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Lyon to Milan by Train

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!

Lyon to Milan by train

It takes an average of 9h 18m to travel from Lyon to Milan by train, over a distance of around 211 miles (340 km). There are normally 14 trains per day travelling from Lyon to Milan and tickets for this journey start from €29 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 12m
Price€29 - €353
Distance211 miles (340 km)
Frequency14 trains per day
Departure stationLyon
Arrival stationMilan
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsunion_ivkoni

Lyon to Milan train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lyon to Milan for Saturday 11th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
08:31 Lyon Part-Dieu13:50 Milano Porta GaribaldiTGV INOUI 9241 SNCF Get tickets5h 19m, direct
08:38 Lyon Part-Dieu16:31 Milano CertosaTER 96504 SNCF Get tickets7h 53m, 4 changes
08:38 Lyon Part-Dieu16:35 Milano CentraleTER 96504 SNCF Get tickets7h 57m, 3 changes
10:08 Lyon Part-Dieu17:50 Milano Porta GaribaldiTER 18506 SNCF Get tickets7h 42m, 1 change
10:37 Lyon Part-Dieu17:40 Milano CentraleTER 96508 SNCF Get tickets7h 03m, 2 changes
11:32 Lyon Perrache20:50 Milano CentraleTGV INOUI 2242 SNCF Get tickets9h 18m, 2 changes
11:32 Lyon Perrache20:50 Milano CentraleTGV INOUI 5516 SNCF Get tickets9h 18m, 2 changes
12:38 Lyon Part-Dieu20:31 Milano CertosaTER 96510 SNCF Get tickets7h 53m, 4 changes
12:38 Lyon Part-Dieu20:37 Milano CentraleTER 96510 SNCF Get tickets7h 59m, 3 changes
14:38 Lyon Part-Dieu21:40 Milano CentraleTER 96514 SNCF Get tickets7h 02m, 2 changes

TGV and SNCF trains from Lyon to Milan

You can travel from Lyon to Milan on TGV and SNCF trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoErmell, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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).

Cheap train tickets from Lyon to Milan

Train tickets from Lyon to Milan start at €29 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €123.51.
lowest price found
from29
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price95.78
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price97.58
on the day
avg. single price123.51

Book in advance

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.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Lyon to Milan? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Lyon to Milan take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Lyon and Milan by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lyon to Milan is 5 hours and 12 minutes.

How much does the train from Lyon to Milan cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Lyon to Milan?

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.

What time does the first train from Lyon to Milan leave?

The first train from Lyon to Milan leaves at 08:31. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Lyon to Milan leave?

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.

What's the distance between Lyon and Milan by train?

Trains travelling from Lyon to Milan cover a distance of around 211 miles (340 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Milan to Lyon. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lyon to Milan.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Lyon to Milan for a typical week day using timetable data for 11/07/2020. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 06/07/2020 for travel on 23/06/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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