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.
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.
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.§
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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Zurich Hb is 3 hours and 12 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Milan to Zurich Hb leaves at 08:43. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Milan to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 136 miles (218 km) during the journey.