Florence Airport Transportation

Updated: November 16, 2017

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How Far is Florence Airport From City Center?

The Florence Airport (code FLR), also known as Peretola or Amerigo Vespucci Airport, is located about 8 km (5 miles) northwest of Florence city center. It is very easy to get to and from the Florence Airport by taxi, or bus, or rental car; the journey usually lasts 15-30 minutes.

How Far in Advance Should I Get To Florence Airport?

The Florence Airport is small and very manageable, with only one runway. It’s generally not necessary to get to the airport more than two hours in advance of your flight time. If you already have a boarding pass and simply need to check baggage and go through security, an hour and a half should be fine.

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Overhead signs within the airport point travelers in the direction of the taxi stand, downtown shuttle bus stop, and rental car shuttle.

The tourist information counter is located directly across from the airport’s main entrance. If you have any questions, ask here.

Taking a Taxi from Florence Airport to City Center

It takes about 15 minutes to get from the airport to Florence city center, and taxi fare generally runs about €25. There’s a standard €22 fixed fare from the airport to any point in Florence’s city center, plus a €2.70 fare supplement for trips that begin at the airport. Baggage fees and higher Sunday/holiday/nighttime rates may also apply.

A queue of taxis is generally waiting at the airport taxi stand, located around the corner to the right of the airport exit, though taxis can also be ordered by phone at 055.4242, 055.4390, and 055.4798. You can also download the It Taxi App, which allows users to order cabs and pay via mobile phone.

Taxi fare from Florence Airport to City Center
Airport-Downtown fixed rate: €22 (€24 on Sundays/Holidays, and €25 from 10pm-6am)
Fare supplement for trips beginning at the airport: € 2,70
Luggage fee: €1/bag (maximum 7 bags)

It is not customary to tip cab drivers in Italy, except for exceptional service, though it is common to round up fare to the nearest Euro. Many Italian cab drivers don’t accept credit cards, and most prefer payment by cash. There are ATMs located along the front of the building, en route to the taxi stand, as well as inside the airport, to the left of the elevators.

To find the taxi stand, turn right upon exiting the airport, and walk along the front of the building to the end, then turn right to access the queue.

Many taxis are usually waiting to take passengers to Florence city center. Taxis ordered by phone or via the It Taxi App can also be met here.

ATMs are located along the front of the building, en route to the taxi stand, as well as inside the building, near the elevators.

Taking a Taxi from Central Florence to the Florence Airport

Taxi trips to the airport from central Florence are charged a flat rate of €22, with additional baggage fees and higher Sunday/holiday/nighttime rates.

Taxi fare from Central Florence to the Florence Airport
Airport-Downtown fixed rate: €22 (€24 on Sundays/Holidays, and €25 from 10pm-6am)
Luggage fee: €1/bag (maximum 7 bags)

Taxis in Italy cannot be flagged down, they are available for hire at marked taxi stands across most major squares and tourist points in Florence. (Here’s a map of Florence taxi stands.) They can also be ordered by phone at 055.4242, 055.4390, and 055.4798; and via the It Taxi App, which allows users to order cabs and pay via mobile phone.

Taxi stands, like this one at Piazza di Santa Croce, can be found in most of the major Piazzas in Florence.

Taking a Bus from Florence Airport to City Center

Volainbus operates a shuttle bus that takes passengers directly between the Florence Airport and the city center. Buses leave the airport every half hour from 5:30am until 8:30pm, then hourly until 12:30am. Transit time is around 20 minutes.

Early morning (5:30, 6, and 6:30am) and night shuttles (9:30, 10:30, and 11:45pm, 12:30am) take passengers to the main doors at Santa Maria Novella train station. All other shuttles drop passengers off at the nearby bus terminal, located at at Via Santa Caterina da Siena, 17. There are plenty of taxis available for hire at both of these locations, though it is only a 15-20 minute walk to most hotels and points of interest in central Florence.

Bus tickets can be purchased from the driver at no extra charge (cash only), or inside the airport at Giunti’s Bookstore. There are ATMs located along the front of the building, en route to the bus stop, as well as inside the airport, to the left of the elevators.

Bus fare from Florence Airport to City Center
One Way: €6
Round-Trip: €10
Children under 3: Free

Shuttle bus timetables and station maps can be found here.

To get to the shuttle bus pick up location, turn right upon exiting the airport, and walk along the front of the building. At the end of the building, follow the sign pointing ahead and slightly to the left to the covered shuttle waiting area.

Bus tickets can be purchased inside the airport at Giunti’s Bookstore near the building entrance. They can also be purchased directly from the driver at no extra charge (cash only).

Taking a Bus from Central Florence to the Airport

Volainbus operates a shuttle bus that takes passengers directly between central Florence and the Florence Airport. This shuttle operates every half hour from 5am until 8pm, then hourly until midnight. Transit time is around 20 minutes.

Early morning (5, 5:30, and 6am) and night shuttles (9, 10, and 11pm, midnight) pick up passengers just outside the main doors at Santa Maria Novella train station. All other shuttles leave from the nearby bus terminal, located at at Via Santa Caterina da Siena, 17.

Bus tickets can be purchased from the driver at no extra charge (cash only), inside the train station at the AGENZIE 365 near the Trenitalia ticket office, at the bus terminal’s BUSITALIA-SITA ticket office, and anywhere that ATAF bus tickets are sold.

Bus fare from Florence City Center to the Florence Airport
One Way: €6
Round-Trip: €10
Children under 3: Free

Shuttle bus timetables and station maps can be found here.

A VolaInBus shuttle waits at the bus station to take passengers to the airport. This is where to catch the bus from 7am until 9pm.

Bus tickets can be purchased from the driver at no extra charge (cash only), or just inside at the bus station’s ticket office.

Early morning (5, 5:30, and 6am) and night shuttles (9, 10, and 11pm, midnight) pick up passengers in the “gallery” area just outside the main doors at Santa Maria Novella train station.

Picking Up a Rental Car at Florence Airport

Rental cars can be picked up at Palagio degli Spini, accessed from the airport via a free shuttle bus. Buses run every 20 minutes or so, and the shuttle bus stop is located just outside the terminal.

Upon exiting the airport, turn left to access the free shuttle bus to car rental.

Dropping Off a Rental Car at Florence Airport

Rental cars are not returned to the car park at Florence Airport, but to Via Palagio degli Spini, located a short distance away. After returning your car, take the free shuttle bus to the Florence Airport; this runs every 20 minutes or so.

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