For those who want to travel to the most beautiful spots in Europe, then the train route for Florence to Interlaken should be top of your bucket list. Taking around five hours, this is the perfect option for train-lovers, too, giving you a leisurely day in transit to take in the stunning landscapes of Italy and Switzerland as they all pass by your window!
Considering the nearest major airport to Interlaken is Zurich – flying adds on three hours of transfer time, two hours of waiting in the terminal, two hours of flight and immeasurably more stress – we think travelling by train is a fantastic way to reach one of Switzerland’s most picturesque areas. Italo, Trenitalia and SBB trains provide comfortable seats and plenty of amenities such as air conditioning and WiFi to keep you content as you speed through Europe. Want to know more about this great route? Find train times, ticket prices and FAQs below.
It takes an average of 9h 2m to travel from Florence to Interlaken Ost by train, over a distance of around 260 miles (419 km). There are normally 13 trains per day traveling from Florence to Interlaken Ost and tickets for this journey start from $54.89 when you book in advance.
419 miles (260 km)
13 trains per day
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Frecciarossa trains are Trenitalia's flagship high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The "red arrow" trains are distinguished by their comfort, their ultra-modern design and their reduced impact on the environment. All Frecciarossa trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection and four levels of service – Standard, Premium (with drinks and welcome snacks served on arrival, as well as a morning newspaper), Business (with drinks and snacks, morning newspaper and larger seats) and Executive (with Fast Track, access to FrecciaClub lounges in train selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat). From December 2021, you can also travel with Frecciarossa from Milan to Paris via Turin, Modane and Chambéry. The trains are operated by Trenitalia France and have 4 levels of service - Standard, Business, Executive and Meeting Room - and two types of carriages: Silence Area, for those who want to travel in total tranquillity, and Allegro Area, for those who want to chat with their fellow passengers.
Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).
Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.
The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Florence to Interlaken Ost by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Florence and Interlaken Ost is 9 hours and 2 minutes, with around 13 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Florence to Interlaken Ost is 5 hours and 31 minutes.
Train tickets from Florence to Interlaken Ost can start from as little as $54.89 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
No, there are no direct train services from Florence to Interlaken Ost. Travelling from Florence to Interlaken Ost by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.
The first train from Florence to Interlaken Ost leaves at 01:38. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Florence to Interlaken Ost leaves at 20:55. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Florence to Interlaken Ost cover a distance of around 260 miles (419 km) during the journey.