By train from Zurich to Florence

My journey to the south, more precisely to Florence, began this morning at 06:09 with the Intercity train in Zurich. The average journey time from Zurich to Florence is about 6 hours; my journey lasted 5 hours and 45 minutes. The train ride through the beautiful landscape of the Swiss Alps, along several lakes, is a unique experience. The train traverses the Central Swiss Alps in north-south direction and passes under the Gotthard massif at a depth of up to 2,450 meters through the newly built 57-kilometer Gotthard Base Tunnel, the longest tunnel in the world. In Chiasso, at the border station between Switzerland and Italy, the train stops for passport and customs controls, which take place in the wagons. About 15 minutes later, the train continues its journey via Como and Monza to Milano. There are no direct train connections between Zurich and Florence, so passengers have to change from a Swiss to an Italian train at exactly the middle of the travel distance in Milano; in my case it was the high-speed train Frecciarossa. After a short stay at Milano Centrale station, we continued our journey at 300 km / hour through the regions of Lombardy and Emilia Romagna, via Reggio Emilia, Bologna to Florence, the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany. Travelers to Rome, Naples or Salerno can stay in the train for one or three and a half hours, depending on their final destination. In summary, my journey was a magnificent experience and I can recommend it to all train and Italy lovers!

Frecciarossa Train Italy

Frecciarossa Train Italy

Meine Reise in den Süden, genauer gesagt nach Florenz, begann heute Morgen um 06:09 Uhr mit dem Intercity-Zug in Zürich. Die durchschnittliche Fahrzeit von Zürich nach Florenz beträgt ca. 6 Stunden; meine Reise dauerte 5 Stunden und 45 Minuten. Die Zugfahrt durch die wunderschöne Landschaft der Schweizer Alpen, entlang mehrerer Seen, ist ein besonderes Erlebnis. Der Zug durchquert die Zentralschweizer Alpen in Nord-Süd-Richtung und unterquert das Gotthard-Massiv in einer Tiefe von bis zu 2,450 Metern durch den neu gebauten 57 Kilometer langen Gotthard-Basistunnel, dem längsten Tunnel der Welt. In Chiasso, am Grenzbahnhof zwischen der Schweiz und Italien, hält der Zug für Pass- und Zollkontrollen, die im Wagen stattfinden. Danach setzt der Zug seine Reise über Como und Monza nach Milano fort.

SBB ETR 610 Swiss Train

SBB ETR 610 Swiss Train

Es gibt keine direkten Zugverbindungen zwischen Zürich und Florenz, daher müssen die Fahrgäste genau in der Mitte der Reisedistanz in Mailand von einem Schweizer in einen italienischen Zug umsteigen; in meinem Fall war es der Hochgeschwindigkeitszug Frecciarossa. Nach einem kurzen Aufenthalt im Bahnhof „Milano Centrale“ ging’s dann mit 300 km / Stunde weiter durch die Regionen Lombardei und Emilia Romagna, über Reggio Emilia, Bologna bis nach Florenz, der Hauptstadt der italienischen Region Toskana. Reisende nach Rom, Neapel oder Salerno können je nach deren Bestimmungsort, eine bis dreieinhalb Stunden im Zug sitzen bleiben. Zusammenfassend war meine Reise eine großartige Erfahrung und ich kann sie allen Zug- und Italienliebhabern empfehlen!

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5 thoughts on “By train from Zurich to Florence

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  2. Great post. Will include it on our schedule next time we make it to Switzerland.

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  3. Thank you for this report, the route and mode are appealing.

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  4. 300 km / hour!! That is FAST!

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  5. Thanks for a very detailed train travel the you had. It is very helpful. I agree it is amazing to travel by train through the Alps. My wife and I took the train from Milan to Zurich last Feb 2018. WE travelled on Valentine’s Day, first from Milan to Tirano where the Bernina Express starts. There we took the Bernina Express train passing through the most scenic places in the Alps. We arrived around 6pm in Chur then took another train to Zurich. That was a memorable trip and Valentine’s date for us. :0

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