Getting to Florence

Arriving in Florence by air, rail, car, bus, or cruise ship

First of all, you're going to need some plane tickets to get to Italy. That's easy; just follow my step-by-step guide to finding the cheapest airfare every time.

Useful Italian

ticket - biglietto
train - treno
train track - binario
station - stazione
coach/intercity bus - pullman
local bus - autobus
bus stop - fermata
parking - parcheggio
airport - aeroporto

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Arriving in Florence, in brief

By train

Trains to Florence pull into Stazione Firenze-Santa Maria Novella (don't accidentally get off in suburban stations Firenze-Rifredi or Firenze-Campo di Marte). » more

By car

Arriving by car is frustrating as ,any streets in the historic center are closed to traffic entirely, most others are officially open only to card-carrying locals or merchants (or to tourists dropping off luggage at their hotels—that's you), and nearly all are annoyingly one-way. Best to get rid of your car as fast as possible. Parking is cheapest in the city-run parterre lot. » more

By plane

Bus 62 shuttles passengers every 20 minutes between the train station and Amerigo Vespucci Airport, 3 miles northwest of town. Mainly national and a few continental flights land at Florence's airport. » more

By bus

The main bus station in Florence is just across the piazza from the train station at Via S. Caterina da Siena 17R. » more

Most flights from Europe land at Pisa's Galileo Galilei Airport, 60 miles and an hour's shuttle train ride from Florence. » more

By ship

Cruise ships can't get anywhere near landlocked Florence, so they usually put in at the port of Livorno, on the Tuscan coast just south of Pisa, about 90–120 minutes away by train or private transfer. » more

Here are more details on each

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How long does Florence take?

Planning your day: Florence would well be worth a week, but you can still fit a lot into just a day or three.

To help you get the most out of your limited time in the Cradle of the Renaissance, here are some perfect itineraries, whether you have one, two, or three days to spend in Florence.

» Florence itineraries

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  • Florence rail station
  • Firenze Santa Maria Novella:, Piazza S. Maria Novella (in the NW corner of the center)
  • Bus to center: C2 (but it's just a few blocks; you can walk)
  • Bus to Oltrarno: 11, D
  • Car resources
  • Emergency service/tow: tel. 803-116
  • Highway agency: (traffic info, serivce areas, toll calculator, weather)
  • Italian automotive club (~AAA):
  • ZTLs: (lightly outdated, but handy, links to cities' traffic-free zones)
  • Transport Florence—Livorno cruise terminal
  • (private car: 90 min, €40–€260)
  • (train: 68–100 min, €9.10) + Livorno port-station transfer (€1 bus; €20–€30 taxi)
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