Welcome to our Florence Airport guide, with all the information you need to access this beautiful Tuscan city. Florence Peretola Airport (FLR), formally known as Amerigo Vespucci Airport, serves as the main international airport of Florence. Although it’s small, it serves an average of 300,000 passengers a month, making it the second busiest Tuscan airport after Pisa International. Because of its size, it’s very easy and convenient to navigate the Florence Airport, making flying from here a breeze. But it still has all the modern facilities one would expect, with several bars and restaurants, a VIP lounge, and high-end boutique stores. There are also several hotels near Florence Italy airport. Several major European airlines operate from this travel hub including British Airways, KLM, Alitalia, Iberia, and Air France.
Where is Florence Airport?
The main Florence Airport is just 5 miles to the northwest of the city center, making it very accessible. Peretola acts as the Florence Regional Airport, so it also serves many other areas of Tuscany. If you’re planning a trip to Siena (50 miles away) or Cinque Terre (110 miles away), Florence Peretola Airport is the most convenient place to fly to. Then, embark on the journey from Florence to Cinque Terre or Siena. Our Best of Florence, Siena & Pisa 9 Day Tour Package will escort you through all these cities, so you don’t need to plan a thing.
How to Get to and From Florence Airport
The airport in Florence Italy is located just 20 minutes by car from the city center. It’s also worth noting that there are various parking options for short to long stays throughout the city. If you’re looking to rent a car, the car rental Florence Airport desks can be found just outside the airport terminal. All the car rentals at Florence Italy Airport are located at Via Palagio degli Spini. To reach this area, you can take the free 10-minute shuttle bus departing from Peretola arrivals every 20 minutes. Rental cars start at around $175 for a week for a small car. A car can be particularly useful to get into the Tuscan countryside, although we highly recommend a guided tour for this journey.
The ‘Volainbus’ shuttle service runs from Florence Airport to Florence Train Station and back approximately every 30 minutes. The ride takes about 20 minutes and costs €6 one way per person or €10 for a round trip. Just follow the signs for the bus station when you reach arrivals; it’s just a short walk away.
Reaching Florence by taxi is probably the easiest way to get from Florence Airport to the city center. Taxis are stationed right outside arrivals or you can phone ahead. The flat fare to the city center is €22 with a €1 supplement for each piece of luggage that goes in the trunk of the car. On holiday days, the price slightly increases to €24, and between 10 pm and 6 am it is €25.30. The ride takes approximately 15-25 minutes depending on traffic.
If you are looking for ultimate luxury, you could look at hiring a limousine. Two limousine companies are operating from Florence airport; the CO.A.VE. and the Giuliani VIP car service. Both have desks right in the terminal building so you can access your limo with ease. You can also phone both of them ahead of your arrival.
No Peretola guide would be complete without mentioning Florence’s tram system. The tramway is a recent addition to the airport travel options, aiming to be the most eco-friendly way to access the city center. You can take line T2 right into the city, from 5 am to 12.30 am every day. The trams run every 4 to 5 minutes, take around 25 minutes, and cost €1.50 per person each way, making it the cheapest way to travel to the airport. The tram stops at numerous locations and finishes at Unita in the city center. Use it on your way to our evening walking tour of Florence.
Your Vacation in Florence
Florence is one of the most majestic cities in the whole of Italy and certainly shouldn’t be missed if you’re planning an Italian vacation. There is so much to see and do here, and we have many Florence tours that will ensure you have the best possible time in and around the city. There are also plenty of beautifully designed hotels in Florence that will ensure you are well-rested before your days of adventure, food, and wine. If you’re interested in design, Florence should certainly be on your list; check out our Florence design guide for the best places to eat, shop, stay, and see. And if you have longer, the surrounding Tuscan countryside shouldn’t be missed!