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How to Get from Rome to Florence

Rome to Florence Transportation Tips


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by Martha Bakerjian

Rome and Florence are two of Italy's top cities and travelers often visit both cities on the same trip. This information will help you easily get between Rome and Florence.

How to Get from Rome to Florence by Train

Florence is 173 miles north of Rome. Frequent trains run directly between Rome Termini Station and Florence Santa Maria Novella Station. Some frecce and regional trains also leave from Roma Tiburtina station.

Frecce trains are the fastest and most expensive, making the trip from Rome to Florence as short as one hour and thirty-one minutes. You'll need to reserve a seat on these trains. Less expensive trains take two to four hours. Trains leave from early morning until about 10:30PM.

You can check current Rome to Florence schedules and ticket prices on the Trenitalia web site. People in the US may find it easier and more convenient to buy tickets ahead of time through Select Italy - go to Select Italy train tickets page to make reservations and buy tickets direct.

Italy's private high-speed rail line, Italo, also has fast trains between Rome's Ostiense and Tiburtina stations (not Termini) and Florence. You can buy Italo train tickets in US dollars online through Select Italy, too.

How to Get from Florence Train Station into Florence

Local buses connect the train station to other parts of Florence and the outskirts of the city. Florence's historic center and main sights are an easy walk from the train station.

How to Get from Rome to Florence by Car

Although you don't need a car in Florence (and can't drive into the historic center), you may want to explore Tuscany by car. The A1 Autostrada (toll road) connects Rome to Florence - see Interactive Autostrada Map. Car rentals are available in Florence if you prefer to take the train and pick up a car there later.

Flying to Florence

Florence has an airport with flights from other Italian cities, Europe, and Great Britain. The airport is fairly close to town and connected to the train station by bus.

Where to Stay in Florence:

Florence Information

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