POLIMODA STUDENT GUIDE
Florence is an art city that attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year. It offers visitors a good range of transport systems and road networks. Connections are not restricted to the city centre and the suburbs, but include an extensive network of communication with the main Tuscan hubs (Florence Airport, Pisa Airport) and the more famous tourist destinations of the region.
City transport within Florence is provided by the bus service run by ATAF and LI-NEA.
Tickets and season tickets can be purchased from licensed retail outlets (bars, tobacconists, newsagents) and from the ATAF ticket booth situated in Piazza Stazione.
The ordinary ticket costs 1.20 Euro; it must be stamped in the special machines on board and is valid for 90 minutes from the time stamped on it. Daily and/or weekly tickets are also available as well as monthly and yearly season tickets.
Since November 2010 a service of small electric buses has also been operating. Running at regular intervals, these are very handy for getting round the old city centre.
The “Vola in Bus” shuttle service also makes it possible to get from Santa Maria Novella Station to the Amerigo Vespucci Airport in the north-west outskirts of the city in about twenty minutes.
This service is scheduled to run at thirty-minute intervals in both directions (SMN Station– Airport / Airport – SMN Station).
Information: “ProntoAtaf” Tel. 800 424500 (calls are free from Italy), or: Sala Clienti Ataf – inside the Santa Maria Novella railway station, or consult the website www.ataf.net.
For those who need to get to the Galileo Galilei Airport at Pisa, there are both rail connections to and from Florence (www.trenitalia.it), with direct trains between Galileo Galilei Airport and S.M.N. Station, and the TerraVision coach service (www.lowcoastcoach.com).
– Taking a taxi in Florence is simple and there are numerous taxi ranks all over the city, especially in the city centre.
– It is also possible to call a taxi on one of the following numbers:
+39-055-4390 | +39-055-4499 | +39-055-4798 | +39-055-4242
The taxi service is run by two large companies: RADIO TAXI and TAXI SOCOTA.
Below are average prices for destinations within the city of Florence:
– Starting price: weekdays € 3.20
– Starting price for night rides (between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.): € 6.40
-Starting price on Sundays and holidays: € 5.10
– Luggage (maximum 5 items) € 1 per item
– Price of taxi from Florence (centre) to the Amerigo Vespucci airport: € 20.00
– Price of taxi from Pisa Airport to Florence, approx. € 100.00
– In February 2010 the Tram, the new Florentine transport system, started operation. It is designed to offer connections between different areas of the city centre and the suburbs.
– So far, only one line (T1) is in operation, connecting the city centre with the Municipality of Scandicci, one of the largest in the Province of Florence, situated about 6 km south-west of the city.
An ordinary ticket, valid for 90 minutes, costs €1.20 if you buy it beforehand. You can also buy the ticket on board at the price of €2.00. Depending on how long you are staying, you can also buy one-day, three-day or monthly season tickets.
In Florence it is very easy to hire a car, and there are car-rental companies situated in every part of the city.
The cost of car hire can vary depending on the time of year, the car-rental company and the number of days. Once you have hired the car, there are numerous car parks you can use, the costs of which are on average 15 Euro.
There are many different Italian and international car-rental companies operating in Florence.
RESTRICTED TRAFFIC AREA (ZTL)
– The entire old city centre of Florence (more or less the area inside the city ring roads) is for traffic purposes defined as a restricted traffic area (ZTL). There are specific rules governing circulation and parking of vehicles within this area.
– For non-residents it is forbidden to drive or park in the ZTL at the following times:
– weekdays from Monday to Friday: 7.30 a.m./7.30 p.m. and Saturday: 7.30 a.m./6.00 p.m.
Further information is available at: http://www.comune.fi.it