Train from Siena to Florence
Make your way to the birthplace of the Renaissance from one of Tuscany’s most popular cities. Learn about taking the train from Siena to Florence.
Siena is one of the most popular day trips from Florence, but you can just as easily do that in reverse. Whether you’re visiting Florence for the day or it’s the next stop on your Italy trip, taking the train makes getting from place to place simple.
Both buses and trains regularly connect Siena with Florence, and although the bus trip is typically faster over the 42.8 miles (69 km), the train offers more legroom and may suit your travel needs better.
Frequent Trains from Siena to Florence
Trenitalia’s Regionale trains connect Siena’s railway station with Firenze Santa Maria Novella station on a regular basis throughout the day. There are usually at least 16 trains departing Siena daily for Florence, if not more, at regular intervals.
Regionale trains aren’t known for speed, but the Siena-to-Florence trip can take as little as 1 hour 9 minutes. Most trips take closer to 1.5 hours. Tickets cost about $11, and while Regionale trains don’t need reservations you will need to validate your ticket before you board the train.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Siena to Florence
Most of the trains from Siena to Florence are direct trains. The ones that require a change mean a journey time of nearly two hours for the same cost, so it’s a much better option to take a direct train.
Amenities on Trains from Siena to Florence
There are sometimes 1st-class and 2nd-class cars on Regionale trains, but not always. Because reservations are not required on these trains, you simply find an available seat on a car in the appropriate class for your ticket. There is no food service or cafe car on these trains, and although they are supposed to be air-conditioned it isn’t always functional.
Siena and Florence Train Stations
Siena’s train station is located outside the city walls, and although it’s not necessarily far from the historic center it would be an uphill walk. There are local buses connecting the train station with Piazza Gramsci or Piazza del Sale in the historic center.
Florence's Santa Maria Novella 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.