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bbk511 Mar 22nd, 2005 08:11 AM

Rome to Florence: train or plane
I am flying non stop to rome, however, my first stop will be Florence. If I arrive from the US in the morning, which is easier, most efficient- train or plane. Which would you choose.., Where does the train leave from?

valtor Mar 22nd, 2005 08:16 AM

By train is three hours; the trains are clean. I suppose that you can take the train from airport, but I am not sure. I took it from Rome - Statione Centrale.

Calamari Mar 22nd, 2005 08:19 AM

There is an airport in Florence (Peretola). Depending on who you are flying on, there are connections to Peretola from Rome. The train is a good option if it is too late to make flight changes. I suggest taking a taxi to the central train station. I just think it is easier than the bus/train. Some travellers here have taken a train from the airport to the main train station. I understand it is quite a bit of walking from where the airport train leaves you and the central train station however.

rex Mar 22nd, 2005 08:20 AM

If you are already AT the airport, then flying will save you time, even though the train is only 95 minutes. But it may cost you a lot more.

Best wishes,


rex Mar 22nd, 2005 08:23 AM

I meant to say flying COULD save you time... not flying WILL save you time. It all depends on arrival and departure times.

KT_Tomlinson Mar 22nd, 2005 08:45 AM

My husband and I flew into FCO in November, took the airport train into Rome and got on the train to Florence. It was very easy, and a relaxing way to do it.

ira Mar 22nd, 2005 12:16 PM

Hi bb,

Plane (Alitalia) is about $240. Takes an hr. FLR is about 15 min out of the city.

If you take the train to Rome (0:30 hr) and the train to Florence (1:36 hr) cost is 55E in 1cl.

Whether you save time depends on the scheduling.

Train schedules are at

The train between FCO and Roma Tiburtina leaves on the :07 and the :37.


Tiggy22 Mar 22nd, 2005 12:44 PM

BBK, next month I am flying into Rome (FCO) in the morning and taking the train (Leonardo Express) into Rome's Termini Station (cost around 9 Euro/30 minute ride) and therein taking the Eurostar into Florence (appx 30 Euro/90 min)

It's a beautiful and relaxing train ride - the scenery is so lovely and the cost is not relatively affordable.

Just a suggestion - an option to flying.

Have a wonderful trip and a safe journey! :-)

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