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Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station

Florence’s central station is called Firenze Santa Maria Novella (look for signs that say “Firenze SMN”). The train station is located in the northwest corner of the center of Florence, within walking distance of most of Florence’s tourist attractions.

Many services, including two internet points, are located inside the station. You can store your luggage in the luggage room on the ground floor.

You can go underground to get to the CONAD grocery store, where you can get snacks to go.

The SITA bus station is on your right if you have exited the station and are facing the church of Santa Maria Novella. See the map in the upper right corner.

Florence’s main train station, Firenze Santa Maria Novella, is located in the historic center of Florence. Most of the tourist attractions are within walking distance of the station. This is probably where you want to end to start your vacation. It is a busy place. Almost 60 million people a year go through it.

High-speed train destinations from Florence

Many high-speed trains originate from Firenze SMN. Visit the website for prices.

  • Rome 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Milan 3 hours
  • Turin 3 hours
  • Venice 2 hours
  • Naples 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Bologna 35 minutes
  • Padua 1 hour 40 minutes

Most of the major city buses (orange) stop across the road from the station on Via Valfonda. There is also a taxi rank located outside the main entrance of the station, where you will also find the Florence Sightseeing Bus.

There is a tourist information office on the left as you exit your train station. It is open from 8:30 am to 9 pm You can book a hotel there for a fee.

The train information office is on your right in front of track five ( binary 5).

Near Lane 16 is left luggage, open from 6 am to midnight (subject to change).

You can buy tickets at the Salone Biglietti , or try using the automatic ticket machines. Expect long lines, especially during the tourist season. I try to buy tickets for my one-way trip shortly after arriving in Florence as the lines can be long. The windows ( sportelli ) are open from 7:30 am to 8 pm (subject to change).

If you have a regional ticket valid for several months, be sure to go to the yellow machines before boarding your train. There is a large penalty for not doing so. If you forget, try to hang a conductor on the train as soon as possible and explain your situation. There is still a fine, but it is better than the 50 euro fine for traveling without a validated ticket.

Other train stations in Florence

Florence has two other smaller railway stations, called Campo di Marte Station and Firenze Rifredi Station. If you want to get to the center of Florence, you will want to skip them and arrive at the Firenze Santa Maria Novella station. The signs often say ‘Firenze SMN’.

Alternative to train: SITA buses

SITA Buses will take you to many destinations in Tuscany. The price is almost the same as the train ride, except that in some cases the buses are more convenient, especially if you don’t have a lot of luggage and want to get to the city center. For example, the Siena train station is outside the city, but the bus takes you to the city center, so this is the recommended way to do it.

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