When in Florence, visiting Siena is a must, as it’s the second biggest city in Tuscany and one with a rich cultural heritage from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. There are numerous reasons to visit this old town, as numerous as the possible ways to get to Siena from Florence on a day trip. Are you wondering how to get to Siena from Florence?
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Siena is especially known for the yearly horserace ‘Palio di Siena’. During this event all the districts of the city, called ‘contrade’, gather in the main square, Piazza del Campo, to watch a one of a kind horserace. Not only this is a unique cultural event, but also a huge part of Siena’s social life.
Siena is also known for its Duomo Cathedral, the Baptistry and monuments related to a key figure of the city, Saint Catherine of Siena, such as her sanctuary and the Basilica of Saint Dominique. Siena also has two main high streets where you can go shopping and beautiful alleys and streets you can walk along and sightsee.
Now that you know about Siena’s highlights, here’s how you can get there from Florence:
This is perhaps the quickest and cheapest option. You can take a coach from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella Coach Station and reach Siena in less than an hour for around 3 to 8€. You can buy your tickets from Santa Maria Novella or online (Sitabus, Tiemme), though it might be safer to get them from the station as websites don’t usually get updated on events such as strikes or other.
Of course, if you prefer to travel by car but want to save some money, you can look for a lift on many apps that works in all Italian regions: BlaBlaCar, Car2go, Enjoy, Shar’ngo, Adduma Car and other car sharing platforms. The cost to get from Siena to Florence is just a few euros.
You can take a regional train from Santa Maria Novella railway station to Siena for around 10€. This should take around an hour and a half to an hour and fifty minutes, as in some cases you might have to switch trains. You can purchase your tickets at the station or online (Trenitalia website), though as with buses, it is advisable to get them from the station.
Driving to Siena from Florence takes approximately an hour and ten minutes.
This is definitely a good option to make various stops and see towns such as San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. It is also a great option if you want to stop at a local winery for a tasting!
You can rent a car at the airport, or, if you’re traveling as a group, you can book a van or a minivan in advance.
Pay close attention because this kind of rental in Italian is called NCC (‘Noleggio con conducente’, literally ‘rental with driver’): NCCs are run by private companies and can be booked by phone or email. You can google ‘NCC Firenze’ and contact a service that appeals most to you. Unlike with taxis, you will be given a standard fare.
We hope this has been helpful for you to have a clearer view on how to get to Siena from Florence.