Being on the main national railway lines, Florence is easily accessible from most important places both in Italy and abroad. The Florence “Vespucci” airport, where both national and international airlines stop, is located 5 km from the city centre.
The main motorway, A1, connects Florence with Bologna and Milano in the North and Rome and Naples in the South. The motorway A11 joins it to Prato, Pistoia, Montecatini, Lucca, Pisa and all the resorts on the Tyrrhenian sea. There is also a motorway which connects Florence to Siena.
Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci airport is becoming the third Italian airport per number of international flights and passengers. Major connections are with: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Lugano, Munich, Nice, Paris, Vienna, and there is a rapid connection with worldwide destinations through Rome and Milan.
Other important connections are handled by the nearby Pisa and Bologna airports, which can be reached from Florence by train in 60 minutes from Santa Maria Novella station. Both of them are important bases for low cost carriers.
The Santa Maria Novella railway station rises in the centre of the ancient city and connects to major Italian cities. Visitors can reach the congress or any other point of the city in a few minutes.
There is the highway Autostrada del Sole, which connects Florence to Milan and Rome (about three hours’ drive). A motorway connects Florence to Siena (45 minutes), San Gimignano (30 minutes), Arezzo (30 minutes), Pisa (50 minutes) and Lucca (30 minutes).
The Florence “Vespucci” airport, where both national and international airlines stop, is located 7 km from the city centre of Florence.
Taxis are stationed in front of the terminal or can be called by radiotaxi. Phone +39.055.4242/4390. Journey time to the centre of Florence is about 20-25 minutes depending on traffic.
Fare: Approximately €20 - €25 + airport supplements.
The Volainubus Airport Shuttle connects Vespucci Airport to the Santa Maria Novella railway station in downtown Florence. Tickets can be purchased on board and cost approximately €4.50.
The airport can be reached from the center of Florence, driving the whole length of Viale Guidoni up to the road leading to the "Firenze Nord/Firenze Mare" superhighway (A1 and A11).
For more information on how to get to and from the airport, please visit the website: http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it
Florence is compact, with most of the tourist sights within minutes of the Duomo.
Combined with limits on car driving within the city, it makes walking the easiest and most pleasant option. ATAF buses get you quickly round the city, and four electric buses serve the main central routes. Taxis are white-and-yellow; get them from the ranks rather than hailing them on the street; all are metered, so you’ll know what you’re paying.