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Travelling by train from Bologna to Milan

Travel from Bologna to Milan on a high-speed Frecciarossa train in just 1h 1m on the fastest services. You also have the option of taking an Italo high-speed train – though less frequent, they rival Frecciarossa trains for comfort and can be slightly cheaper on this route. The final option is taking a Regional Trenitalia train. These are slower – taking up to 3 hours – but much cheaper and don’t require an advance booking. Most trains on the Bologna-Milan route depart from Bologna Centrale station and arrive into Milano Centrale station, with 40 direct services per day. The first train departs at 04:53 and the last at 22:38 – check train times using our Journey Planner.

When it’s just an hour away by train, Milan is a perfect destination for a day trip from Bologna. Get your fill of luxury shopping without stepping foot outside Milano Centrale, as the station is packed with high-end outlets. If shopping isn’t your thing, head to the magnificent Duomo di Milano or the historic Castello Sforzesco. It’s also super-easy to reach Milan Malpensa Airport from Bologna. Just hop on the Malpensa Express from Milano Centrale. This shuttle train service runs every 15 minutes from the city centre, stopping at Terminals 1 and 2.

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Bologna to Milan by train

It takes an average of 1h 15m to travel from Bologna to Milan by train, over a distance of around 125 miles (201 km). There are normally 34 trains per day travelling from Bologna to Milan and tickets for this journey start from €7.90 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 4m
PriceFrom €7.90
Distance125 miles (201 km)
Frequency34 trains per day
First train04:56
Last train22:49
Departure stationBologna
Arrival stationMilan
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsAutolinee Federico, Marino, Itabus, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Italo, GoOpti, Simet Bus S.P.A., BlaBlaCar Bus

Bologna to Milan train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bologna to Milan for Wednesday 8th December 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
12:18 Bologna Centrale13:25 Milano CentraleFrecciarossa 9806 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 7m, direct
12:26 Bologna Centrale13:35 Milano CentraleFrecciarossa 9624 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 9m, direct
12:36 Bologna Centrale13:50 Milano CentraleFrecciarossa 9526 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 14m, direct
12:51 Bologna Centrale14:00 Milano CentraleFrecciarossa 9310 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 9m, direct
13:36 Bologna Centrale14:50 Milano CentraleFrecciarossa 9528 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 14m, direct
14:36 Bologna Centrale15:50 Milano CentraleFrecciarossa 9532 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 14m, direct
14:56 Bologna Centrale16:00 Milano CentraleFrecciarossa 9634 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 4m, direct
15:36 Bologna Centrale16:50 Milano CentraleFrecciarossa 9586 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 14m, direct
16:36 Bologna Centrale17:50 Milano CentraleFrecciarossa 9540 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 14m, direct
16:56 Bologna Centrale18:00 Milano CentraleFrecciarossa 9642 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 4m, direct

Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciargento trains from Bologna to Milan

You can travel from Bologna to Milan on Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciargento 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).

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.

PhotoRob Dammers, under licence CC 2.0

Frecciargento "silver arrow" high-speed trains connect the main cities of the north-west, central and southern Italy at speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h). All Frecciargento trains are equipped with a food carriage, free WiFi, reclining seats and power sockets. There are two levels of service – First Class and Second Class. First Class travellers can enjoy reclining leather seats, welcome service with drink and a sweet or savoury snack, and a free morning newspaper.

Cheap train tickets from Bologna to Milan

The price of train tickets from Bologna to Milan starts at €7.90 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 Bologna 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Bologna and Milan is 1 hour and 15 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 Bologna and Milan by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bologna to Milan is 1 hour and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Bologna to Milan cost?

Train ticket prices from Bologna to Milan can start from as little as €7.90 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Bologna to Milan?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Bologna to Milan without having to change trains. There are 34 direct trains from Bologna 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 Bologna to Milan leave?

The first train from Bologna to Milan leaves at 04:56. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Bologna to Milan leaves at 22:49. 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 Bologna and Milan by train?

Trains travelling from Bologna to Milan cover a distance of around 125 miles (201 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Milan to Bologna. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Bologna to Milan.
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in Italy. Subject to availability. Excludes coach. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bologna to Milan for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/08/2021. 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 10/12/2021 for travel on 10/12/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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