You can get from Milan to Florence on your own by high-speed train in just 1 hour 50 minutes. If you take care of the tickets in advance, you can buy them for only 18 euros. A longer and not always cheaper way is to take a bus.
The distance from Milan to Florence is 323 kilometers. Tips for optimal logistics and travel ideas can be found below.
ItaloTreno high-speed trains from Milan to Florence leave every hour from the central station (Milano Centrale).
The cost of tickets in the first class (Prima) starts from 25 euros. The second, but also quite comfortable, class costs from 18 euros one way.
You will find useful articles:
- How to spend a day in Florence - I advise you to book a sightseeing tour with a professional guide
- What to do 3 days in Florence
- Holidays in Florence with children
- Where to eat real Florentine steak
You can return from Florence to Milan by evening train at 19:25.
If for some reason there are no tickets suitable for ItaloTreno for you, then go to the Trenitalia website - their red arrow trains (Frecciarossa) also go quite often along this route.
- Of the minuses of Coaching: the cost is always higher or the same, the site is constantly dumb, complicated registration, trains are often late.
A direct bus from Milan to Florence leaves from the Lampugnano bus station or San Donato stop (metro line M3) and takes about 4 hours. If you take care of the ticket in advance, then you can buy them from the carrier Flixbus.ru even for 7 euros. Tickets cost from 10 to 14 euros on average.
A bus arrives in Florence at the Villa Costanza stop, from which, for example, it takes about 33 minutes to reach the Duomo Cathedral (La Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore). Take the T 1.3 line tram in the direction of Careggi-Ospedale, after 13 stops get off at Alamanni - Stazione - this is almost the city center, from where you can walk to the main attractions.
By car, get from Milan to Florence for at least 4 hours. Be sure to read the article about parking in Florence to avoid troubles and fines. Of the interesting routes, I would recommend 2 options:
- Milan - Parma - Modena - Bologna - Florence (optimal for 2-4 days)
- Milan - Genoa - along the Ligurian coast - we park in La Spezia - we go by train through the tunnel to the Cinque Terre National Park - Lucca - Pisa - Montecatini Terme - Florence (ideal for 3-7 days)
You can rent a car upon arrival at Malpensa Airport (Aeroporto di Milano-Malpensa) or Bergamo (Aeroporto di Bergamo-Orio al Serio).
I hope you can now easily get to Florence from Milan and back. I will be glad to answer your questions in the comments.