Get from the birthplace of pizza to the birthplace of the Renaissance with ease. Learn about taking the train from Naples to Florence.
The distance between Naples in the southern part of Italy and Florence in the middle of Tuscany is just shy of 296 miles (476 km). It's a 5-hour drive, but—thanks to Italy's high-speed train networks—it's a pretty quick trip by train.
In addition to shaving off valuable time, taking the train also allows you to avoid the hassle of driving in two city centers that are notoriously difficult. Driving in Naples isn't for the faint of heart, and central Florence is all tiny one-way streets better suited to being on foot. Save time, money, and your sanity—take the train.
Frequent Trains from Naples to Florence
Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains make the journey from Napoli Centrale to Firenze Santa Maria Novella in roughly 2 hours 50 minutes, departing Naples 1-3 times per hour during most weekdays (more frequently during the morning and evening rush hour periods). There are 64 trains in total making this trip each day, with the first departing Naples at 7 a.m. and the last at 7:30 p.m.
There are some slower trains, too, but they not only make the trip nearly 8 hours long, the tickets sometimes cost more than the AV train tickets. The high-speed trains are the clear winners for cost-effective transportation. Ticket prices on this route range from $25-101.
Italo trains serve the same stations on this route—Napoli Centrale and Firenze Santa Maria Novella. There are 10 departures from Naples per day that stop in Florence, and the trip takes about 2.5 hours.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Naples to Florence
There are many options for direct trains from Naples to Florence, though even those typically stop at other stations along the way. Passengers don't need to disembark, however—it's just a chance for the train to pick up additional passengers on their way to Florence. The train journeys that require a change take longer—from 3-8 hours—and the change typically takes place at Roma's Termini station.
Amenities on Trains from Naples to Florence
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.
Naples and Florence Train Stations
Napoli Centrale is Naples' biggest train 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.
Florence's Santa Maria Novella, the main train station for 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.
See below for details on traveling from Naples to Florence by train.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Train Travel in Italy
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Arrival and Departure Train Destinations
Read on for information about Naples to Florence train stations.
Naples Centrale Train Station
The primary train station in Naples is called, appropriately, Napoli Centrale. It was built in the 1950s and 1960s, and opens onto the huge Piazza Garibaldi. Both the historic center of Naples and the port are a short taxi ride away.Read More >>
Santa Maria Novella (SMN)
The center of the Renaissance is also an epicenter for connections and great rail options.Read More >>
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