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How to get to Florence

Florence lies on the River Arno and is the capital of Tuscany, a region in northern Italy that lies between the central Apennines and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The most convenient route to Florence is by air to Florence Airport (FLR), formally known as Amerigo Vespucci Airport and Peretola Airport, located about 5km (3mi) northwest of Florence city centre.

Alternatively, you can fly into Pisa's Galileo Galilei Airport, located about 97km (60mi) west of Florence.

A frequent train service runs between Pisa and Florence, taking around 1 hour.


Flight times to Florence

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR), Florence.

From United Kingdom: British Airways and Vueling Airlines offer the most convenient direct flights to Florence.

London to Florence is 2 hrs 5 min, direct flight
Manchester to Florence is 2 hrs 35 min, direct flight


From Ireland: Air France and Lufthansa offer the most convenient flights to Florence.

Dublin to Florence is 4 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France and Vueling Airlines offer the most convenient direct flights to Florence.

Paris to Florence is 1 hr 40 min, direct flight


From Germany: Air Dolomiti, Eurowings and Lufthansa offer the most convenient flights to Florence.

Dusseldorf to Florence is 2 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Frankfurt to Florence is 1 hr 30 min, direct flight
Munich to Florence is 1 hr 10 min, direct flight

Berlin to Florence is 3 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Florence is 3 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From the United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Swiss Air, Air France, Lufthansa, KLM and Vueling Airlines offer the most convenient daily flights to Florence.

Atlanta to Florence is 11 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Florence is 9 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Florence is 10 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Florence is 12 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Florence is 10 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Florence is 13 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Florence is 13 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Alitalia, Air France and Lufthansa offer the most convenient daily flights to Florence.

Toronto to Florence is 10 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Florence is 9 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Florence is 12 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Alitalia and Swiss Air offer the most convenient scheduled flights.

Adelaide to Florence is 25 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Florence is 24 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Florence is 24 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Florence is 23 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Florence is 21 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Air and Lufthansa offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Florence.

Auckland to Florence is 27 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and Swiss Air offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Florence.

Singapore to Florence is 14 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Florence Airport (FLR), formally known as Amerigo Vespucci Airport and Peretola Airport, is located 5km (3mi) northwest of Florence and services mainly national flights and international flights within Europe.


Public transport

Taxi: Authorised taxis (tel: +39 055 4242 or +39 055 4390) can be found outside the terminal.

Journey time into the city is about 15 minutes, and fixed rate fares start at €22, increasing slightly at night and during holiday periods.

Shuttle: The Busitalia SITA Nord (tel: +39 055 56501; www.fsbusitalia.it) 'Vola in Bus' shuttle bus operates between the airport and the central railway station, Santa Maria Novella, every 30 minutes between 5:30 am to 8:30 pm, then every hour until 11:45 pm, taking 20 minutes.

Rail: Frequent shuttle buses connect Florence Airport with Florence's Santa Maria Novella Railway Station, from which trains operate to destinations throughout Italy and beyond (tel: +39 199 892 021; www.trenitalia.com). Journey time from the airport to the station is about 20 minutes.


Car rental

Car hire companies located at Florence Airport include Auto Europa, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore, National, Goldcar, Enterprise and Sixt.

Desks are located in Arrivals. A shuttle bus links the terminal with the hire car parking area.


Terminal facilities

Money: An ATM with currency exchange is located in Arrivals.

Food: There is a café and a choice of two snack/pizza outlets within the terminal.

Shopping: A selection of shops at Florence Airport offers food and wine, gifts, fashion, jewellery and other goods. Duty-free is available in Departures.

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi internet access (for up to one hour) is available throughout Florence Airport. Free Wi-Fi is also available within the airport’s Masaccio Lounge, where internet-enabled computers are also available.

Other: The Masaccio lounge, on the first floor of the departures area, has an office area with computers, printers and internet facilities.


Disabled facilities

The terminal is fully accessible with special telephones, adapted toilets and dedicated parking spaces.

Wheelchair provision and assistance is available from the desk located outside Departures.

Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline before travelling.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.


Getting around Florence

Best on foot; Florence is a compact city. Bicycles, scooters and cars are available for hire. Taxis are expensive and are best used to get you and your lugguage between the train station and your hotel.


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Latest update: How to get to Florence: 6 February, 2020


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