A Visitors Guide To Travelling to and from Florence By Train

The basics of Stations and station transfers in Florence and getting the best value tickets

Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station
Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station

Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station

The main train station for Florence is Santa Maria Novella Station, (though note some inter city trains do not stop here but stop at Rifredi or Campo di Marte Stations on the outskirts of Florence - so check your ticket!

Santa Maria Novella Station is very central, right on the western edge of the historic centre of Florence . Florence, at least the parts visitors want to go is very compact, if you had a accommodation close to the station you probably would not need any transport for Florence during your whole visit.

The station is architecturally very stark. modernist building. Inside there are the normal facilities, including a left luggage office. Most services like manned ticketing, toilets and the left luggage office open at 6 a.m. and close between 9 p.m. and midnight.

As you would expect there is a wide range of places to eat, most of the grab and go or fast food variety, both inside the station, and in the immediate vicinity where places tend to be less crowded than in the station.

Outside the station as you would expect Santa Maria Novella Train Station is a major transport hub. Florence has no single central bus station, but a lot of them do pass the station at a variety of stops that can be confusing to the new visitor. If you go to our dedicated Florence local transport page you will can link to a bus map of the city.

There is a tram service that terminates down by the side of Florence, but is of little use to visitors going south-west over the river and out of the city centre from the station.

The Volainbus airport bus for Florence Airport picks up from in front of Santa Maria Novella Train Station.

The Terravision airport bus for Pisa Airport leaves from a bus stand immediately in front of Santa Maria Novella Train Station also.

Florence Rifredi & Campo di Marte Stations

If you are travelling to or from Florence study your ticket carefully.

Santa Maria Novella Train Station is the main station in the centre of the city, but many inter-city trains do not visit here instead stopping at Rifredi Station to the north of the city or Campo di Marte Station to the east of the city. Many of the cheapest fares if you book on-line in advance will be from Rifredi or Campo di Marte Station

Its no big deal as there are local commuter trains every 10 minutes or so between both Rifredi / Campo di Marte Stations and Santa Maria Novella taking just a few minutes - you can buy a local ticket from a machine.

It only really becomes a big issue on departure when you turn up at Santa Maria Novella station only to then realise your train actually departs from another station.

TrenItalia Train Fares & Timetables In Italy

For the visitor to Italy who wants to tour independently, the TrenItalia web site will become a second home. In Italy what scheduled coach network there is, is fragmented and piecemeal. The main alternative to rail on the longer distance journeys are the low cost budget airlines.

Note: When using on-line ticketing and travel planning systems they use the Italian name of Florence, which is Firenze.

The TrenItalia web site has English language pages and timetables and on-line advance e-ticketing where you can also reserve seat numbers. On some shorter urban journeys it is not possible to buy tickets on-line.

TrenItalia Timetables & Ticketing

Florence Train Connections

Florence is a major Italian rail hub of both the high speed trains and the regional and standard train services. From Florence it is very easy to get to any major city or town in Italy

Regional rail lines from Florence include direct services to Pisa, Luca, Siena and Bologna.

Outline Map Of High Speed Trains From Florence & Indicative Travel Times

Simple Map Of Italian High Speed Trains

Getting The Best Fares

By planning in advance your rail travel needs it really does pay to look at fares and timetables at the time you are planning your trip. Even on the high speed trains there are some fantastic fares to be had if you buy well in advance and are willing to be flexible on exact travel times.

Using Italian Trains

Florence By Inter City Coach

Although rail is by far the most popular way of travelling between Italian cities, there is a scheduled coach alternative.

Megabus Italy Coach

Megabus Italy Coach

In 2015 Megabus launched in Italy connecting all the main cities that visitors want to travel between with a low cost, accessible bus network with easy on-line purchase of tickets.

A welcome alternative to the rather tired alternative Eurolines offering.

Megabus offer direct services from Florence to Rome, Naples, Venice, Bologna, Milan and Turin.

Services to Sienna are operated by a local operator and this is covered on our Sienna page.

Unlike many Italian cities the inter city coaches pick-up in the heart of Florence city centre around Santa Maria Novella Train Station.

Inter City Coach Travel Between Italian Cities - Full Details

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