Getting around in Abruzzo without a car leads you to buses. The bus system in Abruzzo, as reported in Life in Abruzzo, is run for the locals and may not have service on Sundays. Mid day may also be a hard time to make connections. There are several bus lines that service Abruzzo. ARPA is the major one and it is easy to find schedules online. Some towns, such as Vasto, can be reached by the Di Fonzo Bus Line. If you plan way ahead, Di Fonzo offers low cost (5 euro) tickets online for travel between Vasto – Lanciano – Rome or between Pescara – Chieti – Rome. Check other links on the About Abruzzo blog.
ARPA: Link to search for schedules.Orari = schedules Fermate di Partenza = departing stop Fermate di Arrivo = arriving stop
While trains run from Rome to L’Aquila and Pescara and a few other major towns, if you plan to transfer from train to bus, it will be easier to take a bus in the first place. Then you will be at the bus station or stop. In L’Aquila there is a large bus station, the Collemagio. All the buses stop there. It is easy to buy tickets on the bottom floor and ask advice. The attendant usually knows enough English to tell you the number of the stall where you will catch your bus. Even with a good skill in basic numbers, I carried a small notebook and asked them to write the numbers when I wasn’t sure. When there is no bus station, the right place to make a transfer is not always easy to determine. Some Italian may or may not help here. If there is no bus station, get off in the center where you can go to a Tabacchi, bar, or cafe. You can buy a ticket at the tabacchi and you can ask advice at a bar (coffee shop in Italy) or cafe. In Sulmona, make transfers in the center near the north side of town where there is a city park filled with trees and paths. The train station in Sulmona is down a hill and not convenient for bus transfers. Lonely Planet, however, suggests Bus A from the train station.
Leaving from Rome:
A good description and map of the bus terminal can be found at this site: how to get to the Tibertina bus terminal. While this pdf tells how to find the Di Fonzo bus line, it is the same bus terminal for the other bus lines. I took the ARPA bus.
Cost of ARPA buses:
I paid:Rome Tibertina to L’Aquila-Collemaggio – 9.50 euro L’Aquilla-Collemaggio to Sulmona – 5.50 euro Pescara Plazza delle Repubblica to L’Aquila-Collemaggio – 7.80 euro L’Aquila-Collemaggio to Calascio – round trip ticket – 5.20 euro
ARPA Regional Bus Lines in the Abruzzo Region
ARPA search for schedules
DiCarloBus – schedule of bus directly from Pescara to Fiumicino airport. One per day.