Florence: Local Travel Info
City of Stone
To and from - Florence Airport (Aeroporto de Firenze)
The Aeroporto de Firenze, refered to as Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci or simply Peretola, is set 4 km from the centre of Florence and is exceedingly well-connected with the rest of Italy and Europe, plus easy to get to by both air or land. In the last few years there has been a significant increase in flights both in and out of Florence's airport, and thankfully the infrastructure and facilities are constantly being upgraded and modernised, so that the whole trip runs smoothly. A taxi can make the trip into town from the airport in 15 minutes, and the Sita/Ataf Fly by Bus between the airport and Santa Maria Novella railway station takes about 20 minutes. Florence is one of the main stations on the Italian railway network, so itt has good connections with all the bigger cities in the north, and Rome, in the south, is only about an hour and a half away, so if you feel like visiting a bigger city you won’t have far to go.
Taxis from the airport
A taxi ride into the centre of Florence from the airport takes 15 minutes and offers the most convenient form of transport within Florence, but can be quite expensive due to extra charges for luggage, weekend travel and airport trips. Official taxis can be hired from designated taxi ranks, which can generally be found in the main squares. Taxis from the airport into town will cost about 15 euros.
Rome By Bus
If you are sightseeing in Florence you probably won’t need to utilise buses much as most of the museums and parks are within walking distance of each other. But if you do want to see some of Florence by bus then it's a good idea to buy a few single tickets on your arrival. Tickets should be bought before you board a bus in Florence, and validated in the machines on board. They can be bought from bars and news-stands, and from the ATAF kiosk by the railway station. Prices are around: 10 single tickets on an electronic card for 10 euros, 4 single tickets for 4.50 euros, 24 hours is 5 euros, 3 days costs 12 euros and for 7 days a ticket comes to approx 22 euros. These prices can change though.
Florence By Car
Florence's main centre is small so it is easy to get around on foot. Driving a car around Florence is really not advisable, as there is little parking; most streets are pedestrian-only or are often one-ways. Small electric buses provide links between main areas in the city and do make sure to ask for a map at one of the five tourist information offices so you can plan your day ahead. If you decide to travel around Florence by car, do take heed: the city centre is not designed for modern traffic needs, so getting around in a vehicle may prove frustrating to say the least. The area of greatest tourist interest coincides with the ZTL (zona a traffico limitato), a restricted traffic area controlled by a network of video cameras. All vehicles without a ZTL permit are banned from the city centre from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. If you need to get to pre-booked accommodation within this vicinity, tell the hotel in advance that you will be arriving by car so that they can pass on the details of your number plate, etc. to the local police. Visitors will then be allowed to enter the centre in their car during these times to load or unload, but then have to park outside the centre. Walking is much less hassle!
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Florence By Train
Florence by train is a good idea as the roads aren’t great. The central station is called Santa Maria Novella and it is located in the northwest corner of central Florence. Many services, including two internet points, are located within the station should you want to contact friends back home or check work mails. Trains from Florence have good connections with the main cities in the north, while to the south; Rome is only about an hour and a half away.