From high fashion to high peaks, a journey from Milan to Geneva certainly shouldn’t have a downside, and that’s precisely why you should make it by train! This scenic journey from city centre to city centre takes less than four hours, and with Trenitalia’s high-speed fleet offering you a comfy seat and different class options depending on your budget, why would you want to risk traffic jams or delayed flights when the train is so clearly the way to go?
Plus, with four direct trains a day delivering you to Geneva, the gorgeous natural surroundings will make you happy you chose the greener option, too.
Once you arrive into Geneva station, it’s just a 22-minute stroll to the iconic Geneva Water Fountain, stay around this area and enjoy a relaxing meal in one of the many restaurants that line this corner of Lake Geneva. See our FAQs below to learn all about this route before you travel!
It takes an average of 6h 45m to travel from Milan to Geneva by train, over a distance of around 155 miles (250 km). There are normally 17 trains per day traveling from Milan to Geneva and tickets for this journey start from $40.26 when you book in advance.
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Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.
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Kids under 4 can travel for free if they're accompanied by an adult and don't occupy a seat.
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Guide and assistance dogs can travel for free and don't need a ticket.
All of Trenitalia’s Eurocity trains offer dedicated spaces to passengers with disabilities.
A quiet area (or Area Silenzio) is available on all Eurocity Giruno trains.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Milan to Geneva by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Milan and Geneva is 6 hours and 45 minutes, with around 17 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Geneva is 4 hours and 1 minute.
Train tickets from Milan to Geneva can start from as little as $40.26 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Geneva without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Milan to Geneva each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Milan to Geneva leaves at 07:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Milan to Geneva leaves at 23:28. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Milan to Geneva cover a distance of around 155 miles (250 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Geneva to Milan.