Train from Florence to Verona
From one of the most visited cities in Italy to a quiet gem: tips on taking the train from Florence to Verona.
Florence is on every Italy’s traveler’s “must see” list, but the quiet charm of Verona shouldn’t be overlooked. With its stunning Roman amphitheater and romantic “Juliet’s balcony” (not the original, but who wants to be a spoilsport?) this small but sophisticated northern city is worth a visit.
The 145 miles (231 km) between Florence to Verona are easily covered by car along Italy’s major highways, but the historic center of Verona is quite compact and easy to visit on foot, so the best option is to avoid the additional cost and hassle of a car and take the train. In addition, if you are continuing on from Verona to Venice, you will not be allowed to bring your car on the Venetian islands.
Frequent Trains from Florence to Verona
Almost all of the 38 trains which run on average each day between Florence Santa Maria Novella station (also called S.M. Novella) to Verona’s main Porta Nuova station are Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains. Though you will have to change trains along the way in either Bologna or Padua, the trip can take less that two hours on these AV trains. Trips which include a leg on the slower Regional trains can take up to 2.5 hours. Tickets for the train from Florence to Verona begin at about $29.
Italo trains run from Florence to Verona four times per day and take about 1.5 hours.
Trains running on weekends and holidays are often less frequent and with longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Florence to Verona
There are no direct AV trains from Florence to Verona; all trips include a change in Bologna or Padua. That said, you are almost always changing from one high-speed train to another, so the trip is still relatively short. You usually have anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour to change trains, so the connection isn’t particularly tight.
Amenities on Trains from Florence to Verona
The fastest AV train is the Frecciarossa, with air-conditioned cars, monitors listing travel information and news, individual power outlets, WIFI, and 3g and 4g internet. There are different classes with color-coded cars: Executive (brown, with meal service and station lounge); Business and Premium (blue and red, both with snack, drink and choice of newspaper); and Standard (orange, with snack and drink service). A café car is also available to all passengers.
Frecciabianca, Frecciargento, and Eurocity trains are lower-tier AV trains, similar to the Frecciarossa but slower. These simpler trains have air-conditioned 1st-class and 2nd-class cars, and individual power outlets. First-class tickets include a free drink and newspaper, and all routes offer either trolley service and/or a café car.
Regionale trains may include 1st-class and 2nd-class cars, though sometimes the entire train is 2nd-class. Passengers are not required to reserve a seat, so may choose among the available seats on their class car. Regionale trains do not offer food service or a café car, and the air conditioning and power sockets may not work.
Florence and Verona Train Stations
Florence's Santa Maria Novella station is just steps from the historic center and next to a major hub for local and regional buses, making it a very convenient station for departing travelers.
Note: the Florence Santa Maria Novella station currently has a security check before the platforms, so make sure to factor in a few extra minutes for the delay.
Porta Nuova is located on on Piazzale 25 Aprile and is Verona’s main train station. The city’s hub for local and regional buses is adjacent, so you can easily catch the bus from the train station into the center of Verona.