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To buy train tickets from Florence to other Italian cities, use www.italiarail.com or Italian Railways' own website www.trenitalia.com.

This page explains how to travel by train from Florence to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & few or no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Florence as shown below and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.  On the other hand, if you'd rather someone sorted out your whole trip for you, see here.

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Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...

Which station in Florence?

Florence's main central station is Firenze Santa Maria Novella, usually abbreviated to SMN.  It's a terminus, some trains by-pass Florence SMN calling at Florence Campo di Marte which is a taxi ride away, just on the edge of the city centre.  In the text below 'Florence' means Florence SMN unless it says otherwise.  Map of Florence showing stations.



Florence to Rome, Venice, Verona, Naples or Milan from €19, www.italiarail.com...
Florence to Pisa, Siena, Lucca...

Florence to London from €74...

Florence to Paris from €49...

Option 1, by daytime trains, using a high-speed train from Florence to Milan then a TGV from Milan to Paris.  This is the option I'd recommend.  It's possible to do the journey in a single day, but consider stopping overnight in Milan or Turin.

Option 2, by Frecciarossa high-speed train from Florence to Milan, then Thello sleeper train from Milan to Paris: 


Florence to Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Marseille, Avignon, Perpignan, Toulouse...

Florence to Brussels & Bruges from €64...

Option 1, by daytime TGV via Paris...

Option 2, by high-speed train Florence to Milan, overnight sleeper to Paris & high-speed Thalys train to Brussels... 


Florence to Amsterdam from €64...

Option 1, Florence to Amsterdam via Switzerland & the Gotthard Pass...

Option 2, Florence to Amsterdam via Munich & the Brenner Pass... 

Option 3, Florence to Amsterdam via Paris... 


Florence to Geneva, Zurich, Luzern, Basel & Switzerland from €22...

Option 1, by high-speed train from Florence to Milan, then direct EuroCity train from Milan to Brig, Geneva, Bern, Basel, Zurich, Lucerne...

If your journey is not on a direct train from Italy, but involves a change of train within Switzerland...

Option 2, Florence to St Moritz, Chur, Zurich via the Bernina route.  This route may be much slower and a little more fiddly to book, but it's an amazing experience, arguably the best train ride of them all through the Swiss Alps...


Florence to Barcelona & Spain...

Option 1, by daytime high-speed trains with hotel in Geneva...

Option 2, by daytime high-speed trains with hotel in Paris...

Option 3, Italy to Barcelona by luxury cruise ferry...


Florence to Munich & Germany from €39...

Option 1, Florence to Munich & anywhere in Germany by direct City Night Line sleeper train.  This is the time-effective option!

Option 2, Florence to Munich & anywhere in Germany by daytime trains via the Brenner Pass.  This is the scenic option!

Option 3, Italy to Germany by daytime trains via Zurich & the Gotthard Pass.  Another scenic option...


Florence to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €39..

Option 1, by direct sleeper train from Florence to Vienna... 

Option 2, by daytime trains to Innsbruck via the scenic Brenner Pass: 


Florence to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo & Scandinavia...

Florence to Budapest from €58...

Florence to Bucharest, Brasov & Romania...

Florence to Ljubljana & Slovenia, Zagreb & Croatia...

Florence to Prague & the Czech Republic from €58...

Option 1, Florence to Prague overnight via Vienna...

Option 2, Florence to Prague via Zurich...


Florence to Bratislava & Slovakia from €54...

Florence to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland...

Florence to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Florence to Athens & Greece...

Florence to Istanbul & Turkey...

Railbookers tailor-made train travel & hotels

If you just want to buy train tickets at the cheapest price, book online as shown on this page.  However, if you want someone to sort out your whole trip for you, arranging all your trains, hotels and transfers, and to look after you if anything affects your arrangements, talk to Railbookers.  Railbookers can tailor-make a train trip around Europe to your own specification.  Just tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels.  They get good reports and a lot of repeat business!  They now have offices in the UK, North America and Australia.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com.

Call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au.

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.


Find hotels in Florence & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash (up to a limit) and belongings.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you're resident in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you're resident in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, and if you're not careful you can return home to find some huge bills waiting for you.  I've known people run up a £1,000 bill in data charges just by leaving their iPhone connected during a simple trip to Europe.  However, if you buy a global SIM card for your mobile phone from a company such as www.Go-Sim.com you can slash the cost by up to 85% and limit any damage to the amount you have pre-paid.  It cuts call costs in 175 countries worldwide, and you can receive incoming calls and texts for free in 75 countries.  It's pay-as-you-go, so no nasty bills when you get home.  It also works for laptop or PDA data access.  A Go-Sim account and any credit on it doesn't expire if it's not between trips, unlike some others, so a Go-Sim phone number becomes your 'global phone number' for life.

 


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