In a city as small as Florence, walking is a way of life. Easy traversable from north to south, east to west, the Renaissance capital is relatively pedestrianized in the historic centre, making getting around on foot an easy option for visitors aiming to see all the splendid sites. But many people might not know that Florence also boasts an excellent range of transportation options, especially for those looking to visit places just out of walking distance.
Florence’s bus company is called ATAF, and it operates in the city centre and to an extensive area further afield, like up to Fiesole in the hills (number 7 bus from the train station), Scandicci and Campi Bisenzio.
Buying bus tickets are easy: you can either pick one up at a tabaccheria or buy one onboard the bus. ATAF also has an option to purchase a ticket via text message to the number 4880105, with the word “ATAF”. You must wait for the confirmation, which you can use as your ticket. This service is only available for TIM, Vodafone, Wind and 3 Italia. Tickets purchased ahead of time cost 1.50 euro, onboard 2.50 euro and via text message 1.80 euro. They all last for 90 minutes.
For a full list of routes and timetables, check out the website.
With the same ticket you can use for the bus, you can also use the tram. Each stop has a ticket machine, but you can also buy one in a tabaccheria or via text message. You CANNOT buy a ticket from the tram operator. Line T1 runs between Villa Costanza and the Careggi Hospital, with stops near the Fortezza da Basso (a popular exhibition site) and the Cascine Park . Line T2 runs between Unità and the Florence Airport (Peretola). Both stop at the Santa Maria Novella train station (Alamanni-Stazione).
A popular addition to Florence’s transportation scene in recent years has been its bike sharing scheme. Operated by Mobike, users with a smartphone can unlock a nearby Mobike and use it for as long as they need, simply leaving it in a bike rack and locking it back up when done. You can find the grey and orange bikes on the Mobike app (although you’ll probably see them all over!), which you can use to unlock it. You can reserve the bike up to 15 minutes in advance if need be. Prices range from 30 to 50 cents per half-hour.
Bike rentals are also available in the city. Just Google “bike rental” or “noleggio bici” and choose the one that best suits your needs!
Car sharing allows drivers to rent a car for only a few hours, rather than whole days. You’re only required to pay for the actual usage, which is based on the time and distance travelled, and you can access a car at any hour. This is the perfect option for people looking to go a bit further outside the city, especially to places that aren’t reached by bus. Florence has four car sharing options available at a variety of affordable prices: Share’ngo (100% electric), Car2Go, Enjoy and Adduma Car. For more information, read here.
Taxi points are located throughout the city, including the Santa Maria Novella train station, Stazione Leopolda, Piazzale Michelangelo and many others. For more information, see the website or call +39 055 4242.