Getting around in Siena: info, costs and advice

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Typical Tuscan location for i its medieval brick buildings, the famous Piazza del Campo and the Palio that every year transforms the city into an open-air stadium, Siena is full of treasures, culture and entertainment. Nestled in the hills it has managed to keep its appearance unchanged and is the ideal place to spend a weekend or a short holiday.

Here is a guide on how to get around Siena: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Siena
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Siena is built on three hills and is divided into three thirds: Camollia, di Città and San Martino e you enter the city through the open doors in the walls.

The beautiful Tuscan resort has a nice pedestrianized historic center, where private cars cannot access e the best way to visit it is on foot: for a first approach to the city, the advice is to take a walking tour with the Duomo and Piazza del Campo, to identify the landmarks and get to know the city with a local guide.
Alternatively there are the Pollicino, i mini city bus, ideal because they slip into the narrow alleys. Bicycles are not comfortable due to the steep climbs and descents.

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, mini-bus pollicino, taxi
  • Solutions and means not recommended: bike, car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: 10-ride mini-bus booklet (from € 14,00)

How to get from the airport to the center of Siena

Siena it does not have its own airport, Then reference is made to the airports of Florence and Pisa. These are very distant airports in the city, but they are the best solution if you do not have a car available or if, more simply, you arrive from far away.

Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport

From Florence airport for those traveling to bus, first take the Blubus towards Leopolda and from here the bus to Siena which takes about 80 min. If you move into trainInstead, it is necessary to take bus n.27 of the ATAF line that leads to the Santa Maria Novella station in Florence and from there get on the Trenitalia regional train. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer online.

  • Distance from the center: 72 km / average travel time: 50 min
  • By bus + train: ATAF line 27 + Trenitalia regional train / ticket cost from € 9,00
  • By taxi: average cost € 140,00 / travel time: 60 min
  • By bus: average cost € 10,00 / R003 (Blubus) + 131 R (Tiemme Spa)
  • Private transfer: private transfer between Florence airport and Siena

Galileo Galilei Airport of Pisa

Those who land at Pisa airport and decide to move to train, you must take the "Vaibus" bus to Pisa Centrale then the Veloce regional train to Empoli and finally the Regionale Veloce to Siena (the travel time is approximately 2 hours). The transfer is very convenient, however, to be booked online before departure.

  • Distance from the center: 115 km / average travel time: 90 min
  • By bus + train: Vaibus E25 or E3 + Trenitalia regional train / ticket cost from € 14,00
  • By taxi: average cost € 220,00 / travel time: 90 min
  • Private transfer: one way transfer to Pisa airport from / to Siena

How to get around on foot

Getting around on foot is certainly the best way to visit Siena and its historic center which is bordered by the ramparts built between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. If you only have one day or you wish settle in the city and learn about its history, we recommend that you opt for a walking tour with entrance to the Duomo and Piazza del Campo, so as not to waste precious time!

Here you can admire historic buildings of fundamental importance for the history of the city and of Italy, many of which can only be reached on foot. Among these we mention Piazza del Campo, completely pedestrianized, which also includes the Civic Museum and the Torre del Mangia, 87 m high.

As a further encouragement we tell you that the historic center of Siena is also quite small: from the railway station up to Porta S. Marco, one of the ancient entrances to the city, they run only 3 km (45 min).

Con i mezzi pubblici

In Siena you will not find many public transport. To travel within the city you will find exclusively special buses, smaller than normal ones, which are used as an alternative (even cheaper) to taxis and bicycles, which are however only suitable if you are fit enough to be able to tackle the ups and downs of the city. These means they are called Tom Thumb and transit anywhere in the city.

Pollicino- Mini Bus

To visit the historic center of Siena by bus you must use the so-called Pollicino. Characterized by small size, are the only public transport that can pass inside the historic center. You will always find them available with very cheap costs.

  • Downloadable map: map-minibus-siena
  • by 6: 30 21 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 14,00, monthly pass € 35,00


If instead you will move by public transport outside the historic area you can use the city buses that operate from morning to evening which include 14 lines.

  • Downloadable map: bus-map-siena
  • by 6: 30 21 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 14,00, monthly pass € 35,00


Buxi, on the other hand, is the on call service active in the municipality of Siena which does not provide fixed routes, but determined on the basis of the actual request by the citizens and is a service that arrives practically under the house. Buxi A serves the municipal areas of Montechiaro, San Giorgio, Vignano and Val di Pugna, while the Buxi B service serves the municipal areas of Monastero, Ginestreto, Monsindoli, Montalbuccio, Terrensano and Belcaro.
You can book by calling at 800.922.984 (Toll-free number for calls from landlines) or at 199.168.182 (from mobile phones)

  • Downloadable map: map-buxi-siena
  • by 7: 00 20 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 14,00, monthly pass € 35,00

By car

Many people visiting Siena arrive by car or they rent one when they land in the airports of Pisa or Florence, as Tuscany is very suitable for a trip on the road.

However, it is important to know that thearea prohibited for circulation and parking of the alleys in the city is wide, so the suggestion is to leave your car in the hotel car park or in the guarded garages.

In Siena, the Siena car parks company manages several parking spaces on the surface, underground and always clearly marked. For those arriving in the city for work, vacation or other reasons, we recommend the strategic car parks "Il campo", "il Duomo", "Stadio Fortress", "Santa Caterina" and "San Francesco", all close to the historic center. From the Santa Caterina car park and the "Fagiolone" rest area for tourist buses, the escalator is in operation "Il ridge" which allows you to quickly reach Piazza del Campo and Piazza Duomo


Siena has one of the oldest and most extensive ZTL of Europe (about 31 square meters per inhabitant), just think that in Piazza del Campo the passage of vehicles was already forbidden in 1962. The limited traffic area is protected by electric gates which work with a telepass system and the areas are monitored 24 hours a day.

The interested areas of Siena are all the streets of the historic center within the walls with the exception of: via Pian d'Ovile, via Garibaldi (from Porta Ovile to viale Don Minzoni - Barriera San Lorenzo), via del Nuovo Asilo, via Paolo Mascagni (from Nuovo Asilo to Bastianini), via Ettore Bastianini (from via Paolo Mascagni at the ZTL control gate) and via Roma (from Porta Romana to the ZTL control gate).

Only i authorized vehicles in possession of garages within this area, residents and people with temporary or permanent permits issued by the Municipality. For info and map it is suggested to visit the official website of the Municipality of Siena.

No parking area

In addition to the ZTL, there are others in Siena two areas with permanent no parking for all vehicles except those of residents, those who own garages and those authorized. This is the Historic Y zone (which includes Banchi di Sopra, vicolo Beato Pier Pettinaio, vicolo del Coltellinaio, vicolo della Torre, via dei Pontani, via dei Ross and other streets) and of zone A (via dei Montanini, vicolo del Rustichetto, via del'Arco Malavolti, via Giuseppe Pianigiani, via dei Termini, Costa dell'Incrociata, via del Cavalletto, via della Sapienza, via delle Terme, piazza Indipendenza, Banchi di Sotto, piazza Salimbeni) .

You can find more info on the official website of the Municipality of Siena.

Stops and parking

As for parking in Siena, they are divided into three types which differ in location, cost and area. However, those staying in an accommodation facility in Siena can take advantage of a discounted daily rate of € 25,00. On Saturday and Sunday, however, all paid parking spaces are free.
Let's see in detail the three types:

  • In structure: such as Il Campo, Il Duomo, San Francesco, Santa Caterina, Policlinico 1 and Policlinico 2. Open 24 h, cost € 1,70 / hour, daily pass € 30,00 and 5 days € 74,00
  • On the surface: such as Amendola, Via Roma, Via Bastianini and Via del Nuovo Asilo and Viale Fruschelli and Panni Lunghi. Payment by parking meter from Monday to Friday 8: 00-20: 00, cost € 1,50 / hour
  • Free: in Via Esterna Fontebranda, Via Laterina, Viale Achille Sclavo (near the Palasport and the train station) and Viale Mario Bracci

From the Santa Caterina car park (Get directions) and from the "Fagiolone" rest area for tourist buses (Get directions), the escalator is in operation "Il ridge" which allows you to quickly reach Piazza del Campo and Piazza Duomo.

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