When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Florence?
Florence is busiest in summertime, when the city’s peak tourist season is under way. While it’s the best time of year to travel for warm temperatures and a bustling vibe, you may prefer to fly to Florence out of season, between October and April, to take advantage of cheap return flights or to find a bargain on last-minute flights, as well as being able to enjoy the city when it’s less crowded. With Netflights.com you can find the best offer for flights to suit your budget but also check whether booking your flights and hotel together could save you money.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Florence?
It’s best to book your flight to Florence is at least four weeks in advance to find the cheapest airfares. If you don’t have a particular departure date in mind, try using Netflights’ flexible dates search tool, as this allows you to compare prices across the full week to see which day has the cheapest return flights. As Florence is a popular route served by many airlines, you may even be able to find a last-minute flight deal during peak times.
Flying to Florence Airport FLR
Florence Airport (FLR), also known as Peretola or Amerigo Vespucci Airport, is four kilometres from the city centre. It is a small international airport and one of two airports – the other is Pisa – serving the Tuscany region of Italy.
Iberia, British Airways, Vueling and CityJet all offer direct flights to Florence from London airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton. Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss airlines all operate indirect flights to Florence from the UK with connections in cities such as Zurich and Rome. You can also find Florence flights from major UK airports including Birmingham, Manchester and Aberdeen airports with one stop on the way.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
FLR is a single-runway airport with one, single-level terminal building serving both arrivals and departures.
There are two Italian restaurants in the arrivals hall, as well as other amenities for passengers including shops and lounges, and an information desk near the arrivals area.
Getting to the City from Florence Airport FLR
You can get to the city centre easily from Florence Airport (FLR) by bus, car or taxi. The bus shuttle service is called Volainbus and connects the airport with central Florence. The journey time is around 20 minutes, and there are no stops on the way except at the railway station. Taxis are also available outside the terminal building and the ride into the city takes around 15 minutes. Car rental companies are located a 20 minute bus ride away from the terminal building, at an area called Palagio degli Spini. The shuttle bus is free and runs every 20 minutes.
Why Visit Florence?
With its Renaissance churches and world-class galleries, Florence is an essential destination for lovers of art and architecture. A popular weekend getaway for British travellers, the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to immerse yourself in its history as you wander the cobbled streets.
Indulge in an art marathon at the Uffizi gallery, home to the vast collection of Italian Renaissance art bequeathed to the city by the Medici family, which includes some of Italy’s most famous masterpieces, including works by Botticelli, Caravaggio and Raphael.
Afterwards, grab an espresso or a gelato to boost your energy for some shopping: visit the historic perfumery at the Antica Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella, or head to the Oltrarno, on the “other side” of the banks of the river Arno, which is peppered with artisans’ workshops, as well as hip little restaurants and cafes. For a taste of Florence’s rich culinary traditions, sample a tripe sandwich (lampredotto) from one of the city’s street carts, or head to the Mercato Centrale, a beautiful historic food court in San Lorenzo.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to any country in the EU – you can stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You just need to make sure that your passport has at least six months validity left, on the day you travel. The local currency is the euro and you might like to exchange some currency before you leave the UK if you plan to travel by public transport or taxi when you arrive.