The best way to explore Florence is on foot: the city centre is compact, and traffic is restricted. There is a comprehensive bus network (ATAF) operating from 5:30am until midnight. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes for a single-use ticket, or multiple-ride tickets of two or four 90 minute-uses can be purchased. Tickets must be validated by punching them in a machine when you board the bus. Tickets, and various bus passes, are available from any vendor displaying the ATAF sticker, such as newsagents, automatic dispensers, coffee bars and on-board the bus. Tickets cost €1.20 beforehand, or €2 if bought on the bus, and exact change is needed.
Using taxis in Florence is difficult, as they cannot be hailed on the street. Taxi ranks are to be found outside the train station and most tourist sites, or they can be phoned. The flag fee is €3.30, and additional fees are charged for luggage, as well as night time and Sunday travel. Women travelling alone between the city centre and their hotel or apartment from 9pm to 2am can ask for a 10 percent discount on their taxi fare.
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