Fastest journey2hr 50m
The trains from Rome to Milan are fast, frequent and reliable. The fastest trains between Italy’s two largest cities take just under 3 hours, using modern high-speed rail lines for the entire length of the 570-kilometre journey.
At least three trains each hour speed north from Rome to Milan. At peak times, there may be as many as five trains each hour on this prime business route. Two companies compete on the stretch: NTV Italo and Trenitalia. Trenitalia have the edge when it comes to the number of trains and bookings open four months prior to travel. NTV Italo trains are less frequent, but have the advantage that tickets can often be booked as long as six months in advance. Book early for the cheapest tickets.
During the first part of the journey there are lovely views of the Tiber and Arno Valleys on the run north out of the Italian capital. This changes beyond Florence where the stretch from Florence to Bologna is almost entirely in tunnels. From Bologna trains travel north-west across the North Italian Plain to reach Milan.
Rome to Milan
Most trains to Milan take in two of Rome’s three main stations upon departure: Tiburtina and Termini. In Milan, all fast trains from Rome arrive at Milan Centrale station. These include the premium Frecciarossa Trenitalia and the high-speed Italo services which run non-stop from Roma Termini to Milan in just under three hours. Some of these trains also serve Milan Rogoredo station.
Whichever departure or arrival stations you choose, the journey from Rome to Milan offers a chance to experience European high-speed rail travel at its very best – and that applies to both the NTV Italo and the Trenitalia services on this key route.
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