In around 3h and 20m you can travel from Lausanne to Milan by train. So, you can have breakfast with a view of Lake Geneva before arriving in Milan in time for lunch! Travelling this route directly with Eurocity trains means you get a fantastic scenic view on your journey too. Not to mention a more relaxing trip than driving yourself.
When you travel by train you don’t need to worry about how much luggage you can bring or fuss about weight and security scans of your bags. You might want to leave some space though as you’ll probably be going home with more than you brought with you after shopping in Milan! Embark from your train right in the centre of the city and enjoy the top sights including the Duomo di Milano and da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
Want to know more about this train journey? Scroll down for useful information on train timetables and FAQs.
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 Lausanne 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 Lausanne and Milan is 5 hours and 50 minutes, with around 19 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 Lausanne to Milan is 3 hours and 22 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Lausanne to Milan can start from as little as €30 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 Lausanne to Milan without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Lausanne to Milan each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Lausanne to Milan leaves at 00:46. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Lausanne to Milan leaves at 23:44. 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 Lausanne to Milan cover a distance of around 143 miles (230 km) during the journey.