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Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:45 pm

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.
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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:34 pm

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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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:42 pm

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)

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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:37 pm

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]
 
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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:46 pm

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.
 
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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:25 am

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

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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:38 pm

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?
 
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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:36 pm

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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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:55 am

Thanks! I'll be there in May. I might give it a try.
 
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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:19 pm

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.
 
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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:27 pm

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.
 
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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:02 am

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.
 
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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:16 am

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.
 
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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:05 pm

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.  
 
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RE: Getting To Florence Italy For The Best Price

Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:06 am

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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