Flying to Florence
Florence has its own small but busy airport, Amerigo Vespucci, situated in the western suburb of Peretola, about 5km from the city centre. In January 2011, Cityjet (part of the Air France/KLM group) launched a new service from London's City airport adding another option to Meridiana's twice daily flights. Note that Meridiana codeshares with BA, so you can book through either site. Long-haul flights all come through other European hubs. Many visitors fly into Pisa’s Galileo Galilei airport, but Bologna’s Marconi airport is another option.
Getting to Florence from Peretola airport
The easiest and quickest way to get into town is by taxi. Depending on the time of day, the journey time will be 20-40 minutes and the fare is a fixed rate 20 euros + one euro for each piece of luggage. This increases to 23 euros plus bags at night (midnight-6am) and on Sundays and public holidays. The taxi rank is situated just outside the arrivals hall; queues can be horrendous at peak times.
There is also a shuttle bus service, the Volainbus (www.ataf.net), that runs between the airport and the SITA bus station in Via Santa Caterina da Siena, near Santa Maria Novella train station. It runs every half hour between 5.30am and 11pm from central Florence to the airport and between 6am and 11.30pm the other way around. Tickets cost five euros (eight return) and can be bought onboard.
For more information about the airport telephone 055 3061300 or visit www.aeroporto.firenze.it.
Getting to Florence from Pisa airport
Pisa airport is larger and lies 90km to the west of Florence. There is a train station in the airport from where there is an infrequent but direct train service into Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station. You will have many more options to reach Florence by the train, however, if you make the short hop to Pisa’s Centrale station; a taxi from the airport will cost around 10 euros or you can catch the number 5 city bus from outside the airport. The journey time is about 10 minutes. For train timetables, see www.trenitalia.com.
Terravision (050 26080, www.terravision.eu) runs a regular coach service between Pisa airport and Florence’s Santa Maria Novella train station which takes about one hour and 20 minutes and costs 10 euros single/16 euros return.
For more information about the airport telephone 050 849300 or visit www.pisa-airport.com.
Getting to Florence from Bologna airport
Bologna is situated 120km north of Florence, but thanks to the new super-sleek, frequent high-speed Alta Velocità trains, the journey time to Florence is only 35 minutes. The price tag is a whopping 24 euros for a single, but it’s worth considering as several low cost airlines serve Bologna. I would recommend buying your train ticket in advance; I got caught out recently when I found all the trains to Florence for the following two hours were booked up. You can buy tickets and look up train times on www.trenitalia.com. A shuttle bus connects the airport to Bologna Centrale train station; it runs from Terminal A (arrivals) every 15 mins between 6am and 11.30pm, with a journey time of 30 minutes. Tickets cost five euros single and can be purchased onboard.
For more information about the airport telephone 051 647915 or visit www.bologna-airport.it.
If you plan on hiring a car from the airport, read my advice here: Florence car hire.
Getting around Florence
Find out how to get around once you're in the city by following my advice on my How to get around Florence page.