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Transportation in Florence: how to move around

Bus, tram, taxi, car sharing, bike sharing: a variety of options

In a city relatively small as Florence, walking is a way of life and surely the best way to move around.
Easy traversable from north to south, from east to west, the Renaissance capital is largely pedestrianized in the historic centre, therefore strolling is a pleasant option for locals and visitors aiming to see all the splendid sightseeings.

But Florence also has a good transport network, with different options that allow to easily arrive to the places that are less reachable on foot.

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    Car sharing
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    Bike sharing



Florence’s bus company is called Autolinee Toscane. It operates both in the city centre and in the areas around Florence, like Fiesole, Scandicci or Campi Bisenzio.

Tickets can be purchased at bars/tabacchi (the ones that also sell cigarettes), some newsstands and other authorized resellers. It's also possible to buy them onboard or via text message (only available with some operators). Finally, an online ticket office is available 24/7.

Tickets purchased ahead of time cost 1.50 euro, the ones onboard 2.50 euro and the ones via text message 1.80 euro (+ cost of the text message). They all last 90 minutes from the time of validation.


Tram in Florence
Tram in Florence - Credit: Silesia711 / WikiCommons

The newest addition to the network of transportation, the so-called "Tramvia".
Line T1 runs between Villa Costanza (Scandicci) and the Careggi Hospital, with stops at the Cascine Park, the main train station (Santa Maria Novella) and the Fortezza da Basso (a popular exhibition site). Line T2 runs between Santa Maria Novella station and Florence Airport (Peretola).

The ticket is the same one of the bus. It can be purchased at the ticket machines (there is one at every stop), from the same sellers of the bus tickets, via text message and online. It cannot be bought onboard.


Taxi in Florence
Taxi in Florence - Credit: Jonathan Adami

In Florence there are two companies that provide the Taxi service: Taxi4242 and Taxi4390.
The rides have a minimum cost and then a fare based on time and distance, with possible extras (night time, hoilidays, luggages). There are also a series of pre-established fares, for example for travel to/from Florence airport is 22 euro (plus extras).

Taxis can be found in designated parking spots located throughout the city (train stations, Piazza Duomo, Piazza Repubblica, Piazzale Michelangelo, and more), and can also be requested or booked by phone, text/chat message, Apps.

Car sharing


Car sharing is a service that allows to rent a car at any time and only for a few hours, paying for the actual usage, which is based on the time and distance traveled. The car sharing vehicles, both petrol and electric, are autorized to circulate inside the historic center, even during the times when the Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL) is active.
It's a good option for travelers looking to go a bit further outside the city, especially to places that aren't reached by a bus.

In Florence the service is currently offered by two companies: Enjoy and TiMove (this one also provides sharing service for scooters, e-scooters and e-bikes).

Bike sharing

Bike sharing in Florence
Bike sharing in Florence

Bike sharing is becoming more and more a popular transportation option.
It's a great way to move around quickly and in an ecological way, making some exercise at the same time!

In Florence the service is operated by RideMovi, via App and QR Code to be scanned on the vehicle.
Traditional bicycles and e-bike (power assisted) are both available. The bikes can be found amost everywhere in the city and are daily repositioned in strategic points. There are rates for single rides (1 euro/20 minutes for bicycles; 0.20 euro/minute for e-bikes) or different types of packages.

Bike rentals are also available in the city. Just search online for “bike rental” or “noleggio bici” and choose the one that best suits your needs!

The newest addition to Florence sharing vehicle services is the one regarding electric kick scooters. This one is provided by BIT Mobility and managed through an App. It is important to remember that in Florence the use of a helmet is mandatory for anyone travelling an electric kick scooter within the city.

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