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There are 5 ways to get from Interlaken to Florence by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6h 37m

  1. Take the train from Spiez to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Firenze S.M.N. Fr

92€ - 207€

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Train, bus, night bus  •  11h 12m

  1. Take the train from Spiez to Visp Ic8 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Visp Train Station to Genoa Marittima
  3. Take the night bus from Genoa to Florence

67€ - 106€

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Train via Brig  •  7h 13m

  1. Take the train from Spiez to Brig Ic8 / ...
  2. Take the train from Brig to Milano Centrale Ec
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale Station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella

74€ - 184€

Drive  •  5h 59m

  1. Drive from Interlaken to Florence 564.2 km

65€ - 110€

Train, fly  •  6h

  1. Take the train from Interlaken West to Bern
  2. Take the train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
  3. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Florence (FLR) ZRH - FLR

116€ - 714€

Interlaken to Florence by train

The train journey time between Interlaken and Florence is around 5h 16m and covers a distance of around 544 km. The fastest train normally takes 5h 16m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), BLS AG, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and others, the Interlaken to Florence train service departs from Interlaken West and arrives in Firenze S.M.N.. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Interlaken to Florence train schedules

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The most affordable way to get from Interlaken to Florence is to drive, which costs SFr 75 - SFr 120 and takes 5h 59m.

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The quickest way to get from Interlaken to Florence is to drive which costs SFr 75 - SFr 120 and takes 5h 59m.

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No, there is no direct train from Interlaken to Florence. However, there are services departing from Interlaken West and arriving at Firenze S.M.N. via Spiez and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 37m.

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The distance between Interlaken and Florence is 418 km. The road distance is 564.2 km.

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The best way to get from Interlaken to Florence without a car is to train which takes 6h 37m and costs SFr 100 - SFr 230.

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It takes approximately 6h 37m to get from Interlaken to Florence, including transfers.

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Interlaken to Florence train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Spiez station.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Florence Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Interlaken to Florence is 564 km. It takes approximately 5h 59m to drive from Interlaken to Florence.

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  • Distance: 418 km
  • Duration: 6h 37m

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

You can take a train from Interlaken to Florence via Spiez and Milano Centrale in around 6h 37m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 230€
Train operators
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 Spiez to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 110€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Spiez to Brig
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
23€ - 45€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Brig to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Spiez to Visp
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
20€ - 40€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Interlaken West to Bern
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
21€ - 40€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 70€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Milano Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
24€ - 80€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
24€ - 35€
Base Standard
45€ - 65€
Base Premium
55€ - 80€
BLS AG
Phone
+41 58 327 32 71
Website
bls.ch
Train from Spiez to Brig
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
10€ - 14€
Website
BLS AG
Schedules at
Swiss Railways
Train from Interlaken West to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
BLS AG
Schedules at
Swiss Railways
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 Milano Centrale Station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
21€ - 60€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
23€ - 35€
Smart Low Cost
21€ - 29€
Smart Flex
40€ - 60€
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Interlaken West to Bern
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
19€ - 26€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Bus operators
ExpressBus
Phone
+41 842 000 888
Email
info@expressbus.ch
Website
expressbus.ch
Bus from Visp Train Station to Genoa Marittima
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 75€
Website
ExpressBus
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
Night bus from Genoa to Florence
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
14€ - 17€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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