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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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.
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.
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.§
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!
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The average journey time by train between Bologna and Milan is 3 hours and 21 minutes, with around 6 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 Bologna to Milan is 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Train tickets from Bologna to Milan can start from as little as €9.90 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 Bologna to Milan without having to change trains. There are 1 direct train from Bologna to Milan. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Bologna to Milan leaves at 07:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Bologna to Milan leaves at 19:10. 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 Bologna to Milan cover a distance of around 125 miles (201 km) during the journey.