Getting there & away
ARPA (www.arpaonline.it in Italian) buses leave from Piazzale della Repubblica. There are services to L’Aquila (€7.50, 2½ hours, 10 daily), Sulmona (€5.30, one hour, four daily) and many other destinations around Abruzzo. Buses also run to Naples (€20, 4½ hours, four daily) and to Stazione Tiburtina (€16, 2¾ hours, nine daily) in Rome. Timetables are posted at the ticket office (085 421 50 99) on the piazza.
Heading along the coast, you can choose between the A14 or the toll-free SS16; the latter hugs the coast more closely but is considerably slower. Both the A25 and SS5 lead towards Rome, L’Aquila and Sulmona.
Pescara is on the main east coast line. There are direct trains to Ancona (€12, 1¾ hours, 26 daily), Bari (€22.50, three hours, 19 daily), Rome (€11.70, 3½ hours, six daily) and Sulmona (€3.90, 1¼ hours, 19 daily).
Between early June and September, a daily jetfoil runs to Croatia’s island of Hvar and onto Split Spalato in Italian. One-way tickets for the 4¾-hour journey cost between €69 and €89. For information, contact Agenzia Sanmar (0854 51 08 73; www.sanmar.it; Lungomare Giovanni XXIII Papa 1) at the port.
Pescara airport (PSR; 899 130 310; www.abruzzo-airport.it) is 3km out of town and easily reached by bus 38 (€0.90, 20 minutes, every 15 minutes) from Corso Vittorio Emanuele II in front of the train station. Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) operates a daily flight to and from London Stansted.