The average train journey time from Rome to Florence is 1h 29m, although it takes just 1h 12m on the fastest direct Frecciarossa services. There are around 51 trains a day per day running from Rome to Florence, the first train leaves at 00:15 from Roma Termini station and the last train leaves at 22:35.
Take the train from Rome to Florence with us and enjoy one of our most popular routes – you’re sure to meet some locals onboard, is there a better way to learn Italian? Thanks to Italo and Le Frecce direct services, you’ll be walking across the famous Ponte Vecchio in less than two hours!
You won’t even need to worry about airport transfers – the train will take you directly to the city centre. As a bonus, you’ll get the chance to enjoy Italy’s best gourmet meals if you travel on Italo’s Prima and Club Executive or Frecciarossa Executive classes. Still not convinced? Cast your eyes down this page for all the details you’ll need, including FAQs and trip reviews.
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.
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 4 hours and 38 minutes, with around 13 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.
Frecciarossa high-speed trains from Rome to Florence can travel at speeds of up to 217 mph (350 km/h). The fastest journey time from Rome to Florence by train is 1 hour and 26 minutes.
The average train ticket price from Rome to Florence usually costs around €36.29 two weeks before travel, but can start from as little as €9.90 when you book in advance. Prices also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes. There are 7 direct Italo or Trenitalia trains that travel from Rome to Florence each day with an average journey time of 4 hours and 38 minutes.
The first train from Rome to Florence leaves at 06:11 from Roma Termini. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Rome to Florence leaves at 22:23 from Roma Termini. 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.
All trains travelling from Rome to Florence are operated by Trenitalia – the national railway company in Italy, or Italo – a high-speed train operator that runs services between many major cities in Italy.
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.