to its higher altitude, Perugia can be subject to chillier evenings, even during the summer. In the springtime, witness the ‘green heart of Italy’ flourish and bloom or see the patchwork hills begin to change colour in early autumn. If you do travel to Perugia during the winter, be sure to pack some layers.
Italian is the official language of Perugia, but locals will likely have a distinct Umbrian dialect – as you’d expect in most regions of Italy. English is also widely spoken, although learning a few simple Italian phrases and greetings is always helpful.
Often overshadowed by neighbouring Tuscan cities, the picturesque hill towns of Umbria are equal rivals in terms of their culture, history and natural beauty. From Perugia, visit the picture-perfect towns of Assisi, Orvieto and Spoleto and discover the charms of Spello, Todi or Gubbio. These intimate locations offer an authentic insight into local Umbrian life, away from the tourist hubbub. Since the towns are within a few miles distance of one another, you can easily journey from one to the next – whether it’s via train, bus or car.
Best restaurants in Perugia
Perugia is full of delightful restaurants and family-run trattorias. Most use local produce such as olive oils, truffles, mushrooms, meats and goats’ cheese from the mountains. Look out for homemade strangozzi, a square-shaped spaghetti native to the region. Umbria also produces world-class wines so head to vineyards such as Tili Vini for exquisite wine tasting. If you have a sweet tooth, there are numerous gelaterias around town, or you can try Baci at Perugia’s famous chocolate factory.
Things to do in Perugia
In Piazza IV November you’ll find several famous monuments, including Fontana Maggiore and the main Cathedral, San Lorenzo. Look out for the Renaissance frescos by Perugino and Raphael in Cappella di San Severo before heading to Pasticceria Sandri, a beautifully unique café which dates to 1860. At Rocca Paolina, discover Perugia’s fascinating underground city, following the original network of intact medieval streets. Above ground, take in spectacular sunset views from Giardini Carducci.
Where to stay in Perugia
Sangallo Palace enjoys a privileged position, just under half a mile away from Piazza IV Novembre. Offering a peaceful setting, the hotel boasts modern rooms, a heated swimming pool and a large scenic terrace. Alternatively, stay at the luxurious Sina Brufani, right in Perugia’s medieval centre. Overlooking emerald Umbrian valleys, this hotel is the epitome of Old-World elegance. Enter the exquisite spa and pool area, which is cocooned by candlelight and ancient vaults.