Train from Rome to Florence
Travel hassle-free from the Italian capital to the Renaissance capital. Learn about getting from Rome to Florence by train.
The route between Rome and Florence is one of the busiest in Italy, due in part to the huge numbers of travelers who have both cities on their Italian bucket lists—it is by far our most popular route—and also because of the many Italians commuting from one major city to the other. To serve this demand, trains depart from Rome to Florence frequently.
Taking the train from Rome to Florence is the most cost-effective transportation choice, and removes the stress of driving in Italy or figuring out multiple bus transfers. As a glorious added bonus, you get to watch the beautiful Italian scenery drift by the window en route.
Frequent Trains from Rome to Florence
From Roma Termini, Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains leave for Florence's Santa Maria Novella (often abbreviated to Firenze S.M. Novella) station 3-4 times per hour during most of the day on weekdays—there are 68 trains per day. The first train leaves Termini at 6:20 a.m., and the last leaves at 8:50 p.m.
The distance covered is 143.5 miles (231 km), which can take as little as 1.5 hours. Some AV trains also leave from Roma Tiburtina station for Florence—that journey lasts 1 hour 20 minutes. Ticket prices range from $20-50 on this route. Tickets on the lower end of the range often come with travel times of up to four hours, so the high-speed trains are usually the best option.
Italo trains depart from Rome's Ostiense station for Florence seven times per day, and that trip takes roughly 1 hour 45 minutes.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Amenities on Trains from Rome 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.
Direct Trains from Rome to Florence
Most of the high-speed trains offer direct service between Rome and Florence, meaning you won't have to worry about changing trains. Some of the other trains have one change en route, so be sure to read the details carefully as you're checking fares.
Rome and Florence Train Stations
Both Rome's Termini station and Florence's Santa Maria Novella station are located right next to major hubs for surface transportation in each city—buses in both Rome and Florence, and the Metro in Rome—making it very easy to get to the station and get wherever you need to go from the station. Florence's station is also close to much of the historic center, so if you're traveling light you may even be able to walk to your hotel or to do any sightseeing.