It’s easy to travel from Genoa to Milan by train. 24 direct trains per day run between the two cities, with the first service leaving at 05:44 and the last at 21:44. Trains on the Genoa-Milan route depart from Genova Piazza Principe station and arrive into Milano Centrale, taking an average of 1h 42m to complete the journey.
To get from Genoa to Milan, you have the option of taking either an Intercity (IC) or a Regionale Veloce (RV) service. You’ll see them abbreviated as IC or RV in our booking system. Intercity trains are slightly faster and the fleet is undergoing refurbishment – so the interior might be slightly more plush than a Regionale train. You must book in advance to travel on an IC service, but the further in advance you book, the cheaper the tickets become. Regionale Veloce trains are slower but cheaper – and their price is fixed. Both trains will take you direct to Milan – it’s just a matter of preference! Once you arrive, head to Via Monte Napoleone for some high-end retail therapy or – failing that – some window shopping! We’ve even got a guide to a weekend in Milan for inspiration.
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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).
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.
Trenitalia's Intercity trains run on standard lines outside the high-speed network, offering more than 90 trains a day that guarantee long and medium distance connections, ensuring wide coverage of the rail network. All Intercity trains are modern and comfortable with plenty of seats, retractable tables, power sockets, air conditioning, courtesy lights and plenty of luggage space. Intercity Night trains allow you to travel overnight in cabins with beds, berths or seating.
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 Genoa 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 Genoa and Milan is 1 hour and 57 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Genoa to Milan is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Genoa to Milan can start from as little as €9 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 Genoa to Milan without having to change trains. There are 28 direct trains from Genoa to Milan each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Genoa to Milan leaves at 05:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Genoa to Milan leaves at 21:44. 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 Genoa to Milan cover a distance of around 74 miles (119 km) during the journey.