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The best way to explore Florence is on foot: the city centre is compact, and traffic is restricted. There is a comprehensive bus network (ATAF) operating from 5.30am until midnight. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes for a single-use ticket, or multiple-ride tickets of two or four 90 minute-uses can be purchased. Tickets must be validated by punching them in a machine when you board the bus. Tickets, and various bus passes, are available from any vendor displaying the ATAF sticker, such as newsagents, automatic dispensers, coffee bars and on-board the bus. Using taxis in Florence is difficult, as they cannot be hailed on the street. Taxi ranks can be found outside the train station and most tourist sites, or they can be phoned.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
Electrical current in Italy is 230 volts, 50Hz. A variety of plugs are in use, including the European-style two-pin plug.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, which is divided into 100 cents. Those arriving in Italy with foreign currency can obtain Euros through any bank, ATM or bureau de change. ATMs are widespread. Credit cards are accepted in upmarket establishments and shops around the cities. Banks are closed on weekends, but tend to have better rates than foreign exchange houses.
The international access code for Italy is +39. City/area codes are in use, e.g. 02 for Milan and 06 for Rome. There can be high surcharges on calls made from hotels. Public telephone boxes take phone cards for local and international calls, which can be bought from newsagents. Hotels, cafes and restaurants offering free wifi are widely available. As international roaming costs can be high, purchasing a local prepaid SIM card can be a cheaper option.
112 (General Emergencies), 113 (Police), 118 (Ambulance)
The airport is connected with the city by a bus service from the central railway station every half hour, operated by the local Florence city bus company ATAF. The bus is called the Volainbus and runs from 6am to 11:30pm. The route typically takes 20-25 minutes and you can buy a ticket directly from the bus driver or from newsagents and coffee bars in the airport. Note: you must buy roundtrip tickets before boarding the bus, not from the bus driver.
Auto Europa, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and National/Maggiore operate car hire facilities from the airport.
Taxis are located in front of the terminal and the journey to downtown Florence takes roughly 15 minutes.
Airport facilities include a lost and found, information desks, VIP lounges, public phones, disabled assistance, medical facilities, and a variety of shopping and dining options.
Short and long-term parking options are available.
Wifi is available in the paid lounge.