The price is 6.50euro. It is not possible to reserve seats for the service with seats being first come first served. The buses do tend to be very full, so make sure you're at the front of the queue at the platform. Buses to/from Florence leave from the SITA bus station near the main train station.
You don't need to take a traditional tour bus to get to Sienna, San Gimignano, or other neighboring cities. It is so easy and affordable to take the public bus. The buses are nice and comfortable and run on a fairly regular schedule. There are direct buses btw Florence and Sienna. And regular buses usually to San G only most of the time you need to stop to switch in Poggibonsi.
You could even do both of these cities in one day (if you just want a taste of each). I took the bus to Sienna first (about an hour and 15m ride for about 6 euros) and then after exploring for a while decided to check for buses to San Gimignano. There were quite a few and I was able to get another ticket (about 5 euros) from Sienna to San G. A little over an hour later I was there. The ride is pretty and bus really convenient. The only thing is on the way back to Florence (from San G) I needed to switch in Poggibonsi. I timed it perfectly so the wait was minimal but if you don't check the schedules carefully you could be waiting for a bit. The other thing when leaving San G the bus stop is a not clearly labeled. There are two waiting spots and at first I was a bit confused. Luckily, enough people speak English that I was able to get to the right one. Just leave yourself a little extra time just in case!
Check out my travel pages for more info and pics of San G and Sienna.
I've taken both cabs and buses to get between the airport and Florence city center. Cabs are of course the most convenient option but will cost btw 20 and 30 Euros. The bus on the other hand was also surprisingly easy and cost only 4 Euros. It goes from the airport to the Florence train station (which is in the center of the city). The only drawback is if your hotel is far from the train station you may need to catch a cab from there. Trucking luggage down some of the city streets (especially the narrow cobblestone ones) could be difficult.
Buy a bus ticket a tobacco store anywhere in the city. You can purchase tickets by the hour or for a few days. For longer, go to the train station and buy a month-long pass.
Busses ride all through the city. One of y friends got all mixed up and lost and the driver was very nice helping her find her way home. Just stay away during rush-hour times or you'll never be able to push through the crowd to get off.
There are many bus lines in Florence. The only problem is that traffic in Florence is bad and often bus schedules cannot be respected because of traffic.
Anyway this is a good way to move around Florence.
More often than not the bus driver will only open the center doors if there is no one getting on the bus. That means that if you are getting off you must descend from the center. So if you are not there ready and waiting you may well miss your stop if the bus is crowded. When you are trying to go through the crowd to get to the door, use the word "permesso" otherwise, they may not let you through. In fact one woman got mad at me because I used the words "excuse me". She actually yelled at me for not saying permesso. I also missed my stop.
Although I prefer to walk everywhere around Florence, occasionally I need to get on a bus. To my chagrin, I have found many of the bus drivers to be rather rude and inconsiderate. Quite often I have had to walk to the opposite part of the bus, with a small child in one arm and a stroller in the other, to find an open door (why is it they don't open all three doors, beats me!)... Quite a few times the doors had tried to slam shut on me (the drivers always seem very impatient to get moving)... Also, a most irrational rule, safety-wise, is that you have to fold your baby stroller (imagine holding an often very fidgety or very fussy child in one arm and stroller in the other, and walking along the bus to get your ticket stamped, or to get to the one open door to get off!). Never count on the bus driver to hault for you or open the just-closed door for you; in fact, all too often people miss their bus because they were not quick or pushy enough to get on right after the crowds had gotten off...
The tourist bus includes 15 stops of particular interest along the itinerary as following: Stazione FS - Martelli - San Marco - Colonna - Beccaria - Tintori - Zecca Vecchia - Piazzale - Galileo - Machiavelli - Porta Romana - San Felice - Tornabuoni - Antinori - Unita.
It is possible to get and off at every stop.
Bus frequency: every 30 minutes, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every 60 minutes. Timetable: summertime 9 a.m. to 11p.m., wintertime 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: adults € 20,00, children € 10,00, ticket is valid 24 hours.
Tickets can be bought on board, at some stops or in selected hotels.
If arriving by car, the best is to leave it in a hotel garage and use the local bus which cost one euro only for a ride in one direction. Besides, since it has privileged routes for bus only, it is more quicker then the car and can take you everywhere inside the historic centre of the town.
If you are going to and from Florence and Siena, the quickest most convenient way is the SITA bus. The Siena bus station is at Piazza Gramsci near the Jolly Hotel (unless that location has been changed) and in Florience it is across from the train station, Santa Maria Novella.
Make sure you get on the bus that does not stop at every little village. That would be a scenic ride, but takes twice the time. Look for the RAPIDA
VOLA IN BUS is the fastest and cheapest way to go to andfrom Florence’s historic city centre and the convention sites.Tickets may be purchased on board, at the Airport, at theSita Bus Station, or at the ATAF Ticket Booth (Central Station).
Departures from Sita Bus Station (Central Station):
05:30* 06:00 06:30 07:00 07:3008:00 08:30 09:00 09:30 10:0010:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:3013:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:0015:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:3018:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:0021:00* 22:00* 23:00**
Departures from A. Vespucci Airport:
06:00 06:30 07:00 07:30 08:0008:30 09:00 09:30 10:00 10:3011:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:0013:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:3016:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:0018:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:3021:30* 22:30* 23:30** to P.zza Stazione(Largo Alinari)
Monthly ATAF bus passes are valid for this service.
Agile is the new ATAF smart card that holds within its chip a series of 60 minute tickets: exactly what’s been missing between the four ride ticket and the monthly passes. It’s available in 10.00 and 20.00 denominations and it comes real handy when you want to have a batch of tickets for yourselves and your friends.
You can get Carta Agile in every newsstand and tabacconist that usually sell Atafa tickets.
It can be shared by more people.
E-card available in 2 fares:
€ 10 = 12 tickets/valid 60 minutes
€ 20 = 25 tickets/valid 60 minutes
Please check the direction that the bus is headed in before boarding the bus, otherwise you will be taken on an arduous journey around Florence sometimes even outside florence! It pays to ask the driver before boarding!
There is no one on the bus to actually take your ticket. It is an honor system to put it into the little machine on the bus that stamps your ticket. Sometimes you are tempted to skip it, and you could easily do so, and save your ticket for the next time. DON'T DO THIS. There may be a checker (or whatever they are called) on the bus and if you are caught you will have to pay a pretty stiff fine. You might even have to go to the police station.
The most used mean of transport in Florence. You can go around the city in every place in few minutes. Every tour costs 1 euro and you can stay into the bus for 60 minutes all for 1 euro. Here you can control timetables routes and maps.
ATAF spa, Viale dei Mille, 115