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Taking the train from Parma to Florence

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.

Parma to Florence by train

It takes an average of 2h 35m to travel from Parma to Florence by train, over a distance of around 85 miles (137 km). There are normally 21 trains per day travelling from Parma to Florence and tickets for this journey start from €8 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 45m
PriceFrom €8
Distance85 miles (137 km)
Frequency21 trains per day
First train07:05
Last train23:14
Departure stationParma
Arrival stationFlorence
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsAutolinee Federico, Itabus, Trenitalia, Flixbus

Parma to Florence train times

Check out the next trains departing from Parma to Florence for Tuesday 13th December 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:54 12:39 1h 45m, 1 change
11:54 13:39 1h 45m, 1 change
12:54 14:39 1h 45m, 1 change
13:54 15:39 1h 45m, 1 change
14:08 16:27 2h 19m, direct
14:27 16:39 2h 12m, 1 change
15:27 17:24 1h 57m, 1 change
15:54 17:39 1h 45m, 1 change
16:09 19:04 2h 55m, 1 change
17:46 19:39 1h 53m, 1 change

Frecciarossa, Trenitalia and Intercity trains from Parma to Florence

You can travel from Parma to Florence on Frecciarossa, Trenitalia and Intercity 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, 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.

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.

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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.

Cheap train tickets from Parma to Florence

The price of train tickets from Parma to Florence starts at €8 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 Parma 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 Parma 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 Parma to Florence take?

The average journey time by train between Parma and Florence is 2 hours and 35 minutes, with around 21 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 Parma and Florence by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Parma to Florence is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

How much does the train from Parma to Florence cost?

Train ticket prices from Parma to Florence can start from as little as €8 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 Parma to Florence?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Parma to Florence without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Parma 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 Parma to Florence leave?

The first train from Parma to Florence leaves at 07:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Parma to Florence leave?

The last train from Parma to Florence leaves at 23:14. 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 Parma and Florence by train?

Trains travelling from Parma to Florence cover a distance of around 85 miles (137 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Florence to Parma. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Parma 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 Parma to Florence for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/13/2022. 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 12/06/2022 for travel on 12/06/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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