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Florence Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Florence Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I planted my rucksack at the door way of the main entrance to muster what little warmth I could…and waited for five and a half hours (possibly the longest of my life) until it reopened. -Eva

FLR Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Florence di Firenze International Airport.

What to Expect

Florence Airport (code: FLR) consists of a small, user-friendly terminal with a few shops and eateries. The terminal is described as clean with friendly staff, though passport control is reportedly slow and inefficient. WiFi is available to help you pass the time. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Florence Airport Guide
Landside seating. Photo Credit: (October 2016)

Sleeping in Florence Airport

Overnight sleeping is not permitted in this airport, but for uninterrupted sleep there are several hotels nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Florence Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Florence Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Ibis Firenze Nord Aeroporto – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Novotel Firenze Nord Aeroporto – (5 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle available upon request. Outside of shuttle schedule, a taxi costs approx. 20€ each way. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Franchi – (7 minute drive from the airport) Shuttle service is available ($). » Check Rates
  • Hilton Garden Inn – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. A taxi costs approx. 15,00€ each way. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Florence Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Masaccio Lounge – Location: Departures Terminal, Airside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Florence Airport in the Masaccio Lounge.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Currency Exchange – Best and Fast Change has to 2 outlets for all things currency related. Location: Both Landside and Airside. Hours: unknown

Duty Free & Shopping – Tuscan and Italian food and delicacies are available for purchase in the Dufry duty-free food market, located landside on the ground floor. Dufry sells high fashion clothing and perfume from its second duty-free store, located airside on the 1st floor. A limited variety of clothing shops and a bookstore are also available in the airport.

Food & Drinks – Bacchanal Firenze Bar & Restaurant and Pezzoforte are located landside on the ground floor, and MyChef and Buoni & Belli Wine Bar are available airside on the 1st floor. At the time of this update, 24-hour dining is not available in the airport, but there are some vending machines available airside.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – TrueStar offers luggage wrapping. Location: 1st Floor. Hours and Rates: unknown.

Mobile Charging – A traveller (August 2018) has advised us that a seating area is available which offers mobile charging for up to six units. Location: unknown.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 4:00AM – 12:00AM.


Florence airport is served by the following airlines: Air Dolomiti • Air France • Air Moldova • Albawings • Alitalia • Austrian Airlines • Blue Air • British AirwaysBrussels Airlines • Ernest Airlines • Eurowings • Iberia • KLM • Lufthansa • Scandinavian Airlines • Swiss • TAP • TUI • Vueling.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Volainbus is an economic and convenient way to travel between the airport and city center. Buses depart from in front of the airport terminal daily, every 30 minutes between 5:00AM – 1:00AM, and take about 20 minutes total trip time. Tickets are sold onboard the bus (one-way tickets only) or at Giunti’s Bookstore in the airport and at authorized ticket vendors. Adult fare is € 6,00 (one way) or € 10,00 round trip. For schedules and additional route and fare information, visit the Busitalia Nord website.

Car Rentals

Car rental services are handled in the Palagio degli Spini, a separate facility linked to the airport by free shuttle bus service. Shuttles depart every 20 minutes from the short-term parking garage. The following car rental agencies are available: Auto Europa/Sicily by Car/Dollar/Thrifty, Avis/Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore/National, Sixt and more.

Hotel Shuttles

See Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available in front of the terminal on a 24-hour basis. At the time of this update, the following flat rate is available for trips between FLR airport and downtown Florence (including hotels): € 22,00 day rate; € 24,00 holiday rate; € 25,30 night rate. An additional fee of €1,00 per piece is charged for luggage. For metered rates travelling to or from the airport, a € 2,70 surcharge is added. Travel time from the airport to the city center is 15 minutes.


A reader tells us “You can use the “Tramvia/Tramway” for 1,50€ for going to the station SANTANDER MARIA NOVELLA the main train station of Florence. ” (November 2019)  For more information see the Tramvia web site.

Last updated: 2020-10-21

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.