GETTING IN

FLIGHT

Florence is served by the Amerigo Vespucci Airport which is 5 kilometres away from the centre of the city. Only domestic and European flights operate from this airport. The Pisa Airport is the second closest to the city.

ROAD

Buses from the SITA bus station connect Florence to the towns of Siena, Assisi in Umbria, Montepulciano, Greve in Chianti, Volterra and San Gimignano. The train is a better option for domestic travel.
The A1 Highway Northward connects Florence to Milan and Bologna and Southward to Naples and Rome. The A11 links it to Pisa while the S2 will take you to Siena. Renting a car can be terribly expensive and inconvenient especially once you get into Florence owing to its ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone) Laws. Rely on trains and flights instead.

Buses from the SITA bus station connect Florence to the towns of Siena, Assisi in Umbria, Montepulciano, Greve in Chianti, Volterra and San Gimignano. The train is a better option for domestic travel.

TRAIN

The Santa Maria Novella Station (Stazione di Santa Maria Novella) plays host to trains that connect major Italian cities to Florence as it is on the Rome-Milan Line. Trains to other European destinations go via cities like Milan and Turin. Make all your bookings in advance. Moreover, holding passes like the Eurail Pass can help you save a lot of money.

GOING AROUND

Bus

BUS

City buses in Florence are managed by the ATAF and you can buy your tickets from coffee shops, kiosks or the train station before you board the bus at the ATAF bus stops. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes and cost 1 Euro and 20 Cents. You need to validate your ticket using the validation machine upon boarding else a hefty fine of 50 Euros is charged. 

Tram

TRAM

The T1 Electric Line connects 14 stops around the city. Tickets for buses and the T1 trams are the same.

Walking

WALKING

The best way to explore Florence is on foot, as most sights are pretty much within walking distance. Moreover, the overwhelming presence of pedestrian squares like Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and the Piazzale Michelangelo only indicates how walkable the city is.

Bicycle

BICYCLE

Exploring Firenze’s sights is a lot more fun if you can cycle your way around the city. Shops like ‘Florence by Bike’ allow you to rent one for a day.

 

Car

CAR

Driving a car in Florence is not a very good idea as there is a regular ban on non-resident traffic in the historic centre, which is a ZTL or a Limited Traffic Zone. Parking is an equally complicated affair. Rely on public transport or your feet instead.