Florence is well-connected with Italy and Europe. We’ll provide you all the information about how to reach Florence and its transportation options.
Florence is served by two airports with daily flights to the major European, Middle East and African countries, both of them conveniently linked to the city centre and its surroundings.
Located in Pisa, this is the main airport in Tuscany. It can be reached in less then one hour (80km) from Florence through a punctual train and bus system and has an easy access to the motorway.
You can buy your railway and bus ticket at the information office in the airport. You’ll find the railway terminal just outside the check-in hall. At Florence's Santa Maria Novella railway station you can find also information on flights departing from Pisa Airport, including check-in times.
Called the Amerigo Vespucci Airport or simply the Peretola Airport, it is placed around 4 km / 3 miles in the north-west of Florence. Buses from Florence Peretola Airport “Fly by Bus” are operated by SITA and ATAF and take 20 minutes to connect the airport to Santa Maria Novella railway station.
The airport can be reached also driving Viale Guidoni until the road leading to the "Firenze Nord/Firenze Mare" superhighway (A1 and A11). It also has good connections to the city center, which can be reached in about 15 minutes by taxi.
You can get to Florence easily by train from all Italy and Europe. There are several railway stations in the city but the most important are: Florence Santa Maria Novella, Rifredi and Campo di Marte.
Santa Maria Novella station is located near the historical centre of Florence and the major attractions of the city such as the Duomo. The Eurostar from Milan, Turin, Venice and Rome arrives in this station. Also the trains for Viareggio leave and arrive in Santa Maria Novella railway station.
It is a small station located in Rifredi area. The rail station is not far from the Florence centre and near the hospital Carreggi and the University of Florence.
This station is particularly useful to reach Florence Artemio Franchi stadium, but far from the center of Florence.
Getting to Florence by car will be easy since it has good highways that connects the city to the rest of Italy. The main one is A-1 autostrada which links Florence to Bologna and Milan. For Rome and the south take the Firenze – Certosa exit. For Pisa and the coast you can take Autostrada del Mare (A11) that connects the city to Lucca, Prato and Siena.
Car-rental agencies are concentrated in the Borgo Ognissanti area. Parking in garages and parking lots are expensive, but you can always choose a parking place on the street for about €1 per hour. There are three parking colours, but you can only park on the blue spaces since white is for resident only, and yellow ones are reserved.
Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI www.aci.it) has an agreement with British AA or RAC providing an useful customer service as well as dealing with breakdowns ( emergency breakdown number ACI 803 116).
You can easily travel by bus using SITA buses for many destinations in Tuscany.
Buses are generally more convenient than trains if you don’t have a lot of luggage and want to get to the centre of towns. Long-distance buses are also available.
Choose Eurolines to travel in Europe (buses run several times a week from London, Paris, Barcelona and other European cities) buying the ticket in Piazza Adua or at the train station.