From Milan to Siena Take it easy: Trains and buses move between the cities on a frequent schedule, with relatively low fares.

Travel Q&A

January 07, 1996|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

If I were to fly from New York to Milan, how would I get from there to Siena, by train or bus? And are there any chauffeur services that could make the trip?

The most convenient way of getting from Milan to Siena is to take a train to Florence and then board a bus to Siena, which is easier than it sounds, as the bus depot is in front of the train station in Florence. Trains also run from Florence to Siena, but many require a change in Empoli.

Chauffeured cars are available but you would have to be prepared to pay at least $300 one way.

The following train choices start out from Milan in the morning (there are other departures in the afternoon and evening). Call the railroad station in Florence at (39 55) 288785 for further information (precede the 55 with a zero if calling from Italy). The schedule will be in effect until Sept. 23.

The earliest departure is from Lambrate Station at 6:03 a.m., arriving in Florence at 9:23. However, Intercity trains leave from Milan's Central Station at 8 a.m., arriving at 11:02 a.m., and at 9 a.m., arriving at noon. Buses to Central Station leave from Malpensa airport every half hour until 3:30 p.m., when the service becomes hourly. The trip takes an hour.

If you decide to complete the journey by train, there are departures from Florence for Siena at 10:05 a.m., arriving at 11:45 a.m.; at 11:20 a.m., arriving at 1:05 p.m., and at 12:35 p.m., arriving at 2:22 p.m. There are later departures, too. A second-class ticket costs $21 one way, calculated at 1,553 lire to the dollar, plus $9 for a supplement on the Milan-to-Florence run.

The Tra-In consortium (Trasporti Intercomunali) operates a number of buses that run from Florence to Siena and back. The trip takes 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs $6.30 one way. Buses leave Florence at 10:10 a.m. and 11:20 a.m., noon, 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call (39 577) 204111 in Siena for further information.

If you want to come back to Milan from Siena on the same day or even at a later date, buses leave Siena for Florence at 5 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:10 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Trains leave Siena for Florence at 6:38 p.m., arriving at 8 p.m.; at 7:58 p.m., arriving at 9:35, and at 9:22 p.m., arriving at 10:42 p.m.

Intercity trains leave Florence for Central Station at 7:08 p.m., arriving at 10 p.m., and at 7:45 p.m., arriving at the Porta Garibaldi station in Milan at 11:08 p.m. There is also an express train (no supplement necessary) that leaves Florence at 8:43 p.m., arriving in Lambrate at 12:04 a.m.

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