If you’re traveling to Florence soon, you might be looking for a few tips on how to get to and from the Airport of Florence. As fellow travellers, we know it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Well – you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to share the best ways to safely reach the center of Florence with both public and private transport.
How to Get from Florence Airport to the City Center by Bus
If you’re on a low budget and are happy to travel on public transport, then Vola in Bus might be the right option for you. Vola in Bus is a shuttle bus travelling to and from Santa Maria Novella coach station (Via Santa Caterina da Siena, 17) to Florence Airport every 30 minutes, 7 days a week (you can check the timetable here). Once you have arrived in Florence, you can exit the airport and the bus stop will be on your right, as shown on this map.
If you want to get to the airport from the city center, you can buy a bus ticket inside Santa Maria Novella train station at the ATAF gate or on the bus for €4.50. Once you’re on board, you’ll have to validate it by inserting it in a small yellow machine. The journey lasts around 20 minutes.
An option similar to the bus transfer is the recently-launched ‘tramvia’, the tramway. Once you have arrived in Florence, you can exit the airport and the tramway stop will be on your left, as shown in this map.
From Santa Maria Novella train station you can take line T2 , from the stop ‘Unità’ in Piazza Dell’Unità, opposite the bookshop ‘Galleria del Libro’. Unlike the bus, you can’t buy the ticket on board, but you can buy it at any drugstore ‘Sali e Tabacchi’, at a café selling bus and tramway tickets or at a machine at the tramway stop, which is the most common option. The ticket is €1.80 and you’ll have to validate it once you’re on board by inserting it in a small yellow machine.
The tramway comes every 4 to 5 minutes (though trams are less frequent in early morning and late night – you can check the timetable here) and it takes 20 minutes to get to the airport. Since it’s quite new and fast, the tramway tends to be the most popular option, and it’s also the most eco-friendly one.
Taxi from the Airport to Florence
If you’d rather travel by car, you can schedule a taxi in advance, or just go to the Florence airport taxi stand. In order to get a taxi in the city center of Florence you can call 055 4242 or 055 4390 from an Italian phone line. If you have an international phone line, you can add the Italian prefix 0039 55 4242 or 0039 55 4390. If the taxi is not too close to you, you might get a message with the name of the taxi, which consists of a city and a number, i.e. Atene 26 or Parigi 34, which will also be written on the front side of the taxi. You can also just check the taxi number you got assigned to with the driver. Prices will change according to the time and the day (the weekend and late-night hours are usually costlier). There is a taxi stand at the train station, however, the line is frequently very long. It is typically only about a 15 minute walk from the train station in Florence to anywhere in the city center, so you may want to consider requesting help from a Prontopia Local to walk easily to your destination as this acan be faster than a taxi.
NCCs aka Minivans
If you’re travelling as a group, you can book a van or a minivan in advance, in other words, an NCC (‘Noleggio con conducente’, literally ‘rental with driver’). NCCs are run by private companies and can be booked by phone or email. Unlike taxis, you will be given a standard fare, typically around 60 euro. It is a 20 minute drive to the city center of Florence.
We hope you enjoyed these tips for how to get around Florence, Italy. Of course, the best way to enjoy the city is to go as the locals do, and book help with whatever you may need during your stay from a Prontopia Local. We hope to welcome you here soon.