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    Car hire at Florence Airport - Touring Tuscany in Style

    Located very close to the city centre, Florence Airport is the second-busiest airport in Italy's picturesque Tuscany region, after Pisa. Moderately small in size, it offers quick access to and from Florence's famously historic centre and is also very close to the main motorways serving the city, namely the autostradas A1 and A11. Besides serving the capital of Tuscany, the airport connects with a great number of the main airports in Europe and is an international hub for many airlines.

    Inaugurated in the early 1930s on a sweeping expanse of grassland close to the city, Florence Airport (FLR) has been remodelled and enlarged on numerous occasions to become one of Italy's top air transportation hubs. Now a focus airport for the Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling, it is located in the Peretola district of the city, which is the birthplace of the famous Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, after whom the airport was previously named.

    Florence is a beautiful city and today ranks as one of Europe's most important places for history, art and culture. Notable for its many palaces, museums and striking Renaissance-style churches, it is packed with tourist interest and boasts a large number of unique attractions, such as Galileo's telescope (housed in the Galileo Museum) and Michelangelo's amazing five-metre-high statue of David, one of the Galleria dell'Accademia's star exhibits.

    With a car hire from Florence Airport you can visit one of Italy's most fascinating cities before heading off into the Tuscany countryside, which is home to some of the country's most renowned vineyards, most notably in the Chianti wine-making region. Other appealing places within easy striking distance of FLR are the charming cities of Bologna to the north and Pisa, a mountainous microstate not far from the golden sandy beaches of Italy's long Mediterranean coast west of Florence.

    Auto Europe is an international car hire company with a long history of providing our many customers around the world with the right car at the right price. We currently operate in more than 24,000 locations in over 180 popular destinations around the world, including Florence and its international airport. You can book your vehicle online or call our rental specialists on +441233225114 and they will happily find you the cheapest deal. For added peace of mind, take a look at the comments posted by previous visitors to the city on our Florence car hire reviews page.

    Airport Information

    Serving the region of Tuscany, Florence Airport is the international gateway to Florence, one of Italy's most historic cities. Situated in the north-western suburbs of the city, for many years it held the name of one Florence's most famous sons, Amerigo Vespucci, one of the world's most prolific explorers.

    Florence Airport (FLR)
    Address: Via del Termine, 11, 50127 Firenze FI, Italy
    Telephone: +39 055 30615
    Airlines operating at Florence Airport: The list of the most important airlines operating at Florence Airport includes Aegean Airlines, Air Dolomiti, Air France, Albawings, Austrian Airlines, Binter Canarias, Blue Air, British Airways (London–City and seasonal services from Edinburgh and Southampton), Brussels Airlines, Iberia, ITA Airways, KLM, Luxair, Scandinavian Airlines, Silver Air, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Air Portugal, Volotea, Vueling and Widerøe.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Florence Airport

    When you rent a car at Florence Airport and arrive to pick it up, you just need to head for the dedicated vehicle pick-up and return area located in the Palagio degli Spini area of the airport (which is linked to the main terminal by a free shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes). Some of the main car hire suppliers have their welcome desks in the Arrivals Hall, after which you'll need to wait for the shuttle which stops right inside the short-term car park where most of the car hire companies operate.

    Car hire operating hours

    Avis Car Hire at Florence Airport Avis at Florence Airport
    Arrivals Hall,
    Florence, Italy 50127

    +39 3487069021
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 8am-11pm
    Budget Car Hire at Florence Airport Budget at Florence Airport
    Arrivals Hall,
    Florence, Italy50127
    +39 3487069021
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 8am-11pm
    Enterprise Car Hire at Florence Airport Enterprise at Florence Airport
    Via Palagio degli Spini
    Florence, Italy 50145

    +39 055 310150
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 8am-11pm
    Hertz Car Hire at Florence Airport Hertz at Florence Airport
    Via Palagio degli Spini
    Florence, Italy 50145

    +39 055 307370
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 8am-10.30pm
    Sixt Car Hire at Florence Airport Sixt at Florence Airport
    Via del Palagio degli Spini
    Florence, Italy 50145

    +39 02 9475 7979
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 8am-11pm


    Florence Airport has one main terminal building comprising around 40 check-in desks and a large Departures/Arrivals Hall on two floors (with Departures on the first-floor and Arrivals on the ground-floor). Its aircraft facilities currently consist of one runway and 10 gates. There are no jetways connecting passengers to their planes—instead they are taken to and from planes via shuttle buses. The terminal serves a large number of passengers using domestic airlines from around Italy and some major international carriers, including British Airways.

    Airport Facilities

    Covering two floors, the airport's large terminal boasts a wide range of on-site facilities, incuding a main restaurant in Arrivals and a busy café/lounge bar in Departures. Briciole has a wide range of sourced coffees, freshly-made snacks and sandwiches and a range of dishes catering for all tastes. FLR's duty-free store called Dufry's sells local and internationally branded perfumes, confectionery and souvenirs. Passengers can change up their currecy in the Forexchange bureaux de change located in Arrivals The Vip lounge is located on the first-floor of the terminal just after security control. There's a police station, luggage-wrapping service, imformation desk and several ATMs. Free Wi-Fi is also available. Passengers of reduced mobility can take advantage of special telephones, adapted toilets and dedicated parking spaces. Wheelchair provision and assistance is also available from a special desk located just outside the Departures Hall.

    How to get to and from Florence Airport

    You'll have no trouble at all getting around with your car hire at Florence Airport. From the city centre, take the Via della Scala which merges into Via Francesco Baracc and from there just take a right onto Viale L. Gori which leads directly to the airport terminal. The airport is also easily reached from other Tuscan cities as it is just off the A11 and A1 Firenze Nord exit; for instance, Pisa is a straight 86-kilometre drive (about an hour) and the ideal day-trip destination once you've seen and doing everything in Florence. The BusItaia shuttle service also operates between the airport and Florence city centre (with a journey time of 20-30 minutes) and regular shuttle buses link Florence Airport with Santa Maria Novella Train Station in the centre of town, from which regular railway services connect with dozens of destinations throughout Italy and beyond. The L2 tram line also connects the airport with the centre of Florence and more recently the extension of the T1 tram line provides a similar service for travellers opting to use public transport.

    Parking Tips

    Generally speaking, you shouldn't have any problems parking in the city once you have picked up your car rental at Florence Airport, although it's important to remember that the city centre is a restricted zone due to its historic nature, plus the fact it is a UNESCO-protected area. You'll need a special ZTL permit to enter this zone where security cameras operate 24/7, so you should expect a hefty fine if you enter the restricted traffic area without a permit. The same goes for parking, although it's advisable to leave your vehicle in one of the large car parks located on the edge of the inner city where on-street parking is also available (look out for the parking signs as some spaces are free of charge). Two car parks (one short-term and the other long-term) are located just outside the airport terminal within a few minutes' walk of the exit, both of which operate 24/7.

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