Want to know how to get from Florence to Milan? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Milan
Milan is Italy’s economic and design capital — the home of the stylish and the rich. Here is where luxury and art collide. It’s the country’s busiest and most vibrant city, but still charming with its few touches of the Old World.
The city boasts a massive collection of old and new art masterpieces and is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s most iconic work, the Last Supper. You’ll find jaw-dropping architecture everywhere you look in Milan — from its more recent skyscrapers to the age-old Milan Cathedral.
2 ways to get from Florence to Milan
There are two ways to travel the distance of 305 km (190 miles) from Florence to Milan: by bus (4-5 hours) and train (2-6.5 hours). The journey takes between 2h - 6h30m and the quickest way is by train. The lowest priced tickets start from €12 ($14) for the bus.
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 ($13), but they can still vary based on the bus departure time. You can check the full schedule on Omio and FlixBus websites.
Departure and 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 ($27.50).
In Milan, the last stop for the buses is Lampugnano Bus Station, situated 10 km 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.
Florence to Milan by Train
Duration: 2-6.5 hours
Starts from: €26 ($30.50)
Duration: 2-6.5 hours
Cost: €26 ($30.50)
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 ($59).
Taking this train is the quickest way to travel from Florence to Milan.
Regional trains are budget-friendly at €26 ($30.50). 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.
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