The best trains in Italy:  A Eurostar Italia ETR500 power car

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 Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi...
Florence to Palermo, Catania, Siracuse & Sicily...

Florence to London from €74...

Florence to Paris from €48...

Option 1, Florence to Paris in just an afternoon/evening, by high-speed daytime trains from as little as €48...

Option 2, to see all the scenery in daylight, use high-speed daytime trains with an overnight stop in wonderful Turin, from just €48.  This option would probably be my own first choice.

Frecciarossa power car   Frecciarossa Business class

Step 1, travel from Florence SMN to Turin Porta Susa by Frecciarossa ETR500 high-speed train...

 

Business class, all seats with power sockets, complimentary coffee, juice or prosecco included.

Frecciarossa Premium class   Frecciarossa restaurant car

Premium class (= premium 2nd class) on a AV ETR500 Frecciarossa train.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles.

 

All trains have a cafe-bar, some have a restaurant car.  A 3-course lunch costs around €32, ½ bottle of wine €9, credit cards accepted.

TGV bar car   TGV from Milan to Paris

Step 2, travel from Turin to Paris by high-speed TGV...  Above left, the cafe-bar serving drinks, snacks & hot dishes  Above right, the TGV at Paris Gare de Lyon.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

A table for four in 2nd class on the TGV to Paris...

 

1st class seats on the Turin-Paris TGV...

Mountains from the TGV train to Italy

Take a good book, a bottle o' red, and enjoy the scenery from Italy to Paris with your feet up...  Watch the Paris-Milan TGV video guide!

Option 3, by Frecciarossa high-speed train from Florence to Milan, then Thello sleeper train from Milan to Paris: 

Refurbished sleeping-car on the Paris to Venice 'Thello' sleeper train   1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper, in evening mode, on the Paris-Venice Thello overnight train...   2-bed sleeper, night mode, on the Paris-Florence/Rome overnight train...

A sleeping-car on the Thello sleeper train from Milan to Paris...

 

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper, beds folded away, sofa folded out.

 

The same sleeper with beds folded out.  More Thello info here.

4 or 6-berth couchette compartment, with seats folded out, on the Thello sleeper trains from Paris to Italy...   Boarding the Thello sleeper train at Paris.

Couchettes...  This is a 4 or 6 berth couchette compartment.  It's a lot more comfortable with just 4 people.

 

A couchette car on the overnight Thello train, seen at Paris Gare de Lyon.  More Thello info here


Florence to Nice from €34, Florence to Cannes, Monte Carlo, Marseille, Avignon, Perpignan...

Option 1:  Using new Thello train from Milan direct to Nice, Cannes, Marseille - the best option, if the timings suit you...

Thello train from Marseille & Nice to Milan, at Marseille St Charles   1st class seats on Thello train from Nice to Milan

The Milan-Nice-Cannes-Marseille Thello train at Milan...  It uses comfortable air-conditioned Frecciabianca carriages.

 

1st class seats on Thello.  All seats have power sockets.  Plenty of luggage room on racks & between seat backs...

2nd class seats on the Thello train from Nice to Milan   Cafe counter on the Thello train from Nice to Milan

2nd class seats on the Thello train.  All seats have power sockets, with plenty of luggage space on racks and between seat backs.

 

The small cafe-bar counter on the Milan to Nice & Marseille Thello train serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks.

Option 2:  Using Italian trains to Ventimiglia, and a French local train - a useful option if the Thello timings don't suit you...

Italian InterCity train at Milan   6-seater compartment on an Italian InterCity train   TER regional train Nice to Ventimiglia

Italian InterCity trains link Milan & Genoa with Ventimiglia on the French/Italian border.  Most cars are of the traditional side-corridor type with 6-seater compartments (pictured above).

 

Double-decker regional trains like this link Ventimiglia with Monte Carlo, Nice & Cannes every 30 minutes.


Florence to Brussels & Bruges from €64...

Option 1, by daytime TGV & Thalys with overnight stop in Paris...

Option 2, by daytime TGV & Thalys with overnight stop in Turin...

Option 3, by high-speed train Florence to Milan, overnight Thello sleeper train to Paris & high-speed Thalys train to Brussels... 


Florence to Amsterdam from €64...

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

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy by 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth comapartments.

 

City Night Line sleeper trains like this link Zurich & Munich with Amsterdam...

More pictures & information about this train...

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...

ETR610 EuroCity train from Switzerland at Milan Centrale   2nd class seats on an ETR610 EuroCity train to Italy

ETR610 EuroCity train, as used on all Milan-Switzerland routes.

 

2nd class seats on the stylish ETR610 EuroCity train...

Lake Leman, seen from a Geneva-Milan train

The view from the train:  Lake Leman on a wintry day.

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, Madrid & Spain...

By daytime trains with overnight stop in Marseille...

Milan to Marseille by Thello train...

Thello train from Marseille & Nice to Milan, at Marseille St Charles   1st class seats on Thello train from Nice to Milan

The Milan-Marseille Thello train at Milan Centrale...  It uses comfortable air-conditioned Frecciabianca carriages.

 

1st class seats on Thello.  All seats have power sockets.  Plenty of luggage room on racks & between seat backs...

2nd class seats on the Thello train from Nice to Milan   Cafe counter on the Thello train from Nice to Milan

2nd class seats on the Thello train.  All seats have power sockets, with plenty of luggage space on racks and between seat backs.

 

The small cafe-bar counter on the Milan to Nice & Marseille Thello train serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks.

Coastal views from the train between Toulon and Nice

View from the train between Nice & Marseille...

Marseille to Barcelona & Madrid by AVE high-speed train...

 

A Spanish S100 AVE train at Barcelona Sants...

 

2nd class seats, all with power sockets.  Luggage goes on the racks at the car ends or above the seats.  Panorama photo of 2nd class

 

Cafe-bar on an S100 AVE serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks & hot dishes...

 

1st class seats on an S100 AVE.  Panorama photo of 1st class

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  Seen from the train and one of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline all the way from Girona to Perpignan...


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!

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy by 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments.

 

Step 2, City Night Line sleeper train  from Munich to Amsterdam...

More pictures & information about this train...

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

  InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

Verona to Munich by EuroCity train...

 

EuroCity 2nd class, mainly 6-seat compartments but some open-plan seating.  There's also a restaurant car...

 

EuroCity 1st class, open-plan.  Sometimes available in 6-seat compartments.

Mountains between Munich and Innsbruck   Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route

Vineyards & mountains...  Scenery on the Brenner route, see the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

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


Florence to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €49..

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

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

Option 3, by daytime trains using the Venice-Vienna EuroCity train on the scenic Semmering route...: 


Florence to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo & Scandinavia...
ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Frankfurt

ICE 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

The Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rψdby ferry.  More info on ICE.

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph SJ2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More info on SJ 2000 trains


Florence to Budapest from €68...

Florence to Bucharest, Brasov & Romania...

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

Florence to Prague & the Czech Republic from €68...

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

Option 2, Florence to Prague via Zurich...


Florence to Bratislava & Slovakia from €64...

Florence to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland...

Florence to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Florence to Athens & Greece...

Florence to Istanbul & Turkey...

Railbookers custom-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.

USA & Canada call toll-free 1-888-829-4775 or www.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...


 


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