As Italy’s economic capital, Milan is business and fashion-centric. Here is where luxury and art unite, a moderns contrast to the Renaissance city of Florence.
Milan boasts of a massive collection of old and new art masterpieces, particularly Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Everywhere you look is jaw-dropping architecture – from its more recent skyscrapers to the age-old Milan Cathedral.
You have 2 options to travel the 305km distance from Florence to Milan: a 2 to 6.5-hour train with rates from €26 ($26) and a 4 to 5-hour bus with rates from €12 ($12).
The train is a convenient and fast way to get from Florence to Milan. Trains are available from midnight until late at night. You can ride a high-speed train that takes only 2 hours but is more expensive at €50 ($50). Another option is a regional train that is cheaper at €26 ($26) but takes 5-6.5 hours to Milan.
If you want to save money on this trip from Florence to Milan, consider taking a bus instead of the regional train. Buses are cheaper and can bring you to Milan in around 4-5 hours, which is a few hours quicker than the regional train. Ticket fares start from €12 ($12). The only downside of the bus is that the bus stations are outside Florence and Milan city centre.
There is no direct flight from Florence to Milan. Although both cities have their own airports, flights make at least one stop (usually in Rome), making the travel time take at least 3 hours. With airfares from €78 ($78), we don’t think a flight offers any advantage over the high-speed train.
Travelling from Florance to Milan by train is the easiest way. You can expect a comfortable ride and trains depart 2-4 times per hour.
The first train departs at 04:32 with the last trip at 22:25. Keep in mind that some trips will require you to make one or two transfers along the way.
There are two types of train that you can take from Florence to Milan:
High-speed trains like Italo and Frecciarossa offer direct trips from Florence to Milan. The travel time takes only 2 hours, but tickets are more expensive with rates from €50 ($50).
Taking this train is the quickest way to travel from Florence to Milan.
Regional trains are budget-friendly at €26 ($26). However, all trains require you to make two transfers either in Bologna, Prato, Faenza, or Piacenza. Travel time can take 5 to 6.5 hours.
If you want to save money by taking a regional train, you might be better off taking the bus. The regional train is still twice as expensive as the bus, and the journey takes 1-2 hours longer compared to the bus.
Most of the trains arrive at Milan Centrale, located 4km north of Milan Cathedral.
Florence to Milan by Bus
Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: €12 ($12)
Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: €12 ($12)
Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Florence to Milan. Although travel time takes longer than the high-speed train, buses are still faster than the regional trains. The journey normally takes between 4-5 hours, depending on the traffic.
There are 2 bus companies for this route: Itabus and FlixBus. Both companies have several departures throughout the day.
Ticket prices start from €12 ($12), but they can still vary based on the bus departure time. You can check the full schedule on Omio and FlixBus websites.
Departure & Arrival station
The buses mainly depart from Villa Constanza in Scandicci. This station is outside Florence city centre, so you still have to take a 10-minute taxi for around €25 ($25).
In Milan, the last stop for the buses is Lampugnano Bus Station, situated 10km northwest of Milan city centre. There are also a few bus departures that drop passengers off at San Donato M3. This station is nearer to Milan Airport than the city centre.