How to Get From Rome to Florence

This popular trip can be done by train, bus, airplane, or a rental or lease car

Hot to get to Florence from Rome? Knowing the transportation options for this popular vacation route, especially for those on a first trip to Italy, is fundamental for an understanding of transportation in Italy. 

The distance between Rome and Florence as the sober crow flies is about 225 kilometers, or 140 miles. The Autostrada route by car is longer: 281km. You'll pay 18.40 euro in tolls and around 24 euros in fuel to make the journey. This isn't the cheapest path between Rome and Florence unless you have three or more people in the car, and we haven't even discussed parking fees or the trouble of finding a spot--or driving restrictions in the historic centers.

map showing rome and florence, italy

Map showing transportation routes from Rome to Florence.

How Much Does the Rome to Florence Train Cost?

So let's talk about the train. Trains in Italy are relatively inexpensive. They move you from city center to city center, where the action is. There are taxi stands at the stations that can take you right to your hotel--and there are hotels close by if you prefer to walk, drop your stuff, and go exploring.

Costs for this journey differ by not only the class of service but by times, speed and where the stations are. Be aware of this when you buy your tickets. Getting left at an outlying station you know nothing about can be a nightmare. 

For example, the cheapest fares from Rome to Florence often go to stations like Florence Campo di Marte starting from Rome Tiburtina or Rome Tuscolana. You may not be staying anywhere near those stations. The major central stations are Roma Termini and Florence Santa Maria Novella.

To find the cost of your Rome to Florence trip and to buy tickets if you wish, see the Rome to Florence train page on Omio.

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What about Flying from Rome to Florence? It's fast, right?

Yes, you can make a short flight between Rome and Florence. It's quite a bit more expensive to go from Rome (FCO) to Florence (FLR) on the plane, and the 55 minute flight leaves you in the boonies. So the trip from Roma Termini by train to the airport, then the tram from the Florence airport to the center adds another hour or two, depending upon how the transfers work out. So flying is the second fastest way to get from the center of Rome to the center of Florence, and not so convenient.

Check prices and times for Flights from Rome to Florence.

Cars and Buses: Getting from Rome to Florence on the Road

We've already discused driving your rental or lease car on the autostrada, which is considerably faster then a bus and more expensive. You could take non-toll roads, but it would slow you down quite a bit as rural speed limits are drastically low in most cases, while you'll zip along at 130 km on the autostrada. Still, a big car can carry a big family quite cheaply, since the cost is nearly the same for one person as it is for 6. 

Buses are quite cheap, compared to a car, but the stops a bus makes and the lower speed limit for trucks and buses makes the journey a very long one. If you're a party of one, check the prices for Saturdays and see how cheap you can make it between Florence and Rome: Check bus prices and times here0.

Of course, you don't have to go directly from Rome to Florence. There are many places to see, including these 6 amazing hill towns.