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There are 8 ways to get from Brussels to Florence by plane, train, bus, car or shuttle

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Fly Brussels to Florence  •  4h 17m

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Florence (FLR) BRU - FLR

75€ - 1714€

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Bus  •  22h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine Brussels City Center - Midi Train station > Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine / ...
  2. Take the bus from Paris to Florence N521

64€ - 87€

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Florence  •  5h 43m

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Florence (FLR) AMS - FLR

128€ - 1723€

Fly Brussels to Bologna, train  •  5h 42m

  1. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Bologna (BLQ) BRU - BLQ
  2. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.

76€ - 260€

Train  •  12h 7m

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Paris Nord
  2. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  3. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Firenze S.M.N. Fr

220€ - 408€

Train via Strasbourg  •  14h 22m

  1. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Strasbourg Tgv
  2. Take the train from Strasbourg to Basel Sbb Ter
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano Ec / ...
  4. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Re / ...
  5. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Firenze S.M.N. Fr

220€ - 380€

Drive  •  11h 45m

  1. Drive from Brussels to Florence 1178.7 km

140€ - 210€

Train, shuttle  •  19h 50m

  1. Take the train from Brux.-/ Brus-Centr. to Hasselt Ic / ...
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Maastricht to Desenzano del Garda
  3. Take the train from Desenzano del Garda to Firenze Santa Maria Novella

191€ - 236€

Brussels to Florence by train

The train journey time between Brussels and Florence is around 22h 16m and covers a distance of around 1483 km. The fastest train normally takes 18h 48m. Operated by Thalys, Transilien, TGV inOui and others, the Brussels to Florence train service departs from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and arrives in Firenze S.M.N.. Typically 10 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Florence is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Florence is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Florence is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

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The most affordable way to get from Brussels to Florence is to bus, which costs 60€ - 90€ and takes 22h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Brussels to Florence is to fly which costs 70€ - 1800€ and takes 4h 17m.

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No, there is no direct train from Brussels to Florence. However, there are services departing from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and arriving at Firenze S.M.N. via Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon and Torino Porta Susa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 7m.

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The distance between Brussels and Florence is 942 km. The road distance is 1178.7 km.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Florence without a car is to train which takes 12h 7m and costs 220€ - 410€.

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It takes approximately 4h 17m to get from Brussels to Florence, including transfers.

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Brussels to Florence train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi station.

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The best way to get from Brussels to Florence is to fly which takes 4h 17m and costs 70€ - 1800€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 220€ - 410€ and takes 12h 7m, you could also bus, which costs 60€ - 90€ and takes 22h 3m.

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The quickest flight from Brussels Airport to Florence Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Brussels to Florence train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Firenze S.M.N. station.

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  • Distance: 941.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 17m

What companies run services between Brussels, Belgium and Florence, Italy?

Brussels Airlines, Swiss and four other airlines fly from Brussels to Florence 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Brussels to Florence via Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon, and Torino Porta Susa in around 12h 7m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Brussels to Florence via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 290€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 750€
Flights from Brussels to Bologna via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 370€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Brussels to Florence via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 290€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 430€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 300€
Flights from Brussels to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 310€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 320€
Flights from Brussels to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
45€ - 290€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Brussels to Florence via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
80€ - 330€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
170€ - 380€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Brussels to Florence via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
100€ - 450€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
160€ - 600€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
85€ - 210€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Brussels to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
55€ - 210€
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Thalys
Standard
60€ - 85€
Comfort
70€ - 95€
Premium
85€ - 120€
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 160€
Website
Thalys
Standard
75€ - 110€
Comfort
90€ - 120€
Premium
110€ - 160€
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 45€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
11€ - 15€
Base Standard
25€ - 35€
Base Premium
30€ - 45€
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 100€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
30€ - 45€
Base Standard
60€ - 80€
Base Premium
70€ - 100€
Train from Milano Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
24€ - 80€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
24€ - 35€
Base Standard
45€ - 65€
Base Premium
55€ - 80€
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
6€ - 14€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
12€ - 14€
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
5h 39m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
110€ - 150€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
110€ - 130€
1st Class
120€ - 150€
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
110€ - 150€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
110€ - 130€
1st Class
120€ - 150€
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Strasbourg to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
18€ - 40€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
Rail 1st Class
27€ - 40€
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Strasbourg to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 80€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
70€ - 130€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
19€ - 35€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Phone
+32 2 528 28 28
Website
belgiantrain.be
Train from Brux.-/ Brus-Centr. to Hasselt
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 14€
Website
Belgian Railways
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Belgium Rail Pass
2nd Class
9€ - 14€
1st Class
15€ - 22€
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Desenzano del Garda to Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
18€ - 55€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
20€ - 29€
Smart Low Cost
18€ - 26€
Smart Flex
35€ - 55€
Bus operators
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Brussels City Center - Midi Train station to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
12€ - 15€
Website
Blablabus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Brussels South to Paris
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
16€ - 20€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Paris to Florence
Ave. Duration
16h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 65€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Starliner
Phone
+31 (0) 172-881316
Email
info@starliner.nl
Website
starliner.nl
Shuttle from Maastricht to Desenzano del Garda
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
160€
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Starliner

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Yes, the driving distance between Brussels to Florence is 1179 km. It takes approximately 11h 45m to drive from Brussels to Florence.

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Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Dolomiti and three other airlines offer flights from Brussels Airport to Florence Airport.

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