Travel to Florence: useful tips and guides for Florence (2024) – transport, prices, food, weather

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Are you looking forward to a holiday in Florence? Read our complete guide to Florence to find out everything you need to know before travelling to Florence – transport, airports, public transport, accommodation, prices, food and when to visit Florence.


Few cities are as romantic and vibrant as Florence, Italy. The modern era began in Florence.

Beautiful sights and art are what attract millions of visitors to Florence every year. Everyone wants to see the art in the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo with the world’s largest brick dome and Michelangelo’s statue of David.

We’ve already told you what to see in Florence. Today we’ll talk more about transport, accommodation and other practical information before your trip to Florence.

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Transport to Florence

By air to Florence

Florence and Tuscany is very well connected to a number of major European cities including Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, London and others. You can choose from 3 airports:

  • Pisa Airport (PSA) – Pisa International Airport can be reached from Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow and many other European cities.
  • Florence Airport (FLR) – Florence Airport can be reached from Vienna, Munich, Frankfurt and more. The choice is slightly smaller and tickets are generally more expensive than for flights to Pisa.
  • Bologna Airport (BLQ) – Bologna Airport is served by scheduled flights from Prague, Vienna, Wroclaw, Krakow, Nuremberg, Berlin and other cities. There are a variety of dates to choose from and tickets are often very cheap.

Here you can find all flights to Florence.

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How to get from the airport to the centre of Florence?

1. Pisa Airport (PSA)

Most visitors arrive at Pisa airport, from which you need to get to Pisa station to catch the train to Florence. The airport is about 1.5 kilometres south of Pisa.

The airport is small, but sufficient if you don’t need extra services and don’t mind sitting on the ground sometimes (there are fewer seats). The airport has only 1 terminal and flights arrive here for most of Tuscany, so it is often busy.

From the airport you can get to Pisa Station by the automated Pisamover train (driverless). There are blue ticket machines at the airport and at Pisa Centrale Station, where the train will take you. A one-way trip costs €6.50 and takes only 5 minutes.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence

At Pisa station you can buy a ticket to Florence (price around 10 €). The journey takes an hour. You will get off at Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station, the busiest station in Florence and right next to the city centre. If you have accommodation in the centre, it is within easy walking distance.

2. Florence Airport (FLR)

Florence Airport is easy to get to the city centre from Florence Airport – take the T2 tram and you’ll be at Firenze Santa Maria Novella Central Station in 15 minutes. You can buy a ticket at the Tabacco newsstand or at a vending machine (cash or card) for €1.70.

Hotels Florence 😴

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hu Firenze Camping in Town

Bungalows with private bathroom and parking

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Art Hotel Museo

Modern 4* hotel with swimming pool near Florence

3. Bologna Airport (BLQ)

Letite Bologna is not in Tuscany, but it is very well connected to Florence. The most convenient way to get from the airport is by direct Appenino Shuttle bus. The trip takes 1 h 25 min and costs 20 € (for everyone over 10 years, for children 5-10 years for 8 €)

Buses stop just outside the main terminal – about 50 metres to the left in a small square. In Florence, they are building right next to the Fortezza da Basso, in Piazzale Montelungo.

I recommend to order tickets in advance so you can go straight to the bus on the spot. Simply print out your reservation, download it to your mobile phone or copy the number and show it when you board the bus. If you miss your chosen connection, you can take the next connection. Tickets cost €25 when purchased from the driver.

The other option is to take the Marconi Express monorail, or the Marconi Express. by airport bus to Bologna station and from there by express train to Florence. Often this option works out faster. Here you can find more information on how to get from G Airport. Marconi airport to the centre of Bologna.

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Florence by car

A car represents the ideal way to explore the surroundings of Florence and see more of Tuscany. What is the distance to Florence from selected locations in Europe?

  • Prague – 10 h 44 min; 1 044 km
  • Berlin – 12 h 45 min; 1 246 km
  • Vienna – 8 h 35 min; 864 km
  • Bratislava – 9 h; 932 km
  • Budapest – 9 h; 960 km

If you go via Innsbruck, Austria, you will incur the following charges along the way:

  • A motorway vignette for Austria for €11.50 for 10 days (motorbikes €4.60).
  • Payment for crossing the Brenner Pass between Innsbruck and the Austrian-Italian border 11 €
  • The toll in Italy is about 8-9 € per 100 km. To get to Florence, you will pay a toll from the Brenner Pass of about 33 € (the price is valid in one direction). You can pay the toll in cash or by card. Each payment gateway has a symbol at the top showing how you can pay.

The Brenner Pass vignette and payment for Austria can be purchased online in one place.

If you are driving from Vienna, you do not pass through the Brenner Pass. On the other hand, you will pay more in tolls. You can calculate the toll here. The toll to Florence is around 38 €.

Petrol and diesel prices vary from country to country. The current fuel prices can be found at this link.

TIP: If possible, avoid driving into the centre of Florence. Not only is the historic centre easily walkable, but also many places are inaccessible by car and the roads are very narrow – they were originally designed for horses. Moreover, parking in the centre of Florence is almost impossible.

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Car rental in Florence

Are you planning to rent a car locally? It’s very simple. At you fill in the necessary details and present your ID card upon collection. The price also includes insurance and free cancellation. You can pick up your car at the airport.

When choosing a car, I recommend choosing smaller cars. Many of the streets and roads in Tuscany are very narrow and winding, so you might have trouble getting around with a larger car.

Transport and public transport in Florence

The historic centre of Florence is easily walkable. Between the Galleria dell’Accademia and Piazzale Michelangelo, with both places on opposite ends of the centre, the walking distance is only half an hour (and you walk uphill to Piazzale Michelangelo).

However, if you are staying outside the centre in a quieter area, local public transport may be useful.

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Florence is well served by public buses and trams, which are operated throughout Tuscany by Autolinee Toscane. The trams mainly connect the city centre with the suburbs and the airport. For transport around the centre, you will mainly use buses, most often C1 to C4 minibuses, which pass through the narrow streets of Florence.

A ticket valid for 90 minutes costs €1.70 (€3 on board the bus – drivers don’t always have them!), and a set of 10 tickets costs €15.50. Children up to 4 years old are free of charge.

Tickets can be bought easily from vending machines, Autolinee Toscane outlets and ticket offices, Tobacco newsagents (you’ll find them at every turn), Coop stores (if you can buy tickets, the place is marked with an Autolinee Toscane sticker). There is a machine at each tram stop where you can also buy a ticket before boarding.

Another option is to pay by SMS, but this is only available for Italian phone numbers.

You enter through the front door and check your ticket at the turnstile.

☞ Are you planning to explore the whole of Tuscany? Here is a detailed itinerary for a 5-7 day roadtrip in Tuscany.

Where to stay in Florence?

  • hu Firenze Camping in Town: Accommodation in bungalows with bathroom and free parking, great price and access to the centre
  • Art Hotel Museo: Modern 4* hotel with swimming pool on the outskirts of Florence
  • c-hotels Diplomat: Stylish hotel with excellent accessibility minutes from the train station and the city centre
  • Plus Florence: Comfortable accommodation in private or shared rooms, swimming pool, fitness, roof terrace

Hotels Florence 😴

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hu Firenze Camping in Town

Bungalows with private bathroom and parking

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Art Hotel Museo

Modern 4* hotel with swimming pool near Florence

What to taste in Florence?

Tuscan cuisine is one of the best in Italy. Florentines start their day with sweet pastries. Mostly croissant and cappuccino. Standing at the bar – this will save you a few pennies as it’s cheaper than sitting down for breakfast.

For mains, try the huge Florentine steak grilled on the fire. If you prefer pasta, typical of Florence is pappardelle and the dish Papardelle al cinghiale with wild boar ragout.

Old bread is not thrown away in Tuscany. They make a delicious and rich Pappa al pomodoro soup and add tomatoes, herbs, seasonal vegetables and beans.

Ditto Ribollita, or twice-cooked soup. One day it is cooked as a vegetable Minestrone and the next day it is thickened with white Italian bread. Especially in the colder months, it warms up perfectly.


Crispy Tuscan bruschetta bread with sauce, salsa or chicken liver pate is served as an appetizer.

For ice cream, beware of the colour of the flavour. It should not be very distinctive, because this means that the manufacturer “colours” it with artificial dyes. Gelato was made right here in Florence, so you have to try it even if you’re here in the middle of January.

Where to eat in Florence?

In Florence you can generally eat well. You rarely step wrong. You can find good restaurants near the main tourist spots, but you’ll want to be a bit more vigilant. The same applies to gelaterias. Below are some of our tips.

Restaurants and trattorias in Florence:

Food in hand:

Ice cream:

For more tips, see our itinerary for 2 days in Florence.

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Would you like to taste a little of everything? Visit the Mercato Centrale, a large indoor market near the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Here you can buy local food and ready-made meals.

The Mercato Centrale also includes an outdoor market, where there are plenty of stalls ranging from carnival masks to leather goods (leatherworking is typical of Florence). But as it happens – the whole area is very touristy.

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Prices in Florence

You’ll pay around €15 for a meal in a cheap restaurant and around €80 for a 3-course dinner for two. The prices of basic foodstuffs are as follows:

  • Milk 1 l – 1,46 €
  • White bread 500 g – 1,96 €
  • Eggs 12 pcs – 3,78 €
  • Cheese 1 kg – 17 €
  • Chicken breast 1 kg – 11,45 €
  • Bananas 1 kg – 1,78 €
  • Potatoes 1 kg – 1,83 €
  • Water 1,5 l – 0,57 €
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What is the weather and when to visit Florence in Italy?

Spring (April to June): The weather is usually warm and sunny. Everything is blooming beautifully and tourists are gradually increasing. Don’t miss the Bardini Gardens in April, when the pergola is literally covered in purple wisteria blossoms.

Summer (July and August): These are the hottest months in Florence and the peak tourist season. Florence can be quite hot and crowded at this time of year, but on the other hand there are many festivals and events taking place during this period.

Autumn (September to October): Temperatures begin to cool and the summer crowds begin to thin. This is also the time of year when grapes are harvested in the Chianti region, so if you love wine, autumn is the perfect time to visit Florence.

Winter (November to March): These months are the coldest and fewer tourists visit the city. However, temperatures are still mild and rarely drop below freezing. There are shorter queues at the most popular sights and accommodation is usually cheaper.

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How to enjoy Florence?

  • Walk the city on foot. The historic centre of Florence is not large and is easily walkable.
  • Visit the trattoria for typical Tuscan cuisine.
  • Choose at least one church, cathedral, basilica and go inside. For more ornate interiors, visit the Church of Santa Maria Novella or the Church of Santa Croce. Every church is an art museum in itself.
  • Enjoy views of Florence from the dome or bell tower of the Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo, the Bardini Gardens or the Church of San Miniato.
  • Taste the Florentine gelato. Florence is not only the cradle of the Renaissance, but also of gelato, which spread from there to the rest of Italy.
  • Book tickets in advance for the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery and Palazzo Pitti – the queues can be long. In high season, it’s best to book tickets for other tourist attractions (see the information in the article on sights in Florence).
  • Visit other cities in Tuscany – Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Arezzo, Pistoia. It’s over half an hour by train to Bologna.

Hotels Florence 😴

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Plus Florence

Clean accommodation with swimming pool and complete facilities

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c-hotels Diplomat

Stylish 4* hotel a few minutes from the train station and the centre

Excursions around Florence

Florence is famous for its beautiful nature. Fields of sunflowers, vineyards, olive trees, cypress trees and rounded hills with distant views. This is what the real Tuscan countryside looks like.

There are many beautiful towns around Florence that are easily accessible. Each of them has a different atmosphere, each is different. Beautiful Siena, underrated Lucca or Pisa with its Leaning Tower, set aside at least one day to explore the Florence area.

All cities are easily accessible by train or bus. Or do you rent a car and explore all the sites in Tuscany at your own pace.

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Florence practical information

Currency: euro (EUR)

Payment: For small purchases and payments, it is smaller to have cash with you, but otherwise you will pay by card in most places. Take a look at what fees your bank charges and what exchange rates are in order not to overdo it. We can recommend the World card from mBank for us. There are also plenty of ATMs in the city where you can withdraw cash if needed.

Electric socket: In Italy they use electrical sockets type C, F and L. Types C and F are compatible with most sockets in Europe and are widely used in northern Italy (including in hotels). L sockets are mainly found in older houses. If you are travelling from the UK or Ireland, you will need a socket reducer. In Italy, the electrical sockets used are types C, F and L. Types C and F are compatible with most sockets in Europe. Hotels and other tourist places have them too. Type L sockets are mainly found in older houses. It’s better to pack a reducer, but you can buy it in almost any store for a few tens of crowns if needed.

Language: The official language is Italian. However, you can also speak good English in the tourist areas without any problems.

Safety: Florence is generally a safe city. As in any tourist city, there is a risk of pickpocketing, so keep a close eye on your belongings and hide them well. Especially in places with a higher concentration of people.

Ticket reservations: for some venues it is better to book tickets in advance, as there can be long queues at the venue or tickets can sell out days in advance. More information can be found in our itinerary for 2 days in Florence.

Florence map

HOW TO USE THIS MAP: Above you will find a detailed map of Florence. Click at the top left of the map to see separate layers with highlighted locations. You can hide and show the different layers or click on the icons on the map to see the names of the places I mention in my guide to Florence, Italy. If you want to save the map, star it. For a larger version, click on the icon in the upper right corner.

The best booking resources for visiting Florence

Via we search for all accommodation. It is the largest accommodation portal in the world and you will find everything from modern hotels, cosy guesthouses to seaside villas.

Get Your Guide is a huge booking system for buying tickets, guided tours and all sorts of activities. In one place you can read other travellers’ experiences and book tickets to the Vatican Museums, a cruise on the Danube or a desert safari in Dubai.

If you are planning to rent a car in Tuscany, the best experience we have with where they have the widest range of cars at good prices. Insurance and free cancellation is included.

This was a travel guide and practical tips for Florence. Do you have a question? We’ll be happy to answer it in the comments below. Have a safe journey!

More information about Florence and Italy

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