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Transfer Options from Florence Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Florence Airport to City Centre

Florence Peretola Airport is a relatively small airport, focused on European and domestic flight connections. The ground transportation from the airport to the centre of Florence is viable through either the orange ATAF Volainbus shuttle or a private taxi connection. The shuttle departs from the airport station every 30 minutes between 5:30 am to 11:00 pm. The trip to the central Santa Maria Novella train station lasts around 25 minutes and regular tickets cost 6€. Alternatively, Florence airport taxis will cost 25€ on average for a 15-minute ride.

Comparison of the options

Bus €12 25min 05:30–23:00
Taxi €25 15min 24/7

How to get from Florence airport to city centre by bus

The only bus service available from Florence airport to the centre of the city is the Volainbus shuttle. The trip starts from the airport bus station and ends at the Santa Maria Novella train station. Services from the airport are offered every 30 minutes from 5:30 am to 11:00 pm, without a night service. Tickets for the shuttle bus cost 6€ and the journey lasts approximately 25 minutes.

How much is the bus from Florence airport to city centre?

Regular one way tickets for the Volainbus shuttle bus cost 6€, while the round trip pass costs 10€. Unfortunately, currently reduced fares for students do not exist. Lastly, children under the age of 3 can travel free of charge.



Trip Duration

25 Min.

Waiting time for the Volainbus shuttle bus is around 30 minutes.

Value for Money

The Volainbus shuttle bus is available from 05:30 am to 11:00 pm.

Where do I get it from?

The Bus station for the shuttle is located on the right side of the arrivals hall as you exit the building, across the street from the taxi rank. Tickets can be purchased inside the airport at Giunti’s Bookstore or directly from the driver.


Due to the budget fare and reasonable travel time the Volainbus shuttle is a great alternative to a taxi transfer. Moreover, the shuttle travels directly to the central Santa Maria Novella train station, which offers further connections to all nearby regions. On the other hand, limited space could be a factor of inconvenience for some.

Editor’s Note

Tickets from the driver can be purchased in cash only. There are ATM machines located along the front of the building, on route to the bus stop.

Useful Tips

Similar to the airport, departures from Florence main train station are available from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Keep in mind that the bus will travel directly to the centre of the city with no stops along the way. However, drivers will drop people off at certain locations upon request.

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How to get from Florence airport to city centre by taxi

Taxis from Florence airport are usually white with the distinctive black and yellow taxi roof sign. Additionally, the vehicles carry company advertisements along with various contact and fare information. Taxi service is available 24/7 at the airport and trips to the central district of Florence will normally last 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the traffic. Finally, prices among taxi companies do not vary significantly, with an average fixed rate at 25€.

Taxi fare from Florence airport to Florence city centre

Taxi fares in Florence are normally generated through taximeters, however, prices from the airport are offered at fixed rates to avoid mistrust among travelers. The average taxi fare from the airport is 25€, nonetheless, the rate will slightly increase during night hours and weekends. Luggage is additionally charged 1€ per piece.

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The taxi service at Florence airport is relatively safe with very few isolated scamming incidents. The price to the centre of the city is typically affordable, which can further be reduced by splitting the fare among other travelers. Lastly, for a door-to-door service, taxi transfers are the only reliable option from the airport compared to other private transfer methods.

Editor’s Note

Unlike most countries, taxis in Florence cannot be flagged down; they are available for hire at marked taxi stands across most major squares and popular locations.

Useful Tips

It is generally useful to hold onto the contact information of the taxi company from the airport, in order to save time looking for a transfer on your way back.
Remember that there is a night-time preliminary fixed charge (from 10:00pm to 6:00am) of 6.40€.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Florence Airport to Florence city centre?

The average fixed taxi fare from Florence Airport to Florence is 25€. Factors, such as the time of the day and traffic can further affect the taxi fares.

Does Florence have Uber?

Uber in Florence is currently on beta-testing; thus, it is quite hard to find an available driver.

Do you tip taxi drivers in Italy?

Italians, similar to most European countries, do not tip the taxi drivers. A small tip might be accepted but it is not necessary.

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