There are 6 ways to get from Zürich to Florence by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 26 min

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

$62 - $111

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Bus FlixBus  •  8 h 15 min

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

$30 - $60

4 alternative options

Bus Calanda Viaggi  •  10 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich Zob Sihlquai to Florenz A1

$48 - $63

Drive  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Florence 369.2 miles

$85 - $130

Fly to Florence  •  3 h 41 min

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

$87 - $372

Fly to Bologna, train  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Bologna (BLQ) ZRH - BLQ
  2. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Firenze S.Maria Novella

$120 - $394

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Florence, Florence. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Florence. However, there are services departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Firenze S.Maria Novella via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 26 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Florence is 451 km. The road distance is 590.8 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Florence without a car is to train which takes 5 h 26 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 26 min to get from Zürich to Florence, including transfers.

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Zürich to Florence bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Florence train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Florence is to train which takes 5 h 26 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 15 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 3 h 41 min.

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

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Zürich to Florence bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Florence, Florence station.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Florence.
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  • Distance: 281.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 26 min

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

You can take a train from Zürich to Florence via Milano Centrale in around 5 h 26 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Florence 3 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $60 and the journey takes 8 h 15 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $310
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,800
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Train operators
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 Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
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 Zürich HB to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Milano Centrale to Firenze S.Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna C.Le to Firenze S.Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
italotreno.it
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 C.Le to Firenze Smn
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $16
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$13 - $16
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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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
8 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Calanda Viaggi
Website
calandaviaggi.com
Bus from Zürich Zob Sihlquai to Florenz A1
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
calandaviaggi.com

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Zürich to Florence train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Firenze S.Maria Novella station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Florence is 591 km. It takes approximately 6 h 1 min to drive from Zürich to Florence.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Florence Airport.

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Book your Zürich to Florence train tickets online with Rome2rio.

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Book your Zürich to Florence bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 5432+ hotels available in Florence. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs .

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