While the drive from Bologna to Florence can take about an hour and a half, the train is by far the most comfortable way to get from one city centre to another – your journey can last less than an hour if you travel on a Trenitalia or Italo high-speed train. Hitting top speeds of 350 km/h, you’ll enjoy high levels of comfort, with larger seats, free WiFi, dedicated catering services and much more.
Trains depart from Bologna Centrale and arrive into Firenze Santa Maria Novella, from which you can easily reach the city’s top attractions with a short walk, including the famous Basilica of Santa Maria Novella – a treasure trove of Gothic-Renaissance art. Want to know more? Then have a look at the information below and book your train tickets from Bologna to Florence with us.
|Journey time||From 37m|
|Distance||50 miles (80 km)|
|Frequency||66 trains per day|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train and bus operators||Autolinee Federico, Marino, Itabus, BlaBlaCar Bus, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Italo, Appennino, Consorzio Autolinee S.R.L.|
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, free WiFi connection and 4 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 selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat). You can now also travel with Frecciarossa between Milan and Paris via Turin, Modane and Chambéry. The new Frecciarossa trains have 4 levels of service – Standard, Business, Executive and Meeting Room – and two types of carriage: 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.
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.
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 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 Bologna and Florence is 45 minutes, with around 66 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 Bologna to Florence is 37 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Bologna to Florence can start from as little as €4.75 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Bologna to Florence without having to change trains. There are 63 direct trains from Bologna to Florence each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Bologna to Florence leaves at 01:51. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Bologna to Florence leaves at 22:08. 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 Bologna to Florence cover a distance of around 50 miles (80 km) during the journey.