Visiting Siena from Florence

Practical information for those wanting to visit Siena from Florence

Reach beautiful Siena by bus from Florence in a day

Siena is a lovely medieval town located about 73km (45mi) south of Florence, well within range of a day visit independently by public transport or through a choice of tours available.

The Piazza del Campo is at the heart of the city and for most visitors the principal sights they want to see are either on the square or in the network of alleys immediately around the Piazza.

Sightseeing in Siena - full information

Public transport between Florence & Siena

You can travel between Florence and Sienna by bus or train, both take similar journey times, the express bus option is scheduled 10 minutes or so faster.

In Florence the bus and train stations are adjacent to one another. In Siena the bus terminus is just south of the medieval town centre.

Follow the crowds into the maze of the medieval centre and you will reach the Piazza del Campo or Duomo where most people want to go in about a 10-minute walk.

The train station is much further away from the centre on the edge of town about 2km from Piazza del Campo. Both direct train and bus services from Florence start running down from around 9pm.

Bus from Florence

Florence to Siena Bus
Day visit from Florence: Siena by public transport/ bus

The bus station in Florence where the Siena buses run from is adjacent to the main Santa Maria Novella Train Station of Florence on the western edge of the historic centre.

The bus line is called SITA and they run two services, one an express service, the other a slower stopping service.

The express rapid service takes 75 minutes, slightly faster than the train. The stopping service takes around 100 minutes.

The express rapid service which nearly all visitors take runs at least a couple of times an hour.

You can buy tickets on the day from the ticket office in the bus station, there are no seat reservations. Return tickets are flexible, you can come back on the first bus leaving Siena.

Train from Florence

For most visitors the bus gets the nod over the train because of the position of Siena Railway Station away from the centre.

If you want to take the train, frequencies are broadly hourly and take around 90 minutes, normally with a change of train along the way.

The TrenItalia website has English language pages and timetables and online advance e-ticketing. On some shorter urban journeys it is not possible to buy tickets online.

Note: When using on-line ticketing and travel planning systems they use the Italian name of Florence, which is Firenze.

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Skip the line: Siena Duomo and city walking tour

You can explore Siena's main sights, its listed Old Town, the central square, Piazza del Campo and visit the stunning Siena Duomo (Siena Cathedral) with a fast-track, skip-the-line entrance ticket.

The two-hour tour gives you an informed introduction to the best that Siena has to offer.

The walking tour first explores the old town and the Piazza del Campo one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Then onto the Siena Duomo.

After skipping the entrance line with your skip-the-line ticket, your guide will escort you into this breathtaking cathedral, to see impressive masterpieces by Donatello, Bernini and Michelangelo.

Admire the exquisite Gothic architecture, walk through nave arcades with Renaissance busts of popes and emperors and marvel at the unique black-and-white-striped bell tower.

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Skip-the-line tickets for Siena Duomo + walking tour

• Guided walking tour Duomo  • Guided walking tour Siena city

Guided day tours from Florence that include Siena

If you travel independently by public transport, you'll no doubt spend all day in this wonderful city. Fine if you're got the time and not a tour type and want to visit at your own pace and linger a while.

Perhaps the majority of visitors are time challenged and want to see as much of the Tuscany as they can getting glimpses of the Chianti countryside and other nearby attractions in addition to Siena.

Below are the most popular tours that include Siena in a day tour from Florence.

Siena and San Gimignano day trip from Florence

Visit two highlights of Tuscany, the charming cities of Siena and San Gimignano with your guide showcasing the best of what these cities have to offer.

In between you'll be travelling through the picturesque Chianti countryside of Tuscany.

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San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Chianti day trip with lunch & wine tasting

• Explore Siena's old town • Discover Siena Cathedral • Enjoy a guided tasting and lunch at a Chianti Winery

Tuscany in one day sightseeing tour

See the best Tuscany has to offer on this full-day guided coach trip from Florence.

In just one day you'll explore Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa and also find time for a wine tasting in the Chianti countryside and lunch!

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Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and lunch at a winery from Florence

• 3-course lunch at a wine estate • Wine tasting • Professional guide  • Free time to explore the towns at your own pace


Popular Tours in & around Florence

Florence Hop On, Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Tour

24 hr, 48 hr and 72 hr tickets

From €25

Best of Florence Half Day Walking Tour

Includes Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery and Florence Duomo

From €120

Full Day Highlights Tour of Florence

Full day tour with lunch at local restaurant Duomo + Accademia + Uffizi Galleries

From €87

Florence Walking Tour with skip-the-line to Accademia

3-hour small group walking tour inc Accademia Gallery admission

From €60

Accademia Gallery Guided Small Group Tour

Home to the original statue of David by Renaissance genius Michelangelo

From €49

Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour

Experience the world-famous gallery’s Renaissance highlights and architecture.

From €69

Accademia + Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour

Small group guided tour of the two major galleries in Florence

From €111

Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery Guided Tour

Small group guided tour of the Pitti Palace

From €59

The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces Tour

Small group guided tour of Florence cathedral including hidden areas

From €107
Florence Fast Track Entrance Tickets

Accademia Gallery Fast Track Entrance Tickets

Home to the original statue of David by Renaissance genius Michelangelo. View ticket option


Uffizi Gallery Fast Track Entrance Tickets

1,500 pieces of art including Michelangelo. View ticket options


Pitti Palace Fast Track Entrance Tickets

Renaissance masterpieces, including Raphael, Titian and Rubens. View ticket options

Day Tours to Tuscany & beyond from Florence

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Includes Siena, Chianti vineyards, San Gimignano, Pisa

From €87

Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip

All entrance fees included

From €68

Half Day Tour To Pisa & Leaning Tower

Return coach travel, walking tour, with or without entry to leaning tower

From €39

Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip  

Fully inclusive day of hiking inc lunch

From €75

Cinque Terre Small Group Day Tour 

Small group (max 8 people) includes boat ride + several villages

From €223

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