How to Get to/around/from
Amerigo Vespucci Airport (tel. 055 306 13 00; www.aeroporto.firenze.it) is a short drive from the heart of Florence (5 km away). Domestic and international flights come in here. However, the airport Galileo Galilei, located off Pisa, is bigger and also one of the most important airports in the north of Italy. It receives both domestic and international flights (tel. 050 84 93 00; www.pisa-airport.com).
There are good public transport services connecting both airports and Florence.
By bus: there are regular services from Amerigo Vespucci to Santa Maria Novella train station by Volainbus (duration: 25 minutes) and to SITA bus station (services: every 30 minutes 6am-11.30pm).
There are buses linking Santa Maria Novella station, departing from its bus stop on Via Alamanni, with Galileo Galilei. By Terravision (www.terravision.eu) (duration: 1 ¼ hours; services: 13 a day). Buy your ticket at Consorzio ITA desk in Santa Maria Novella station, Terravision desk (Via Alamanni 9r), operating from 6am to 7pm at Deanna Bar opposite the bus stop of the company, or at Terravison desk in Galileo Galilei Airport.
By taxi: outside the Amerigo Vespucci Airport there is a taxi rank . Taxis leading to the centre of Florence may charge €20, to which you have to add €2 on Sundays and holidays and €3.30 between 10 pm and 6am and €1 for each bag.
By train: there are regular trains connecting Santa Maria Novella station with Galileo Galilei (duration: 1 ½ hours; services: every hour 4.30am to 10.25pm).
By bus: SITA bus station is located west off Piazza della Stazione. It operates services linking Siena with Florence by express services (duration: 1 ¼ hours, services: at least every hour 6.10am to 9.15pm) (800 37 37 60; www.sitabus.it; Via Caterina da Siena 17r).
To San Gimignano, first head for Poggibonsi (duration: 50 minutes; services: at least every hour 6.10am-7.50pm) and from there take a bus to San Gimignano (duration: half an hour; services: at least every hour 6.05am-8.35pm).
Castellina in Chianti and Greve in Chianti and other small towns are linked by direct services.
Vaibus/Lazzi services Pistoia (duration: 50 minutes; services: 4 a day), Lucca (duration: 1 ½ hours; services often) and Pisa (duration: 2 hours; services: every hour).
By car or motorcycle: vehicles that do not belong to those who actually live in Florence are not allowed in the city centre many days a week. The A1 runs northwards to Bologna and Milan and the same goes south to Rome and Naples. The A11 (Autostrada del Mare) connects Florence, Pistoia, Lucca and Pisa. The superstrada (dual carriageway, toll free) Florence-Pisa-Livorno is another way to get there. The S2 goes from Florence to Siena. The SS67 runs from Florence to Pisa and Forli and Ravenna.
By Train: on Piazza della Stazione you will find the main railway station, Stazione di Santa Maria Novella. Its information desk (open 7am-7pm) and Consorzio ITA are in the main foyer. At Consorzio ITA you can also purchase tickets for guided tours and regular buses linking Florence with Galileo Galilei airport. On platform 16 there is conveniently a left luggage department (open 6am–11.50pm)and on platform 5 you will find the Disabled Assistance office. If you are heading abroad, buy your ticket in the ticketing hall (6-9pm). There is a ramp for wheelchairs at platform 19. You can get domestic tickets from the ticket-vending machines (for credit cards and cash) by the train information desk or on the platform. As the Rome-Milan line goes through Florence there are many other towns to visit from here. Rome (duration: 1 ¾ -4 ¼ hours), Bologna (duration: 1-1 ¾ hours), Milan (duration: 2 ¼- 3 ½ hours) and Venice (duration: 2 374 – 4 ½ hours).
In the region: to Pistoia (duration: 45minutes-1 hour; services: every 30 minutes), Pisa (duration: 1- 1 ½ hours; services: often) and Lucca (duration. 1 ½- 1 ¾ hours; services: every 30 minutes).
By bicycle or scooter: you can rent at Florence by Bike (tel. 055 48 89 92; www.florencebybike.com, Via San Zanobi 120r; open 9am-7.30pm) or at Biciclette a Noleggio (Piazza della Stazione; open 7.30am-7pm Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm Sun May-Sep, fewer hours Oct-Apr).
By bus: ATAF operates buses and electric minibuses in Florence and the surrounding area (tel. 800 42 45 00; www.ataf.net). The majority of the services depart from and arrive at ATAF bus stop opposite the main railway station in Florence. Tickets are available at kiosks, tobacconists and ATAF ticket and information office (Piazza Adua; 7am-8pm). To save time there is a 10-2-ticket carnet (€10-20), a four-journey ticket (€4.50) and a 1-3 day pass (€5-12). Children shorter than 1m are not charged. Make sure you get your ticket stamped (on board), otherwise you will be fined (€40).
By taxi: tel. 055 42 42 / 055 43 90
Parking: Part of the historic centre is limited to cars from 7.30am to 7.30 pm Mon-Fri and 7.30-6pm Sat for non-residents. The ban is controlled by strategically placed cameras so don´t try and dodge the ban!
The same is enforced on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from midnight to 4am (mid-May-end-October).
Those who have a car and are staying in hotels in the restricted zone can drive to their hotel and leave their luggage on the condition that they inform the hotel reception of the car registration number. In this way the hotel can requet a temporary access permit (Allowed time is 2 hours). Disabled permit holders have to inform the toll free office (tel. 800 33 98 91).
A fine can be €150 and is sent to you or the car hire agency where you rented your car. To avoid any inconvenience there is a map of the limited zone at www.comune.fi.it/opencms/export/sites/retecivica/materiali/turismo/ztlnov.JPG.
Around Piazzale Michelangelo street parking is free. Non residents have to park within the blue lines while the Florentines within the white lines. There is an expensive underground car park around Fortezza da Basso, and underneath Piazzale di Porta Romana (Oltrarno). Many hotel receptions also organize parking for their guests on request.