Located on the Italian Swiss border, Lugano is the ideal starting point to explore Italy by train, especially because its train station is well-connected to Milan. Trenitalia offers plenty of direct Eurocity connections every day between Lugano and Milan Central Station. No need to take the car and get stuck in traffic or rack your brains finding a parking space in the lively Italian metropolis. Travelling by train is so much faster and convenient – it only takes about an hour to get from Lugano to Milan! And if you travel in First Class, you can enjoy all the amenities on board.
Milan Central Station is monumental, it’s one of the largest and most fascinating rail stations in Europe. A city of arts and history, Milan boasts a wide range of interesting museums you shouldn’t miss. Not to mention that it’s one of the world’s most important fashion capitals and a shopping lover’s paradise.
Ready to book? Check train times, ticket prices and FAQs about the journey from Lugano to Milan Central Station.
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 Lugano to Milan Central Station 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 Lugano and Milan Central Station is 1 hour and 35 minutes, with around 26 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 Lugano to Milan Central Station is 1 hour and 17 minutes.
Train tickets from Lugano to Milan Central Station can start from as little as €12 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 Lugano to Milan Central Station without having to change trains. There are 21 direct trains from Lugano to Milan Central Station. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Lugano to Milan Central Station leaves at 01:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Lugano to Milan Central Station leaves at 21:30. 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 Lugano to Milan Central Station cover a distance of around 38 miles (61 km) during the journey.