The City of Florence has launched a campaign to encourage the use of public transportation and reduce smog as residents return to the city after the summer break.
Bonus TPL Firenze is aimed at Florence residents who belong to three categories: students born between January 1, 2005 and April 30, 2010, first-time season ticket buyers and current season ticket holders. Students and newbies must pay a one-time “loyalty fee” of 50 euro to receive a yearly pass to Florence’s buses, trams and urban trains, while current season ticket holders will receive 50 euro off their next pass. It is estimated for 15,000 season tickets will be distributed among students and 8,000 among newcomers, plus 20,000 season ticket holders will receive a discount.
“This plan is the first of its kind to be introduced by a major Italian city,” explains Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella. “We want to encourage people to use public transport—buses, trams and trains within the city—and to help reduce traffic and pollution.” City councillor for welfare and education Sara Funaro adds, “Not only are we helping families at a time of need, but we are also encouraging students to behave more respectfully towards the environment. They are very aware of these issues, which is why we have come up with this measure.”
How to request the Bonus TPL Firenze discount
Go onto the App IF (downloadable here), which will issue the discount, while season tickets can be purchased from Autolinee Toscane. Register on the App IF and click on the “Party con noi” section. Add the information required and receive the bonus. Requests can be made on the App IF until October 5, 2023. Then go onto Autolinee Toscane and buy a yearly pass, divided into two six-month parts. After the six months, if you have met the loyalty criteria of making at least 15 trips on public transport before December 31, 2023, your season ticket will automatically be extended for the next six months. An ISEE income statement must be provided alongside the 50-euro payment. Failure to provide the ISEE statement will result in paying 110 euro.