Florence’s New Tram Service to the Airport
February 24, 2019/in /by admin
The 2nd line of Florence’s new tram (“Tramvia” line “T2”) opened on February 11, 2019, and connects the city center with the “Peretola” airport in about 20 minutes.
Where to find it in town: The terminus, “Unità,” is in the middle of Piazza Unità, the big roundabout/square in front of the main “Firenze Santa Maria Novella” train station. You’ll find it in the middle of the wide avenue between the 4-star Hotel Baglioni and the Santa Maria Novella church.
Where to find it at the airport: It’s located right next to the north side of the terminal, so is only a 30-second walk. To find it after landing, exit the airport and turn LEFT.
Information: At the stops, you’ll find a message board indicating the time of the next departure (roughly every 4 minutes) as well as a map of the route. You’ll find two tracks at the start point and end point of the line, for trams coming in and going out, so just get on whichever one is there or has been there the longest.
Tickets: There are automatic touch-screen machine at the stops where you can get tickets. Tram and bus tickets cost €1.50 to any destination (good for 90 minutes), which is cheaper and quicker than the “Volainbus” bus service, which costs €6.50 and takes about 30 minutes. This price might go up in the future, so look carefully at the options on the touch-screen before you buy your ticket. For the moment there is only the option for a 90-minute ticket. There is also a ticket machine (ATAF -- the Florence bus & tram service) inside the airport at the baggage claim area, so you can get tickets while you're waiting for your bags.
Stamping your ticket: Once on board, don’t forget to stamp your ticket in the little yellow box! You also have to do this on the bus.
Stops at the Train Station: There are two stops at the train station, and we suggest you get on at “Unità” to make sure you get a seat. From there it goes around the corner and stops at “Alamanni,” just down the steps from the train station’s southwest-side entrance, and there are often more people here. If you’re on your way INTO town, get off at whichever stop is most convenient to you: “Alamanni” if you’re going directly to the train station or need a taxi, or "Unità" if you’re heading into town on foot (check your destination on the map beforehand, as Alamanni is best if you’re heading south towards the river, for example).
How long does it take? The trip takes about 22 minutes.
Are there other stops? Yes, it makes 12 stops in total, but all are in the western suburbs of town which won’t hold much touristic interest.
What hours does it run? It runs roughly from 5 a.m. to midnight, with the following detailed schedule: first departure from “Unità” is 5 a.m., so you’ll have time to get that crack-of-dawn flight out, and the last one leaves at midnight:25 weekdays, and at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; the first tram inbound from the airport is at 5:06 a.m. and the last is 11:59 p.m., or 1:44 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Are there any services on the tram? Nope. No bathroom and no storage racks for large bags. And there aren't even many seats. So settle in and enjoy the ride!