Arriving by train

Arriving by train

Situated in the middle of the Italian peninsula, Florence is on the main rail link from Milan to Rome connecting the city of the North with the capital and the South.

The most important railway station is called Santa Maria Novella (SMN), it is in the city centre and the regional, interregional, high-speed and international trains arrive at and depart from there.
High-speed trains are those of Trenitalia (The Arrows) and Italo. The average journey times to/from Milan are 1h40; to/from Bologna 0h35, to/from Rome 1h32; to/from Naples 2h35. All the tickets for high-speed trains require reservations.

As far as regional railways are concerned, there are direct rides to many Tuscan city. Tickets can be purchased in the ticket office, at the automatic machines or at the newsagent’s shop, where you can buy train kilometrical distance tickets. It is important to remember to stamp these tickets before going to the platforms using the special validating machines.

Other railway stations: Campo Marte; Firenze Rifredi.


  • For the travellers of Italo departing from Florence or arriving at Florence, it is possible to travel on all the means of transport (both trams and buses) with no added cost by taking advantage of the train ticket for 24 hours from the time of arrival and 24 hours before departure to visit the city using public transport on the network served by Ataf means of transport and T1 tramway. If a travel document is requested on board, it is sufficient to show the ticket of Italo and have an identity document in one’s pocket.
  • The holders of a valid travel document of Trenitalia (tickets and season tickets for Trenitalia regional services) with departure from or arrival at Firenze SMN and Stazione Leopolda can travel freely in the Via Alamanni/Railway Station - Porta al Prato/Leopolda section of the T1 tramway line. In case of inspection on board the tram and/or at the stops, passengers must show the qualified staff the travel document accompanied by an identity document, where necessary.

Train+bike is the formula possible for sustainable mobility. It is possible to put the bikes on Trenitalia regional trains.

The websites: Trenitalia          Italo

Photo credits: Comune di Firenze