In Florence for an “as directed” car service for up to 8 passengers you can expect to pay anything between € 35 and € 100 per hour. Prices move up according to the model of vehicle being used. The cheaper models usually are smaller Mercedes sedans like the E-Class and older minivan models. The middle range can include most late models minivans, like the Mercedes V-Class, and the most expensive vehicles to hire with a driver are luxury sedans like the Mercedes S-Class, stretch limousines or large capacity minivans like the Mercedes Sprinter with extra large trunk.
For a typical 8 hours excursion from Florence to visit Siena and San Gimignano with an English-speaking driver you can expect to pay anything between € 270 and € 400. A few drivers are also licensed guides and those are usually the ones that will charge more. In the same range of prices would be an 8 hours excursion from Florence to visit Pisa and Lucca or the Chianti wine region.
If you would like to visit places a little more far away from Florence prices could be as follows:
– From Florence to visit Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza (tipically 10 hours) from € 370,00 to € 500,00.
– From Florence to visit the Cinque Terre villages (also 10 hours) from € 420,00 to € 550,00.
Other popular car services often requested in Tuscany are the shore excursions from the port of Livorno for cruise-ship passengers. The most requested shore excursion is the 9 hours trip to visit Pisa and Florence. Prices for this excursion can be between € 450,00 and €600,00. The reason for this type of excursion being so expensive is that often there aren’t enough vehicles in the Livorno area to cater for all the requests arriving from the large cruise ships and drivers will have to depart from Florence to go to pick up passengers at the port of Livorno.
A private transfer from Florence airport to downtown Florence would cost between €40,00 and €100,00. A private transfer from Pisa airport to Florence usually costs between € 130,00 and € 250,00. From Florence to Rome the prices are around € 470,00 to € 700,00.
Late bookings, for example booking a car service for the next day, can have different results. Sometimes the car service company can give you a very good offer because they don’t have much work the next day. Other times they can ask for a much higher price because they are fully booked and they might have to pass on the work to other partner companies or owner/drivers.
The prices I mentioned above are those that can be asked when you book a chauffeur service directly with the car service company. If there is someone else involved in the booking between you and the car service company you can expect the prices to be a little higher.