Getting there & away
From the SITA bus station (800 37 37 60; www.sitabus.it in Italian; Via Santa Caterina da Siena 17r; information office 8.30am-12.30pm & 3-6pm Mon-Fri, 8.30am.12.30pm) there are express services to/from Siena (€6.50, 1¼ hours, at least hourly) or add 30 minutes to your journey and change in Poggibonsi (€4.30, 50 minutes, half-hourly), from where there are also connecting buses for San Gimignano (€5.90, 1¼ hours, 12 daily). Direct buses also serve Arezzo, Castellina in Chianti, Faenza, Grosseto, Greve, Redda and other smaller cities throughout Tuscany.
Lazzi (055 21 51 55; www.lazzi.it in Italian; Piazza della Stazione) forms part of the Eurolines network of international bus services and sells tickets for buses to various European cities. Locally, it runs buses to/from Prato (€2.40, 45 minutes, hourly), Pistoia (€3, 50 minutes, 10 daily), Lucca (€4.70, 1½ hours, frequent) and Pisa (€6.20, two hours, hourly). Several other bus companies, including CAP (055 21 46 37; www.capautolinee.it in Italian) and COPIT (800 57 05 30), share the same bus station.
Florence is connected by the A1 northwards to Bologna and Milan, and southwards to Rome and Naples. The Autostrada del Mare (A11) links Florence with Prato, Lucca, Pisa and the coast, but locals use the FI-PI-LI – a superstrada (expressway, no tolls); look for blue signs saying FI-PI-LI (as in Firenze-Pisa-Livorno). Another dual carriageway, the S2, links Florence with Siena.
Florence’s central train station is Stazione di Santa Maria Novella. The train information counter (7am-7pm) faces the tracks in the main foyer. During busy periods, the train information office (7am-10pm) on platform 5 also functions.
Florence is on the Rome–Milan line. There are regular trains to/from Rome (€33, 1½ to two hours), Bologna (€11.50 to €15, one hour), Milan (€33, 2¾ to 3¼ hours) and Venice (€30, three hours). To get to Genoa (€22.40) change in Pisa; and in Milan for Turin (€41.20).
Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei (050 84 93 00; www.pisa-airport.com), one of northern Italy’s main international and domestic airports, near Pisa, is well linked with Florence by public transport.