The fastest and most comfortable way to get to Florence from Rome is to take a high-speed train. An alternative option is to take a regional one or to go by bus.
Let’s observe all of the possible options.
High-speed train for 1,5 hour
Price: from 19 EUR
How far is Florence from Rome? – 300 km, or 1,5 hours by train. That is actually the best option. Especially if you want to spend a day there walking or visiting the Uffizi Gallery, have dinner and come back to Rome in the evening.
There are two train companies in Italy:
- Trenitalia.com – a public company.
- Italotreno.it – a private company with good quality high-speed trains.
I use both services, just checking the most appropriate options for my trips. But in general, I prefer Italotreno. The main secret is to plan your trip and buy tickets as much in advance as possible. The speed of the trains is 250-300 km/h to Florence without a stop.
- Important: high-speed trains in Rome departure from Termini or Roma Tributina (also a metro station) railway stations. Keep it in mind while planning your journey.
For example, one can easily find tickets for 19 EUR in Trenitalia 1-2 months prior to the date:
If one buys tickets at a railway station or online but a couple of days in advance, the price starts from 44 EUR:
Same with Italotreno, in advance:
And at the very last moment:
Regional train for 4 hours
Price: from 21.5 EUR
Traveling on a regional train is more of a compromise for those who have a limited budget and enough time. Remember that strikes of transport service are common in Italy and it’s regional train workers who go out.
So, as I mentioned, it will take you 4 hours and 21.5 EUR to get from Rome to Florence. The price does not change, so there is no need to buy tickets in advance. The most important thing is to check the timetable and buy tickets at the official website of Trenitalia.com only. All other websites will charge you.
A bus for about 4 hours
Price: from 5 EUR
This option is for savers.
Conclusion: I would say that the high-speed train option is the most comfortable way to get from Rome to Florence at a reasonable time and money. If you plan your trip in advance, the price for such a train will be lower than for a regional one. A bus is an option for those with a limited budget or who enjoy traveling by bus.
FAQ about getting to Florence from Rome
Can you make a day trip to Florence from Rome?
If you plan to take a day trip to Florence from Rome, it is best to catch an early train so that you have enough time to explore the city. Once in Florence, you can visit popular attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery (home of Michelangelo's David), the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (also known as the Duomo), and the Ponte Vecchio.
It's important to note that a day trip may not give you enough time to appreciate all that Florence has to offer fully, and it's worth considering staying overnight if possible to have a more immersive experience.
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