Florence is such a popular tourist destination that transportation options abound. Here in a nutshell you'll find the essentials for getting to and around Florence.
Which Airport is Best for Visiting Florence?
There are two principal airports in Tuscany, both of which are well connected to Florence. The nearest airport to Florence is Aeroporto de Firenze, commonly referred to as Florence Peretola Airport or simply Peretola (and formerly called Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci), located 4km from the center of Florence. It is a major hub for Vueling, but also has numerous flights from around Europe.
Pisa International Airport, also called Galileo Galilei Airport, is around 80km from Florence. It is the main hub in the area for Ryanair as well as seasonal flights from the US. Galileo Galilei has direct and relatively inexpensive train services to Florence. There are also private transfers from Galileo Galilei to Florence.
Florence airport is the best airport for visiting the city itself; if you are taking a weekend break here, you'd do better to save on transport time and fly as near to the city as possible. However, in many cases this won't be possible.
Of course, if you plan on visiting both Pisa and Florence on the same trip, your options are greater.
This article is about Aeroporto de Firenze.
How to Get From Florence Airport to Santa Maria Novella Train Station
By taxi A taxi can make the trip in 15 minutes, and the bus between the airport and Santa Maria Novella railway station takes 20 minutes.
By bus The Volainubus Airport Shuttle connects Florence Airport to downtown Florence. Tickets are purchased on board and cost around five euros. Check the ATAF website for departure times. The website lists the destination as Stazione Galleria/Autostazione Busitalia, which is the bus station adjacent to the train station.
Private transfer If you like to have your airport transfers arranged ahead of time, Viator offers a variety of transfer options:
By car The airport is accessed from the A11/E76 (following signs saying "aeroporto"). The actual entrance to the airport is rather tricky. You see, Viale Giovanni Luder is a one-way street heading west. You'll be dumped off on the Viale degli Astronauti, which parallels the Viale Giovanni Luder, and will make a loop that takes you around and heads you the right way on Viale Alessandro Guidoni, which turns into Viale Giovanni Luder. Make absolutely sure you're in the right lane on the three-lane Viale Giovanni Luder because that's the only lane that enters the airport, despite what the signs might tell you.
If you miss the entrance, you're in for a long loop back.
Hotels Near Florence Train Station
It might be convenient for you to stay close to the train station, particularly if you plan lots of day trips or if you have an early morning flight. Read reviews of hotels near Florence Train Station on TripAdvisor