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There are 12 ways to get from London Paddington Station to Florence by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, night train, car, car train or car ferry

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Recommended option

Fly London City to Florence  •  5h 20m

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Florence (FLR) LCY - FLR

€71 - €561

Cheapest option

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Florence  •  5h 27m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Florence (FLR) LGW - FLR

€45 - €241

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Fly London Heathrow to Bologna, train  •  6h

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Bologna (BLQ) LHR - BLQ
  2. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.

€77 - €308

Fly London Heathrow to Pisa, bus  •  6h 25m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Pisa (PSA) LHR - PSA
  2. Take the bus from Pisa Airport to Piazza Stazione

Fly London Stansted to Bologna, train  •  6h 56m

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Bologna (BLQ) STN - BLQ
  2. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.

€56 - €174

Fly London Stansted to Pisa, bus  •  7h 30m

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Pisa (PSA) STN - PSA
  2. Take the bus from Pisa Airport to Piazza Stazione

Train  •  15h 2m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Lille Europe Eil
  2. Take the train from Lille-Europe to Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV Tgv
  3. Take the train from Lyon-Saint Exupery Tgv to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  4. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Firenze S.M.N. Fr

€343 - €818

Bus, train  •  20h 30m

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria to Paris Bercy
  2. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Milano P.Garibaldi Tgv
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Firenze S.M.N. Fr

€191 - €303

Bus  •  27h 56m

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria to Paris Bercy
  2. Take the bus from Paris to Florence N521

€100 - €115

Bus and ferry, night train  •  33h 19m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from London to München
  2. Take the night train from Muenchen Hbf to Firenze S.M.N. Nj

€108 - €149

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  15h 15m

  1. Drive from London Paddington Station to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Florence

€325 - €421

Drive, car ferry  •  16h 22m

  1. Drive from London Paddington Station to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Florence

€195 - €301

London Paddington Station to Florence by subway and train

The journey time between London Paddington Station and Florence is around 37h 20m and covers a distance of around 1649 km. The fastest journey normally takes 28h 20m. Operated by London Underground (Tube), Eurostar, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and others, the London Paddington Station to Florence service departs from Paddington and arrives in Firenze S.M.N.. Typically two services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
37h 20m
Fastest journey time:
28h 20m
Journey distance:
1649 km
Services per week:
2
Cheapest price:
€343
Carbon emissions:
86 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
10:43
Last service departs at:
10:44

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

London Paddington Station to Florence subway and train schedules

Subway services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
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The cheapest way to get from London Paddington Station to Florence is to train and fly which costs £35 - £210 and takes 5h 27m.

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The quickest way to get from London Paddington Station to Florence is to fly which costs £60 - £490 and takes 5h 20m.

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No, there is no direct train from London Paddington Station to Florence. However, there are services departing from Paddington and arriving at Firenze S.M.N. via London St Pancras Eurostar, Lille-Europe, Lyon-Saint Exupery Tgv and Torino Porta Susa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 2m.

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It is approximately 1211 km to get from London Paddington Station to Florence.

The best way to get from London Paddington Station to Florence without a car is to train which takes 15h 2m and costs £290 - £700.

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It takes approximately 5h 20m to get from London Paddington Station to Florence, including transfers.

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London Paddington Station to Florence train services, operated by Eurostar, depart from London St Pancras Eurostar station.

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The best way to get from London Paddington Station to Florence is to fly which takes 5h 20m and costs £60 - £490. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £290 - £700 and takes 15h 2m, you could also bus, which costs £85 - £100 and takes 27h 56m.

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The quickest flight from London City Airport to Florence Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 10m.

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

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Map of how to get from London Paddington Station to Florence.
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  • Distance: 1210.9 km
  • Duration: 5h 20m

What companies run services between London Paddington Station, England and Florence, Italy?

British Airways, Swiss and two other airlines fly from London Paddington Station to Florence 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from London Paddington Station to Florence via King's Cross St. Pancras station, London St Pancras Eurostar, Lille Europe, Lille-Europe, Lyon-Saint Exupery Tgv, and Torino Porta Susa in around 15h 2m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Florence
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €160
Flights from London Gatwick to Florence
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €330
Flights from London Heathrow to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €260
Flights from London Heathrow to Pisa
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €210
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€23 - €150
Flights from London Stansted to Bologna via Zadar
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€23 - €150
Flights from London Stansted to Pisa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€14 - €190
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London City to Florence via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€95 - €2200
Flights from London Heathrow to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€180 - €1300
Flights from London Heathrow to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€180 - €1300
Flights from London Heathrow to Pisa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€90 - €2100
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Bologna via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €700
Flights from London Heathrow to Pisa via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€50 - €220
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Florence
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €330
Flights from London Gatwick to Florence via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €330
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Bologna via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €650
Flights from London Heathrow to Pisa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €290
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London City to Florence via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€170 - €470
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €340
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Bologna via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
€130 - €500
Train operators
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 3 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €100
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€30 - €45
Base Standard
€55 - €80
Base Premium
€70 - €100
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
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 Bologna Centrale to Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€12 - €40
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€14 - €21
Smart Low Cost
€12 - €17
Smart Flex
€26 - €40
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€20 - €60
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€23 - €35
Smart Low Cost
€20 - €29
Smart Flex
€40 - €60
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
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 Lille-Europe to Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€170 - €310
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Lyon-Saint Exupery Tgv to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€55 - €65
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€55 - €65
1st Class
€55 - €65
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Milano P.Garibaldi
Ave. Duration
7h 6m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€120 - €170
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€120 - €150
1st Class
€140 - €170
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€153
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
People Mover
Website
pisa-airport.com
Bus from Pisa Airport to Piazza Stazione
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Schedules at
pisa-airport.com
Traveleuro Tours & Travels
Phone
07710115044
Email
info@traveleuro.co.uk
Website
traveleuro.co.uk
Bus from London Victoria to Paris Bercy
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€46
Schedules at
traveleuro.co.uk
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 Paris to Florence
Ave. Duration
16h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€50 - €65
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to München
Ave. Duration
20h 23m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Ferry operators

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The best way to get from London Paddington Station to London Heathrow Airport is to train which takes 15 min and costs £4 - £35.

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