Thinking of spending some time in the Tuscan capital and need more information on how to take the train from Milan to Florence? You’ve come to the right place!
On average, the train journey from Milan to Florence takes around 2h 22m, with around 64 trains running on this popular route each day. If you want to travel from Milan to Florence quickly, the fastest Frecciarossa and Italo services can take just 1h 37m. As there are direct trains available, you don’t need to worry about changing along the journey either.
When travelling on this route, your train will depart from Milano Centrale station, whizz through 155 miles of idyllic Italian countryside and arrive at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station. If you feel like travelling in luxury, upgrade to First Class and enjoy a gourmet meal served to your seat, as well as free WiFi and luxury reclining armchairs.
Once you’ve arrived in Florence, you can start sipping delicious Tuscan wine and eating Bistecca alla Fiorentina in no time! Then, you can start exploring the city’s landmarks, including the beautiful the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Ponte Vecchio – a Roman bridge famed for the rows of shops adorning its sides. If you need more inspiration, check out our guide to the best things to do in Florence.
Ready to go? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Milan to Florence today in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, keep reading for FAQs, train times and ticket prices.
|Journey time||From 1h 44m|
|Distance||155 miles (249 km)|
|Frequency||46 trains per day|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train and bus operators||Autolinee Federico, Marino, Itabus, BlaBlaCar Bus, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Italo, Calanda Viaggi (Bus)|
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.
Trenitalia's Intercity trains run on standard lines outside the high-speed network, offering more than 90 trains a day that guarantee long and medium distance connections, ensuring wide coverage of the rail network. All Intercity trains are modern and comfortable with plenty of seats, retractable tables, power sockets, air conditioning, courtesy lights and plenty of luggage space. Intercity Night trains allow you to travel overnight in cabins with beds, berths or seating.
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 Milan to Florence 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 Milan and Florence is 2 hours and 16 minutes, with around 46 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 Milan to Florence is 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Train tickets from Milan to Florence can start from as little as $10.33 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Florence without having to change trains. There are 31 direct trains from Milan to Florence each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Milan to Florence leaves at 05:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Milan to Florence leaves at 21:50. 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 Milan to Florence cover a distance of around 155 miles (249 km) during the journey.