There are 9 ways to get from Florence to Swiss Alps by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Milano Centrale Fr
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bellinzona
  3. Take the train from Bellinzona to Airolo 20 / ...

$87 - $155

Cheapest option

Bus Autolinee Gambioli  •  11 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Firenze Nord to Bellinzona Castione
  2. Take the bus from Castione, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione 191

$67 - $102

7 alternative options

Bus Calanda Viaggi  •  10 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Florenz A1 to Bellinzona Via Henri Guisan
  2. Take the bus from Bellinzona, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione 191

$70 - $102

Drive  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Florence to Swiss Alps 299.2 miles

$70 - $110

Fly Florence to Zurich, train  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Zurich (ZRH) FLR - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
  3. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo

$128 - $462

Fly Florence to Lugano, train  •  9 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Lugano (LUG) FLR - LUG
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Airolo

$138 - $515

Fly Florence to Milan Malpensa, bus, train  •  9 h 50 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
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Airolo

$174 - $415

Fly Florence to Milan Linate, train  •  10 h 12 min

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

$186 - $513

Train to Venice, fly to Zurich, train  •  10 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Venezia Mestre
  2. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Zurich (ZRH) VCE - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
  4. Take the train from Erstfeld to Airolo

$135 - $491

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The cheapest way to get from Florence to Swiss Alps is to bus which costs 55€ - 90€ and takes 11 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Florence to Swiss Alps is to drive which costs 60€ - 90€ and takes 4 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Florence to Swiss Alps. However, there are services departing from Firenze Autostazione and arriving at Gotthard Passhöhe via Florenz A1, Bellinzona, Stazione and Airolo, Stazione. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 41 min.

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The distance between Florence and Swiss Alps is 374 km. The road distance is 478.8 km.

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The best way to get from Florence to Swiss Alps without a car is to train which takes 7 h 9 min and costs 70€ - 140€.

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It takes approximately 7 h 9 min to get from Florence to Swiss Alps, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Florence to Swiss Alps is to train which takes 7 h 9 min and costs 70€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 55€ - 90€ and takes 10 h 41 min.

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Map of how to get from Florence to Swiss Alps.
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  • Distance: 233.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 9 min

What companies run services between Florence, Italy and Swiss Alps, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Florence to Swiss Alps via Milano Centrale, Bellinzona, Airolo, and Airolo, Stazione in around 7 h 9 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Florence to Swiss Alps via Uscita Firenze Impruneta, Florenz A1, Bellinzona Via Henri Guisan, Bellinzona, Stazione, and Airolo, Stazione in around 10 h 41 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $250
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
3 h 58 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 Venice to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $220
Flights from Venice to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Florence to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
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 Venice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 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 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Rome, Palermo
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
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
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
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
6 h 45 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
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
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $440
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
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
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Venice to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $230
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
Train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station to Venezia Mestre Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
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 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Bellinzona to Airolo
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Erstfeld to Airolo
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Airolo
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
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
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Bellinzona, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus from Castione, Stazione to Airolo, Stazione
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Firenze Nord to Bellinzona Castione
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it
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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