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Moving in Florence

BUSES

In tabacchi stores  (marked with a big T) or at newsagents’ around town you may buy bus tickets for 1.20 EUR, for a 90 minute ride valid for any of the ATAF buses around the city. There are small electric buses that can take you through the city centre, as well as the bigger buses which have more stops all over the city.

You may also buy the tickets on board, for 2 EUR, from the bus driver or by sending a text message with the text: ATAF to 4880105 (additional costs for SMS text). ALWAYS remember to stamp your bus ticket as you get inside the bus, at the stamping machines available.

Timetables, route plans and bus stops are available in the official web page (which can also be accessed from mobile phones) www.ataf.net.

TRAMS

In January 2010, Florence opened the first line of three tramway lines servicing the city center and surrounding areas.

The T1 (tramway line #1) runs from the Santa Maria Novella train station all the way to the suburbs of Scandicci. You can pick up the tram at the outdoor stop on the southern side of the station, in Via Alamanni.

Tickets, are also valid for the bus system, which cost €1.20 and are valid for 90 minutes. Trams leave about every five minutes. If you take the tram from “Alamanni Stazione” (Santa Maria Novella) and get off the next stop (“Leopolda – Parco della Musica”), it will leave you right across the street from the Stazione Leopolda (an old train station that has been converted into a large event space) and the New Opera Theatre; the second stop (“Cascine”) leaves you at the beginning of the Parco delle Cascine, Florence’s largest park that runs along the Arno River.

BICYCLES

Bicycles are one of the best ways to move around the city. They are allowed everywhere and parking is easy to find! You can rent bicycles in many tourist spots around town, it will cost you around 10 EUR per day, you can even rent your bicycle with our Visita Florencia team! Bicycles are a very fun way to see our city, less expensive, and way greener! The city is small as you will see, so with bicycles you can get to the most important tourist attractions in few minutes.

TAXIS

Taxis are also a relatively good option to move around the city since they are allowed inside the ZTL. Obviously it is a slightly more expensive option. Do not attempt to stop taxis in the streets, taxis in Florence only stop for people who have previously called the call centre number and asked for one.

You can call the following numbers to call a taxi:

055.4242 / 055.4390 / 055.4798 / 055.4499

Here you can find some sample fares:

So.Co.Ta. (055.4242) : http://www.socota.it/

4390: http://www.4390.it/wp/tariffario

NOTE : if you are a woman out in the city center and have to get back to your hotel or apartment alone at night, take the taxi! Be safe and get a 10% discount off the fare if you travel alone between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. – the discount is NOT automatic, so ASK FOR IT!

WALKING

If you do not want to spend any money moving around the city, then walking is the best option. Not only is it a very easy city to walk through (you can get from one side to the other in about 20 minutes) but every time you walk around you always find a new quaint little street or shop, and getting “lost” in Florence is the best way to know the city! You do not have to worry, because our beautiful, cheap apartments are all walking distance from the most important piazzas and monuments, like the Duomo or Piazza della Signoria… Of course, at the moment of check-in we also provide a map for you to find your way easily!

CAR RENTALS

Do I need to rent a car in Florence?

The short answer is NO, you don’t need a car to visit Florence.

The historical center is small and walkable as well as a limited traffic area (ZTL) that requires special permits to drive into. In addition, many areas around the main sights (Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, Via Tornabuoni) have been completely pedestrianized: that is wonderful because we no longer have to worry about traffic when we stop and admire the sightsand we no longer have to worry too much about being in the middle of the street!

When do I need a car?

If you’re combining Florence with a stay in the Tuscan countryside, as soon as you leave Florence it could be a good idea to rent a car. Many of the small villages in Chianti, in southern Tuscany and other areas, are not reachable by train while there is limited services with buses. Having your own means of transportation may be the best way to go: it offers the freedom of moving around on your own, with your time and the freedom to reach all of the places you want to. Also read additional tips for renting a car in Tuscany.

Do I need a car if I just want to do a day trip?

Yes, you can also use the convenience of renting a car for just one day as you head south to Chianti or north to Mugello areas, to discover the Tuscan countryside at your own leisure! Both of these areas are hard to visit without a car, and if you’re using Florence as your base to return to, a car for one day is definitely recommended if you feel like driving.

Where can I rent a car in Florence?

You can pick up a car at the Florence airport and this is the best location if you plan on heading straight out of Florence onto the A11 or A1 or to the Florence-Siena roadway without the worry of dealing with traffic in Florence – the airport is right by the highway.

If you’re downtown in Florence, the majority of the car rental agencies are concentrated in the southern area of the Santa Maria Novella train station (on Borgo Ognissanti, Via Maso Finiguerra, Via di Melegnano and Via Santa Lucia). This is within the ZTL (limited traffic area zone) so make sure to get precise instructions from the car rental agency about how to get out of the city centre and get back for car returns without getting lost (there are lots of one-way streets).

NOTE: if you’re travelling by car please read also this page www.holidayinflorenceitaly.com/parking-in-florence! There you will find very important information about AREAS WITH TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS and PARKING SPOTS near our apartments.