Wien / Vienna to Firenze / Florence by train

How to take the rail journey from Vienna/Wien to Florence/Firenze

The only direct train from the Austrian capital to Florence/Firenze is the Nightjet service, but it is usually scheduled to arrive in Tuscany before 06:30.
To travel by day involves taking the early morning train from Vienna/Wien to Venice, with a connection at Venezia Mestre station.

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From Wien Hbf/Hauptbahnhof to Firenze S. M. Novella

Travel Information

The train is usually scheduled to depart Wien Hbf at 19:18 and arrive in Firenze S.M. Novella station at 06:18 - note the early arrival!

Final Destination: Roma

The train also calls at: Wien-Meidling, St Polten and Bologna Centrale (arrives at 05:19)

1 x train per night

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

The train conveys:

- Compartment Seats (Sitzwagen)
- Couchettes (Liegewagen); 4 berths AND 6 berths
- Standard sleeping cars (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins
- Deluxe sleeping cars with showers (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins

The first price you will see on the OBB ticketing site will be for the compartment seats.

Click the train detail below for more info including the rail pass reservation fees:

Rail pass users must reserve before boarding these trains, but these reservations cannot be booked online.

You can now book rail pass reservations without paying booking fees on the OBB website (OBB operates these trains).
Though the process for doing so isn't particularly obvious, hence this step-by-step guide.

OR reservations can be arranged and paid for at the ÖBB Reisebüro desk in Wien Hbf - (ideally do this when you first arrive at Wien Hbf on the preceding train on your itinerary) or by calling OBB Customer Service (+43 5 1717).

Making the rail pass reservation online a minimum of a couple of weeks ahead of the travel date, is particularly recommended if you will be traveling between June and September.
If you wait until arriving in Wien/Vienna to reserve, your first choice of accommodation may have sold out.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
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OBB Guide

OBB is the national rail operator and its booking service offers journeys by express trains within Austria, as well as international journeys which don't involve making a connection outside of Austria.

It pays off to book online, as the discounted 'Sparscheine' tickets are only ever made available on the website, and when making international journeys to and from Austria, these Sparscheine tickets tend to be cheaper.
OBB can offer particularly good value for money when travelling with children on international rail journeys, but something to watch out for when travelling between Austria and Germany on daytime trains, is that reservations are an optional extra; but if you book 1st class tickets with the Germany railways website DB, the reservations are complimentary.

OBB often takes a unique approach to its booking path, but a key thing to keep in mind is that the first price you will see for any journey is that of a Second Class seat.
The costs of upgrading to first class, a reservation, or a sleeping cabin etc, is then added to this price.

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