Take the train from Geneva to Milan, do away with rushed airport transfers and get from Switzerland to Italy in less than four hours. The journey between these two cities by train is both suitably diplomatic – trains are so wonderfully stress-free like that – and chic, because what isn’t to love about intercontinental rail journeys? That’s just enough time to decide on your best angle as you head towards Europe’s fashion capital.
You can travel directly between these two cities, or make a change along the way, travelling on SBB and Trenitalia trains. Trenitalia’s fleet offer more than a dozen services a day, making your journey through Europe comfortable with spacious seats and glorious views.
Once you arrive into Milan’s central station, it’s just an 8-minute Metro ride to see the magnificent Duomo di Milano cathedral in all its beauty. Read up on train times, ticket prices and FAQs below to plan your perfect trip from Geneva to Milan by train.
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.
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 Geneva 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 Geneva and Milan is 7 hours and 29 minutes, with around 24 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 Geneva to Milan is 4 hours and 16 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Geneva to Milan can start from as little as €29 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Geneva to Milan without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Geneva to Milan each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Geneva to Milan leaves at 06:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Geneva to Milan leaves at 09:52. 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 Geneva to Milan cover a distance of around 155 miles (250 km) during the journey.