The average train time from Nice to Milan is 8h 4m, but the fastest trains (run by Thello) will get you there in 4h 44m. There are three direct trains from Nice to Milan per day, though there are indirect services that require changes throughout the day. The first train departs at 05:36 and the last train departs at 22:08.
One of the best parts of being in the French Riviera is just how easy it is to hop over the border, extending your holiday and exploring a little bit of Italy. You can ride the ever-reliable Thello trains from Nice to Milan, making the whole journey in under five hours and even being able to reserve a premium cabin with your own private bathroom, if you choose.
After setting off from the sunny shores of Nice, you'll travel along the coast and then further inland, stepping out onto the platform in the centre of Milan, ready to take in the city's sights and sounds, or just do some shopping in one of the world's undisputed fashion capitals. The choice is yours! For more info, scroll down.
Thello, part of the Trenitalia Group, is an international railway service that connects France and Italy. Thello trains provide direct connections between Paris and Venice via Dijon, and Marseille and Milan via Nice. Trains between Paris and Venice are night/sleeper trains with three service levels. Choose either Standard shared berth compartments (4-6 berth), a standard bed cabin (1-3 people) which includes a welcome drink, breakfast, bed furnishings and a toiletry set, or treat yourself to a premium cabin (1-2 people) which feature a private bathroom with sink, shower and WC. Trains between Marseille and Milan offer Standard Class seating, as well as First Class, which has wider reclining seats for extra comfort.
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 Nice to Milan 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 Nice and Milan is 8 hours and 7 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 Nice to Milan is 4 hours and 58 minutes.
Train tickets from Nice to Milan can start from as little as $19.13 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 Nice to Milan without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Nice to Milan each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Nice to Milan leaves at 11:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Nice to Milan leaves at 10:04. 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 Nice to Milan cover a distance of around 154 miles (249 km) during the journey.