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Florence buses - ATAF

ataf-logo.gifATAF is the local bus company in Florence and the surrounding areas - their ubiquitous orange buses 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."
The site has a ton of information including route maps and timetables, and news about strikes (which happen often!), etc. The fares recently went up - almost all guide books and most websites have the old fares. The new basic fare is 1.20 €, for a 70 minute ticket (you buy the tickets at tabacchi stands or ATAF kiosks) - you must stamp the ticket when boarding (even if no one else seems to - you don't want to get busted without a validated ticket - the fine is steep!) and it is good for 70 minutes - you can make as many transfers as you want in the allotted time. A ticket with 4 rides is 4.50 €, which saves you .30 €. You can also now buy tickets directly on the bus, for 2.00 €, at night only, I think - this may have changed recently too as they try to become more customer "friendly".

There is no central ATAF station per se, the routes all have their own beginning and ending point (capolinea), but many buses have Santa Maria Novella train station as a main terminus. The A, B, C, and D are electric mini buses that run routes in the Centro Storico of old Florence and the Oltrano (see update, Florence City Center Bus Map). All other buses have numbers. A couple to know for tourists are the 7 to Fiesole (the cheapest way to get up there) and the 10 to Settignano, both of which terminate at the train station. There is a very good route map available, but it can be hard to find one. Try the main ATAF booth outside the train station, or the tourist office near the Church of Santa Maria Novella.


John Author Profile Page said:

I have been writing up notes for folks, and it looks like the A/B/C/D lines have been changed to the the C1/C2/C3/D lines. I think the "C" stands for centrale. To see the "C" lines, go to ATAF English site > Plan Your Route > Lines > Historic Center Lines > which are called Town Center Lines. There are also sightseeing lines A and B now.
Are you in firenze and can you confirm that these are the current bus names and lines?

Anthony said:

John - there have been many changes this year. I will check this out ASAP - thanks for pointing it out.

https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawmDZWKDCHh-J033_WT9Bp8Hxy_5X8N27iU Author Profile Page said:

to Anthony and Anonymous-
Compliments to you for that up-to-date map. From what I can tell, the ATAF site does not offer a simple, comprehensive map of any of their lines, only the scalable map of one line at a time.
The APT site has links going from come muoversi to a map showing only the C1/C2 and D maps, leaving out entirely the C3 line.
You are a step ahead of me, for sure. Many thanks. I hope to track the map down and see if I can get a larger version, the purpose being to make it printable on letter-size paper to encourage visitors to use the center lines.

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