There are many ways to get from the Peretola airport to the Florence city center, only four kilometers away. Whether you are planning a day trip between connecting flights or starting your Tuscan holiday, you will discover how easily reachable the city is. In this article, you will find information about getting from the airport to the center of Florence by bus, taxi, car rental or car service with private driver (if you like to make yourself comfortable).
How to get to and from the Florence city center by bus
There is a bus shuttle service that links the airport to the central train station Santa Maria Novella. The stop is just outside the terminal near the taxi rank. The service is called Vola in Bus and costs 6 euros one way or 10 return. You can either buy your ticket at the Giunti book store inside the airport or directly on the bus. Depending on the density of traffic the ride can take from 20 to 30 minutes. From 5.30 am to 8.30 pm there is a bus every 30 minutes. The last shuttle is at 12.30 am (check the detailed timetable). Children under the age of 3 get a free ride. On your way back towards the airport, the bus stop is in via S. Caterina da Siena 17. The timetables could vary on Sundays and bank holidays, what Italians call giorni festivi.
How to get to and from the Florence city center by taxi
Follow the signs to the taxi rank just outside the terminal. The taxi rates are fixed. The day fare is 22 euros but consider a 1 euro supplement per luggage item. Night fare is 25,30 euros whilst Sundays and bank holidays are 24 euros. You can also call these numbers to book a taxi in Florence: 0554242 – 0554390 – 0554798 (area code is +39, and remember to eliminate the first zero if you are calling from a foreign number).
How to get to and from the Florence city center by rental car
Rental companies are not located directly at the Florence airport but at via Palagio degli Spini, a short, free, shuttle ride away. The shuttle passes every twenty minutes. Most rental offices are open from 8 am to 11 pm, but a few close as early as 10.30. Some also close earlier on Sundays (for more information check the detailed timetable). If you are planning to go straight to the Florence city center, bare in mind that the traffic is very dense at rush hour and that many areas of the center are inaccessible by car. Look out for ZTL signs which stand for Limited Traffic Zone. Only residents or people with special access can circulate through them without getting a fine. If you have a doubt, contact your hotel which can issue a special temporary pass for you.
How to get to and from the Florence city center by car service
If you don’t want to worry about managing Florentine traffic or juggling bus timetables, why don’t you try a car service? I Just Drive! offers a private car service in Florence: a driver will collect you or your group at arrivals at any time and effortlessly deposit you at your destination. Your driver will be happy to answer any of your questions and ease your way into the City of the Arts. You will also find refreshments on board.