Tuscany: Car Rental

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Local Travel Info

Local Travel Info in Tuscany

Getting to and from Tuscany

Tuscany has two international airports, located 80 kms apart. The Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and Amerigo Vespucci Airport, also known as Peretola, in Florence. The airport in Pisa is the larger of the two airports but both airports handle flights to major European cities. Tuscany’s main highway is the A1 Autostrada which runs north-south through the region. The A11 is the highway connecting inland Tuscany to the coast. Tuscany is criss-crossed by a series of centuries old smaller roads such as the Via Aurelia, the Via Cassia and the Via Clodia.

The main railway line that runs through the region is the Milan-Rome line which passes through the most important Tuscan cities of Prato, Florence and Arezzo. There are also several ferry ports and tourist marinas on the coast. The Italian railway system is connected with the rest of the European rail system so it is easy to reach Tuscany from locations across Europe and Italy. The main route that passes through Tuscany is through Florence, on the Bologna-Rome line via Arezzo. Another line from Rome hugs the Tyrrhenian sea coast and passes through Grosseto, Livorno, Pisa, Viareggio and on along the coast on its way to La Spezia and Genoa (in Liguria).

Taxi’s in Tuscany

Taxis in Tuscany cannot be flagged down as they pass you along the street, instead taxi’s have special parking spots or may be booked telephonically. Be advised to read the information inside the taxi about the fares and make sure you are charged accordingly. Expect to pay a preliminary fixed charge of € 3.20 during the day and € 6.40 at night. Taxis will charge about € 1.00 per item of baggage. For woman alone it is advisable to take a taxi after 9p.m at night, this is encouraged by a 10% discount off the fare if you travel alone between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. - the discount isn't automatic, you will need to ask for it.

Car Hire in Tuscany

A rental car is a good and practical solution in Tuscany. Many car rental offices are located near the main airports and train stations so that it is possible to pick up your rental as soon as you arrive in Tuscany. Renting a car in Tuscany is ideal if you are staying in the country side and plan to visit many place, however in Florence a rental car is not necessary. Renting a car in Tuscany is a very simple procedure, and can often be booked in advance online. You will need a credit card and an international driving permit.

Buses in Tuscany

About 10 bus companies serve Florence and Tuscany with most having their terminals on or close to the main train station in Florence. Tuscany is a medium-sized region which can be crossed in a few hours. The hardest part in getting from one place to the next depends on where you are headed some smaller villages are often only reachable by car or bus whose schedules might not be the most convenient. Make sure to check out bus schedules ahead of time.

Trains in Tuscany

Trains are one of the easiest ways of getting around in Tuscany from city to city. To get to the smaller towns you will then have to take a bus, but most areas are connected via the train. Because the smaller towns are located on a hilltop, your train and bus travel will go as far as it can and then you may have do a bit of walking.

Bikes in Tuscany

Biking in Tuscany has become very popular. Many companies organize bike tours providing the bikes, meals and accommodation along the way. You would need to be in good physical shape for these tours. You may bring your own bicycle along, but you may have to disassemble it, and then put it back together every time you board an aeroplane. Many trains however do make allowance for bikes, making it easy to travel around Tuscany. You will be able to find out which trains offer this service by checking the timetables. It will cost you about € 3, 50 to take your bicycle along. This is valid for 24 hours, regardless of how many buses you take in that time. Many locals do use bikes as their only source of transportation, even so, you do need to be very careful when cycling around Tuscany, as motorists have been known to cut cyclists off, and cause near accidents. Renting a bicycle in Tuscany is possible, and will cost about € 1.50 for an hour, € 4.00 for 5 hours and € 8.00 for the day. You will need to show your passport if renting a bike in Tuscany and helmets are compulsory.

Roads in Tuscany

Most of the roads in Tuscany are state or provincial with a single lane in each direction, apart from a few major roads that cross Tuscany. Parts of Tuscany are very hilly and many roads wind up, down and around these hills so it is advised to drive carefully and take your time. In towns, speed limit is 50 km/hr rising to 70 km/hr on secondary roads and 110 km/hr on autostrade. Outside of city centers, all cars and motorcycles need to use headlights. Roundabouts are common. Cars already on the roundabout generally have the right of way, but this is not always the case. Pay attention to local example. Petrol in Italy is among the most expensive in Europe. Prices have been around € 1, 25 per liter lately for unleaded. Petrol Stations along the autostrade generally cost up to 10 cents more per liter and are open 24 hours a day. Generally hours are 7.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 3.30 to 7.00 pm. Many are closed on Sundays and holidays, and those that open then are then closed on Mondays. Many petrol stations however have a self-service pump that accepts bank notes.

Hitchhiking in Tuscany

Hitchhiking in Tuscany is considered out-dated and useless and would generally only happen if there is a problem with transportation. During the tourist season in the summer, you may be able to get a ride with other tourists as well as in the more rural areas. Italians are not likely to pick up hitch hikers, even though they are generally friendly and welcoming. Hitchhiking is not recommended for women travelling alone and hitching along expressways and highways is forbidden.