Train from Milan to Florence

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Travel back in time from busy Milan to charming Florence in less than two hours. Find out about taking the train from Milan to Florence.

Take the high-speed train from Milan to Florence and leave behind the bustle of Italy’s busy banking city for the Medieval charm of the Tuscan capital. By train, the 190 mile (305 km) trip takes less than 2 hours. By car, the same journey would take over 3 hours.

In addition to the time you will save with the train, you also avoid paying the anti-pollution surcharge on rental cars in Milan and the hassle of driving through Florence’s crowded historic center that is not very car friendly. The train is simply easier and more efficient.

Frequent Trains from Milan to Florence

Taking one of Trenitalia’s high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains from Milan to Florence allows you to cover roughly 190 miles (305 km) in about 1 hour and 40 minutes. It’s a popular route, with 52 trains departing Milano Centrale for Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station (often shortened to SM Novella) each day.

The first train leaves Milan for Florence at 6:15 a.m., and the last at 8:20 p.m. Ticket prices on this route range from $34-56.

Italo trains serve two Milan train stations, Milano Centrale and Milano Rogoredo, and Florence’s Santa Maria Novella. The journey can take from 1 hour and 33 minutes up to 1 hour and 50 minutes, depending on which Milan station you depart from. There is one train departure per hour during the weekdays.

Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.

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Direct Trains from Milan to Florence

The high-speed trains from Milan to Florence are direct, making stops along the way. Travelers don’t need to worry about getting off until the train reaches Florence, unless they’ve booked one of the slower trains that requires a change. Be sure to look closely at ticket details when you’re booking so you know what your itinerary entails.
 

Amenities on Trains from Milan to Florence

The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars are all equipped with air conditioning and power outlets in your seat for your convenience. There are both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars. First class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper. A cafe car is available to all passengers.

 

Milan and Florence Train Stations

Milan's main train station, Milano Centrale, is also a local transportation hub with buses and trams stopping outside and a Metro (subway) stop in a lower level of the station itself. Porta Garibaldi station is a smaller train station, though it also has a Metro stop and several bus lines nearby.

Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station is close to the historic center, and is a major hub for city and regional buses, making it easy to get to and from the station if you're traveling light.

The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars are all equipped with air conditioning and power outlets in your seat for your convenience. There are both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars. First class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper. A cafe car is available to all passengers.

Journey Information

See below for details on traveling from Milan to Florence by train.

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