Florence is such a popular tourist destination that transportation options abound. Here in a nutshell you'll find the essentials for getting to and around Florence.
The Aeroporto de Firenze, commonly referred to as Florence Peretola Airport or Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci or simply Peretola, is located 4 km from the center of Florence. A taxi can make the trip in 15 minutes, and the Bus between the airport and Santa Maria Novella railway station takes 20 minutes. If you are coming into Florence from an international destination, you are probably using Galileo Galilei airport, closer to Pisa.
The Volainubus Airport Shuttle connects Vespucci Airport to downtown Florence. Tickets are purchased on board and cost 4.50 Euro in 2007.
If you like to have your airport transfers arranged ahead of time, Viator offers a variety of airport transfer options (book direct).
Galileo Galilei has direct and relatively inexpensive train services to Florence.
Florence Train Station: Stazione Santa Maria Novella Firenze
Florence's central station is called Firenze Santa Maria Novella (look for signs announcing "Firenze SMN"). The train station is located in the northwest corner of central Florence, within convenient walking distance of most Florence tourist attractions.
Many services, including two internet points, are located within the station. You can stash you luggage at the left luggage facility on the ground floor. Cost is € 3.80 for the first 5 hours and € 0.60 for each additional hour from the 6th-12th.
For more on Florence's Santa Maria Novella station, see: Florence Train Station.
The Pisa Air Terminal is also located within the terminal.
You can go underground to reach the CONAD grocery store, where you can get snacks to go.
The SITA bus station is just to your right if you've exited the station and orient yourself facing the Santa Maria Novella church. See the map in the upper right.
SITA Buses - Transportation between Florence and the rest of Tuscany
SITA Buses will take you to many destinations in Tuscany. The price is about the same as train travel, except that, in some cases the buses are more convenient, especially if you don't have a lot of luggage and want to get to the center of town. For example, Siena's train station is outside of town, but the bus takes you to the city center, so the bus is the recommended way to go. SITA Florence to Siena schedule.
Local Buses in Florence
ATAF and LI-NEA together maintain the city's public transportation system. Tickets and bus passes can be purchased at the ATAF ticket booth at Piazza Stazione (you can get a timetable of buses as well). You can buy a bus ticket at any tobacconist (indicated by a large "T" on a black sign on the outside of the shop) displaying an orange A.T.A.F. sticker on the door or window. All tickets must be time stamped using the machines on board the buses. Late night (9.00pm to 6.00am) tickets can usually be purchased from the bus driver.
Florence is served by taxi companies: Taxi Radio and Taxi Socota. Socota is the largest. You probably won't be able to hail a cab, you'd be better off finding a taxi stand or calling.
Taxi Radio. Tel: 055 4499 / 4390.
Socota:: 055 4242 or 055 4798, the web site has tariffe (tariffs).
Parking in Florence
Florence Tourist Information
The Tourist Information Center is located in Piazza Stazione: Piazza Stazione 4. Tel. (055) 212245