Want to find out more about traveling from Rome to Florence by train? You've come to the right place.
The average train journey time from Rome to Florence is 2 hours, although it takes just 1 hour and 17 minutes on the fastest direct Frecciarossa services. There are around 81 trains aper day per day running from Rome to Florence, the first train leaves at 00:17 from Roma Termini station and the last train leaves at 23:37.
You have plenty of high-speed options when travelling on this route. Whether it's one of Trenitalia's Le Frecce services - including their ultra-modern Frecciarossa trains - or a comfortable Italo service, you're sure to have an enjoyable and relaxing journey between these two popular destinations. If you fancy travelling in style, you can enjoy Italy’s best gourmet meals if you travel on Italo’s Prima and Club Executive or Frecciarossa Executive classes too.
Ready to book cheap train tickets from Rome to Florence? Start a search in our Journey Planner today, or keep reading from timetables, FAQs and review of what to expect during your journey.
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.
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 Rome 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 Rome and Florence is 1 hour and 47 minutes, with around 130 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 Rome to Florence is 1 hour and 17 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Rome to Florence can start from as little as €9.90 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 Rome to Florence without having to change trains. There are 128 direct trains from Rome to Florence each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Rome to Florence leaves at 00:17. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Rome to Florence leaves at 22:35. 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 Rome to Florence cover a distance of around 144 miles (232 km) during the journey.
For this journey, I took a high-speed train Italo 9991 departing from Roma Termini at 06:45 and arriving at Firenze Santa Maria Novella at 08:17.
Departing from Rome
To get to Roma Termini I took the tube and stopped at Termini, the tube stop is under the train station. Simply follow the sign ‘train station’ (stazione ferroviaria) and you’ll find yourself in the main entrance, with Piazza dei Cinquecento on your left.
As I arrived quite early, I decided to have breakfast at Mercato Centrale, where you can find lots of food stands offering amazing Italian delicacies and sit at one of the available tables. The market is on the right-hand side of the station.
After enjoying my meal at Mercato Centrale, I headed to the platform indicated on my Trainline app and went through the security gates to show my e-ticket before boarding. As there can be small queues during peak times and in the evenings, I suggest you arrive at the train station at least ten minutes before your departure.
On the Italo train
I bought Italo’s Economy ticket to travel in the Comfort class, which offers wider seats than the ones in Smart class. Both classes have comfortable reclining Frau leather seats, free WiFi and a Snack Area, where you can buy snacks and drinks.
Two other classes are available – the Prima class offers huge armchairs, Fast Track service, a selection of sweets, snacks, hot and cold beverages as well as national newspapers and magazines. The Club Exclusive class is the other class, which in addition to Prima’s services, also offers complimentary entry to the Italo Club lounges, dedicated catering with coffee, bakery products and drinks and 9” personal screens.
Arriving in Florence
Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station is centrally located, so you can easily reach Florence’s main attractions, such as Ponte Vecchio, the cathedral and the Accademia Gallery. If you want to move outside of the historic centre, you can take either the tram (Line T1 Scandicci - Firenze SMN) or one of the many urban buses operated by ATAF. You can buy your bus tickets on the bus or from the ATAF ticket office located inside the station, the newsstands and any other authorised retailer. Planning to stay in Florence for a couple of days? Read our top tips on spending the best 3 days in Florence.
Federica is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.