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Trains to Milan

Milan is Italy’s second-largest city. But locals are quick to tell visitors that Milan is in many respects the country’s first city. It’s certainly the commercial centre of Italy and the powerhouse of the Italian economy. This is a city that drips with style and most visitors from northern Europe find themselves feeling conspicuously underdressed.

Milan’s tourist hub is the Piazza del Duomo, from where most of the principal sights are within walking distance. Explore the opulent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (the antidote to the modern shopping mall), and make time for the city's magnificent parks (such as the Giardini Pubblici).

The main railway station for the city is the very elegant Milano Centrale, a short distance north-east of the city centre. This is the departure point for most services including the night trains to Munich, Vienna and Paris.

But there are important trains that leave from other Milan stations. For example, all daytime TGV services to Paris depart from Milano Porta Garibaldi, a station which is so dismal that it makes arriving here from Paris a real anti-climax. Italo high-speed services (to Rome, Naples, Bologna, Florence and Turin), which previously ran from Porta Garibaldi, now all leave from the very much nicer Centrale station; many also serve Rogoredo station. The weekly train to Poland and Russia serves only Rogoredo. The express trains to Milan Malpensa airport depart from yet another station called Cadorna. In a nutshell, it’s complicated. But all these stations are well connected by the Milan metro. Check your Milan station details carefully when you book your train.

Milan has an excellent range of national and international rail links. High-speed trains leave at least twice hourly for Bologna, Florence and Rome. There are hourly departures for Verona and Venice. Milan also has direct trains to Genoa and the Ligurian coast – with three trains each day continuing west along the coast to the Côte d’Azur. These services to the French Riviera (operated by Thello) give useful direct links to Nice, Monaco and Marseille. There are excellent services across the Alps with direct daytime trains to Chambéry, Zurich, Geneva, Basel and, since December 2017, to Mannheim and Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany.

Travel to Milan by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe.

London to Milan by train

from $92.17

Avg 1 change 10hr 40m

Paris to Milan by train

from $32.96

Avg 0 changes 7hr 5m

Florence to Milan by train

from $11.20

Avg 0 changes 1hr 29m

Venice to Milan by train

from $22.66

Avg 0 changes 2hr

Rome to Milan by train

from $13.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 43m

Verona to Milan by train

from $11.59

Avg 0 changes 1hr 4m

Geneva to Milan by train

from $44.28

Avg 0 changes 3hr 58m

Zurich to Milan by train

from $32.96

Avg 0 changes 3hr 22m

Marseille to Milan by train

from $30.64

Avg 0 changes 7hr 19m

Basel to Milan by train

from $44.28

Avg 0 changes 4hr 6m

Margate to Milan by train

from $487.00

Avg 2 changes 12hr 30m

Turin to Milan by train

from $9.01

Avg 0 changes 45m

Ventimiglia to Milan by train

from $18.54

Avg 0 changes 3hr 38m

Strasbourg to Milan by train

from $75.82

Avg 1 change 5hr 46m

Cannes to Milan by train

from $17.51

Avg 0 changes 5hr 10m

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