a VirtualTourist member asked on Apr 12, 2016
I have a group arriving in Florence in May and they will need to take train to Arezzo. But from which station: Refredi or SMN? I intend to have them take taxis from the airport to the train station.
you can easily check it out on www.trenitalia.com
there are different trains: if they start from Florence, they go from SMN. but if the trains just pass the city, then Refredi.
in any way, the trains are more frequent from SMN, I suppose, that it is better to the central station...
bugulma is right - there are far more trains from SMN to Arezzo than from Rifredi (note spelling). Plus, the trains are different...the trains from SMN are generally (always?) regional and fast regional trains. These are cheaper than the occasional Intercity train from Rifredi, although a bit slower. The regional trains are an hour instead of 45 minutes for the Intercity, but, on the other hand, the regional trains are cheaper - 8.40 euro one way second class, versus 11.50 euro on the Intercity.
Plus one big difference: there are no reservations on the regional trains - if there is physically space to stand on the train, you can get on. To get on the Intercity train, you have to have a reservation, which, of course, you can get at the last minute at the station, if there are seats on the train. This means that there is a small chance (and it's normally just a small chance) that not all members of the group will be able to get on the same Intercity train and fairly unlikely that they will be able to sit together.
You can, of course, buy the reservations for the Intercity in advance...but if you buy the economy fare tickets but miss the train (late flight, etc.) then you have to change the tickets BEFORE the original train leaves or the tickets become worthless...and the supereconomy fares can't be refunded or reused at all (full fare tickets can be modified at any time).
I imagine that most of us would say to just take two taxis to SMN (it's probably a fixed fare), and then buy the 6 regional tickets from the machines when you get there (self-service machines are typically in 5 languages). In an hour or so, you'll be in Arezzo...since and fairly cheap...