Diminutive yet busy Amerigo Vespucci airport lies about three miles west of the city center. A taxi ride into town costs around 25 euros (US$35) and should take 20-30 minutes, while the Volainbus shuttle service costs 4.50 euros. Galileo Galilei airport near Pisa is also convenient, with regular train and bus services into central Florence.

The relatively small centro storico (historic center) is best accessed on foot, but when museum-weary legs give out, an efficient fleet of lilliputian electric bussini serves the city center. Tickets are available in tobacconists and at newsstands, cost 1.20 euros, and are valid for 90 minutes (you can take multiple journeys within that time). A 24-hour ticket costs 5 euros. Stamp your ticket in the onboard machine at the start of your first journey. Taxicabs cannot be flagged down in the street. Pick one up at a taxi stand, or call by phone (055-4798 and 055-4242).