Neatly nestled between the Rhône and the Saône Rivers, when you’re on the lookout for charming French getaways, Lyon is a pretty safe bet. Whether you’re for romantic breaks, foodie adventures or cultural getaways, France’s third-largest city has it all, but why settle for that when you can have even more? Yes, we like to be a bit greedy when it comes to making the most of adventures in Europe, because when European train services make it so easy to get around, adding a trip to Milan to your itinerary is pretty irresistible, especially if you need some retail therapy.
Just under five hours away, you can speed through France and into Northern Italy from the comfort of a speedy TGV train. Go First Class or Second Class, both offer WiFi and power sockets along with their spacious seats for an unbeatable way to travel. Ready to go? Search for a ticket in our Journey Planner!
TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and fold-down tables. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with flexible fare options available and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.
SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).
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 Lyon 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 Lyon and Milan is 9 hours and 18 minutes, with around 14 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 Lyon to Milan is 5 hours and 12 minutes.
Train tickets from Lyon to Milan can start from as little as €29 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 Lyon to Milan without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Lyon to Milan. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Lyon to Milan leaves at 08:31. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Lyon to Milan leaves at 22:31. 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 Lyon to Milan cover a distance of around 211 miles (340 km) during the journey.