Siena Transportation

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    Dont drive into the old town

    by angiebabe Updated Feb 2, 2014

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    narrow streets for the locals in the know
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    Siena with its old maze of narrow streets on top of a hill is not a place you want, need or normally would be permitted to take your car - dont be put off having a rental car as theres plenty of easy parking at the entrance/where you will see signs not to drive into the old town.

    If you are staying overnight inside the old town and you are able to come in to park then get a good street map or good GPS first...and be in communication with your accommodation hosts.

    There is some parking down at Piazza Mercato but its in the lower area of the old town - so you would still need to walk up quite steep hills to get to the main square and old town proper

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    Rental car and Parking

    by angiebabe Written Feb 2, 2014

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    lots of parking area outside the old town
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    I had a rental car and had managed driving around Florence no problems as it had been a long weekend and the usual parking restrictions hadnt been in force.

    I drove to Siena for a day visit and could see that i was approaching the old town - theres a large flat area with a lot of parking signs - and a lot of trees around to create shade if you visit here in the summer. Its well sign posted that visitors should park here as Siena central is pretty much residence-permit trafffic only.

    I parked and walked in the direction of the old town - its got views from up here near the parking area as well as you can look over and see the old town on its hill....so enjoy the fresh air and walk a bit!

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    Parking on the street

    by joiwatani Written Nov 12, 2011
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    I noticed that parking in Siena is difficult because there is not a lot of space to maneuver a car. The residents park on the side of the street making the street tinier. The motobikes, I guess, is the best mode of transportation here.

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    Parking in the city

    by joiwatani Written Nov 12, 2011
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    In many famous European cities, parking is a challenge. In Sienna, however, parking was not a problem. We parked closer to the fortress. It was quite a walk to the Piazza but we had all the time to see the piazza.

    There are designated parking spaces in Sienna but these are designated by days like Saturdays and Wednesdays for example.

    Make sure to read the signs on what time the parking slots are available otherwise your car will be towed.

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    Getting to Siena

    by Herkbert Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Our train at Siena
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    It is very easy to get to Siena by train. There are numerous trains that run during the day, so you don't have to worry about missing the only train. The ride was fun, the scenery was beautiful and the journey time was just under 90 minutes.

    The train station in Siena is outside of the city walls, and is a hassle if you are thinking about pulling your luggage all the way to your hotel. We grabbed a taxi at the station and avoided that problem.

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    Take a SITA bus if coming from Florence.

    by MarvintheMartian Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Blue Bus!

    Siena is easier to get to by bus or coach rather than by train. The train station is about 2-3 km from the main area and you may have to change trains at Empoli.
    The coach companies will deliver you to Piazza San Domenico which is much closer.

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    Orange Tra-IN busses around Siena

    by alysania Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    These busses are GREAT! They go all over the city and a schedule is posted at every stop. While there is no car or bus activity permitted inside the city (it's small enough, use your feet!), if you have a hotel outside the city walls, this is the greatest mode of transportation. It was 77 cents in euros while i was there for one trip, which you could buy at any tabacchi shop.

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    Firenze is the closest airport

    by Trekki Updated Feb 24, 2011

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    Rental car companies outside of Firenze Airport
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    Firenze (airport code FLR) is the closest airport for those who come by plane. Connections are very easy and very reasonable. Train is not a good option because it means changing at Empoli and apart from that, Siena’s train station is out of town, so it involves a rather expensive (= long) taxi drive from the train station to the accommodation in Siena.
    The bus shuttle called ”Vola in bus” leaves from the airport every 30 minutes, at the right hand side of the airport, behind the taxi stand. Price was 5 Euro in November 2010. The bus drops off passengers in front of Firenze’s train station Santa Maria Novella. From there it is a short 5 minutes walk to the bus station of SITA busses. Or ask the airport bus driver to let you stay in the bus because he drives there anyhow. It is the place where the airport bus leaves back to the airport.
    SITA Bus is the perfect way to get to Siena quick and reasonable. Price was 7,10 Euro for the rapida in November 2010. Travel time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. In Siena, the bus stops at Piazza Gramci, this is the piazza next to Via Tozzi, the end point in SITA bus information. Piazza Gramci is also the bus hub in Siena with intelligent information system (an electronic timetable with departure times, destinations and bus tracks, see photo 2).

    One word about Firenze Airport:
    In my opinion this is one of the lousiest airports in Italy. Maybe no one cares because tourist masses will come anyhow, so why make it a tad bit nicer? The selection of shops is very small (bookshop and clothes shop), the food thing is very expensive (even more expensive than at Frankfurt International), the people rather rude and also after check in and security it does not get better. Compared to Ancona Airport, another small airport I use quite often, Firenze is really a rubbish one!
    Oh, and in case you wonder what this very futuristic building on the way from airport to Firenze centre is – that is the new Court of Justice. I almost fell off my chair when I saw it, so very unusual for this city of ancient arts... Here is a youtube video of Court of Justice.

    Thanks to Bill for your patient help with these public transport questions in the travel forum.

    © Ingrid D., November 2010.

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    Rent a car.... is way out of town....

    by Trekki Updated Feb 24, 2011

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    Erm... naive sketch on google maps :-)

    Travelling to Siena by car is not a good option. The city within the town walls is closed to non-local traffic. Or more precise: any car without a specific sign at the windscreen is not allowed to enter the town. Locals pay a hefty price for this privilege to park inside. Apart from that, given the narrow streets of a typical old town it should go without saying that the parking space is for locals only. We tourists with cars have to stay outside of the town walls.

    Most naturally the car rental companies are also located outside of town, some near, some quite far. When I wanted to travel to Gubbio on the weekend and realised that it is almost impossible or better a very long trip with many changes if I would take public transport, so I decided to rent a car. But... it involved a lot of walking, internet research and phoning but thanks to Serena and Claudio of Dante School I was able to get a car at a reasonable price. Avis ruled out itself by wanting to charge me 200 Euro for the two days and so Europcar made it. I got a car, fully insured, for 110 Euro for two days. It is a bit of taking the bus and walking to get to Europcar (approx. 30-40 minutes in total) though.

    Avis, Siena:
    Via Simone Martini 36: which is outside of the walls, near San Francesco church;

    Europcar, Siena:
    Viale Europa 23/25: too far to walk, but pollicino bus No. 52 takes you to Due Ponti and from there it is a 15 minute walk along SS73 Levante until Viale Europa turns off to the right (south).

    © Ingrid D., November 2010, update Feb 2011 (links Avis and Europcar).

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    Hello, Taxis, where are you???

    by Trekki Updated Nov 29, 2010

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    The innocent taxi sign at the house wall :-)
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    Imagine, you arrive in a new town on a dark grey November evening and don’t know how to get to your destination. You want to take a taxi. You ask where the taxi stand is. People tell you. You go and try to find it and don’t find it. You have your luggage either rolling behind you or on your back. You get desperate...You don’t want anything else but a coffee and a bed. But there is the distance between you and the bed. That’s what happened to me because at all costs I could not find the taxi stand.... And then it almost bit me. The taxi sign I mean. When I finally saw it mounted at the wall I really started to laugh. But then I was at the taxi stand but there were no taxis... Saturday evening, approximately 8:30 p.m. The time when seemingly every Senese was out and about to a restaurant, by taxi. It took some time until eventually one arrived and brought me to my final destination. And it was dirty cheap, 6 Euro only for a distance between north of town to south of town. And I had a nice chat with the driver who was from Sicilia; we talked about... Commissario Montalbano (although this is irrelevant for a taxi tip, isn’t it?). Much later, when I passed the taxt stand again, this time during the day I almost collapsed again when I saw the huge amounts of taxis. It almost looked like a big car shop....

    Directions:
    The taxi stand in Siena is at Piazza Matteotti, opposite of the post office. Directly opposite. The sign is not at the street but at the wall. No light in the evening to illuminate it. My photo is a bit misleading – the camera flash illuminated it. With the help of reflective pigments.

    © Ingrid D., November 2010.

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    Getting around in Siena is easy

    by Trekki Updated Nov 29, 2010

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    Pollicini/small bus station
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    Yes, it is easy, although one has to understand Siena Mobilità’s information overflow. And information overflow it is. There is a huge 9 MB (!!) and 68 pages brochure with all information one might need. Though in Italian only. Emphasis seems to be given to the bus transport outside of Siena, to all the tiny towns nearby and also to other famous Toscana towns. The information for Siena itself is rather thin, or I should say not explained enough. Small busses, called pollicini, have a quite expanded network but not exactly in the city centre around the Campo. Or I should better say that they travel from near the Campo in all different directions but radial/starlike. And there is no station for these small busses anywhere near Piazza Gramci, where busses to and from Firenze arrive and depart. But these pollicini stations have a rather intelligent schedule and information system. A touch screen electronic monitor is mounted at each station (the orange one in photo 2) and with quick clicks one can find the timetables for the desired busses. In addition, written information with bus numbers and stops is at these little stations.

    Tickets can be bought in Tabaccherie, easy to detect with the big T on the shop sign. Each ticket costs 1 Euro, valid for pollicini and Siena urban busses. The word urban might be misleading, because it is not inside of the town walls but outside and means everything which belongs to Siena’s district. Note that the map of this urban service does not have north as it should be on maps but at the bottom..., which confused me, a map person, almost to unconsciousness....

    This part of Siena Mobilità is where all maps can be downloaded as pdf.

    Oh, and don't forget to validate the ticket inside the bus.

    © Ingrid D., November 2010.

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    Parking is Difficult

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 31, 2010

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    Just to the right hand vcorner is the parking area

    Finding a space to park a vehicle is not easy. The public areas were almost all full, even at this time of the year, not in tourist season. Cost to us was 1.6 euro an hour. That can be very costly for a day at Siena. Our parking was about 5 blocks walk to enter the town

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    By Bus:

    by Redang Updated Sep 5, 2010

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    Siena (Italy)

    The bus from Florence takes about 70 minutes, but be aware that there are two different buses; the other one goes through some other places, so that, it takes longer. Check the schedule before you take the bus.

    Regarding the bus station in Florence, it is on Via Santa Caterina, opposite Santa Maria Novella Railway Station.

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    From Florence to Siena by bus

    by Jefie Updated Aug 10, 2010

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    SITA bus station in Florence

    To get to Siena from Florence, we decided to follow the advice VTer leics had given me and went by bus. The SITA bus station is Florence is located right across the street from the Santa Maria Novella train station, on Via Santa Caterina da Siena. A one-way ticket to Siena costs 7.10 Euros, and the 75 minute bus ride through the beautiful Tuscan countryside was quite enjoyable and very comfortable. In Siena, the bus stops just within the city walls, not far from the Fortezza Medicea. Siena's main attractions can easily be reached on foot from the station, which is the biggest advantage of traveling to Siena by bus instead of by train (the train station being much further away). Buses between Florence and Siena run several times a day so there's no need to book your ticket in advance, but one thing to keep in mind for your return trip is that the last bus for Florence leaves Siena at 8:45 pm.

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    Bus is better alternative from Florence

    by Tijavi Written Jul 25, 2009

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    Buses are best alternative to Siena from Florence
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    Siena is not along the main train lines, so getting to Siena by train from Florence is a bit tricky - you change trains at Empoli. A faster, more direct way would be to take the SITA express bus from the main bus terminal in Florence (beside the main train station) on a quick 1 1/4-hour ride along very scenic hilly route. The bus ride costs about 7 euros as of November 2008.

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