For several years there has been both a new and economical and comfortable way of travelling. The Flixbus company, that runs both in Italy and in Europe, has created a network of bus services that connects many cities in Europe and in Italy, with over 150 000 low cost daily connections.
This service means we can now consider the Island of Elba nearer and easier to reach. Although as yet there are no direct connections with the port of Piombino, the frequency of these low cost bus journeys enables us to get to all the cities in Italy that have direct connections with Piombino be they by bus or by train.
You can buy your bus ticket on line, on the Flixbus app or directly from the bus driver on board.
You have a wide choice of options, and once you have read the information on our web site you will be able to plan your journey and the connections to Piombino and the Island of Elba in no time.
There is a direct connection to and from Milan and Piombino; during the summer months there are several, daily connections to the port of Piombino while during the winter there is only one per day. Coming from any city in Europe that has connections with Milan you can then travel by bus and catch the ferry for the Island of Elba in just a few hours.
For example if you leave from Zurich at 09,05, you will get to Milan (Lampugnano) at 12,50; then you can catch the 14,00 bus for Piombino Marittima (approximate arrival at 19,45) and if you wish there is a Blu Navy ferry for Portoferraio, Island of Elba, at 20,00.
Thanks to the bus service that runs during the summer months, coming from Florence to Piombino Marittima is both fast and easy. The Flixbus bus service connects Florence with many other cities both in Italy and Europe, especially in Austria and Germany. For example if you leave from Villaco (Austria) and travel by night you get to Florence at 8,05. From Italy, one of the best connections is via Perugia where, if you catch the 06,30 bus it gets you to Florence for 08,35.
Departure from Florence is about 10,00, and in a little over two hours and 30 minutes you get to the port of Piombino (12,35), in perfect time for the 13,00 Moby ferry for Portoferraio or the 12,50 Toremar one for Rio Marina.
The Siena - Piombino connections are very convenient if you are heading for Piombino from the south. For example if you travel during the night and want to go to Salerno, you can take the 21,00 bus and be in Siena for 05,00. On the other hand, if you leave from Rome (Tiburtina), after a journey of only 3 hours you get to Siena.
From Siena you can get the 7,35 bus for the port of Piombino from the railway station (arrival in Piombino marittima around 10,15), then catch the Toremar 10,30 ferry for Portoferraio
Suggestion from Infoelba: Come to Elba without your car? No problem! Thanks to the efficent on line booking system you can hire a vehicle so you can go round the island when and where you like: by car, by motorbike, by scooter or by bike!