Getting To Florence

How to get to Florence

By Airplane
Arriving by plane in Florence or Pisa airports, you can easily reach the city centre by bus, taxi or train.
Amerigo Vespucci Airport (www.aeroporto.firenze.it/) is situated on the north-west outskirts of Florence, just 4 kilometres from the city centre. It is a 15- to 20-minute journey into the centre by taxi or the SITA/ATAF bus shuttle operating between the airport and the central railway station.
The public transportation system of the city of Florence (ATAF) offers a special and frequent bus line from and to Florence Airport. It is a 25 minutes ride by shuttle bus, called Vola in bus, operating between the airport and the central railway station. Tickets can be bought on board or in advance in any newspaper stand. The price per person is € 6.00 (one way) or € 10 (return ticket).
If you prefer to reach the city centre by your own you can easily take a taxi. Taxis can be found outside the airport and it will take 15 minutes to get to the city centre, at a price of € 20.00 (no matters which street).
Pisa’s Galilei Airport is about 80 kilometres from Florence. There are direct flights from the most important European and Italian airports. The airport is linked to Florence by rail and road: a direct train service runs from the airport to Florence central railway station (Firenze S.M.N.) (www.trenitalia.it), and there is also a TerraVision (www.terravision.com) or Autostradale (www.autostradale.it) bus service. The journey time is approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes.

By bus
Florence is served by a number of international bus companies.The one with the most extensive network is Eurolines. EUROLINES ITALIA -Tel 199 184616 (from a land line only and from within Italy) – Tel (+39) 055 357110 – (www.eurolines.it) Tickets office by FSBusitalia – SITA Nord – via Santa Caterina da Siena 15 – free number 800 373760 (only from Italy).The company runs services to many European and Mediterranean destinations, including: Agadir, Aix-en-Provence, Alicante, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Avignon, Barcelona, Belgrade, Brno, Brussels, Budapest, Casablanca, Cologne, Cracow, Dortmund, Dover, Dusseldorf, Essen, Heidelberg, Liège, Lyon, Lloret de Mar, London, Madrid, Marrakech, Marseilles, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Perpignan, Prague, Rotterdam, Zaragoza, Sofia, Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Toulon, Toulouse, Valencia, Warsaw.

By train
The city’s main railway station is Firenze SMN. (Santa Maria Novella). Situated in the city centre, it is conveniently close to the major tourist attractions. Italian railway services and tickets are available on Trenitalia website (www.trenitalia.it) and Italo website (www.italotreno.it).

By Car
Italy has many motorways connecting most important cities from North to South. Florence is on the Milano-Roma A1. You pay a toll on Italian motorways. The closest A1 motorway exit to reach the Congress’ venue is Florence South (Firenze Sud).
If you arrive in Florence by car, it is worth parking it and using public and tourist transport to get around.
Particular attention should also be given to signs indicating that you are entering the Restricted Traffic Zone (ZTL) which covers the area of the historic city center, roughly speaking the area within the inner ring road formed by the “viali”.
Access is controlled by video cameras and you will need prior authorization to enter if you want to avoid a hefty fine. Access is granted to visitors who need to reach a hotel or garage where they have a booking; in both cases, all visitors have to do is to give the hotel or garage their car number plate details. During the customer’s stay, the car must be parked outside the ZTL or in a privately run garage.

 Public Transportation to reach the Congress venue
The closest stop to the Congress Venue is Piazza S. Marco, reachable with bus number 1-6-14-17-23.

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