Train from Florence to Turin
Traveling from Florence, the capital of Tuscany, to Turin, the capital of Piedmont, is easy and cost-effective by train.
The train route, stopping in Bologna and Milan between Florence and Turin, is more than 285 miles (486 km), and traveling that same distance by car would take more than 5 hours. The train makes the journey almost painless, especially since you get to enjoy looking at the Italian scenery without worrying you'll miss the sign for your exit.
Frequent Trains from Florence to Turin
Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains leave from Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station for Turin's Porta Nuova station a little less than once per hour during most the day. There are 53 trains on this route per day, with the first leaving Florence at 6:53 a.m. and the last at 8 p.m. The trip takes 3 hours on the high-speed trains—under 3 hours at its fastest—and ticket prices range from $33-118.
There are slower (and sometimes cheaper) trains that make the journey in 4-5 hours or more and sometimes require a train change. Even though some of these trains are less expensive, the AV trains are usually the most cost-effective solution due to the time savings.
Italo trains travel from Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station to Turin's Porta Susa station, but only make the trip 5 times per day. That trip takes about 2 hours 45 minutes.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Florence to Turin
Most of the trains on this route are direct with no need to change trains. There are some, however, that take only slightly longer and do require a change—usually in Milan, though sometimes in Bologna—so be sure to pay attention when you're booking to know what your itinerary entails.
Amenities on Trains from Florence to Turin
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 Turin Train Stations
Florence's Santa Maria Novella train 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.
Torino Porta Nuova is Turin's main station, and third only to Roma Termini and Milano Centrale in terms of overall passenger traffic. There are several bus and tram lines that stop outside the station to make it easier to get around the city, and there's also a Metro (subway) station underneath the train station itself.
Torino Porta Susa is Turin's secondary station—it's where you'll find most of the trains to and from Milan. There are bus lines that stop at the station.