Below are some of our most recent entries posted in the Buses category - use the links at the end of the page to access all the articles individually.
ATAF is the local bus company in Florence - their ubiquitous orange buses (and some are now red too) are everywhere - some are big, some are small, some run on natural gas, and some run on electricity. From their website:
"ATAF, Azienda Trasporti Area Fiorentina, represents a consortium of nine municipalities: Bagno a Ripoli, Calenzano, Campi Bisenzio, Fiesole, Florence, Impruneta, Scandicci, Sesto Fiorentino, and Vaglia, that cover a total territorial surface area of 538 square km with a population of about 600,000 residents."Continue reading ATAF - Local Florence Bus Company.
Updated on September 12, 2012: The Department of Tourism in Florence has a new bus and road map out to help people get in and out of Florence and the surrounding areas. Of course you have to get one at the tourist office, which sort of makes it a Catch-22 situation. Anyway - it has a ton of good info on it, like this little map below showing the locations of the bus stations near the train station:Continue reading Florence Bus Station map.
The electric mini-buses that run in the city center had a radical change this year (2010) when more of the center was closed to traffic. The below map shows the updated routes: C1, C2, C3 & D (don't ask for the logic on that - "C" must mean center now... but why the bus on the other side is "D" and not "O", or why they didn't keep A, B, etc... who knows!).
You can also see the Tramvia Line 1 on this map.
The buses run Monday to Saturday, from 7 AM until 9 PM, every ten minutes, and 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM on holidays. I guess they don't run on Sundays - which I had not noticed before.
The SITA bus station is just a couple of hundred meters from the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence (the main station), where you can check schedules and buy tickets. They have a website, but it is not working at the moment so I am not going to frustrate you by posting the broken link (they seemed to have changed their domain name and have some big mess going on - we will update this page when the situation changes). SITA buses run inter-city routes mostly to the south (think Chianti) and east of Florence - if you want to head to Siena and other towns on the way, then SITA is probably a good choice. They also have some tourist itineraries (like a visit to "The Mall"). Image below courtesy of Google Maps. Address: Via Santa Caterina da Siena, 17. Phone: 055 219 383