Conference 2018: Hotel and Transportation

Directions to Florence:

Which Airport should I fly into?

Florence

Typically you will find better rates flying into other airports, but you should always check the rates.

Arriving to the Hotel from this airport:

1)      Taxi – approx. 25 euro

2)      Shuttle leaves every 30 minutes, 6 euro, takes you directly to the Santa Maria Novella Station.  The Hotel is across the street.

Pisa

This is an international Airport and many flights come in through Pisa.  It is very simple and inexpensive to arrive to Florence from Pisa.  The regional train takes 1 hour, costs 8,60 euro and arrives directly at the Santa Maria Novella Station.  Hotel is across the street.  You DO NOT need to purchase this train ticket in advanced.  It is like a bus with no assigned seats or limit of passengers.

Milan

You will need to take a shuttle from the airport to the Main Station (approx. 15 euro), then transfer to a fast train directly to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station, Hotel is across the street.  You must purchase these tickets ahead of time for best rates.  2.5 hours. Approx 35-65 euro  * See below for details

Rome

Most commonly you will find good rates coming into Rome.  

Arriving to the Hotel from this airport:

1)      There is a fast train that comes to Florence directly from the Airport.  2.5 hours.  Approx.  50-65 euro

2)      Take the Leonardo Express train from the Airport to the main Rome Termini Station.  12 euro (express ticket does not need to be purchased ahead of time). Take fast train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station.  1 hour 20 minutes.  Approx 25-50 euro.  

Purchase either of these tickets in advanced!  *

Bologna

Only option is with a fast train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station.  40 minutes.  Approx 25-35 euro

Venice

Only option is with a fast train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station.  2.5 hours.  Approx 27-65 euro

Train Tickets *

Price check both of these sites because they are competitors, so you want to find the best rate for that day and time.  For your Florence location you want to book your arrival and departure to the Firenze Santa Maria Novella (SMN) station.  Typically you cannot purchase any sooner than 6 months prior to the travel date.

http://www.trenitalia.com/

This site will show you all of the train times for the fast train (Frecciarossa) and all of the regional trains.  It is not so easy to book the tickets online, but they have many more times on the schedule.

http://www.italotreno.it

This is a new train line.  They are much easier to book the tickets online, but they don’t have as many options on the schedule.

When booking the fast train, you can get all different classes and quality/luxury.  All of the seats on the fast trains are nice, so upgrading is just adding luxury and space.  But they are all nice.  You will  have wifi and air conditioning.

Leonardo Express in Rome

https://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/leonardo-express/how-to-book.html

Train directly from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Firenze

https://www.trainline.eu/train-times/fiumicino-aeroporto-to-firenze-santa-maria-novella?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI176T-bPw1QIVRrobCh0UIgSfEAAYASAAEgIREfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CJu7wP2z8NUCFWuoUQodQcoD6w