Fastest journey3hr 43m
With five fast daily trains from Milan to Trieste, the easiest way to travel between the two cities is by rail. The four-hour journey runs east across the North Italian Plain, passing through several of the region’s most notable cities: Verona, Vicenza and Padua among them. The final part of the run skirts the head of the Adriatic. Unfortunately, there are no great views of Venice, but there’s a great stretch along the coast on the final approach into Trieste. Sit on the right side of the train for the best of those views.
The direct trains from Milan to Trieste are Trenitalia Frecciabianca services. In addition to the five direct trains each day, there are additional connections via Venice Mestre. This option relies on a Frecciabianca train to Mestre and then an onward connection to Trieste on a slow regional train. Bookings for all journeys from Milan to Trieste normally open four months prior to travel, and that's when you'll find the cheapest tickets.
Milan to Trieste
All trains to Trieste depart from Milan Centrale station in the middle of the city. In Trieste, the station where they terminate is also called Centrale. The fastest Frecciabianca train of the day, an evening departure from Milan, makes just two stops on the journey to Trieste and reaches its destination in just 3 hrs 44 mins. Most trains, however, make about eight stops and take over 4 hours.
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Image credits: Trieste by Antonio