Though there’s only one airport in Florence itself, there are two main airport options for those flying to Florence. You can either head to the nearby international airport in Pisa, or opt for the smaller one located directly in Florence. The Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa is the larger of the two with a larger number of flights coming through. It’s also the airport of choice for the major low-cost European airlines, so you may be able to find a cheaper deal to get here. Bonus: you can make a quick pit stop to check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa only 3 kilometres away before you head onwards to Florence! There are facilities to leave your luggage in the airport for a day if you want to explore Pisa without lugging your bags around.
To get to Florence from Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa, there are a few transport options. You can catch a train from the Pisa Centrale train station, which is accessible from the airport via the PisaMover shuttle. You could pick up a hire car from one of the many car rental companies in the airport and drive to your Florence accomodation in around an hour, depending on traffic. There is also bus service available directly from the airport to Florence. Taxis would be around 150-170 Euros from Galileo Galilei Airport to the center of Florence.
The airport in Florence itself, the Peretola Airport, is much smaller in size. And although it’s a small airport, it has all the necessary facilities you need and a handful of shops for last minute souvenir shopping. It also has the advantage of being much closer to Florence than Galileo Galilei, with the city center just 6 kilometers away. You can hop onto a short shuttle bus for just 5 Euros, and be in the heart of the city in just 20 minutes (depending on traffic!). If you’d prefer to catch a taxi, expect to pay around 20 Euros to reach the center.
Not sure how to reach your accomodation from either of the Florence airports? Your local host will be more than happy to guide you on the best route, and can also explain directions to your taxi driver over the phone. Welcome to Florence!