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Traveling from Rome to Milan by train

Considering a trip to the Italian capital of fashion and need more information on how to get the train from Rome to Milan? Start your journey here!

The distance from Rome to Milan is 297 miles and trains usually take 3 hours and 13 minutes, although the fastest Frecciarossa and Italo services can take just 2 hours and 45 minutes. With around 45 direct trains running on this route each day, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way.

When taking the train from Rome to Milan, you’ll travel from either Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina station and arrive at either Milano Centrale or Milano Rogoredo station. Fancy traveling in style? Upgrade to First Class for a truly luxurious experience, from free WiFi and wider reclining leather seats to a fantastic in-seat meal service.

Located in Northern Italy, Milan is Italy’s most metropolitan city, boasting a range of extravagant shops, trendy restaurants and historic landmarks. Once you’ve arrived in Milan, you can start exploring the city. Not sure where to start? Check out our food lover's guide to Milan, or our guide to Milan Fashion Week.

Want to check out some other cities close by while you're staying in Milan? Why not take a look at what there is to do in Bergamo, just an hour's train ride from Milan? We've even got a detailed article all about the train journey from Milan to Bergamo.

Eager to start your journey? Begin your search for cheap train tickets from Rome to Milan in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to learn more about the train journey from Rome to Milan first, keep reading for more information on:

Alternatively, you can read a review from one of our travel writers if you want to learn more about what it’s like to travel from Rome to Milan by train.

Rome to Milan by train

It takes an average of 3h 29m to travel from Rome to Milan by train, over a distance of around 297 miles (477 km). There are normally 33 trains per day traveling from Rome to Milan and tickets for this journey start from $16.82 when you book in advance.

First train

12:17 am

Last train

10:27 pm

Departure station

Rome

Arrival station

Milan

Journey time

From 2h 52m

Distance

297 miles (477 km)

Frequency

33 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $16.82

Train and bus operators

Marino, Itabus, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Autoservizi Salemi, Italo, BlaBlaCar Bus

Rome to Milan train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rome to Milan for Thursday Jun 20th 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
5:38 am Roma Termini8:30 am Milano Centralefrecciarossa 9682 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 52m, direct
6:25 am Roma Termini9:24 am Milano Centralefrecciarossa 9606 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 59m, direct
6:50 am Roma Termini10:05 am Milano Centralefrecciarossa 9608 Trenitalia Get tickets3h 15m, direct
7:20 am Roma Termini10:20 am Milano Rogoredofrecciarossa 9610 Trenitalia Get tickets3h 0m, direct
7:35 am Roma Tiburtina10:55 am Milano Rogoredofrecciarossa 9304 Trenitalia Get tickets3h 20m, direct
7:50 am Roma Termini10:58 am Milano Centralefrecciarossa 9612 Trenitalia Get tickets3h 8m, direct

Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciabianca trains from Rome to Milan

You can travel from Rome to Milan on Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciabianca 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.

Frecciarossa trains are Trenitalia's flagship high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The "red arrow" trains are distinguished by their comfort, their ultra-modern design and their reduced impact on the environment. All Frecciarossa trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection and four levels of service – Standard, Premium (with drinks and welcome snacks served on arrival, as well as a morning newspaper), Business (with drinks and snacks, morning newspaper and larger seats) and Executive (with Fast Track, access to FrecciaClub lounges in train selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat). From December 2021, you can also travel with Frecciarossa from Milan to Paris via Turin, Modane and Chambéry. The trains are operated by Trenitalia France and have 4 levels of service - Standard, Business, Executive and Meeting Room - and two types of carriages: Silence Area, for those who want to travel in total tranquillity, and Allegro Area, for those who want to chat with their fellow passengers.

Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).

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.

Frecciabianca trains operate outside Trenitalia high-speed lines. Offering more than 40 daily routes, they're capable of reaching a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). Frecciabianca trains connect the centres of northern and southern Italy, running along the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts. All Frecciabianca trains have power sockets and large reclining seats, as well as ample space for luggage. There are two classes of service – First Class and Second Class. In First Class, customers can look forward to a welcome service with snacks and drinks and a morning newspaper.

Frecciarossa, Italo, Frecciabianca and Intercity classes from Rome to Milan

Compare the different travel classes offered by Frecciarossa, Italo, Frecciabianca and Intercity when traveling from Rome to Milan.

Onboard services on Frecciarossa, Italo, Frecciabianca and Intercity

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

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Frecciarossa trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink
  • You can go to the FrecciaBistrò café-bar counter located in the middle part of the train to get snacks, main courses, and drinks.
  • You can also order your favourite meal from the comfort of your seat – go to the entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and use the EasyBistrò service or ask a member of staff.
  • If you travel in Premium or Business Class, you’ll get a free snack and drink. If you travel in Executive Class, you’ll get a complimentary meal by the renowned TV chef Carlo Cracco.
WiFiWiFiEntertainment
  • You’ll find free WiFi on all Frecciarossa trains. Connect to their entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and choose from a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news, eBooks, games, music, and podcasts.
  • You can also use Portale FRECCE to get the latest updates on your journey, as well as book other services that will help you reach your destination.
ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids under 4 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (Frecciarossa’s standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for kids under 15 plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re traveling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child).
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Frecciarossa trains provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 17.7 inches).
  • Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Frecciarossa trains free of charge if they’re placed in a carrier or cage of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm (27.5 x 11.8 x 19.6 inches).
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a half-price Standard ticket, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • You can’t travel with bigger dogs in Executive and Premium Class, in quiet carriages and in restaurant cars.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call the toll-free number 800 90 60 60, which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232, which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on board. You can also charge your devices thanks to the power outlets you can find at your seat.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board free of charge. If you have a small bag or backpack, you can place it under your seat.
  • If you’re traveling with a larger bag, you can place it on the luggage racks above your seat.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. However, if you travel in Italo Smart, your bags must not be larger than 75 x 53 x 30cm (29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches).
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

While there’s no bar or restaurant car on Italo trains, you can use the vending machines on board to get snacks and drinks during your journey.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment
  • Italo trains offer free WiFi and a free entertainment portal called ItaloLive, where you can choose from a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news, eBooks, games, music, and podcasts.
  • You can also charge your devices thanks to the power outlets that are available at your seat.
ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids aged 0-3 travel for free on Italo trains if they don’t occupy a seat. However, if an adult travels with more than one child aged 0-3, they will need to pay for a seat.
  • Children aged 2-14 get 50% off the Flex fare if they’re traveling in Italo’s Smart Class.
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with a folding bike if it’s stored in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
  • You can travel with a traditional bike if it’s disassembled and placed in a bag that is not larger than 80 x 110 x 40cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 15.7 inches).
PetPetPets
  • Pets under 10kg (22 lbs) can travel for free on all Italo trains provided they’re placed in a carrier or cage
  • Pets over 10kg (22 lbs) will need a ticket to travel with you. They must also be kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Priority seats for passengers with reduced mobility are available on Italo trains. They’re usually located next to an accessible toilet. All accessible toilets also have tactile and Braille signs.

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on all Italo trains, as well as power outlets at every seat.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Frecciabianca trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink
  • You can go to the FrecciaBistrò café-bar counter located in the middle part of the train to get snacks, main courses, and drinks.
  • You can also order your favourite meal from the comfort of your seat – go to the entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and use the EasyBistrò service or ask a member of staff.
WiFiWiFiEntertainment

At the moment, Frecciabianca trains do not offer an entertainment portal on board. However, you can make use of your internet data, as well as charge your devices thanks to the power outlets that are available at your seat.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids under 4 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (standard fare).
  • Kids aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for children under 15 plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re traveling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child).
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Frecciabianca trains, provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 17.7 inches).
  • Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Frecciabianca trains free of charge if they’re placed in a carrier or cage of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm (29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches).
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a ticket, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call the toll-free number 800 90 60 60 which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232, which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on all Frecciabianca trains.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Trenitalia's Intercity trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

You can get snacks and drinks from the vending machines available in car 3. Gluten-free and lactose-free options are available too.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

At the moment, Intercity trains do not offer an entertainment portal on board. However, you can make use of your internet data, as well as charge your devices thanks to the power outlets that are available at your seat.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Children under 4 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for children under 15 plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re travelling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child).
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Intercity trains, provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 17.7 inches). Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
  • If you can't fold your bike, some Intercity trains allow you to take your bike on board. However, you’ll need to book a space and buy a ticket. There are 6 bike spaces in car 3 and 2 e-bike chargers.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Intercity trains free of charge, if they’re placed in a carrier or cage of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm (29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches).
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a ticket, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call the toll-free number 800 90 60 60 which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232, which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on all Intercity trains.

Cheap train tickets from Rome to Milan

The price of train tickets from Rome to Milan starts at $16.82 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 Rome 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.

How to get from Rome airports to the city center

Flying into Rome and not sure how to get from the airport to the city center? Read on for more information on how to get to the heart of the city from each of Rome’s airports.

Rome has two major airports:

  • Fiumicino Airport
  • Ciampino Airport

Each airport is well-connected to the city center thanks to Rome’s extensive rail and bus network. Trains are usually the quickest way to get from the airport to the city center.

How to get to Rome train stations

Trains to Milan depart from either Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina stations.

Getting to Roma Termini station

You can easily reach Roma Termini station with one of the following modes of transport:

  • Metro: From the city center, you can take lines A and B, which stop at Termini
  • Trams: From the city center, lines 5 and 14 will take you to Roma Termini
  • Buses: Depending on where you’re traveling from, there are various buses available from the city center to Roma Termini, including C2, C3, H, M, 16, 38, 40, 64, 75, 82, 85, 90, 92, 105, 170, 175, 217, 310, 360, 649, 714, and 910. They all stop at Stazione Termini (Termini station)
  • Trains: If you’re traveling from another Italian city, you can take a high-speed train operated by Trenitalia or Italo or a regional train operated by Trenitalia. For example, trains from Florence to Rome take a little over an hour on the fastest services.

Getting to Roma Tiburtina station

Roma Tiburtina is the second largest railway station in Rome after Roma Termini. Located in the north-eastern part of the city, this station is served by:

  • Metro line B
  • Buses 71, 111, 135, 409, 490, 492, 495 and 649 and night buses N17 and N23
  • Trains from different Italian cities, including Venice, Florence, and Milan.

First Class Lounges available at Roma Termini station

Waiting for your train has never been so relaxing! Both Italo and Frecciarossa welcome you in dedicated First Class Lounges with everything you need to sit back and relax before you travel.

Italo Club Lounge

Italo Club Lounges are for Club Executive passengers, as well as Italo Più Privilege and Platinum holders and Italo Più Corporate Privilege and Corporate Platinum holders. You’ll find the following amenities at the Lounge in Roma Termini station:

  • Breakfast in the morning
  • Savory snacks, pizza, and dessert for lunch
  • Crisps, peanuts, taralli (similar to crackers) and other savory bites for a great aperitivo
  • Espresso, cappuccino, tea, water, and juices
  • A sitting area with comfortable sofas
  • Free WiFi and power outlets
  • Toilets.

Free Italo Fast Track service

Italo Fast Track service allows faster boarding thanks to a dedicated lane. This service is for Prima or Club Executive ticket holders, as well as Italo Più Premium, Privilege, Platinum, and Italo Più Corporate holders. You can make use of Italo’s free Fast Track service at Roma Termini’s platform 12.

FRECCIALounge at Roma Termini station

You can get free access to the FRECCIALounge at Roma Termini station if you have:

  • CartaFRECCIA Oro or Platino (types of Trenitalia loyalty cards)
  • An Executive or Salottino ticket
  • A carnet 10 viaggi or 15 viaggi for Business or Executive Class (First Class) – it’s a group of single tickets valid for 10 or 15 journeys respectively.

At FRECCIALounge, you’ll get to enjoy a Working Area with power outlets and free WiFi, as well as a Bistrot Area offering a wide range of snacks and drinks.

Free Frecciarossa Fast Track service

If you want to skip the line, you can board your train using Frecciarossa’s Fast Track service – it’s opposite platforms 9 and 10 at Roma Termini station. You’ll need to have one of the following:

  • One of Trenitalia’s loyalty cards such as CartaFRECCIA Platino, CartaFRECCIA Oro or CartaFRECCIA Argento
  • A ticket to travel in Frecciarossa Executive or Business Class on a Frecciarossa 1000 train.

Train stations between Rome and Milan

Your Italo or Frecciarossa train from Rome to Milan will call at the following stations:

Tips for taking the train from Rome to Milan with kids

Taking the train can be stressful if you’re traveling with kids and a lot of stuff (stroller, suitcases etc). Here are our top tips for helping you make the most of your train journey with your little ones.

Arriving in Milan

Traveling from Rome to Milan by train means you’ll arrive at either Milano Centrale or Milano Rogoredo stations.

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 easily get to the city center with one of the following modes of transport:

  • 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 Rogoredo. From there, you can take metro line 3 to the city center.

Exploring Milan by 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:

  • 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!
  • 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. Then, it’s a short walk to the park.
  • 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 the church.

Top things to see and do in and around Milan

Milan is one of the most unique cities in Italy and Europe! With so many things to see and do in and around Milan, it can be difficult to know where to begin. To help inspire your trip, view our round-up below:

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. For more information, read our dedicated Eurail Pass article.

 

Popular train journeys from Milan

If you had a great time in Milan and want to explore more of Italy or even of Europe, you can easily reach nearby towns and cities by train. To inspire your next trip, here are some of the most popular train journeys from Milan:

How to get from the city center to Milan airports

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

There are three airports in Milan:

  • Malpensa Airport, which is the main airport of the city
  • Linate Airport, the third busiest airport in Lombardy
  • Bergamo Airport, which is 3.1 miles away from Bergamo city center.

FAQs for Rome to Milan

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

The average journey time by train between Rome and Milan is 3 hours and 29 minutes, with around 33 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 Rome and Milan by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rome to Milan is 2 hours and 52 minutes.

How much does the train from Rome to Milan cost?

Train tickets from Rome to Milan can start from as little as $16.82 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 Rome to Milan?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Rome to Milan without having to change trains. There are 31 direct trains from Rome to Milan each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Rome to Milan leaves at 00:17. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rome to Milan leaves at 22:27. 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 Rome and Milan by train?

Trains travelling from Rome to Milan cover a distance of around 297 miles (477 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

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.

Thanks to the higher number of Italo and Frecciarossa trains, Rome and Milan have never been closer

Getting to Roma Termini station

I took a Frecciarossa high-speed train from Roma Termini at 1:00 pm with an expected arrival time of 3:59 pm in Milano Centrale.

I took the metro to get to Roma Termini train station. The closest metro stop is called Termini and is right under the station. Just follow the sign Stazione ferroviaria (train station) and you’ll find yourself at the station’s main entrance, with Piazza dei Cinquecento on your left-hand side.

As I arrived quite early, I decided to spoil myself with a delicious lunch at Mercato Centrale, a real paradise of Italian street food where you can find many food stands offering Italian and Roman delicacies and sit down at one of the available tables. The market is on the right-hand side of the train station, in Via Giolitti. The food is amazing, such good value for money!

Boarding my Frecciarossa train

After lunch, I checked if my train was on time and headed to the platform indicated on the app. Like the other Italian stations, Roma Termini has security gates where you need to show your e-ticket on the app before going to the platform. As you can find small queues during peak times and in the evenings, I suggest you get to the train station at least 10 minutes before your departure.

The train journey from Rome to Milan

I bought an Economy ticket to travel in Frecciarossa’s Standard Class. The Standard Class offers comfortable ergonomic armchairs, power outlets, reclining tables and free WiFi through Le Frecce portal. I used the portal to watch a movie and read a couple of magazines during the journey.

A few minutes after leaving Roma Termini, we stopped at Roma Tiburtina where a lot of passengers got on, as this stop is also very close to the metro station.

As soon as the Frecciarossa left Rome, the speed started increasing and we found ourselves traveling at 186 mph in no time at all. Our next stop was Firenze Santa Maria Novella, where we changed direction of travel as Florence train station is at the end of the line. If possible, I recommend you sit on the left-hand side of the train to take in the amazing landscape of Tuscany hills on the route from Rome to Florence.

We then stopped at Bologna Centrale and Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana. 40 minutes later we were in Milano Rogoredo, on the south-eastern outskirts of Milan.

Arriving at Milano Centrale station

After leaving Milano Rogoredo, we reached our final destination, Milano Centrale. As soon as you get off your train, you’ll need to get through the security gates to exit onto Piazza Duca d’Aosta.

I decided to walk from the train station to Milan city center – a nice 30-minute walk along Via Vittor Pisani and Via Bastioni di Porta Nuova. Alternatively, you can also take the metro (the metro station is opposite the train station) or you can take one of the taxis you’ll find on the left-hand side of the station.

About Federica

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


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