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Train from London to Florence

Florence city centre
Photo © Fototeca ENIT / Vito Arcomano


Route: London to Florence via Paris and Turin
Journey time: 16 hrs 9 mins
Journey highlights:

The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence has a long and rich history: home to such great figures as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Dante – not to forget the powerful Medici family – Florence has been influential in shaping the modern world. Today, it remains one of Italy’s major cities and one of the world’s premier tourist destinations. With a host of celebrated sites, from the glorious dome of the Duomo and the shop-lined Ponte Vecchio bridge, to the world-renowned Uffizi and Pitti galleries, Florence is not short of sights for the visitor. Its elegant streets, squares, and palaces invite you to stroll, or to linger over Tuscan cuisine served up with the region’s celebrated olive oil.


Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Paris and Turin

Sample itinerary: Leave London at 0540 and arrive in Paris at 0917, then catch the 10.41 from Gare de Lyon and arrive in to Turin at 1617 to catch the 1814 service from Turin, which arrives in Florence at 20.55
Price: From £212 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.


Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins

A relatively quick train trip from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for RER ligne D (which will be signposted 'direction' 'Melun', 'Malesherbes' or 'Corbeil Essonnes'). It's just 2 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare de Lyon and takes a little over 10 minutes (plus there's a short 5 minute walk to the connecting TGV departure platforms), but we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer.

Short hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 minutes.
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Leg 2:

Paris Gare de Lyon to Florence via Turin

Train leaves Paris Gare de Lyon at 10.41 and arrives in Turin at 1617 then catch 1814 which arrives in Florence S.M.N (Santa Maria Novella) at 20.55.

Frequency of service: Daily

TGV Paris to Turin then Frecciarossa high-speed train from Turin to Florence

Journey time: approx 19 hours

Benvenuto a Firenze

Most visitors coming by train will arrive directly at Florence’s Santa Maria Novella (SMN) railway station, on the north-western edge of the city centre. However, there are two other stations in the city, Firenze Campo Marte and Firenze Rifredi: it is possible you may have to make a change at Rifredi to arrive at SMN, but this should be covered by your train ticket (for no extra cost) – check with the train operator in case of doubt.

Central Florence is compact, and much of it is barred to through traffic, so walking is a great option for getting around and enjoying what the city has to offer. Alternatively, you could choose to hire a bike – taking advantage of the flat terrain and quiet central streets (outside the centre, there is however traffic to contend with) – the city’s official tourist website offers a list of different cycle hire providers in Florence.

For longer journeys across and around the city, you may need to take advantage of the city’s bus system. ATAF, the bus operator, offers information, maps, timetables and a journey planner in English on its website: basic tickets, valid for 90 minutes, cost 1,20€, and various other options are available. There is also a tram system under construction, however only one line (of limited use to visitors) is currently in operation, and the website is in Italian.

If you’re going to spend several days in Florence, and intend to head to several of the city’s museums and attractions, you might want to consider investing in the Firenzecard, which gives access to thirty of the city’s main sites, and unlimited public transport use.

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Your route to Florence

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.


Through-fare tickets

>> You can now buy a 'through-fare' ticket from over 300 UK rail stations to London that connect with Eurostar departures to Europe. These tickets cut the cost of the journey from your local station to London when used in conjunction with a Eurostar ticket. See: Through-fare tickets connecting with Eurostar

Changing Stations

The key to travelling by train to Europe is to plan the most convenient connections. Here's our guide to how to change stations within the key hub cities of Paris, Brussels and Lille for onward connections to the rest of Europe.

>> How to Change Train Stations in Paris, Brussels and Lille

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