Traveling from Florence to Naples by train means you can cover a little under 300 miles (482 km) of ground in less than three hours. That’s cutting two hours off the drive time between the two cities, not to mention eliminating a huge amount of stress in
Florence’s historic center is close to the train station and not very car-friendly. Naples is full of cars (and buses and scooters), but it’s not recommended that you get behind the wheel unless you’re a local (or, at the very least, an Italian). Taking the train saves time, yes, and it also saves your sanity.
Frequent Trains from Florence to Naples
The high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains operated by Trenitalia make the 296-mile (476-km) trip from Florence to Naples 44 times per day.
The first train leaves Firenze Santa Maria Novella station (often abbreviated as S.M. Novella) for Napoli Centrale at 6:50 a.m., the last at 8:08 p.m., and the trip takes an average of 2 hours 51 minutes. The fastest trains, the Frecciarossa, cut another 20 minutes off that time. Ticket prices on this route range from $46-57.
Italo trains serve the Florence-to-Naples route, too, connecting the same two train stations as Trenitalia - Santa Maria Novella and Centrale. The trip on Italo takes around two hours 50 minutes.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Florence to Naples
The high-speed trains on the Florence-to-Naples route are primarily direct, though they make stops en route in Rome (Italo stops at both Roma Termini and Roma Tiburtina). Passengers don’t need to get off or change trains, however—it’s simply an opportunity to pick up additional travelers. Some of the slower trains from Florence to Naples do require changes on the way, so it’s important to look at the details of each ticket option when you’re booking.
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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.
Florence and Naples Train Stations
Florence's Santa Maria Novella station 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.
Napoli Centrale is Naples' biggest station, and it's on Piazza Garibaldi which is a main hub for city and regional buses. There's also a Metro (subway) station connected to Centrale called Napoli Piazza Garibaldi. The area around the station is decidedly unappealing, so it's a good idea to know where you're going when you walk out of the station itself—whether that's a specific bus line or the taxi queue.
See below for details on traveling from Florence to Naples by train.
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Arrival and Departure Train Destinations
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