Getting to Florence

Florence airport – arrival and city access

Florence is served by the small Peretola Airport, located at Via del Termine, 11, 50127 Firenze, Italy (phone: +39 055 30615). Information on specific airlines and services is available at http://aeroporto.firenze.it/en.

From the airport, the historic center and Santa Maria Novella train station are both easily reached through a variety of transportation options, including taxis, shuttles and private transfers. In most cases, a taxi, which can be taken from the taxi stand at the airport arrival area, is the best option.

For pre-departure information on other transportation options, please see:

Rental car services are also available at the arrivals terminal, but visitors should keep in mind that Florence is a pedestrian-friendly city with heavy restrictions on parking and driving in the historic center. If you are coming to Florence for this UNESCO conference and staying in one of the recommended hotels, you do not need a car. For more information on car rental services, click here.

Pisa Airport arrival and transfer to Florence

An alternative to the Florence airport is to land at Tuscany’s largest airport, Galileo Galilei in Pisa, found at Piazzale D’Ascanio, 1, 56121 Pisa, Italy (phone: +39 050 849 111). Florence is easily accessible from Pisa by train, shuttle or private transfer.

By Train: Trenitalia

Trenitalia is Italy’s main train operator and you can purchase advance tickets on trenitalia.com, though regional train tickets can easily be purchased on site, whereas they can be purchased online only 7 days before travel. The Pisa Aeroporto train station is attached to the airport. You will pass by, or change trains at, Pisa Centrale, and then take the train to Florence, about 1 hour travel time.

See train schedules at www.trenitalia.it.

By Bus

There are two public shuttle brands and one private transfer option:

Fiumicino Airport arrival and transfer to Florence

Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci International) Airport is located southwest of the city of Rome and is a convenient landing place for travel to Florence. From Rome, travel is best by train, though it’s also possible to rent a car.

By Train:

From the airport to Termini central rail station there are three options:

  • Leonardo Express: Shuttle train ride lasts approximately 30 minutes and costs about 14 euro
  • Taxi: Costsbetween 55 to 72 euro depending on traffic plus luggage fee
  • Terravision Shuttle Bus: Approximately 70 minutes (5 stops) and costs about 9 euro. Located outdoors at ground level *YOU MUST BUY TICKETS FROM A TOBACCO SHOP*

Taking into consideration the convenience and price, the Leonardo Express is the simplest way to reach Termini Train station.

You will take a train from Termini to Florence’s central station(Santa Maria Novella station), whichtakes approximately 1.5 hours with prices ranging from 29 to 43 euro. Be sure to validate your ticket at one of the kiosks at the station prior to boarding your train.

Fast train service between the two cities is offered by two companies with competitive rates. For schedules and online booking see either italotreno.it or trenitalia.com.

By Rental Car

If you opt to rent a car, Rent-a-car offices are located at the Domestic and International Arrival halls – simply follow the “Rent a Car” signs. The journey from Rome to Florence can take over 3 hours. In addition, expect to spend money on highway tolls, fuel costs, and the daily cost of a rental. Visitors should keep in mind that Florence is a pedestrian-friendly city with restrictions on parking and driving in the city center. So unless you are planning on driving through the beautiful Tuscan countryside before arriving in the city, you do not need a car.

See a list of Rent-a-Car Companies at www.rome-airport.info.