There are 7 ways to get from Switzerland to Florence by plane, train, bus and ferry, bus or car

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Fly from Zurich  •  3h 50m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Florence (FLR) ZRH - FLR

98€ - 1421€

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Bus and ferry, train  •  8h 57m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Zurich to Bologna
  2. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N. Fr / ...

38€ - 93€

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Fly from Geneva  •  3h 47m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Florence (FLR) GVA - FLR

62€ - 178€

Fly from Basel  •  5h 59m

  1. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Florence (FLR) BSL - FLR

85€ - 396€

Train  •  7h 7m

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

92€ - 214€

Bus  •  9h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Florence, Florence N524

39€ - 51€

Drive  •  5h 59m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Florence 591.7 km

80€ - 120€

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The cheapest way to get from Switzerland to Florence is to bus which costs SFr 40 - SFr 55 and takes 9h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from Switzerland to Florence is to fly which costs SFr 65 - SFr 200 and takes 3h 47m.

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No, there is no direct train from Switzerland to Florence. However, there are services departing from Zürich Stadelhofen and arriving at Firenze S.M.N. via Zuerich Hb and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 7m.

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The distance between Switzerland and Florence is 410 km. The road distance is 591.7 km.

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The best way to get from Switzerland to Florence without a car is to train which takes 7h 7m and costs SFr 95 - SFr 230.

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It takes approximately 3h 50m to get from Switzerland to Florence, including transfers.

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Switzerland to Florence train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Switzerland to Florence is to fly which takes 3h 50m and costs SFr 100 - SFr 1600. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 95 - SFr 230 and takes 7h 7m, you could also bus, which costs SFr 40 - SFr 55 and takes 9h 31m.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Florence Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Switzerland 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 Switzerland to Florence.
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  • Distance: 410.2 km
  • Duration: 3h 50m

What companies run services between Switzerland and Florence, Italy?

Swiss, Lufthansa and Air Dolomiti fly from Zürich to Florence 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Florence via Zuerich Hb and Milano Centrale in around 7h 7m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
170€ - 420€
Flights from Basel to Florence via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
210€ - 1200€
Flights from Basel to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
170€ - 420€
Flights from Basel to Florence via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
200€ - 1000€
Flights from Basel to Florence via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
170€ - 420€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 450€
Flights from Geneva to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 260€
Flights from Geneva to Florence via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 260€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Florence via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 390€
Flights from Basel to Florence via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Basel to Florence via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 390€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Basel to Florence via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
100€ - 600€
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 Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
65€ - 120€
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€
Train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
11€ - 45€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
11€ - 15€
Base Standard
25€ - 35€
Base Premium
30€ - 45€
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
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
20€ - 60€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
23€ - 35€
Smart Low Cost
20€ - 29€
Smart Flex
40€ - 60€
Train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 40€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
14€ - 20€
Smart Low Cost
12€ - 17€
Smart Flex
26€ - 40€
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
19€ - 27€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
19€ - 27€
Train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
7€ - 10€
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 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
6€ - 14€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
12€ - 14€
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Zurich to Bologna
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
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eurolines.ch
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 Zurich to Florence, Florence
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
29€ - 35€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Switzerland to Florence is 592 km. It takes approximately 5h 59m to drive from Switzerland to Florence.

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Lufthansa, Air Dolomiti and Swiss offer flights from Zurich Airport to Florence Airport.

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There are 5870+ hotels available in Florence. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Switzerland to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 18 min and costs SFr 11 - SFr 20.

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