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How to get from the airport to central Florence

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

When planning a journey to Florence, you can fly into Pisa, Bologna or just outside Florence itself.  Below is a guide to travelling from each of these airports to Florence city centre.

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Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport

Undeniably the most conveniently situated for direct access to the centre is Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport, located 4km north-west of Florence.  Among others, Alitalia, Meridiana, Lufthansa, Air France, bmi, and Iberia all fly into this airport.  Once you have arrived, the Volainbus shuttle runs a regular service from 6 am to 11.30 pm to Florence’s central train station, Santa Maria Novella.  Tickets cost €5 and the journey takes approximately 30 minutes.  Alternatively, for €20, a taxi gets you to the centre in 15 minutes.

Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei

Many tourists choose to fly to Pisa airport, when visiting Florence, as budget airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet use this airport.  From here you can take the Terravision coach to Florence, which arrives at Santa Maria Novella Station approximately 70 minutes later.  Tickets cost €10 for a single and €16 for a return.  It is possible to buy tickets at the Terravision desk at the airport, but the easiest option is to book online before you fly, at  Alternatively, there is also a train station at Pisa Airport, where you can catch a train to Santa Maria Novella for €5.80.  The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, and normally involves you changing at Pisa Central.

Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna Airport

The availability of the low-cost option of Ryanair, as well as good rail connections, makes Bologna a surprisingly convenient choice for visitors to Florence.  From the airport take the 20-minute shuttle bus to the central train station for  €5.  From here you can take the fast train (Frecciarossa) for €24 and arrive at Florence’s central station in under 40 minutes.  Alternatively, take the slower regional train for €10 to arrive in Florence in under an hour.

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Venere Travel Blog writer harriet jeckells

Originally from Essex, England, Harriet is now living in Florence with her husband and spends her time teaching English and travelling around Italy. As well as travel, Harriet enjoys skiing, cooking, running and reading.

10 responses to “How to get from the airport to central Florence”

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  1. Patricia Teo says via Facebook:
    February 8th, 2011 at 18:31

    just went! gotta love the wine tour!

  2. Kami Krisanthi says via Facebook:
    February 8th, 2011 at 18:38

    yeap, but via train…

  3. Kevin Wolfhard says via Facebook:
    February 8th, 2011 at 19:05

    I wish. I was there in September, loved it. Siena though, ahhhhh.

  4. Anne Arnott says via Facebook:
    February 8th, 2011 at 19:23

    I wish too!!

  5. Mélissa Tiny F says via Facebook:
    February 8th, 2011 at 19:41

    Wow! Thx for the post I’m might go for april…pretty useful!

  6. Harriet Jeckells says:
    February 8th, 2011 at 20:29

    @Melissa You’re more than welcome! April is a fantastic time to visit!

  7. Arild Martinsen says via Facebook:
    February 8th, 2011 at 22:02

    If you fly to Pisa, take a couple of days in Cinque Terre, a few hours with train.

  8. Mark Sawh says via Facebook:
    February 8th, 2011 at 22:17

    Do NOT drive in Florence. There are many restricted access streets that you will be fined for entering. One hundred Euro from the Polizia Municipale in the mail, five months later. Love Florence, though!

  9. Pat Lysaght Higgins says via Facebook:
    February 8th, 2011 at 22:23

    Bologna is a nice place to spend a few days. The food is fantastic. They don’t call it La Grasse for nothing!

  10. Marietjie Lombard says via Facebook:
    February 9th, 2011 at 01:03

    I agree with Mark. We also received 2 tickets for entering streets that we weren’t suppose to enter…….6 months later! And that wasn’t the only ones that we received after our tour in Italy!!

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