How to reach Florence and get around
Florence can be conveniently reached by all means of transport. The Tuscan capital is located on a crossroads of streets and highways that make it very easy to reach from all directions. Florence is a relatively small city, the historical centre is a pedestrian zone and indeed it is advisable not to move around the city by your own means of transportation but rather use public transports. Also because Florence boasts as many as 9 hectares closed to traffic and all for pedestrians, along with a wide Limited Traffic Zone.
To help tourists to safely explore the city, a Firenze Card has been made available by the Municipality a few years ago, which costs 50 Euros and is valid for 72 hours. The Florence Card allows unlimited use of public transport and free access to more than 50 tourist sites in the city, including museums, exhibitions, villas and gardens. The card allows to avoid buying bus tickets and queuing up to entry palaces and museums: it is strictly personal, but allows you to include a child.
Anyone wishing to visit the surroundings of Florence can rent a car or rely on the several tour bus services available: for any further information, you can contact the Tourist Information Offices scattered around the city – there is one inside Santa Maria Novella station, one in Via Cavour or in Piazza San Giovanni.
Florence by Car
Arriving from the north, from Milan, you can drive south on the A1 motorway from Bologna: Florence is 120 km away from the capital of Emilia Romagna region. Those arriving by car from Genoa and the French coast, must take the A12 motorway towards Viareggio and then drive on the A11 towards Florence. Always via the A1, you can get to Florence from Rome and Arezzo.
Florence by Train
There are several main stations in Florence, but the central one is Santa Maria Novella train station, which is located to the west of the centre. Santa Maria Novella is usually the terminus for trains arriving from Milan, Venice, Turin and Rome. From here trains also run to and from Viareggio and Versilia. You can reach the historical centre from the station in no more than 30 minutes on foot.
Rifredi is a small railway station, but it is very convenient for those who must reach the Careggi Hospital or the University. From Rifredi station you can easily get to Pistoia, Pisa and Viareggio.
Florence Campo di Marte station, east of the centre, is used for trains running towards the city’s football stadium Artemio Franchi. The station is on the Florence-Rome railway line.
Florence by Plane
Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport is located in Peretola, a few kilometers away from the city centre. The airport is serviced by a number of major airlines and low cost airlines, flying on international routes in Europe. The airport is twenty minutes away by taxi from the city centre: the average fare to and from the airport is around 20 Euros. From the Airport, you can take Shuttle Buses to the centre of Florence and Santa Maria Novella station, it will cost you 4 Euros per person. There are also several car rental companies at the airport.