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

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Train  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bellinzona Eurocity / ...

$79 - $117

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Bus Calanda Viaggi  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Florenz A1 to Bellinzona Via Henri Guisan

$45 - $65

6 alternative options

Bus Autolinee Gambioli  •  7 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Firenze Nord Area Servizio Bisenzio Est to Bellinzona Castione

$46 - $74

Drive  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Florence to Locarno 259.8 miles

$60 - $95

Fly to Lugano  •  7 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Lugano (LUG) FLR - LUG

$115 - $478

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FLR - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$152 - $378

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  8 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Milan Linate (LIN) FLR - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bellinzona

$171 - $461

Fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Zurich (ZRH) FLR - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Bellinzona

$142 - $479

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No, there is no direct bus from Florence to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Firenze Autostazione and arriving at Locarno, Via della Pace via Florenz A1 and Bellinzona, Via Pellandini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Florence to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Firenze S.Maria Novella and arriving at Locarno via Milano Centrale and Bellinzona. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 56 min.

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The distance between Florence and Locarno is 328 km. The road distance is 415.8 km.

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The best way to get from Florence to Locarno without a car is to train which takes 4 h 56 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 56 min to get from Florence to Locarno, including transfers.

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Florence to Locarno bus services, operated by Calanda Viaggi, depart from Florenz A1 station.

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Florence to Locarno train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Firenze S.Maria Novella station.

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The best way to get from Florence to Locarno is to train which takes 4 h 56 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 4 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 7 h 36 min.

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There is no direct flight from Florence Airport to Lugano Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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Florence to Locarno bus services, operated by Calanda Viaggi, arrive at Bellinzona Via Henri Guisan station.

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Map of how to get from Florence to Locarno.
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  • Distance: 205.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 56 min

What companies run services between Florence, Italy and Locarno, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Florence to Locarno via Milano Centrale and Bellinzona in around 4 h 56 min. Alternatively, Autolinee Gambioli operates a bus from Florence to Locarno once a week. Tickets cost $29 - $45 and the journey takes 4 h 50 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Frankfurt, Zurich
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Munich, Zurich
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $380
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $2,100
Flights from Florence to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $250
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Rome, Cagliari
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Rome, Palermo
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Geneva, Zurich
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $490
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Florence to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,100
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,300
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Vienna, Zurich
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $850
Air Dolomiti
Website
airdolomiti.it
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $270
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via London City
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $4,000
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Firenze S.Maria Novella to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
Trenitalia Eurocity

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 Milano Centrale to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $37
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$35 - $37
First
$56
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Firenze Nord Area Servizio Bisenzio Est to Bellinzona Castione
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it
Calanda Viaggi
Website
calandaviaggi.com
Bus from Florenz A1 to Bellinzona Via Henri Guisan
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
calandaviaggi.com
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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Florence to Locarno train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Bellinzona station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Florence to Locarno is 416 km. It takes approximately 4 h 14 min to drive from Florence to Locarno.

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Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Florence Airport to Lugano Airport.

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There are 1708+ hotels available in Locarno. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Florence to Florence Airport is to bus which takes 13 min and costs .

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