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How to arrive in Florence

1) By Car

If you arrive in Florence by car, park it and use public transportation  or special tourist transportation  to reach the chief parts of the city.

Pay particular attention to the notices marking the points of access to the Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL), which corresponds to the historic centre (monitored by electronic gates with information in English), to enter which requires previous authorization.

If you are looking for accommodation, the hotelier to whom you have applied or the garage where you intend  to park can provide you with temporary access to the ZTL according to a specific procedure.

For further information  click here

Italian motorway system

Autostrade per l'italiaItaly has many motorways connecting most important cities from North to South. Florence is on the Milano-Roma A1. You pay a toll on Italian motorways; if you need information check the web site

 

 

porte-accesso-firenzeIn Florence

If you arrive in Florence by car, it is worth parking it and using public and tourist transport to get around.

Particular attention should also be given to signs indicating that you are entering the Restricted Traffic Zone (ZTL) which covers the area of the historic city  center.

Access is controlled by video cameras and you will need prior authorization to enter if you want to avoid a hefty fine.  If you are looking for accommodation the hotel you decide to stay in or the garage where you intend to park can enable you, by means of a specific procedure, to enter the ZTL temporarily.

Further information on www.saspa.it

 

 

 

 

2) By Airplane

Amerigo Vespucci Airport is situated on the north-west outskirts of Florence, just 4 kilometres from the city centre.

It is a 25 minutes ride by shuttle bus Vola in bus operating between the airport and the central railway station. Tickets can be bought on board or at the newsspaper stall or at the Bookshop: it costs € 5.00.

Taxi can be found outside the airport: with a 15 minutes ride you reache the city centre at a conventional price of € 20.00.

Vespucci Airport is connected to some of Europe's major airports: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Geneva, London Gatwick, Madrid, Munich, Paris C. de Gaulle, Timisoara, Tirana, Vienna. There are also flights to and from the following Italian cities: Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Milan Malpensa, Olbia, Palermo, Rome Fiumicino, Turin and Verona.

 
Amerigo Vespucci Airport is situated on the north-west outskirts of Florence, just 4 kilometres from the city centre. It is a 15- to 20-minute journey into the centre by taxi or the SITA/ATAF bus shuttle operating between the airport and the central railway station. Vespucci Airport is connected to some of Europe's major airports: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Geneva, London Gatwick, Madrid, Munich, Paris C. de Gaulle, Timisoara, Tirana, Vienna. There are also flights to and from the following Italian cities: Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Milan Malpensa, Olbia, Palermo, Rome Fiumicino, Turin and Verona.

Pisa's Galilei Airport is about 80 kilometres from Florence. There are direct flights from the most important European and Italian airports. The airport is linked to Florence by rail and road: a direct train service runs from the airport to Florence central railway station (Firenze S.M.N.), and there is also a TerraVision bus service. The journey time is approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes.

AMERIGO VESPUCCI AIRPORT

Tel (+39) 055 30615 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (+39) 055 30615      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
   

http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Tel (+39) 055 3061700 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (+39) 055 3061700      end_of_the_skype_highlighting - (+39) 055 3061702 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (+39) 055 3061702      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
24 hours a day

BAGGAGE ASSISTANCE

Tel (+39) 055 3061302 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (+39) 055 3061302      end_of_the_skype_highlighting - Fax (+39) 055 3061664
Opening hours: 8-14 / 16-23


pdf Airlines: http://www.firenzeturismo.it/images/stories/informazioni-turistiche/come-arrivare/in_aereo/compagnie_aeree.pdf


TOURIST INFORMATION

AGENZIA PER IL TURISMO DI FIRENZE (Florence Tourist Board)
Opening hours: 7.30-23.30
   

Tel and fax (+39) 055 315874
   

http://www.firenzeturismo.it/


LINK BETWEEN VESPUCCI AIRPORT AND FLORENCE CITY CENTRE (SITA bus station)

VOLA IN BUS - ATAF-SITA bus shuttle
ATAF information: Tel 800 424500 - www.ataf.net
SITA information: Tel 800 373760 - www.sitabus.it

Timetable:

VESPUCCI AIRPORT

7.00

7.50

8.30

12.50

13.30

14.20

17.10

18.00

SITA BUS STATION

7.15

8.05

8.45

13.05

13.45

14.35

17.25

18.15



Pisa's Galilei Airport is about 80 kilometres from Florence.

There are direct flights from the most important European and Italian airports. The airport is linked to Florence by rail and road: a direct train service runs from the airport to Florence central railway station (Firenze S.M.N.), and there is also a TerraVision bus service.

 The journey time is approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes.


pdf Airlines
 
 

TOURIST INFORMATION

AGENZIA PER IL TURISMO DI FIRENZE (Florence Tourist Board)
Opening hours: 7.30-23.30

Tel and fax (+39) 055 315874

http://www.firenzeturismo.it/

3) Getting to Florence by train

The city's main railway station is Firenze SMN. (Santa Maria Novella).

Situated in the city centre, it is conveniently close to the major tourist attractions.

The station area is also the principal node for buses serving the city and surrounding area (see Getting around by bus).

The second most important station is Firenze Campo di Marte, which is being used increasingly for national and international train services.

STAZIONE FS S.M.N.

Open hours: 4.15-01.30 - Piazza Stazione - ATAF buses: all the main lines - Tel 892021 (from within Italy only) - http://www.trenitalia.it/




STAZIONE FS CAMPO DI MARTE

Open hours: 6.20-21 - Via Mannelli - ATAF buses: 12, 13 - http://www.trenitalia.it/

 

4) Getting to Florence by bus

City bus services (orange and red and white buses) are run by ATAF and LI-NEA.

Some lines connect Florence to surrounding towns like Fiesole, Bagno a Ripoli, Impruneta, Sesto Fiorentino, Lastra a Signa, Montelupo.

Ordinary and season tickets can be purchased from authorized sales points (bars, tobacconists, newsagents) and from the ATAF hall which is inside the SMN train station.

A 90 minutes ticket costs € 1.20 and must be validated in the machines on the bus.

atafYou can also purchase your ticket from the driver for € 2,00 (no change given).

Information: ‘ProntoAtaf’ tel 800 424500 (free call - from in Italy only)

 ATAF Hall inside the Santa Maria Novella Train Station

For information about the electric Busses in the historical centre please click here.

 

Bus Companies

Florence is served by a number of international bus companies. The one with the most extensive network is Eurolines.
EUROLINES ITALIA - Via Mercadante 2/b - Firenze - Tel 199 184616 (from a land line only and from within Italy) - Tel (+39) 055 357110 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (+39) 055 357110      end_of_the_skype_highlighting - www.eurolines.it/
The company runs services to many European and Mediterranean destinations, including: Agadir, Aix-en-Provence, Alicante, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Avignon, Barcelona, Belgrade, Brno, Brussels, Budapest, Casablanca, Cologne, Cracow, Dortmund, Dover, Dusseldorf, Essen, Heidelberg, Liège, Lyon, Lloret de Mar, London, Madrid, Marrakech, Marseilles, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Perpignan, Prague, Rotterdam, Zaragoza, Sofia, Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Toulon, Toulouse, Valencia, Warsaw.



Tourist Buses

In order to preserve the city, the environment and the historic and artistic heritage, access by tourist buses (drop-off and pick-up points, parking, etc.) is regulated by a series of provisions contained in the local council's urban traffic plan.

For more information, visit: www.buspass.it/

 

5) Share your ride

Different ways to reach a city like Florence, ever tried car pooling?

A new way to save money and share your travel experience with other people, and thus limit the number of cars on the streets.

autostopA good and trained example of car pooling is represented by Passaggio.it, a European lift sharing platform for searching for and offering lifts in Italy and Europe for cheaply and ecologically travel.

Click here to see and make proposals of rideshares to Florence

The second car pooling center was born in Florence but got quickly aquainted all over Europe: it is called Roasdsharing.

The web site speaks five different languages www.roadsharing.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) By motorhome

If you move around with your motorhome, you have to know that in Florence there are two camp siites and three stopovers  dedicated to you.

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