HOW TO GET TO FLORENCE
Florence-Vespucci is a tiny Airport: it’s located on the north-west outskirts of Florence, just 4 km from the city center. Taxi run is about 15 minutes; Shuttle bus run to city center is about 20 minutes with the Busitalia SITA Nord “Vola in Bus” bus shuttle, which operates between the airport and the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella, but the most convenient way is by city rail, or “tramvia” leaving nearby the airport and heading to Santa Maria Novella train station in city center.
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.
The numbers for calling a taxi are: 055.4242 / 055.4390 / 055.4798 / 055.4499.
Florence Vespucci Airport to City centre: set fare of € 22.00 (plus baggage supplements + extra fee for night or holiday travel).
Pisa Airport Galileo-Galilei is the closest medium-size international airport, with connections to the US. Pisa is about 90 km from Florence, which can then be reached with a coach transfer services managed by Terravision, connecting Pisa International Airport to Florence S.M. Novella station.
Florence can be also reached by train, the journey will take less than an hour. You need to get get to Pisa Central Train Station from Galilei Airport by PisaMover Bus Service that has a timetable departure of every 10 minutes and operates every day from 6.00 a.m. to 24.00. p.m., including Sunday and Bank holidays. It has a journey time of just 8 minutes. PisaMover Bus service stop is just in front of the Departure Terminal Check-in A. At Pisa Central Station, the stop is located close to platform 14, from which you can easily reach the other platforms and station’s main entrance.
Pisa and Firenze SMN railway stations are connected by several trains a day. For tickets informations click here.
If your arrival airport is either Rome or Milan you can reach Rome or Milan central station and choose one of the possible high speed trains to Florence SMN train station as detailed below.
If you travel by train, there are two main companies with high speed trains to Florence from Italy and Europe main cities. You can look for schdues and reserve tickets on their sites:
If you decide to come to Florence by car, or rent a car, you need to know that the city center is ZTL (“Zona a Traffico Limitato” or Limited Traffic Zone), a restricted traffic area controlled by a network of video cameras.
The whole city center is restricted, but the Duomo area where the conference and its closest hotels are located is completely forbiddent to private cars. Furthermore, most of the Hotels do not have a garage or parking lots.
If you’re staying in the center, you don’t need a car to move around, it is small enough to move around completely by foot or, at the most, on the small electric buses run by Autolinee Toscane that cross the center.
Parking Areas: To find the car parking lot that is most convenient and suitable for your needs, look a useful map of parking lots in Florence.
If you have physical disability, all car parks in Florence have some dedicated parking spaces. These are marked with yellow lines and special signs. Parking is free of charge in these parking spots. If you don’t find one available, you can also park for free in others spaces subject to payment (blue lines). In both cases, you need to have your permit with the disabled symbol displayed in your vehicle.