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Apps for getting around Florence: how to move around the city

  • Business Mobility
  • November 3, 2023
Apps for getting around Florence

Getting around Florence is a priority for anyone planning a trip to the Florentine capital.

Florence is a city rich in art and culture: it has been home to many great artists throughout its history, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Dante Alighieri. But that is not all: Florence is famous for its Renaissance architecture, with buildings such as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Ponte Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce.

In addition to its beauty, Florence is an important industrial center and home to companies, conference centers and trade fairs. If you are visiting the city for business or pleasure, here are some apps for getting around Florence.

How to reach Florence

Florence is a well-connected city that can be reached by a variety of means, from high-speed trains to cars. In particular, Florence can be easily reached from relatively nearby cities, such as the other capitals of Tuscany or Rome, by hiring a chauffeur-driven car for longer distances

Let’s see how to get to Florence by train, plane and car.

Getting to Florence by train

The train is a fairly common way to get to Florence. The main railway station in Florence is Santa Maria Novella, which is located in the center of the city.

Florence is connected to many Italian cities by high-speed trains such as the Frecciarossa or Italo, and is also served by regional trains. For example, you can reach Florence by train from Rome in about 1.5-2 hours, from Milan in about 2-3 hours and from Venice in about 2.5-3.5 hours, depending on the type of train and the route chosen.

How to get to Florence by plane

To arrive in Florence by plane, you can fly into Florence-Peretola Airport (Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci), which is the city’s main airport and is located about 6 kilometres from the city center. 

If you arrive in Florence by plane, you can get around the city center by taxi, shuttle bus or by hiring a chauffeur-driven car.

Getting to Florence by bus

Another way to get to Florence is by bus. There are several companies that run bus services from major cities. 

For example, from Rome you can travel by bus for about 3-4 hours. The average journey time from Milan to Florence is around 4-6 hours, while from Venice it is around 4-5 hours. 

Closer is Bologna, about 2 hours away.

Getting to Florence with a car hire with driver

If you are looking for a comfortable option to get to Florence, you can choose a private chauffeur and a premium car available with a chauffeur driven hire. 

Chauffeur-driven hire is a service that allows you to plan your itinerary, even between different regions of Italy, with a driver at your disposal who will take care of all your travel needs.

It is a comfortable and discreet solution for those who wish to travel without the risk of long waiting times and interruptions to public transport.

Apps for getting around Florence

If you are in the Tuscan capital and want to get around, you can rely on the best apps for getting around Florence.

Here are the most interesting ones to download.

Google Maps

Google Maps is a very useful tool for getting around Florence and its hinterland.

This free Google application gives you real-time access to directions and information on the surroundings of your current location.

By activating GPS, Google Maps can show you on the map the most interesting places in the area, such as bars, hotels, restaurants, museums and all kinds of attractions.

Finally, Google Maps is very useful for keeping track of all the possible routes to take by different means, avoiding the roads with the most traffic.


If you are interested in finding a way to get around Florence without the inconvenience of public transport, uncertain travel times and crowds, the ideal solution is to rent a car with driver.

Chauffeur driven car hire is a service that provides you with a car and a private driver who will manage your itinerary step by step.

If comfort, punctuality, privacy and cleanliness are the characteristics you are looking for in your travels, the LimoLane app offers you the possibility of renting a car and choosing a private driver who will accompany you wherever you wish. 

By downloading the LimoLane app, you will have access to a premium chauffeur-driven car rental service that will allow you to plan any trip around the city.

Specifically, you will be able to:

  • Plan your journeys by choosing from a variety of cars in the fleet according to your preferences and schedule. Select the date and time of the service and choose a business, luxury or green class car;
  • Pay directly through the app using your credit card and find out the cost of the service in advance. Unlike traditional taxis, chauffeur-driven hire prices are not affected by traffic or the use of taximeters, ensuring total transparency on the cost of the service;
  • Choose a qualified driver who speaks your language and will attend to your every need throughout the journey. 

For more details on LimoLane and to get in your chauffeur-driven car, download the free app now and book your private driver.

At Bus

At Bus is the app managed by Autolinee Toscane, useful for travelling around Florence by public transport. The functions offered by the application are varied. First of all, you can search for lines, stops and timetables, whatever your point of departure.

You can also buy your tickets 24 hours a day and validate them on board.

Muoversi in Toscana

Muoversi in Toscana is the Tuscany Region’s app that allows you to find all the information about public transport in the area.

With the app, you can follow the latest news on mobility, plan your journeys and find alternative routes to get around the area by train, bus, tram and ferry.

Plan your trip to Florence

If you’re going to Florence for a business trip or for a city tour to discover the beauty of the city, choose LimoLane.

With LimoLane you will have a chauffeur to take you to the most beautiful sights of the city, but also to your scheduled meetings if you are in town on business. 

Contact us now to find out more.