"Getting to Florence – helping you decide what transportation to take when you travel to Florence from the port of Livorno."
Even if you are usually a very relaxed person and like to let your days in ports of call unfold on their own… Florence, Italy is not one of those ports where this approach works well at all.
Due to the fact your ship will be docked in Livorno Italy, a smaller port town 80 km away from Florence itself, getting to Florence should be taken seriously before you even step foot on the ship.
Whether or not you have invested some time into planning your Florence transportation can make or break your day!
And here at Mediterranean Cruise Ports Easy, we’ll do everything we can for you to have the smoothest possible time in Florence - in our Florence articles you should find everything you need to have a fantastic day in this exciting port of call!
In this article we’re going to focus on different kinds of transportation when it comes to getting to Florence. There are a few and choosing the right one for you will depend on a few factors:
So let us give you an overview of your Florence transportation from the cruise dock of Livorno Italy:
Private tours are perfect for those who love the individual attention, comfort, flexibility and direct interaction with tour guides. Also, if you travel with family or a bigger party this can be the best way to accommodate a larger group of people.
When booking an independent tour, make sure you are clear whether you will have:
This is very important for Florence if your primary goal of travelling there is learning about its history and attractions.
If you’re simply into soaking up the atmosphere and learning from your book guide, being dropped off by a driver to explore on your own will be just fine.
Here's some of our suggestions for Florence shore excursions...
A certain percentage of cruise line passengers will decide to reach Florence with one of these.
The problem is cruise lines can order only a certain number of buses from the local tour operators so the number of seats they offer by the time you get onboard is very limited and the tours sell out very quickly.
In other words, if you leave chosing your tours for when you get onboard you will be competing with a few thousand other passengers on your ship, and another 10,000 passengers that will be visiting the port of Livorno on the same day (there can be 4-5 ships in port every day).
The tour operators that 'sell' the seats to your cruiseline are the same tour operators that offer those same tours to you directly on one of the reputable platforms like Viator.
So you may as well go ahead and pick your tours/shore excursions from a much bigger pool of options, in time for getting the exact tours you like and without the percentage you pay to your cruise line for the service offered (compare the prices!)
If you are still considering buying tours on the ship, make sure you read some great tips, budgeting advice and general guidelines on Booking shore excursions on your Cruise Vacations by the TV Travel Show Producer Marianne Schwab.
If you want to research your online options catering for cruisers specifically (getting you back in time), start exploring some of the bestsellers here:
This is for those who like to be their own Cruise Directors ☺. If you travel a lot, you know that it is always possible to get from point A to point B on your own. And you are so right.
If you don’t like to stay stuck on a tour bus with the same people you’ve been sharing the ship with for days, have your own idea of what you’d like to see in the port of call or simply want to save some money… you can easily get from Livorno ship dock to Livorno Centrale train station and from there reach Florence.
We have prepared a detailed set of instructions in our article Travel to Florence by train.
|TIP: Make sure you know your “all aboard time” before leaving the gangway, as you are responsible to return to the ship on time!|
If you looked at our Livorno map and thought that taking a train from Livorno to Florence might involve a bit too much planning for your taste, this is your lucky day!
There is actually a no-brainer bus service that takes a lot of stress out of your Livorno-Florence independent travel planning. And it's super affordable, too!
Read all about it on our Livorno to Florence by Bus page.
As you get off your cruise ship onto the pier surrounded with containers and nothing much else around, you will see a number of taxi drivers offering one way or round trips to Florence, Pisa Italy or Tuscany.
They will have some kind of posters/boards advertising their itineraries. These taxi drivers will not be willing to take you to Livorno train station only.
If you are interested in how to get to Livorno Centrale train station in a taxi, you can find more information in our article Travel to Florence by train.
Depending on their level of proficiency in English, these drivers will often act as your impromptu guides, especially if you’re taking a trip around Tuscany.
They love to show you the little hidden gems, restaurants that only the locals know about and small wineries. However, you cannot expect them to walk you around Florence explaining how the Renaissance was born here.
In Florence, they will simply wait for you and meet you at a pre-arranged time to take you back to the ship.
For the whole day tour, expect to pay from at least €550.
If you are a couple and maybe split that with another couple… you will pay about the same price you would have paid taking one of the ship organized tours to Florence.
But if you’ve been to Florence before, or have two days in this port, and you want to see Tuscany through the eyes of a local… now it might be worth it!
Most of these taxi drivers will have smaller vehicles for up to 4 people. If you travel with a larger group and need a mini van, book one of their tours ahead of time online to make your getting to Florence stress-free.
|TIP: When booking an independent tour, check what their cancellation/refund policy is in case your cruise ship cannot dock in port due to weather conditions.|
If you like to be completely independent and take things into your own hands, you might consider going with car hire when it comes to getting to Florence.
When booking your car online have in mind one thing: not all the companies can deliver the car straight to the ship. To our knowing, it is only Hertz and Avis that are certified to do this.
Before making a final decision, keep a few things in mind: finding a car park in Florence is not the easiest thing. Once in Florence, you will not need a car at all. Florence is perfectly walkable and the whole center is one big pedestrian only area. So even if you wanted, you wouldn’t be able to use the car. Taking a car rental to get to Florence might be a better option when wanting to do a little tour around Tuscany!
FLORENCE ITALY ARTICLES TABLE OF CONTENTS
From GETTING TO FLORENCE to Mediterranean cruise ports easy HOME PAGE
4. Capri ferry
10. Livorno Italy
13. Naples to Capri
16. Messina Sicily
17. Pisa Train
18. Visiting Pompeii
19. Pompeii forum
20. Port of Piraeus
22. Venice vaporetto
23. Venice water bus
24. Livorno map
25. Getting to Zadar
27. Walk Venice
28. Mykonos beach
29. Tourist information Lucca Italy
30. Pomepii homes