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Travel from Milan to Lyon by train in 4 hours 30 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Milan to Lyon by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Milan to Lyon by train is 8 hours 37 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 4 hours 30 minutes. Around 8 trains per day travel the 211 miles (340 km) between these two destinations. Direct trains are usually available every day on the route to Lyon. As the main train operator on this route, you'll probably be travelling on a Trenitalia service for all or at least part of your journey to Lyon.

Book train tickets from Milan to Lyon in advance instead of buying them on the day and you'll snap up the cheapest fares. You can check prices from Milan to Lyon in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our timetable where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Milan to Lyon by train

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 4h 30m


211 miles (340 km)


8 trains per day


Direct trains available

Train and bus operators

Trenitalia, BlaBlaCar Bus, Flixbus

Milan to Lyon train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan to Lyon for Tuesday 26th September 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:25 Milano Centrale11:12 Lyon Part-Dieufrecciarossa 9292 Trenitalia Get tickets4h 47m, direct
08:20 Milano Centrale14:22 Lyon Part-DieuEC 32 Trenitalia Get tickets6h 2m, 1 change
11:20 Milano Centrale18:53 Lyon Part-DieuEC 52 Get tickets7h 33m, 3 changes
13:05 Milano Centrale19:22 Lyon Part-DieuEC 34 Trenitalia Get tickets6h 17m, 1 change
15:53 Milano Centrale20:23 Lyon Part-Dieufrecciarossa 9296 Trenitalia Get tickets4h 30m, direct
19:20 Milano Centrale07:22 Lyon Part-DieuEC 44 Trenitalia Get tickets12h 2m, 1 change

Trenitalia trains from Milan to Lyon

You can travel from Milan to Lyon on Trenitalia 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Milan to Lyon

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 Milan to Lyon 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 guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

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

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Milan to Lyon? 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 Milan to Lyon take?

The average journey time by train between Milan and Lyon is 8 hours and 37 minutes, with around 8 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 Milan and Lyon by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Lyon is 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Milan to Lyon?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Lyon without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Milan to Lyon each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Milan to Lyon leaves at 06:25. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Milan to Lyon leaves at 20:43. 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 Milan and Lyon by train?

Trains travelling from Milan to Lyon 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 Lyon to Milan. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Milan to Lyon.

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