How to get around in Florence

From the bus to taxis, bikes, and other transportation options in Florence

Florence's centro storico (historic center) is much, much smaller than that of most of the famous cities in Europe, and the bulk of it is pedestrian-only, so it's supremely easy to get about on foot. 

Honestly, you can walk from one side of the historic center to the other in under 30 minutes (15 minutes if you really hoof it).

Whatever you do, do not just hop on a bus. Every day, hundreds of tourists exit the train station and, as they have done in other (larger) famous cities, board a public bus in the hopes of heading downtown.

Within three or four stops, however, they find they have already whizzed past the center and are now out in the suburbs.

Honestly; I've spent probably a year of my life in Florence all told, yet I've only ever taken the bus a handful of times (and most of those were either up to get up the nearby village of Fiesole or into the hills above the Oltrarno).

So expect to walk just about everywhere. That said, below is how the various forms of transportation work:

Bicycle (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
By bike
Florence

How to rent a bicycle in Florence

 
One of the minibuses that service the center of Florence (Photo by Hubert Gajewski)
By bus
Florence

How to use the city bus system in Florence

 
The ZTL, or Limited Traffic Zone (Photo )
By car
Florence

Do NOT, under any circumstances, rent a car to get around Florence. If you are renting one to leave the city, however, read on for tips.

 
Scooter (motorino) (Photo icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com)
By scooter
Florence

How to rent a scooter, moped, or vespa in Florence

 
Taxi (Photo Public Domain)
By taxi
Florence

The taxi cabs of Florence—plus car services, private transfers, and chauffeur services

 

The major neighborhoods, streets, squares, and landmarks of Florence

 
One of the minibuses that service the center of Florence

Tickets and passes for riding the Florence Métro, bus, and tram public transit system

 
Italy is best on foot (Photo )
By foot
Florence

Getting around Florence by foot—the best method

 
Florence tours
 
More tours
 
 
 

General tips of similar interest

Touring Club Italiano makes the best maps of Italy (Photo courtesy of the publisher)

A good road map of Italy can save you time and help you discover places and things not in your guidebook

 
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The interactive maps on ReidsItaly.com