How to Get to Florence Italy

December 16th, 2019 by Prontopia

There are three primary ways to arrive to Florence: traveling by plane, car, or train. Here are our Local tips for how to get to Florence Italy easily.

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How to Get to Florence by Plane

Florence has one main airport, Florence Airport Peretola -Amerigo Vespucci (FLR) and the Pisa airport is often also listed as serving Florence.

Florence Airport Peretola is conveniently located only 4 km northwest of the city center. It is a small airport, but well serviced by many interconnecting flights from the main airport hubs of Europe. To get from the Florence airport to the city center, you have 3 choices: the tram, the taxi or the bus.

The tram line is very new and super convenient. It goes from the Florence Airport (FLR) to the Florence Train Station (SMN) and it leaves often – about every ten minutes. The ticket costs 1,50 euros and the line T2 connects the airport with the city center. On their website you can find the complete itinerary.

Taxis from Florence airport. You will find the taxi stand in front of the arrivals terminal. There is a set fare of 22€ plus a 1€ supplement for each item of luggage. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the city center depending on traffic.

You can also reach downtown Florence in about 20 minutes on the Sita Nord bus service’s “Vola in Bus” shuttle that goes to Santa Maria Novella Train Station. The shuttle departs from the front of the arrivals terminal every 30 minutes from 5:30 am to 8:30 pm, and then every hour from 11:45 pm until 1:00 am. The cost for a one-way bus ticket is 6€, and you will save if you purchase a roundtrip ticket for 10€. You can purchase one-way tickets onboard the bus, but roundtrip tickets must be purchased from the Sita bus station at the Santa Maria Novella Train Station or from one of the tabacchi shops. From Santa Maria Novella Train Station it’s easy to walk to many destinations in the city center, or to grab a taxi from the taxi stand. There can be long lines at this taxi stand, and because of traffic limitations in the city, taxis often have to do workaround routes to get you where you need to go. We advise you consider if walking may be an easier option, and walking can be even easier and more fun if you book help from a friendly local using Prontopia to get you door to door stress free.

Pisa Airport “Galileo Galilei” is another airport serving Florence and Tuscany that is about an hour away from Florence city center. The Pisa Airport is similarly serviced by inter-Europe flights coming from the main European hub airports such as Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt or Munich. There are three options for arriving to Florence from Pisa Airport: a taxi, the bus, or the train.

The train is the most complicated as it requires that you change trains. First you take the 5 minute people mover tram that goes from Pisa Airport to Pisa Centrale Train Station, and from here you can take the train to Florence. There are a range of train service types going from Pisa to Florence – the most direct trains arrive in about 50 minutes, while trains with more stops take up to an hour and 20 minutes. Tickets for the people mover can be purchased from within the airport, and tickets for the train from the self-service ticket windows or main ticket windows at the Pisa Centrale Train Station.  The service runs from 6 a.m. to Midnight. The cost varies according to which type of train you choose to Florence.

There are also two direct bus services operating Pisa Airport to Florence. Sky Bus Lines and Airport Bus Expressby. Both options stop near Florence’s Santa Maria Novella Train Station, which is within 15 minute walking distance of the main areas of the center. The cost is around 14€ each way and it takes one hour and 10 minutes to arrive.

Whereas it is possible to take a taxi from Pisa to Florence, it is very expensive, costing up to 170€ and taking up to an hour and a half.

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How to Get to Florence By Car

In general, it is not advisable to plan to arrive to Florence by car because of the limited traffic zones prohibiting traffic in the majority of the city center. You definitely will not be able to drive around to most places. The best plan when arriving to the city by car is to plan to park in paid parking public either at the Santa Maria Novella Train Station, or other paid public parking lots at Fortezza da Basso, Piazza Beccaria, Piazza della Liberta, or Porta Romana. The cost ranges from 1-3 euro/hour and day rates around 20€. You can get closer to the city center by parking in one of the private paid garages charging almost double the public paid parking fees, up to 45€ /day. These private garages will record your license plate and report it to the city so that you do not receive a fine for driving in to the city center to reach them.

Walking from any of these public paid parking lots takes only around 15 minutes. It can be helpful, especially if you are managing luggage and trying to find your way, to schedule a connection with a local on Prontopia to help you get from the parking garage to your lodging or tour meeting point easily and on time.

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How to Get to Florence By Train

The most central train station in Florence is Santa Maria Novella Train Station (Stazione di Santa Maria Novella), which is serviced by the Frecciarosa and Frecciabianca, as well as the Italo train, fast train service connecting the main cities of Italy (Rome, Venice, Milan, Naples, Bologna, and so on). It also has many regional train lines going to smaller cities in Tuscany. It is important when choosing your ticket that you select the correct train station, as there are three other stations serving the outskirts of Florence that also begin with “Firenze”: Firenze Campo Marte, Firenze Rifredi, and Firenze Statuto. See here for more tips on how to take the train from Florence to Venice. For live, up-to-date information about how to get around in Florence, join our Facebook Group on the topic here and ask any questions you may have.

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