How to drive buses in Florence? [Full Florence ZTL map for Buses]

Eugene Bulan
Published: 16/05/2024

Florence ZTL for buses

Since the city hall has enforced Limited Traffic Zones (ZTL) for cars to reduce air and noise pollution in Florence, it is only natural that it would do the same regarding buses. In fact, we can say that the restrictions to tourist buses are even higher. Fortunately, we are here to help you navigate them.

ZTL permits for tourist buses

The entire city is considered a ZTL for this type of vehicle. It is active 24/7. Tourist buses may enter and park in the city if they have a permit, which can be bought exclusively online. The website asks you to create an account and guides you towards the necessary permits according to your needs.

The map below is going to illustrate everything we have to say on this article:

Once you have those permits, your bus may enter the ZTL to either stop or park your bus. There are specific zones to do each of those, and each zone is available according to the rules below:

How to enter the Florence ZTL

Florence’s ZTL have specific points of entrance and exit, and they all feature clearly visible signs to warn drivers of where the limits start. It is very important to notice that there are different points for cars and for buses. If you use a bus entrance by accident, you will eventually face a hefty fine.

There are 5 ZTLs in Florence for cars: A, B, F, G and O. The telematic gates used for access control towards them are active as follows:

Parking lots for tourist buses

The city has created unattended parking lots reserved for tourist buses, so drivers can plan how to serve their passengers with comfort. Of course, they’re only available for drivers with valid permits.

  • Viale XI Agosto: parking area called T2 Guidoni: 24 hours a day in the reserved spaces for drivers with permits G, H, S, T, R. And between 09:00 to 19:00 for drivers with permit P.
  • Piazzale Campioni del 56' - Primo Scudetto della Fiorentina: available 24/7 at the intersection with viale Paoli on the indicated ground spaces to drivers with permits G, H, S, T. The parking lot is not accessible when there are sporting events at the municipal stadium.
  • Via Palazzeschi: the region on the corner with via della Torre from 08:00 to 20:00. Parking is allowed on the indicated ground spaces to drivers with permits G, H, S, T and R.
  • Viale Visconti Venosta: from 08:00 to 20:00 on the indicated ground spaces.
  • Piazzale Galileo: From 08:00 to 20:00 on the indicated ground spaces for drivers with permits G, H, S, T and R. Access to the region is permitted via viale Galileo - viale Michelangiolo.

Where to pick up and drop off passengers?

There are bus stops available for drivers with permits G, H, S and T. In all cases, the parking spots are indicated on the ground.

  • Piazza Fra’ Girolamo Savonarola: Drop-off only from 08:00 to 20:00. Stops allowed for no longer than 5 minutes.
    • Access is advised via: viale Giacomo Matteotti (towards Piazza della Libertà) – right turn into via Girolamo Benivieni – left turn into Piazza Fra’ Girolamo Savonarola (the stalls are in Piazza Fra’ Girolamo Savonarola, right after the pedestrian crossing) – exit by continuing in via Leonardo da Vinci towards viale Don Giovanni Minzoni.
  • Lungarno Pecori Giraldi: Pick-up and drop-off 24/7. Stops allowed for no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Piazzale Michelangelo: Pick-up and drop-off 24/7. Stops allowed for no longer than 20 minutes.
    • Access is permitted via viale Galileo - viale Michelangiolo.
  • Viale Ariosto: Pick-up and drop-off 24/7 on the Mura side near the intersection with via dell'Orto. Stops allowed for no longer than 10 minutes.
    • Access is permitted via viale Ariosto.
  • Piazza Vittorio Veneto: Pick-up and drop-off 24/7 at the region between the intersection with Ponte alla Vittoria and the intersection with Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci on the river Arno side. Stops allowed for no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Largo Vincenzo Giudice: Pick-up and drop-off 24/7 on the side of the Caserma Guardia di Finanza. Stops allowed for no longer than 5 minutes. Only vehicles transferring passengers to the S.M.N. train station are allowed. Authorization to transit in the reserved access lane to the stop must be requested and issued by Servizi alla Strada S.p.A.

About the author

Eugene Bulan

Eugene Bulan, CEO of BCS Bus Travel, steers the company with not just a keen business mind but a true traveler's spirit. Managing the ins and outs of the company, his days are often filled with making big decisions, ironing out operations, and ensuring each journey offered by BCS is special and seamless for every traveler. It's not just about numbers for him; it’s about crafting experiences, bringing joy to travelers, and ensuring every bus journey feels like a little adventure.

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