How to get to Florence, Italy
Getting to Florence
Florence can be reached by Plane, Bus, Train and by car. Florence's city centre is largely pedestrianised, so it’s a great city to visit with public transport. It also has some good parking spots on the outskirts of the city from which you can walk or bus in. Here’s our advice for getting to Florence, with travel times from the main airports, and a list of the best car parks if you're visiting by car.
Florence has its own airport, commonly called "Peretola", but it can also be reached easily from Pisa, Perugia, Bologna, Milan, Rome and Genoa, in that order. Pisa airport is the most popular for flights within Europe, while Rome, Milan or Bologna are the most likely airports of arrival for US and Canadian visitors.
Florence Airport (FLR)
Address: Via del Termine, 11, 50127 Firenze FI
Florence Airport Website
How to get into Florence centre from the Airport
If you land in Florence Airport, the "Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci" the easiest way to get into the city centre is on the Airport Shuttle Bus - VolainBus. It leaves every 30 minutes and the travel time is approximately 20 minutes. It will drop you at the bus station which is very close to the main train station, and close to Florence city centre.
You can also get a Taxi from the Airport in Florence City Center. The Taxi rank is to the right when you exit the airport and the cost is on a fixed rate. The cost for a taxi from the Airport to Florence city centre in 2020 is 22 Euro, rising to 24 Euro on weekends and holidays, and to 25.30 Euro at night. There is also a "Luggage Supplement" of 1 Euro per piece. If there are no Taxis at the rank the number to call is:
There is no Uber in Florence in 2020. It was banned in Italy in 2019 and is currently functioning only in Rome and Milan. Taxis are transparently priced and reliable so it's not a problem - I'd always rather give my money to a local professional driver rather than have a portion of it transferred to a corporation who will never put it back into the local economy.
If you'd prefer a private driver to a taxi then we have a number of reliable contacts.
Pisa Airport (PSA)
Address: Piazzale D'ascanio, 1, 56121 Pisa PI
Pisa Airport Website
Getting to Florence from Pisa Airport
The train may be the best way to get from Pisa Airport to Florence. From Pisa airport you can first get the PisaMover to the main central station. Turn left when you exit arrivals and the PisaMover is at the end of the airport. It will take 5 minutes to get to the central station – from here you can get a train to Florence. The trip will take around 1 hour. The train arrives at Florence Santa Maria Novella, the main station which is very central and close to the Duomo, the Uffizi, etc.
ALERT: always remember to stamp your ticket before travel – this is true for buses and for trains! Machine for stamping train tickets in Italy - Trenitalia
Attention (For those going back to the Airport from Pisa Centrale Station) You can't buy tickets for the Pisa Mover in the main railway station - you have to walk down to the Pisa Mover itself where there are separate train ticket machines.
Pisa Mover from airport to Pisa centre
Perugia Airport (PEG)
Address: Via dell'aeroporto snc, 06134 Perugia PG
Perugia Airport Website
Perugia is a small airport and the flights are seasonal and intermittent. Should you fly in to Perugia you can get a bus to Perugia Station - from there a train will take 2hrs and 15 mins.
Bologna Airport (BLQ)
Address: Via del Triumvirato, 84, 40132 Bologna BO
Bologna airport Website
Getting to Florence from Bologna Airport
Bologna Airport is a popular arrival hub. To get from Bologna Airport to Florence by train you will first need to get to Bologna Central Station. As in Florence, there is a shuttle bus, called Navetta BLQ Aerobus. It leaves every 11 minutes and costs 6 Euro.
You can buy tickets for the Bologna Airport Shuttle before you arrived - we haven't tested this but it might help the desperate search for coins on arrival.
A MonoRail Shuttle is being built but is not running (as at March 2020). We'll update this when it is open for business.
From Bologna Railway Station there are regular direct trains to Florence. The direct FrecciaRossa service takes 40 minutes and costs 17,90 Euro. You can buy tickets and see timetables on Trenitalia.
Roma Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Address: Via dell' Aeroporto di Fiumicino, 00054 Fiumicino RM
Roma Fiumicino Airport
Roma Ciampino (CIA)
Address: Via Appia Nuova, 1651, 00040 Roma RM
Roma Ciampino Airport
Getting to Florence from Rome
Rome has two airports, listed above. To get to Florence by train from either of them you will have to reach Roma Termini
From Fiumicino airport there is a half hour train ride into Rome’s central train station, Roma Termini. From Ciampino airport you can take a bus then a train – you’re always aiming for Roma Termini.
From Rome Central Station the fast train will get you to Florence in an hour and 36 minutes, at a cost of about 30 Euro. You can buy tickets and see timetables on Trenitalia.
Milan Linate Airport (LIN)
Address: Viale Enrico Forlanini, 20090 Segrate MI
Milan Linate Website
Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Address: 21010 Ferno, Province of Varese
Milan Malpensa Website
Milan (Bergamo - Orio al Serio) Airport (BGY)
Address: Via Aeroporto, 13, 24050 Orio al Serio BG
Milan Bergamo Website
Milan has 3 airports, Linate, Malpensa and Bergamo. Of the three, Linate is significantly closer to the city, and served by city public transport. Malpensa and Bergamo both require longer transfers, but they are not expensive. Bergamo only handles budget airlines, whereas the other two have a range of airlines.
The fast train (FrecciaRossa) from Milano Centrale to Florence takes under 2 hours and costs around 35 Euro. You can buy tickets and see timetables on Trenitalia.
All three airports have Shuttle buses to get you into Milan Central - the one from Linate takes 30 minutes, from Malpensa around an hour and from Bergamo 1hr 30 mins.
Genoa Airport (GOA)
Address: Via Pionieri e Aviatori d'Italia, 1, 16154 Genova GE
Genoa Airport Website
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