Trying to put together a trip that includes Florence and Innsbruk. Looks like I can get a cheap flight from Florence to Munich, stay a day or so in Munich and drive to train to Innsbruk. Trying to find another, relatively inexpensive way to get back to Florence. Trains take too much time and the flight is expensive. My main objective to to keep the time on a train or in the car to less than 2.5 hours. Hoping there is a train to another city we can explore, then a cheap flight back to Florence. Thanks.
You can take a Fecciargento train to Bolzano in 3 1/4 hours. From there a train to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Or you could change trains in Verona on the same route. Then it is 1 1/2 hours to Verona, then a 3 1/2 hour train to Innsbruck.
Living in Florence and going to Innsbruck every year. On a good day you can drive it in 5 hours; but when the highway has a lot of traffic (i.e. in August) it takes more, and on August weekends when the highway traffic comes to a standstill it may take forever. This is the fastest way. By train it is 5 hours and half or 6 hours with a change in Verona or Bologna. No other way. Going through Munich takes more time.
By the time you add up all the additional time spent getting to the airport, waiting to board, etc. you are better off going via train. Either way (fly/train/drive) you are 5 hours at least. Check www.veuling.com for cheap flights direct between Florence and Munich. And keep in mind that you are looking at a 2 hour train ride from Munich to Innsbruck.
Thanks to all. Very helpful.
you can purchase the ticket on RailEurope's website 30 days in advance.
RailEurope is a ticket reseller charging you extraordinary high prices. I strongly discourage buying tickets from this source. Always use the website of the actual train carrier.
I am wondering how we got from a simple 6 hour train journey with a single train change, to a complicated night train excursion, or flying to a distant locale and renting a car and driving halfway back.
Just break up the journey by stopping over in Verona or Bolzano, both worth a visit of a couple days.