If your vacation to Italy starts or ends in Florence, Italy, then you may want to consider flying in and/or out of Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR), officially known as Amerigo Vespucci Airport. The small, international airport hosts arriving and departing flights from cities around Italy and the rest of Europe, making it a convenient choice for travelers who begin their vacation elsewhere on the continent.
The single-runway airport is currently served by Alitalia, the Italian national airline, as well as major European carriers including Swiss, AirFrance, Iberia, Lufthansa, TAP, and British Airways, as well as many smaller carriers who codeshare with bigger airlines. Among the many cities that offer flights to Peretola Airport are Paris, London, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, and Munich. Within Italy, flights connect to Rome, Catania, and Palermo.
Florence Airport, Peretola: Code, Location and Flight Information
Here is some essential information about Florence Airport, Peretola:
- Airport code: FLR
- Location: In Peretola, about 10 kilometers northwest of Florence's historic core
- Address: Via del Termine 11, Firenze (FI) 50127
- Phone: +39 055 30615
- Website: www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en
- Real-time flight tracker: On the airport homepage
- The airport website also has a full departures timetable and arrivals timetable, both of which indicate which days of the week certain flights are offered.
Know Before You Go
Florence Airport, Peretola, can best be described as functional. The two-story, single terminal facility currently has one runway and 10 gates. As a small airport, it does not have the array of services, nor much of the automation available at larger airports. There are no jetways connecting passengers to their planes—instead they are taken to and from planes via shuttle buses. Some passengers have complained about long lines and lack of organization at check-in desks and at security and passport control. Still, compared to some of Italy's busiest airports, the size and relatively small number of flights coming and going from FLR mean that passengers can move through the airport relatively quickly.
The biggest handicap of Florence Airport, Peretola, is its single, short runway. Bad weather often forces larger planes to divert to Pisa or Bologna airports, which have longer runways. Plans are now underway to build a second, longer runway and expand the terminal, which are both viewed as necessary steps for the airport to catch up with the volume of visitors who travel to Florence every year.
Airlines currently serving FLR
AirDolomiti, AirFrance, Air Moldova, Albawings, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, eurowings, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss, TAP, Tui Fly, Vueling
The airport has both short-term and long-term parking lots, and both are within walking distance of the terminal. In the short-term lot, rates are as follows: first 10 minutes are free; up to 30 minutes is €3; up to one hour is €4; between two and seven hours is €3 per hour. Everything above seven hours is charged a daily rate of €30. In the long-term lot, rates are €24 for between four and 24 hours, and €48 for two days. From the third day, the rate is €12 per day.
If you are driving from central Florence, the 7km trip to FLR follows a somewhat convoluted path through the city. Because this is a congested area of Florence, allow plenty of time for the trip, which should take 20-30 minutes in normal traffic.
Public Transportation and Taxis
From Piazza dell'Unità Italiana, near Santa Maria Novella station, the T2 tram makes the 23-minute ride direct to the airport. It runs every 5-6 minutes during the week, and about every 9 minutes on weekends. Tickets are €1.50 and must be purchased at a tabacchi or newsstand, or from a machine at the tram stop. You'll find taxis waiting in front of the terminal. Rides to and from the centro storico have set rates of €22, with a €1 fee for each bag. Rates are €24 on holidays and €25 after 10 p.m. and before 6 a.m.
Where to Eat and Drink
There are two casual eateries in the arrivals hall, both offering typical Italian fare with cafeteria or counter service. There's also a cafeteria-style restaurant in the departures hall and a wine bar after the security checkpoint.
Where to Shop
The airport has a handful of shops offering items made in Italy and Florentine leather goods and fashions. There are two small duty-free stores, plus a convenience store selling snacks, travel gadgets, and last-minute essentials.
The Masaccio Lounge is located on the first floor (not the ground floor) of the airport. Access is free for Priority Pass, Lounge Club, Lounge Pass, Diners Club International, LoungeKey, Dragon Pass, and GIS club members. Walk-up access to the lounge is €30 per person for three hours.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
There is free Wi-Fi in the airport, as well as power outlets in the gate waiting areas.
Florence Airport Tips & Facts
- Peretola welcomed its first commercial passenger flights in the 1940s.
- In 1990, the airport was named after Amerigo Vespucci, the famous explorer who hailed from Florence.
- Because of its single, short runway, planes must land, make a U-turn and taxi back to the terminal.
- If you have an early flight and want to spend the night near the airport, Hotel ibis Firenze Nord and Hotel Novotel Firenze Nord, both Accor properties, are reliable, modern choices.