Are you in the mood for an artistic feast? Or maybe you just want a romantic destination filled with palaces, restaurants, dazzling gardens, and riverside walks? If so, Florence is for you. Even better, there are plenty of daily trains from Parma to Florence, making it easy to arrange spur of the moment excursions or to plan week-long trips to one of Europe's cultural centres.
Taking the train from Parma to Florence is easily the best way to travel. It's fast (expect Italo and Trenitalia services to reach Firenze Santa Maria Novella station in just over two hours), convenient, and extremely comfortable. Both Italo and Trenitalia provide plenty of legroom, onboard cafes, and WiFi for customers to use, so you can stay connected and research your trip as you make the journey.
Florence is packed with attractions. If art is your thing, the Uffizi Gallery is a must-visit, hosting masterpieces like Botticelli's Venus and Leonardo's Adoration of the Magi. But there's more to adore than masterpieces. From the Ponte Vecchio bridge to the Palazzo Pitti, the sightseeing is endless.
And the best way to get started? Pick a train time that suits you in our timetable below, then start your search for train tickets from Parma to Florence.
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).
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 Parma 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 Parma and Florence is 2 hours and 3 minutes, with around 15 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 Parma to Florence is 1 hour and 41 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Parma to Florence can start from as little as €12 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Parma to Florence. Travelling from Parma to Florence by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Parma to Florence leaves at 12:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Parma to Florence leaves at 16:27. 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.
Trains travelling from Parma to Florence cover a distance of around 85 miles (137 km) during the journey.