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

Verona to Firenze / Florence by train

How to travel from Verona to Florence / Firenze by train

The 'Frecce' trains operated by Trenitalia share the route, which is high speed between Bologna and Firenze with Italo trains.
They have similar speeds, so the differences between the two services are to do with the on-board experiences, check out the 'Trains' guides below; and the fact that tickets for the Italo trains and Frecce trains can be purchased from different online booking agents - it's a route on which you can save by booking in advance.

The Frecce and Italo services are the only direct trains from Verona to Firenze/Florence.

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Routes

Option 1: taking the Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia

Travel Information

Final Destination: Roma or Sibari or Napoli

These Frecce trains travelling on the Verona to Roma route used to avoid Firenze S.M.Novella, the main city center station in Firenze/Florence, but they now follow the same route as that taken by the alternative service of Italo trains.

So when travelling from Verona city centre to Florence city centre by train, depending on your departure time, there is now a choice of these Frecce trains or Italo trains; see the 'Tickets' info for tips on how to compare the prices of the two services.

7 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 4 months ahead of the travel date; though this period of time can be shorter, particularly when searching for journeys more than three months ahead during October and March.

*Not all trains will be available 4 months ahead.

The high speed (AV) train service between Verona is provided by;

(1) These Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia
(2) Italo trains

Tickets for these Trenitalia Frecce trains are usually placed on sale around 4 months in advance, but the Italo train tickets are made available around 5 months ahead.
Trenitalia does not sell tickets for the Italo trains; and Italo does not sell tickets for the Trenitalia trains.

If you're booking no more than 4 months ahead and have no particular preference for the train that you will be taking, the price and departure times of the Frecce and Italo trains can be directly compared on Trainline or Omio; though look out for the fact that both of these services will charge a booking fee.

Also trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia *

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.
Italia Rail *

Italia Rail Guide

Italiarail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.
Though Italiarail will charge a booking fee, typically of around €3.

The Early Bird service

Italiarail has launched an 'early bird' pre-booking service for journeys by Frecce trains.
Tickets can be booked up to a year ahead of travel at a flat-rate price per route, before the tickets have been released for sale by Trenitalia.
If when they are placed on sale, the price is cheaper than what you have already paid to Italiarail, it will automatically refund the price difference.
Conversely, if the price is more expensive, you won't be charged the price difference.
You can also have the peace of mind of securing your seat(s) on the Frecce train(s) when you are first planning a trip.
If before the tickets are placed on sale, you decide to change your plans, you can request a refund; but once the tickets are released for sale, you will then be bound by the terms and conditions of the ticket(s) you have booked.

Save A Train *

Save A Train Guide

Trainline *

Trainline Guide

Omio *

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

There are no Intercity services on the Verona to Firenze/Florence route.

There is no high speed line between Verona and Bologna, but the route uses the high speed line between Bologna and Firenze, which is mainly in tunnels.

Option 2: taking the Italo trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Roma

The alternative service of Frecce trains travelling on the Verona to Roma route used to avoid Firenze S.M.Novella, the main city centre station in Firenze/Florence, but they now follow the same route as that taken by these Italo services.

So when travelling from Verona city centre to Florence city centre by train, depending on your departure time, there is now a choice of those Frecce trains or these Italo trains.

5 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 5 months ahead of the travel date

The high speed (AV) train service between Verona and Firenze/Florence is provided by;

(1) Italo trains
(2) Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia

Tickets for the Frecce trains are placed on sale usually around 4 months in advance, but the Italo train tickets are usually made available around 5 months ahead.
Trenitalia does not sell tickets for the Italo trains - and Italo does not sell tickets for the Trenitalia trains.

If you're booking no more than 4 months ahead and have no particular preference for the train that you will be taking, the price and departure times of the Frecce and Italo trains can be directly compared on Trainline or Omio; though look out for the fact that both of these services will charge a booking fee.

Also trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Italo from €9.90

Italo Guide

Omio from €10

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Trainline from €9.90

Trainline Guide

Happy rail from €9.90

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

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