Looking across the concourse at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station towards the main exit

How to take a train journey from Paris to Firenze/Florence

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Paris to Firenze / Florence by train

The railway taken by the trains on the Paris - Torino - Milano route has been closed until at least summer 2024, due to damage caused by a landslide.
Replacement bus services have not been made available for international journeys along the closed section of the route.
The alternative route, which is currently the only option, involves travelling via Switzerland and Milano, with at least two connections and a journey time more than three hours longer than the norm!

So the info below is currently not relevant!

How you travel from Paris to Firenze / Florence by train depends on whether you set off from the French capital in the morning, or depart in the early afternoon.

Depart from Paris before 07:00 and one one of the two options available for the end-to-end journey involves taking the Italian Frecce train, which has been newly introduced to this route to Italy from Paris; and making a connection on to another Frecce train on to Roma in Milano Centrale station.

The early morning alternative route involves taking TGV train to Torino Porta Susa station and connecting there into a Frecce train on to Firenze / Florence, and this option is also available when setting off from Paris in the early afternoon.

Travelling overnight is no longer an option due to the termination of the sleeper train services between Paris and Milano.

Routes you can take to go from Paris to Firenze / Florence

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Via stations: Milano Centrale

Option 1: taking a Frecce train from Paris and connecting in Milano

Route Information

Via stations: Torino Porta Susa

Option 2: taking a TGV train from Paris and connecting in Torino
Travel Time (approx)

9hr 17min



Travel Info

2 x optimum connections per day

When taking the TGV from Paris, making the connection between trains in Torino has two major advantages over making the connection from the TGV train in Milano:

(1) The TGVs from Paris arrive at Milano Porta Garibaldi station, but most of the Frecce and Italo trains between Milano and Firenze depart from Milano Centrale station.
Though the Milano Metro links Porta Garibaldi and Centrale.
(2) The TGVs don’t use the high speed line between Torino and Milano, but the Frecce and Italo trains do, so they save around an hour when making the journeys between the two cities.

So making the connection at Torino Porta Susa station is easier and faster and generally no more expensive than travelling via Milano.

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