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Getting from Milan to Zurich by train

Getting from Milan to Zurich by train has never been easier thanks to the frequent train services running daily. Pick a time that’s convenient for you, and you could be in the heart of Zurich in just three and a half hours. There’s no need to worry about long airport queues or where to park your rental car. Book with us and you’ll get a little more time to explore the culture (and food!) of the lively Swiss capital. 

Eurocity trains are usually air-conditioned and kitted out with comfy seats and WiFi. Upgrade to First Class and you’ll get free access to premium lounges at major stations.

Once you arrive in Zurich, the centrally located station means you can start exploring straight away.

Need a little more information before booking? Read on for all the details in our FAQ section below, as well as finding times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page and book your train tickets from Milan to Zurich with us.

Milan to Zurich Hb by train

It takes an average of 3h 29m to travel from Milan to Zurich Hb by train, over a distance of around 136 miles (218 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Milan to Zurich Hb and tickets for this journey start from $48.37 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 12m
PriceFrom $48.37
Distance136 miles (218 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train08:43
Last train18:10
Departure stationMilan
Arrival stationZurich Hb
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRegiojet, Marino, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Calanda Viaggi (Bus)

Milan to Zurich Hb train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan to Zurich Hb for Tuesday Jun 15th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
06:43 Milano Centrale09:55 Zürich HBRegionale 25506 Trenord Get tickets3h 12m, 2 changes
07:10 Milano Centrale10:27 Zürich HBEurocity 312 Trenitalia Get tickets3h 17m, direct
07:43 Milano Centrale10:55 Zürich HBRegionale 25508 Trenord Get tickets3h 12m, 1 change
08:10 Milano Centrale11:55 Zürich HBEurocity 156 Trenitalia Get tickets3h 45m, 1 change
08:43 Milano Centrale11:55 Zürich HBRegionale 25510 Trenord Get tickets3h 12m, 2 changes
09:10 Milano Centrale12:27 Zürich HBEurocity 314 Trenitalia Get tickets3h 17m, direct
09:43 Milano Centrale12:55 Zürich HBRegionale 25512 Trenord Get tickets3h 12m, 1 change
09:46 Milano Greco Pirelli13:55 Zürich HBRegionale 25032 Trenord Get tickets4h 9m, 2 changes
10:46 Milano Greco Pirelli14:27 Zürich HBRegionale 25036 Trenord Get tickets3h 41m, 1 change
10:50 Milano Nord Domodossola14:55 Zürich HBRegionale 231 Trenord Get tickets4h 5m, 2 changes

Trenitalia trains from Milano to Zürich HB

You can travel from Milano to Zürich HB on Trenitalia trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Milan to Zurich Hb

The price of train tickets from Milan to Zurich Hb starts at $48.37 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 Zurich Hb by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Milan to Zurich Hb

Want to know more about your journey from Milan to Zurich Hb? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Milan to Zurich Hb take?

The average journey time by train between Milan and Zurich Hb is 3 hours and 29 minutes, with around 15 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Milan and Zurich Hb by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Zurich Hb is 3 hours and 12 minutes.

How much does the train from Milan to Zurich Hb cost?

Train tickets from Milan to Zurich Hb can start from as little as $48.37 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.

Is there a direct train from Milan to Zurich Hb?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Zurich Hb without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Milan to Zurich Hb each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Milan to Zurich Hb leave?

The first train from Milan to Zurich Hb leaves at 08:43. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Milan to Zurich Hb leave?

The last train from Milan to Zurich Hb leaves at 18:10. 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.

What's the distance between Milan and Zurich Hb by train?

Trains travelling from Milan to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 136 miles (218 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zurich Hb to Milan.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Milan to Zurich Hb for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/15/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 06/15/2021 for travel on 06/15/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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