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Travel from Paris to Milan by train in 6h 49m

Several railway lines disrupted between Italy and France: click here for details

 

What’s in this guide?

Considering a trip from the City of Lights to the fashion capital of the world and need more information about taking the train from Paris to Milan? Start your journey here! 

On average, the train journey from Paris to Milan takes 9 hours, 50 minutes, but can take 6 hours, 49 minutes on the fastest Frecciarossa trains. As there are direct services available between Paris and Milan, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way. Hop on a modern Frecciarossa 1000 train or a TGV INOUI train at Paris Gare de Lyon and cruise through the French countryside and over the Italian border before arriving at Milano Centrale station. 

When you arrive in Milan, you can step off the train and start exploring the city! You won’t need to wait at baggage reclaim or get a transfer from the airport, as you and your belongings will already be in the heart of the city.

If you’re not sure where to begin, why not check out:

Feeling eager to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Paris to Milan today using our Journey Planner.

Paris to Milan by train

It takes an average of 13h 6m to travel from Paris to Milan by train, over a distance of around 397 miles (639 km). There are normally 34 trains per day traveling from Paris to Milan and tickets for this journey start from $55.95 when you book in advance.

First train

6:28 am

Last train

8:25 pm

Departure station

Paris

Arrival station

Milan

Journey time

From 9h 4m

Distance

397 miles (639 km)

Frequency

34 trains per day

Changes

2 changes

Price

From $55.95

Train and bus operators

Trenitalia, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Flixbus

Paris to Milan train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Milan for Tuesday Jul 30th 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:11 am 9:00 pm 10h 49m, 3 changes
10:26 am 9:00 pm 10h 34m, 4 changes
10:41 am 8:20 pm 9h 39m, 5 changes
10:41 am 9:50 pm 11h 9m, 4 changes
11:41 am 9:50 pm 10h 9m, 5 changes
12:56 pm 10:00 pm 9h 4m, 3 changes
12:56 pm 10:10 pm 9h 14m, 2 changes
2:41 pm 5:24 am 14h 43m, 5 changes
3:13 pm 5:24 am 14h 11m, 7 changes
4:10 pm 5:37 am 13h 27m, 6 changes

TGV, Trenitalia and SNCF trains from Paris to Milan

You can travel from Paris to Milan on TGV, Trenitalia and SNCF 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.

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.

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.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

TGV INOUI classes from Paris to Milan

Compare the different travel classes offered by TGV INOUI when traveling from Paris to Milan.

Onboard services on TGV INOUI

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Paris to Milan.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

On board TGV INOUI trains, you can take up to 2 pieces of luggage measuring no more than 70 x 90 x 50 cm (27.5 x 35.4 x 19.6 inches), plus one hand luggage measuring no more than 40 x 30 x 15 cm (15.7 x 11.8 x 5.9 inches). If you are bringing an XL baggage (maximum 90 x 130 cm or 35.4 x 51.1 inches), it will replace one of the two 70 x 90 x 50 cm (27.5 x 35.4 x 19.6 inches) pieces of luggage authorised.

All your luggage must be labelled before entering the train.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

All TGV INOUI trains are equipped with a café-bar car offering a range of food and drink to suit you at any time of day. The Bar is always situated in car 4 or 14 of the train. There's a range of local and responsibly sourced products on offer.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

TGV INOUI trains have free WiFi on board for you to use throughout your journey, allowing you to stay connected, reply to emails or even relax and enjoy what's offered on the TGV INOUI entertainment portal.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 12 can get a half price ticket on TGV INOUI trains. Children under 4 travel free when they travel on your lap.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

If you've got a foldable bicycle, you can take it on the train as hand baggage, so long as it's no larger than 130 x 90 cm once folded. Or, if you can dismantle your bike, you can transport it in a cover or case no larger than 130 x 90 cm. You can still travel with a bike that cannot be folded or dismantled - you'll need to reserve a bike space on the train when you buy your ticket. Bike tickets cost €10 per bike, per journey.

PetPetPets

Small pets are allowed on board TGV INOUI trains provided they weigh less than 10kg. They must travel in a carrier no larger than 45 x 30 x 25 cm. Tickets for small pets cost €7. Larger dogs can also travel on TGV INOUI services, provided they are wearing a muzzle and are kept on a leash. Tickets for larger dogs cost €20. Guide dogs and assistance dogs travel free of charge on all SNCF trains.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Milan

The price of train tickets from Paris to Milan starts at $55.95 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 Paris to Milan 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.

Several railway lines disrupted between Italy and France: how to request a refund

Due to a landslide reported in the French Alps on August 27, several railway lines have been interrupted between Italy and France.

All trains between Paris and Milan will be suspended for several weeks, however the exact date when services will resume has not been confirmed yet.

Trenitalia trains between Paris and Lyon will be suspended from September 4, for an unknown period. If you’re traveling on this route, TGV INOUI and OUIGO trains will continue to run as normal.

  • If you've booked an SNCF train from Paris to Milan before September 10, contact our customer service team to get a refund.
  • If you've booked a Trenitalia train from Paris to Milan, you'll need to fill in this form to request a refund.

The following Frecciarossa trains operating between Milan and Paris will not run until further notice:

  • FR 9292 Milano Centrale (6:25 am) - Modane - Paris Gare de Lyon (1:22 pm)
  • FR 9281 Paris Gare de Lyon (7:30 am) - Modane - Milano Centrale (2:07 pm)
  • FR 9287 Paris Gare de Lyon (3:16 pm) - Modane - Milano Centrale (10:07 pm)
  • FR 9296 Milano Centrale (4:53 pm) - Modane - Paris Gare de Lyon (10:34 pm)

Food on board trains from Paris to Milan

Services on board trains from Paris to Milan

Keep reading for more information on all the other services you can find on board trains along the route from Paris to Milan.

How to get from Paris airports to Paris city center

If you’re flying into Paris, you’ll need to travel from the airport to the heart of the city. Read on for more information on how to get to the city center from each of the airports in Paris.

Everything you need to know about Paris Gare de Lyon

Read on for more information about Paris Gare de Lyon, where your train trip from Paris to Milan will begin.

What’s available at Gare de Lyon?

There are plenty of amenities at Paris Gare de Lyon, including:

  • Cafés and restaurants, such as PAUL, Le Train Bleu and McDonald’s
  • Shops, such as FNAC, Franprix and Nespresso
  • Pharmacies
  • Power outlets where you can charge your devices before your trip
  • An SNCF Grand Voyageur lounge for passengers with eligible tickets (such as TGV Business Première)

How to get to Paris Gare de Lyon

You can get to Gare de Lyon in Paris using public transportation.

  • Metro lines 1 and 14
  • RER lines A and D
  • Local buses
  • Noctilien (night bus) services N31, N32, N33, N34, N35, N130, N131, N132, N133, N134, N137 and N144
  • Train services from across France and Europe

How long is the train ride from Paris to Milan?

The journey from Paris to Milan takes around 7 hours, depending on which route you take. There are direct trains from Paris to Milan – if you choose a direct route, you’ll travel on either a TGV INOUI train or a Frecciarossa train.

If you’re taking a direct train to Milan, your train may call at some of the following places:

Alternatively, you may choose to travel on a route where you have to transfer between trains. You’ll travel on a combination of TGV INOUI trains, TGV Lyria trains, SBB trains and Trenitalia trains. You may have to change trains at Turin (Torino Porta Susa), Zürich or Lugano.

Either way, you’ll arrive in Milan at either Milano Centrale train station or Milano Porta Garibaldi train station. 

All the information you need about your journey will be displayed in our Journey Planner when you search for tickets, so you can find the trip that best suits you. Or, check out our article about traveling from Paris to Milan, Italy, by train.

Arriving in Milan

Traveling from Paris to Milan by train means you’ll arrive at either Milano Centrale or Milano Porta Garibaldi station.

If you’re arriving in Milan at Milano Centrale station, you can expect to find a wide range of cafés, restaurants and shops (including an impressive food market), as well as baggage storage (fees apply) and free WiFi.

From Milan Central station, you can get around the city using the following public transport options which stop at the station:

  • Metro lines M2 and M3
  • Buses 42, 60, 81, 82 and 87 and night buses NM2, NM3, N6, N4
  • Tram lines 5, 9 and 33
  • Trolleybuses 90, 91, 92, N90 and N91
  • Other regional trains operated by Trenitalia.

The other station you may arrive at is Milano Porta Garibaldi station. Here, you’ll find restaurant chains such as Wagamama and McDonald’s, as well as an assortment of shops you can browse.

Milano Porta Garibaldi is served by the following modes of transport:

  • Metro lines M2 and M5
  • Tram lines 10 and 33
  • Buses 42, 53, 60, 82 and 83
  • Trolleybuses 90, 91 and 92.

Exploring Milan using public transport

Milan has a widespread public transport network, including trams, buses, trolleybuses and a metro system.

On ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi) services within Milan, you can use a contactless debit or credit card to pay for your travel. It’s also possible to buy tickets at metro stations using the automated ticket machines.

We’ve handpicked a few places that you might want to see when visiting Milan – here's how to get there on public transport:

  1. Duomo di Milano – Milan's Duomo is world-famous, and it’s easy to see why. Visit this stunning cathedral by hopping on metro line 3 (towards San Donato) from Milano Centrale station, and you’ll be at the Duomo metro station in minutes!
  2. Parco Sempione – there's plenty to see as you walk around this beautiful park. Jump on metro line 2 (towards Abbiategrasso) from Milano Porta Garibaldi and get off at Lanza. It’s then a short walk to Sempione Park.
  3. Santa Maria delle Grazie – this church houses Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting, so it’s worth a visit for art fans. Take the metro (line 2, towards Abbiategrasso) from Milano Centrale to Cadorna, then it’s a short stroll to Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Top things to see and do in and around Milan

Milan is full of places to visit - plus, it's a great base for some day trips to other parts of Italy. View our round-up here:

Explore Europe by train with a Eurail pass

After visiting Milan, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With a Eurail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.

 

Getting to the airport from central Milan

If Milan is the last stop on your tour of Europe, you might be heading back home by plane. We’ll tell you how to get to each of Milan’s three airports by train and bus.

How to get to Milan Malpensa Airport from the city center  

Malpensa Airport is in north-western Milan, 31 miles away from the city center. Getting to the airport from central Milan is super easy thanks to the Malpensa Express train operated by Trenord and the efficient bus network in the area.

Trains to Malpensa Airport

Two services connect Malpensa Airport to the city center: the Malpensa Express, and Trenitalia regional trains.

With Malpensa Express, you can get to Malpensa Airport from the city center in under an hour. Malpensa Express services run every day between Malpensa Airport Terminals 1 and 2 and the main train stations in Milan, including Milan Central Station, Milano Porta Garibaldi, Milano Cadorna, and Milano Bovisa.

From the city center, you can also take one of Trenitalia’s regional trains to the airport. Unlike the Malpensa Express, these services call at more stops, including Ferno-Lonate Pozzolo, Busto Arsizio Nord, Castellanza, Rescaldina, Saronno, Milano Bovisa and Milano Porta Garibaldi.

Buses to Malpensa Airport

If you prefer a cheaper option, you can also travel on one of the following buses:

  • The Autostradale bus from Milano Centrale station to Terminal 1 or 2
  • The Terravision bus from Milano Centrale station to Terminal 1 or 2

How to get to Linate airport from the city center

As there’s no direct train to Linate Airport from the city center, the best way to travel between these places is to take the bus:

  • Shuttle bus services run from Milano Centrale station to Linate airport and take around 30 minutes.
  • Airport Bus Express services run between Milano Centrale station and Linate airport, taking about 25 minutes.

How to get to Milan Bergamo airport from the city center

As Bergamo Orio Al Serio Airport doesn’t have a train station, there’s no direct train you can take from Milan’s city center stations. You'll need to get a train to Bergamo train station, then a bus to the airport. Take a regional train from Milano Centrale to Bergamo station, then hop on bus line 1 to the airport.

Alternatively, you can take one of the following buses:

  • Terravision buses run every 20-30 minutes from 4:00 am to 1:00 am every day and usually take you from Milan Central Station to the airport in about an hour
  • Orio Shuttle buses run every 30 minutes from 3:00 am to midnight every day and usually take you from Milan Central Station to the airport in under an hour.

 

FAQs for Paris to Milan

Want to know more about your journey from Paris to Milan? 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 Paris to Milan take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and Milan is 13 hours and 6 minutes, with around 34 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 Paris and Milan by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Milan is 9 hours and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Milan cost?

Train tickets from Paris to Milan can start from as little as $55.95 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 Paris to Milan?

No, there are no direct train services from Paris to Milan. Travelling from Paris to Milan by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

What time does the first train from Paris to Milan leave?

The first train from Paris to Milan leaves at 06:28. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Paris to Milan leave?

The last train from Paris to Milan leaves at 20:25. 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 Paris and Milan by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Milan cover a distance of around 397 miles (639 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Milan to Paris.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

300 km/h between Paris and Milan on a Frecciarossa 1000 train: maximum comfort and fab views

The long-awaited Frecciarossa 1000 direct train between Paris and Milan was launched by Trenitalia in December 2021. As a train-lover, I couldn’t wait to take the historic first train from Paris on Saturday 18th December at 7:26 am. 

The tickets for this trip were on sale from €29 (around $32) for Standard Class and €35 (around $38) for Business Class – an amazing price given the duration of the journey (it’s a 6-and-a-half-hour trip!) and the quality of services offered on board the train. 

For my inaugural trip, I bought my ticket for Business Class around a week before departure – this type of ticket offers bigger seats than Standard Class and includes a hot drink and sweet or savory snack. When I go to Italy, I usually travel in Standard Class but, given the tiny difference in price and the length of the train journey, I decided to treat myself. In hindsight, I definitely made the right choice – Business Class was really comfortable.  

Leaving Paris Gare de Lyon 

Paris Gare de Lyon is beautiful, but it’s also a little bit tricky to navigate: it’s one of the only train stations in Europe with multiple departure halls. There are three in total: Hall C, which is underground near the Métro, is used for commuter trains; Hall 2, at ground level, is for regional trains; Hall 1 is for high-speed trains (such as the Frecciarossa 1000 between France and Italy), and it’s also at ground level. In Hall 1, the platforms have letters assigned to them rather than numbers. My train was leaving from Hall 1, platform K. 

On board the Frecciarossa 1000 train 

We left Paris on time and headed towards our first stop: Lyon. It takes around 2 hours to get to Lyon. A little while after we left, a barista passed through the car with a trolley service, and to my delight I discovered that it had a proper coffee machine and Illy coffee. After Lyon, the train headed towards Chambéry, and the view out of the window began to change – from a plain engulfed in fog, we began to see the first mountains emerging. 

The next station after Chambéry was Modane, at the border between France and Italy – here, the landscape really looked like something on a postcard. The Frecciarossa train snaked through the mountains, and every time I looked out of the window it took my breath away. The train stopped for a few minutes at Modane for some quick border checks, and I took the opportunity to hop off the train and get some air on the platform. 

After leaving Modane, we entered Italy through the Susa Valley, with Bardonecchia in the background. We quickly headed down into the valley and arrived at Torino (Turin) Porta Susa station, where many Italian passengers got off the train. We then traveled onwards and arrived on time at our final destination, Milano Centrale station. 

The journey was very comfortable and the service was excellent. Apart from avoiding all the queues at the airport, the main advantages of traveling by train from Paris to Milan are: the ease of transporting pets (up to 50kg) and baggage (you’re allowed two large suitcases each, with no liquid limits), and being able to travel direct from city center to city center. 

About Federica

Federica, a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Paris and Milan.


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