AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION
Below are sample return airfares to Florence Airport (Aeroporto de Firenze) from key departure cities. All flights are based on a 5 night stay (November 30 - December 5). Prices are for economy travel and include all taxes and surcharges. Information is taken from www.expedia.com, www.expedia.ca and www.expedia.co.uk and is accurate as of May 28, 2008.
- Sydney: 1500 EUR/3,100 AUD (Air France)
- London: 145 GBP (Alitalia)
- Frankfurt: 74 GBP/94 EUR (Lufthansa)
- Paris: 176 GBP/224 EUR (Lufthansa)
- Copenhagen: 189 GBP/ 240 EUR (Lufthansa)
- New York City: 961USD (United)
- Washington, D.C.: 1,010 USD (Swiss International Airlines)
- Los Angeles: 1,082 UDS (United)
- Chicago: 978 USD (Swiss International Airlines)
- Montreal: 1,064 CAD (US Airways)
- Toronto: 1,084 CAD (Swiss International Airlines)
- Vancouver: 2,004 CAD (Air Canada/Alitalia)
- Tokyo: 123, 270 JPY (Lufthansa)
- Beijing: 9,561 CNY (Alitalia)
GETTING TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT
Taxis are stationed in front of the arrivals terminal or can be called by radio taxi (phone 39-055-4242/4390/4499/4798). The Hilton Florence Metropole is situated a mere 4.5 km from the airport. Taxi journey time from the airport is about 15 minutes. Journey cost is calculated by the taxi meter (average cost is 13-15 Euros).
RAIL TRAVEL INFORMATION
Florence is on the main Rome-Milan line, which ensures a fast service from Italy’s most important business and tourist centres. Services include the EuroStar Italia, with links to Milan (journey time - 2 hours 45 minutes) and Rome (journey time - 1 hour 40 minutes) and the express service, which links the city to Naples (journey time - 3 hours 40 minutes).
International train services link Florence to more than 40 other European destinations, including Paris, Zurich, and Munich.
Delegates wishing to explore Florence’s many attractions and historic sights may find the following information helpful:
Local Buses in Florence
ATAF and LI-NEA together maintain the city’s public transportation system. Tickets and bus passes can be purchased at the ATAF ticket booth at Piazza Stazione (you can get a timetable of buses as well). You can buy a bus ticket at any tobacconist (indicated by a large “T” on a black sign on the outside of the shop) displaying an orange A.T.A.F. sticker on the door or window. All tickets must be time stamped using the machines onboard the buses. Late night (9.00pm to 6.00am) tickets can usually be purchased from the bus driver. You can get bus passes for varying durations. Map of bus lines within Florence.
Florence’s two major taxi companies are Taxi Radio and Taxi Socota
Taxi Radio: Tel: 055-4499 or 055-4390
Taxi Socota: Tel: 055-4242 or 055-4798
Parking in Florence
Florence has a website devoted to parking in the city. Click on “Parcheggiare” to get a map of parking lots.
Florence Tourist Information
The Florence Tourist Information Center is located in Piazza Stazione:
Piazza Stazione 4
Tel: 055- 212245