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

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Train  •  6h 9m

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

93€ - 209€

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Bus  •  9h 20m

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

33€ - 41€

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Bus and ferry, train  •  7h 57m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Zurich to Bologna
  2. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze Santa Maria Novella 8951 / ...

43€ - 83€

Drive  •  5h 59m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Florence 591.7 km

75€ - 110€

Fly to Florence  •  3h 44m

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

45€ - 500€

Fly to Bologna, train  •  6h 52m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Bologna (BLQ) ZRH - BLQ
  2. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.

90€ - 329€

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Florence is to bus which costs SFr 35 - SFr 45 and takes 9h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Florence is to fly which costs SFr 45 - SFr 550 and takes 3h 44m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Florence. However, there are services departing from Zurich and arriving at Florence, Florence via Florence, Florence. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 20m.

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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.M.N. via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 9m.

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The distance between Zürich and Florence is 451 km. The road distance is 591.7 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Florence without a car is to train which takes 6h 9m and costs SFr 95 - SFr 230.

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It takes approximately 6h 9m 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 Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Florence is to train which takes 6h 9m and costs SFr 95 - SFr 230. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 45 and takes 9h 20m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 45 - SFr 550 and takes 3h 44m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Florence.
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  • Distance: 450.7 km
  • Duration: 6h 9m

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

You can take a train from Zürich to Florence via Milano Centrale in around 6h 9m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zurich to Florence, Florence twice daily. Tickets cost 29€ - 35€ and the journey takes 8h 5m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
160€ - 650€
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
210€ - 310€
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 450€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
90€ - 270€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 550€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 260€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
200€ - 350€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
75€ - 290€
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 280€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 340€
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Madrid
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
95€ - 230€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 340€
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Athens
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
130€ - 650€
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
70€ - 130€
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 30 minutes
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
4 times a day
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
39 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 46m
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
29€ - 35€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 3 - SFr 20.

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