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Getting to Florence by Air

Amerigo Vespucci Airport is situated on the north-west outskirts of Florence, just 4 km from the city center. The airport can be reached from the center of Florence, driving the whole length of Viale Guidoni up to the road leading to the "Firenze Nord/Firenze Mare" superhighway (A1 and A11).

The center can be reached in about 15 minutes by taxi, and in about 20 minutes with the SITA/ATAF "Vola in Bus" bus shuttle operating between the airport and the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella. The Florence Airport is connected to some of Europe's major airports such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Geneva, London Gatwick, Madrid, Munich, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Vienna. There are also flights to and from the following Italian cities: Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Milan Malpensa, Olbia, Palermo, Rome Fiumicino, Turin and Verona.

The airport is also easily reached from other Tuscan cities: Prato (8 km), Pistoia (24 km), Montecatini (36 km), Lucca (65 km), Siena (68 km), Arezzo (77 km), Pisa (86 km), Carrara and Massa (117 km), Grosseto (143 km), as well as from the sea and its ports: Livorno (115 km) and Piombino (170 km).

For more information, visit the airport's website at:

How to get to downtown Florence

From the Florence airport, you can get to downtown Florence either with a taxi or with the special "Vola in Bus" bus shuttle (run by BusItalia now) that you can take from the airport to the central Santa Maria Novella train station (SMN). It takes about 20 minutes, sometimes a little more if there is heavy traffic. The service runs daily, including Sundays and holidays.

Departures from the airport are every 30 min between 6.00 am to 8.30 pm, then every hour until 11.30 pm. If you arrive later than this, you'll have to take a taxi.

Departures from the city center (SMN train station) are every 30 min between 5.30 am to 8.00 pm, then every hour up until 11.00 pm.

Tickets can be purchased directly on board from the driver. A one-way ticket costs 6 euros while a round trip ticket costs 10 euros.

You can check bus schedules on under "timetables and routes".

~Discover Tuscany Team

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