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Travelling from Bologna Centrale to Florence by train

Whether your appetite is for the aesthetic or for something a bit more tangible, this route from Bologna to Florence is sure to feed body and soul. With a journey time of just 40 minutes onboard a comfy, high-speed and WiFi-equipped Trenitalia or Italo train, you can enjoy a seamless transfer from foodie capital to the home to Michelangelo’s David and some of the most picturesque sights in the world.

Once in Florence, a feast for the eyes awaits on every corner. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its iconic dome should be your first stop. Take in the wonders of Palazzo Vecchio or just wander down the Ponte Vecchio, a bridge that still has shops along its length. Discover delicious Italy, check out the journey information for this route below and book your train tickets from Bologna to Florence with us.

Bologna Centrale to Florence by train

It takes an average of 1h 45m to travel from Bologna Centrale to Florence by train, over a distance of around 51 miles (82 km). There are normally 45 trains per day travelling from Bologna Centrale to Florence and tickets for this journey start from €9.45 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 37m
PriceFrom €9.45
Distance51 miles (82 km)
Frequency45 trains per day
Departure stationBologna Centrale
Arrival stationFlorence
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsAutolinee Federico, Marino, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Italo, Itabus

Bologna Centrale to Florence train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bologna Centrale to Florence for Sunday 16th May 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:12 Bologna Centrale07:50 Firenze Santa Maria NovellaFrecciargento 9301 Trenitalia Get tickets38m, direct
07:27 Bologna Centrale08:04 Firenze Santa Maria NovellaFrecciarossa 9511 Trenitalia Get tickets37m, direct
07:47 Bologna Centrale08:24 Firenze Santa Maria NovellaFrecciargento 8555 Trenitalia Get tickets37m, direct
08:02 Bologna Centrale08:39 Firenze Santa Maria NovellaFrecciarossa 9403 Trenitalia Get tickets37m, direct
08:27 Bologna Centrale09:04 Firenze Santa Maria NovellaFrecciarossa 9515 Trenitalia Get tickets37m, direct
09:27 Bologna Centrale10:04 Firenze Santa Maria NovellaFrecciarossa 9519 Trenitalia Get tickets37m, direct
09:47 Bologna Centrale10:24 Firenze Santa Maria NovellaFrecciargento 8507 Trenitalia Get tickets37m, direct
10:02 Bologna Centrale10:39 Firenze Santa Maria NovellaFrecciarossa 9409 Trenitalia Get tickets37m, direct
10:27 Bologna Centrale11:04 Firenze Santa Maria NovellaFrecciarossa 9583 Trenitalia Get tickets37m, direct
11:12 Bologna Centrale11:50 Firenze Santa Maria NovellaFrecciarossa 9311 Trenitalia Get tickets38m, direct

Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciargento trains from Bologna Centrale to Firenze

You can travel from Bologna Centrale to Firenze on Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciargento trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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).

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.

PhotoRob Dammers, under licence CC 2.0

Frecciargento "silver arrow" high-speed trains connect the main cities of the north-west, central and southern Italy at speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h). All Frecciargento trains are equipped with a food carriage, free WiFi, reclining seats and power sockets. There are two levels of service – First Class and Second Class. First Class travellers can enjoy reclining leather seats, welcome service with drink and a sweet or savoury snack, and a free morning newspaper.

Cheap train tickets from Bologna Centrale to Florence

The price of train tickets from Bologna Centrale to Florence starts at €9.45 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 Bologna Centrale to Florence by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Bologna Centrale to Florence? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Bologna Centrale to Florence take?

The average journey time by train between Bologna Centrale and Florence is 1 hour and 45 minutes, with around 45 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Bologna Centrale and Florence by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bologna Centrale to Florence is 37 minutes.

How much does the train from Bologna Centrale to Florence cost?

Train ticket prices from Bologna Centrale to Florence can start from as little as €9.45 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Bologna Centrale to Florence?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Bologna Centrale to Florence without having to change trains. There are 27 direct trains from Bologna Centrale to Florence each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Bologna Centrale to Florence leave?

The first train from Bologna Centrale to Florence leaves at 11:02. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Bologna Centrale to Florence leave?

The last train from Bologna Centrale to Florence leaves at 10:27. 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.

What's the distance between Bologna Centrale and Florence by train?

Trains travelling from Bologna Centrale to Florence cover a distance of around 51 miles (82 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Florence to Bologna Centrale. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Bologna Centrale to Florence.
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in Italy. Subject to availability. Excludes coach. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bologna Centrale to Florence for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/16/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 05/18/2021 for travel on 05/18/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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