How to go to Siena from Florence?
One of the best known day tours! Siena is a very pleasant city and is where the Palio of Siena, famous horse race, takes place. Siena is crowded with tourists and this tradition dates back to the 17th century! The historic city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its must-see places are: the civic museum, Piazza Del Campo, where the Fonte Gaia is located, the Torre del Mangia, with its 400 steps, among other monuments and very well preserved beautiful buildings. How to go to Siena from Florence? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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1) How to get to Siena from Florence? WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Public Transport – BY TRAIN
At Santa Maria Novella station (Florence), take the train to Siena. In Siena, stopping in front of the station, take the municipal bus lines 3, 7, 8 or 9 to the Historic Center and, from there, walk for 10 or 15 minutes to Piazza Del Campo. The landscape of the train way is fantastic! You can buy tickets online and, I really advise you to buy them in advance, so that everything is more planned and, with that, you save a lot of time! Always remember to validate your tickets at the stations.
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- Trip duration: average of 1 hour and 30 minutes, departing approximately every 60 minutes.
- You can get off: at the main station in Siena.
- From the station you can go: by bus to reach the historic center or walk there, about 2 km. In this case, the best option is to go by bus. If you choose to go walking, that’s also ok if you have enough time; take a stop at one of the many bars for a cup of coffee! Or…
- By taxi: take the Siena train station, which is approximately 2 km away from the historic center, if you are rested, go walking.
Public Transport – BY BUS
By public transport using the bus: Lines 131O (Siena Ordinaria) or 131R (Fast Siena), leaving from Autostazione Sita Firenze (Via Santa Caterina da Siena, 15), which is on the right side of the main entrance to Santa Maria Novella station; in Siena, get off at Piazza Antonio Gramsci. Buses run every 60 minutes.
- Train and bus schedules change during the winter and also in the summer time, check before leaving!
- Ideal option for people who like to do things at their own pace;
- For people who are used to traveling, mainly by train.
- For young people; for those who are backpacking.
- And especially for people who want to save money and are in no hurry!
- For families with toddlers and for elderly people it ends up being very tiring. I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT!
- Having to adapt to the fixed schedules of the outbound and return trains.
- Having to go to the tourist spots alone, without knowing the city or speaking the local language.
- Another detail worth mentioning: get ready because, usually, the regional railway trains are very bad and sometimes very dirty, so don’t create high expectations! If you use the train, always choose the high speed train to avoid this type of problem.
- One more thing: the time that is wasted with all these trips, could be used to enjoy more of the city visited!
2) How to get to Siena from Rome? WITH A GROUP TOUR
The group tour offers, more or less, what a private tour offers. The difference is that the City Tour has fixed days to carry out the tours. This type of suggestion is unique, in terms of quality and benefit, as you will get a much better price, since the values can be shared with more people. Group tours are a great alternative for those who do not want to spend so much and for those who are not used to traveling alone and therefore prefer to be in a group, where there will be a person who will organize all the day’s tours! That way you don’t have to worry about nothing! Just being rested and willing to visit magnificent places!
- IDEAL option if you are alone, as a couple or with up to seven friends!
- Save time that you would probably lose by going to the train stations to catch the trains, or with transportation to get to the tourist places to be visited.
- Visit more cities on the same day!
- Spend less time (and money) on travel, taxis, trains and buses.
- You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” during lunch without having to worry about driving later :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after drinking!
- You travel safely and comfortably!
- There is practically none! Just the fact that you will have to adapt to the program of the day, and respect the tour schedule!
- Remember to always evaluate customer testimonials before proceeding with the booking!
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3) How to go to Siena from Florence? BY CAR
If you prefer to do things with more tranquility and freedom of time, you can choose to rent a car to take this tour! The car is the ideal choice if you don’t care about taking a few, let’s say, unnecessary turns. It is always complicated to drive on roads that we do not know and it varies from person to person, of course, and the type of travel you are used to.
How to arrive: take the SS741 highway, go to SS674 and enter the SR2, in the direction of Via di Città, Siena. TIP: Use a GPS. Despite being well signposted, the roads can confuse those who are not used to driving on Italian roads.
No parking spots!
This option is ideal if you like to drive, however, it is important to know that in touristic cities there are places (like old towns) where PARKING is PROHIBITED, and only residents’ cars can be there! So it is important not to go to these places without knowing timetables and traffic limits, so as not to take unnecessary fines. PAY ATTENTION! In Italy it is common for them to tow the car or put that hubcap that blocks the vehicle’s exit! Take care, alright?!
How to know where these spots are?
See the post How not to get fined in Italy – ZTL that talks about it, but anyway another tip for those who are unsure about it, is to park a little outside the downtown and take a walk; if you don’t want to walk, spend a little more, and take a taxi or public transport.
- If you are in a group with 4 or 5 people it will be a great option instead of taking the train;
- Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
- It is the best form of transport for people who are used to driving anywhere and it is easy to locate!
- IF YOU DRIVE: DO NOT DRINK!
- Unforeseen expenses with parking and fuel that, unfortunately, cannot be calculated, but this is normal, in my opinion the biggest disadvantage is the lack of knowledge of the territory, which can sometimes result in a loss of time to find the main cities, and make a pleasant trip an incubus!
- Generally, those who drive cannot enjoy the beautiful view around, because you can’t take your eyes off the road!
- Extra expenses with GPS (average price of € 15.00 – A DAY) so you don’t get lost so much.
- If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy. There you will find, in addition, car itinerary tips! We have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.
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Important to Know
- Another thing, folks: to drive in Italy, as I have explained several times, is it essential to have an International Driver License AND your original driver license (in English) or with an official translation, ok?! If you don’t have these documents: DO NOT DRIVE, as you will have a lot of problems if you are stopped by the Italian police! READ ALSO: DO I NEED THE IDL TO DRIVE IN ITALY?
- Those who drive cannot drink, the Italian laws on this are very strict and you take the risk of getting a really huge fine. So if you intend to taste great Italian wine during lunch pay attention! Don’t risk ruining your vacation!
- It is not a suitable option for people who do not have the confidence to ask for information, especially if they do not speak Italian, as with the train or the bus not knowing the territory you can end up wasting precious time that could be used for tourist visits.
4) How to get to Siena from Rome? WITH A PRIVATE TOUR
The last option is a private tour. The advantage of the private tour is the total freedom to decide your own time, not having to wait to leave, wasting unnecessary time using it to get to know other places. In addition, the tour departs comfortably from your hotel, which is important when you have little time available to visit a few places. In addition, of course, the arrival will not be at the train or bus station, but directly at the tourist spot you want to visit. And if you book in advance, you will often be able to have the driver speaking your language, so you can easily ask for clarification about the trip.
This type of tour is ideal for VIPs, who want to enjoy the trip “flag to flag”. Excellent option for small groups of people or elderly people. This type of service guarantees absolute comfort for those who travel. Basically, you should just enjoy the tour without the stress of attending train, subway, bus schedules, or worrying about where the main places to be seen are!
- IDEAL option if you are a couple or with up to seven friends!
- It is safe, comfortable and you make your own schedules!
- Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
- You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” during lunch without having to worry about driving later :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after they drank (even a small amount of alcohol);
- You won’t have to worry about train or bus schedules, you won’t have to worry about whether you will be able to return to Rome or not.
- No need to ‘stick’ to schedules and itineraries.
- You will save a LOT of time, which you would lose with commuting by bus and train.
- The rate is a little higher, but a worthwhile investment! Especially if you like to do everything on your own time, with no pressure. Read: Where to park in Siena?
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