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Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price  
User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5414 posts, RR: 8
Posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5005 times:

So my wife may be going to Florence Italy for her company in November for a week. I can tag along but need to cover my flight cost of course.

Would be there from about Nov.02,2012 through Nov.10, 2012 Just did a quick search and the lowest price it looks to be around $1200 round trip (still need to verify any fees etc). Are there any better airports or locations to fly to that could be lower in cost to me? The dates can be flexed a bit if needed.

I realize that other locations may involve other costs like transportation to Florence, etc. and I'll have to work out what is best.

Just looking for suggestions that might help.
Thanks,
Tugg


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User currently onlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1365 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4958 times:

You don't say where you are starting out from and this, somewhat, affects the price.
From London (LGW) it can be done for $200 return on those dates.
From New York (JFK) it can be done for ~$1000.



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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5414 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4954 times:

Quoting GCT64 (Reply 1):
You don't say where you are starting out from and this, somewhat, affects the price.
From London (LGW) it can be done for $200 return on those dates.
From New York (JFK) it can be done for ~$1000.

Yeah, you and right, it does kind of affect the pricing doesn't? Sorry, my bad, I was in a rush.   
I would be leaving form San Diego (though much of So Cal - LAX, etc. - is possible too)

Thanks,
Tugg



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User currently offlineAZA330 From Italy, joined Feb 2004, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4944 times:

Ciao!

As far as I can see right now you will not find fares much cheaper than what you have already found. 1150-1200 sounds about right, unless you are ok with "crazy itineraries" that imply long layovers.... Other airports you could try are VCE (Venice), FCO (Rome Fiumicino) or MXP (Milan Malpensa) and then you could ride the train to Florence. However, this would increase the overall cost above what you would be paying getting straight to Florence.

I trust that you will enjoy visiting Florence very much, and I hope you will also have a chance to tour the countryside some as well.

[Edited 2012-09-27 12:47:45]

User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 920 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

Quoting AZA330 (Reply 3):

As far as I can see right now you will not find fares much cheaper than what you have already found. 1150-1200 sounds about right, unless you are ok with "crazy itineraries" that imply long layovers.... Other airports you could try are VCE (Venice), FCO (Rome Fiumicino) or MXP (Milan Malpensa) and then you could ride the train to Florence. However, this would increase the overall cost above what you would be paying getting straight to Florence.

Even if you saved a few dollars by using one of the airports noted above, the time, expense, and trouble of getting to Florence wouldn't be worth it to me unless the savings was at least several hundred dollars. None of those airports are near the necessary train station. FCO and MXP are some of the most unpleasant major airports to navigate.

Florence airport is tiny and easy to deal with. You could also look at Pisa. Still requires a taxi to the train station and around an hour on a train, but then you have an excuse to spend a few hours in Pisa so you can run up the tower. Is Bologna close enough to Florence? It also has a conveniently small airport and I know you can get a cheap bus to the train station.


User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5607 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4908 times:

Aklrno reply 4
The Pisa - Florence train doesn't go via the airport anymore? When did that stop?

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User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 920 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4864 times:

Don't know about the train. When I went Pisa-Florence by train I didn't notice if it went by the airport. If it does, then the train is a great option. Maybe it goes by the airport before entering Pisa?

User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4816 times:

The train starts at Pisa airport, then Pisa city, before heading on to Florence (Firenze). Though Pisa airport is an easy 20 minute walk from the main station anyway!

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User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 920 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4782 times:

Thanks! I'll be there in May. I might give it a try.

User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 946 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4744 times:

PISA is the cheapest way to get to Florence by air. Some trains start at the Airport station and go to Florence Main Station called Santa Maria Novella (SMN). There are also busses directly from Pisa Airport to SMN station. One thing to remember is that you have to stamp your train ticket before you board the train in a little date stamping machine.
If you have extra time I recommend a day trip to Lucca - a few euros by train from Pisa.


User currently offlinerwsea From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3077 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4739 times:

It is often the case with some of these smaller cities that it will be cheapest to buy a separate ticket to a large hub (particularly London, Amsterdam, Madrid, or Paris) and then book a separate ticket with one of the LCCs. This is because places like PSA and Florence aren't very-well served by the bigger carriers due to the LCC presence.

Just keep in mind that if you go this route, you'll need to leave plenty of time between flights in case of a delay, and may even need to overnight somewhere - all of which could eat into any savings.


User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4692 times:

Quoting rwsea (Reply 10):
It is often the case with some of these smaller cities that it will be cheapest to buy a separate ticket to a large hub (particularly London, Amsterdam, Madrid, or Paris) and then book a separate ticket with one of the LCCs.



This is good information to know. However, they may be price issues with the checking of luggage as the European LCC's usually aren't as generous (!) as TALT airlines.

I would take the train if the travel time is less than 4 hours. I've done the Rome to Florence in a train and bus but do take the train as it takes only 1 1/2 hours-usually non-stop from Rome's termini. So fly into Rome and if you want to go directly to Florence, there at the airport is a train station that takes you right into Rome's Termini to make your connection and right there at the airport station you can buy your tickets to Florence which you will be glad for, as at the main train station it's always very busy and confusing for a first timer or even a frequent traveler.

Florence is beautiful, romantic and a walker's paradise. Tugger, you and your wife will fall in love all over again.


User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 920 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4689 times:

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 11):
I would take the train if the travel time is less than 4 hours. I've done the Rome to Florence in a train and bus but do take the train as it takes only 1 1/2 hours-usually non-stop from Rome's termini. So fly into Rome and if you want to go directly to Florence, there at the airport is a train station that takes you right into Rome's Termini to make your connection and right there at the airport station you can buy your tickets to Florence which you will be glad for, as at the main train station it's always very busy and confusing for a first timer or even a frequent traveler.

I'd still go via a smaller airport. After dealing with Rome's airport and train stations you will be nostalgic for the warmth and friendliness of Penn Station and JFK. I have found nothing but great people all through Italy, but I am not sure that Rome is part of the same country.


User currently offlineAZA330 From Italy, joined Feb 2004, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4636 times:

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 11):
Florence is beautiful, romantic and a walker's paradise. Tugger, you and your wife will fall in love all over again.

I most definitely agree! My favorite Italian city to visit.

Quoting aklrno (Reply 12):
I have found nothing but great people all through Italy, but I am not sure that Rome is part of the same country.

Not sure they want to be considered part of the same country :-P. Ok, just kidding... The thing with Rome is that you have to ride a train from the airport to Termini station and then get on the Eurostar service to Firenze Santa Maria Novella... it is nice that you get on the train at Fiumicino, but it adds cost, time and maybe a bit of discomfort to have to get on and off trains in an unknown place after a overnight flight from the States. I personally would spend a little more and get to Florence quicker, unless you were planning to use an extra day or two to do some visiting around other Italian cities...

On the other hand the shuttle bus from Florence airport to the Florence train station (which means you will be walking-distance from anywhere you need to go within the city) is only 3-4 Euros per person and does not take more than a few minutes.  


User currently offlineBlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1903 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4578 times:

Florence is one of my favorite cities in the world, but the airport is a pit, at the very best.

Suggest you go into FCO or even VCE (never flown into Pisa, so not sure there). Trains are fast and while not expensive, are a great way to get around.

$1000-$1200 would be pretty standard for that routing these days.



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