Travel from Italy’s Tuscan heartland to its most famous stretch of southern coastline. Read here about taking the train from Rome to Salerno.
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most recognized destinations in Italy, but the port city of Salerno just to the south is less well-known. Salerno is one of the main transport hubs for travelers headed to the Amalfi Coast, most of whom arrive by cruise ship or high-speed train and continue up the coast by ferry or bus.
The fastest direct high-speed trains travel from Florence to Salerno in just over three hours, much less time than it would take to make the 321 mile (517 km) trip by car. Take the train and avoid the hassle of a long car ride.
Frequent Trains from Florence to Salerno
Trenitalia’s high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains connect Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station with Salerno throughout the day, including the fastest direct trains and trains which require a change in Naples or Rome. In total, there almost 30 trains a day from Florence to Salerno.
Ticket prices on the direct AV trains start at around $42, though some of the fastest Frecciarossa routes can cost more than $70.
Italo has have four direct trains from Florence to Salerno a day, which take an average of 3 hours 45 minutes and cost from $40 to $60.
Note that there are limited trains on weekends and holidays, and often longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Florence to Salerno
There are several Frecciarossa AV direct trains from Florence to Salerno each day, which take about 3 hours to make the trip.
Amenities on Trains from Florence to Salerno
The Frecciarossa is the fastest AV train and has air-conditioned cars, individual power outlets, WIFI, 3g and 4g internet, and monitors listing travel information and news. Frecciarossa trains offer a number of classes with color-coded cars: Executive (brown, incl. meal service and station lounge); Business and Premium (blue and red, incl. snack, drink and choice of newspaper); and Standard (orange, incl. snack and drink service). There is also a café car for all passengers.
Frecciabianca, Frecciargento, and Intercity trains are less luxurious AV trains, slower and with fewer amenities than the Frecciarossa. These trains have air-conditioned 1st and 2nd class cars and individual power outlets. First-class tickets include a free drink and newspaper, and all trains offer either trolley service and/or a café car.
Regionale trains may include 1st and 2nd class cars, or only 2nd class. Passengers are not required to reserve a seat, so can sit in any available seat on their class car. Regionale trains do not offer food service or a café car, and the air conditioning and power sockets are unreliable.
Florence and Salerno Train Stations
Florence's Santa Maria Novella station is adjacent to the historic center and the major hub for local and regional buses, making it a very convenient station for departures from Florence.
Note: the Florence Santa Maria Novella station currently has a security check before access to the platforms, so there may be a delay to pass through.
Though a stop on many AV routes, the Salerno station is relatively small, with only five platforms. There is a bus terminal adjacent for city buses to Salerno’s Manfredi port for ferries to the Amalfi Coast, and regional buses directly to the Amalfi Coast; Salerno’s Concordia port, where ferries to Amalfi and Positano also depart, is directly opposite the train station.
See below for details on traveling from Florence to Salerno by train.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Train Travel in Italy
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Arrival and Departure Train Destinations
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Santa Maria Novella (SMN)
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