Siena from Orto dei Pecci
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How to get to Siena

Siena’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 Siena.

Getting to Siena from Florence

If you’re landing in Florence airport, you can get a shuttle-bus into town. It will take around 25 minutes and will drop you off near the main railway station, of Santa Maria Novella. You can buy a ticket from the bus driver – it will cost around 6 euro.

From Florence you can then go by bus or by train. The train station is close to the bus station, though it can be tricky the first time. Look for “Bar Deanna” (with excellent cakes) when exiting the train station – equally turn left when exiting the bus station you will see the train station. The map to the right might help.

Getting to Siena by train from Florence

Going by train might be better if you’re travelling as a family – the children can run around a bit, the landscape you go through is beautiful and there’s a lower likelihood of little ones feeling ill. The trains go around once an hour and the trip takes around an hour and half. To find prices, timetables and buy tickets, look at the 

Trenitalia website

It’s quite clear and works well. Rail costs in Italy are low, the tickets should cost something around 10 euro.

Railway Station of Siena
Siena Railway Station © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 3.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)

Getting into Siena centre from the Train station

The train station in Siena is in a valley, below the city. Helpfully, the city have recently installed escalators to take the sting out of the hill. The escalators will take you up the hill, close to Porta Camollia. From here, if you turn left you can walk in a more or less straight line to Piazza del Campo. The walk is around a mile, just under. 

If you’d prefer to take a bus – and with little ones it may be necessary – you can take the 0S7 from the train station to “Stufa Secca“. From the top of the escalators you can take the 0S1 to “Via Tozzi“.

Getting to Siena by Bus from Florence

There are two different bus lines that run between Florence and Siena. The RAPIDA or 131R is the fastest as it doesn’t stop but goes directly between the two cities on the dual carriageway. The DIRETTA stops at Poggibonsi and in Colle val D’Elsa – and can be handy if you’d like to stop off and explore.  If you have luggage the driver will put it under the bus – just ask him as they don’t come out to check!

You can find timetables for the bus here – as well as other destinations. Clicking on a line downloads a PDF.

http://www.tiemmespa.it/index.php/Viaggia-con-noi/Orari-e-linee/Siena/Extraurbano

Buses arrive in Piazza Gramsci/Viale Tozzi, closer than the trains and, crucially, on the top of the hill. From here it’s a short walk into the centre of the city. The place to buy bus tickets is under the square, in the ‘sottopassaggio’. There are also some automatic machines on the square.

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

Getting to Siena from Pisa

The train may be the best way to get from Pisa to Siena. From the 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 Siena, via Empoli. The trip will take around 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Pisa Mover from airport to Pisa centre

Otherwise, you can take the bus. There are buses on the airport forecourt, and people selling tickets inside the arrivals area. There are also buses from the main train station (Marozzi) and there is a new service, Flixbus, that seems very cheap but that we haven’t tested and neither has anybody we know – if you have tried it, let us know.The Flixbus service leaves from the Pietrasantina car park which is 30 minutes by bus from Pisa airport!

Getting to Siena from Rome

The best option, whether you’re travelling from Ciampino or from Fiumicino airports in Rome, is to take the train north and change at Chiusi-Chianciano Terme for Siena

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.

A second option is to take the fast train to Florence. From Florence you can decide whether to take the train or the bus for the next section of the trip.

Getting to Siena from Perugia airport

From Perugia airport you can get a bus to Perugia Train Station

From here you could take a bus – SAIS Autolinee have a bus service that takes around an hour and a half.

By train you could go to Terontola, change and head for Chiusi, change again and go to Siena

Alternatively travel by train to Arezzo – the trip should take around an hour. From Arezzo there is a bus service to Siena that will take around 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Getting to Siena from Bologna Airport

From Bologna airport you can get a shuttle into Bologna’s Central Train Statiom and then a train to Florence. The Shuttle will take around 30 minutes, and the train to Florence will also take around 30 minutes. From Florence you can choose train or bus, as detailed above.

Parking in Siena

Fiat 500 a Scaparzi
Nick in his original Fiat 500 leaving villa Scaparzi

The historic centre of Siena is entirely pedestrian so knowing where to drop your car is helpful. I wouldn’t waste my time driving around looking for a free parking spot; they’re mainly reserved for residents and there are armies of eagle-eyed parking attendants wandering around.

Zona Traffico LimitatoKeep your eyes open for the red-circles of no-entry. You may well see somebody driving past these and into town – there are areas where residents are allowed. They are called ZTL (Zona Traffico Limitato) and are often controlled by video cameras that will take your photo and send a fine to the hire company.

For a list of the Parking spots have a look at our map below. The cheapest is by the station, while my favourite is Parcheggio Il Duomo – I like the walk into town from there. Make sure you mark where the car park is on a map or phone – finding your way round Siena’s curving streets can be confusing!

Generally with all these car parks you take a ticket on entering and then go to a machine to pay on your return. The charges aren’t too bad. At Parcheggio Duomo, for example, they’re around 2 Euro an hour. Or 35 Euro for a day.

Map of Parking Places in Siena

Bus Station
(43.3203660915872, 11.326231440931679)
Railway Station
(Siena - Ferrovia, Siena, Province of Siena, Italy)
Parcheggio Santa Caterina
(Via Esterna di Fontebranda, Siena, Province of Siena, Italy)
Parcheggio Stadio-Fortezza
(Fortezza Medicea, Siena, Province of Siena, Italy)
Parcheggio Il Campo
(Via di Fontanella, Siena, Province of Siena, Italy)
Parcheggio La Stazione
(Piazzale Carlo Rosselli, Siena, Province of Siena, Italy)
Parcheggio Il Duomo
(Via del Nuovo Asilo, 5, 53100 Siena, SI, Italy)

Finding a Villa near Siena

Finally, if you’re looking for a place for your holidays close to Siena, have a look at our selections:

Villa Boscaiolo for 22 near Siena
Villa Boscaiolo sleeps 22 close to Siena.

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