Brief guide to travelling to and around Le Marche
The main Airport in Le Marche is situated at Falconara Marittima just 17km to the north of Ancona. The Airport also has a small railway station close by, with a connecting service to the main rail terminus at Ancona, but this only runs connecting trains a few times a day.
The Airport has undergone major rebuilding in the past couple of years and now has modern arrival and departure terminals. There is also a large short and long stay multi-storey car park within 100 metres of the Arrivals terminal. The A14 Autostrada which runs the length of Le Marche and connects with Bologna in the north and Bari in the south is less than 10 minutes away.
Ryanair flies into Ancona seven days a week from Stansted all year round, with a flight time of around 2 hours. Ryanair also operates flights to Sardinia from Ancona in the summer and these flights started in June 2009. Other Airlines that fly into Falconara include Alitalia, KLM and Lufthansa, and there are also flights to eastern Europe.
Sometimes to reach the south of Le Marche it is just as easy to fly to Pescara Airport located in Abruzzo. Pescara is only 60km to the south of the large Le Marche coastal resort of San Benedetto del Tronto and within easy reach of all of southern Le Marche. Ryanair also flies into Pescara all year round but with a reduced service of just 4 flights a week.
Ryanair also flies into Rimini Airport a few days a week in the summer months and Rimini is about an hours drive to the north of Le Marche. Other services worth considering are British airways to Bologna from Gatwick, then it is a ninety minute drive to northern Marche. British airways from Heathrow and Gatwick to Rome and either take an express luxury coach to southern and central Le Marche or the drive by car takes around two and a half hours to Fermo through the Grand Sasso mountains.
By road and rail
The main East Coast Autostrada A14 runs through the length of Le Marche, as does the main rail line from northern Italy down to Abruzzo and Puglia in the south.
The A14 Autostrada connects with the A1 at Bologna and on onwards up to Milan and Switzerland.
Using the Autoroute and Autostrada systems in France and Italy it is possible to drive from the UK to Le Marche easily in under two days. From Ancona, Rome can be reached in just over three hours and Bologna in two hours and the cities of Perugia and Florence are both less than three hours away by car.
Rail services in Italy are extremely reliable and much cheaper than in the UK and there are excellent services north to Bologna from Le Marche and then onwards to Paris and the UK. In 2009 a single fare cost just 59 euros from Paris to Ancona. So taking the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris and then onwards to Ancona is now becoming a realistic option when travelling to Le Marche from the UK.
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