Train from Bologna to Florence
High-speed trains make the Tuscan capital an easy day trip from the Emilia-Romagna capital. Learn about taking the train from Bologna to Florence.
Florence is one of the most popular places to go in Italy, but some visitors need a break from the Renaissance capital after a day of sightseeing. It’s helpful, then, that high-speed trains have made it easy to use Bologna as a homebase from which to visit Florence.
The two cities are only 67 miles (108 km) apart, which would take about 1 hour 20 minutes to drive. The train more than cuts that in half, and gives you the ability to relax on the trip at the same time.
Frequent Trains from Bologna to Florence
The capitals of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna are connected by Trenitalia’s high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains, both the Frecciarossa and Frecciargento models. There are 59 trains from Bologna Centrale station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station each day, and the trip takes only 35-40 minutes.
There are slower trains connecting the two cities, too, but they turn the journey into a 2-6 hour one. Since ticket prices on the fast AV trains cost $17-26, it doesn’t make much sense to take the slower trains.
The Italo train service also links Bologna Centrale with Firenza Santa Maria Novella stations, and the direct trip between the two takes only 35 minutes.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Bologna to Florence
There are plenty of direct trains from Bologna to Florence making the 35-minute trip that you should be able to find one that suits your schedule.
Amenities on Trains from Bologna to Florence
The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars all come with air conditioning and power outlets in the seats for your convenience. There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars - 1st class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper – and a cafe car that's available to all passengers.
On the Frecciargento trains, there are also both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars. As with Frecciarossa trains, 1st-class passengers get a free drink and a newspaper. Frecciargento trains have a cafe car which all passengers can use, and power outlets are in both class cars at each seat.
Bologna and Florence Train Stations
Bologna Centrale is the main station in Bologna, and one of the busiest in Italy. It’s on the outskirts of the city center near the ring road, and served by several city buses.
Florence's Santa Maria Novella station, the main station in the city, is close to the historic center, and the street in front of the station is a major hub for city and regional buses, making it easy to get to and from the station if you're traveling light.