The average train time from Milan to Rome is 3h 24m, although it takes just 2h 56m on the fastest direct high-speed services. There are around 45 trains per day running from Milan to Rome, the first train leaves from Milan Central at 05:20 and the last train leaves at 23:17.
From the trendy north of Italy to its cultural centre, the journey from Milan to Rome isn't quite long enough for a plane and isn't quite short enough to drive. That's where we come in. With a choice of modern Italian trains waiting to whish you from one destination to another (see below), you can be in Rome taking in the Colosseum or the Basilica in less than three hours.
As this is such a popular route with locals and tourists alike, there are around 44 direct high-speed trains running from Milan to Rome a day. Both Trenitalia and Italo – the main train operators in Italy – offer high-speed services including Trenitalia's Frecciarossa trains, the fastest in the country. Standard Class on these trains offers comfortable seating, free WiFi and plenty of space for luggage, but if you fancy treating yourself, go First Class for complimentary snacks along the way.
Once you arrive in Rome, the iconic Roman Forum is within walking distance, so you can start exploring straight away. Ready to book? Keep reading for train times, ticket prices and FAQs about this train journey.
Frecciarossa trains are Trenitalia's flagship high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The "red arrow" trains are distinguished by their comfort, their ultra-modern design and their reduced impact on the environment. All Frecciarossa trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection and four levels of service – Standard, Premium (with drinks and welcome snacks served on arrival, as well as a morning newspaper), Business (with drinks and snacks, morning newspaper and larger seats) and Executive (with Fast Track, access to FrecciaClub lounges in train selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat).
Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).
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.
Frecciabianca trains operate outside Trenitalia high-speed lines. Offering more than 40 daily routes, they're capable of reaching a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). Frecciabianca trains connect the centres of northern and southern Italy, running along the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts. All Frecciabianca trains have power sockets and large reclining seats, as well as ample space for luggage. There are two classes of service – First Class and Second Class. In First Class, customers can look forward to a welcome service with snacks and drinks and a morning newspaper.
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 Rome 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 Milan and Rome is 5 hours and 8 minutes, with around 27 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 Milan to Rome is 3 hours and 10 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Milan to Rome can start from as little as €16.90 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 Milan to Rome without having to change trains. There are 18 direct trains from Milan to Rome each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Milan to Rome leaves at 11:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Milan to Rome leaves at 10:20. 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 Milan to Rome cover a distance of around 297 miles (477 km) during the journey.
For this journey I took one of the most widely used high-speed trains in Italy – the Italo train 9975 which departs from Milano Centrale at 08:15 and arrives in Roma Termini at 11:13. This train only makes two stops, meaning you can reach Rome in less than 3h!
The train itself
I bought Italo’s Economy ticket to travel in Comfort class, which offers wider seats compared to Smart class. Both classes offer comfortable leather reclining armchairs, free WiFi and a snack area in carriage 3, where you can buy snacks and drinks.
My train was an Italo AGV, where AGV stands for Automotrice à grande Vitesse – it’s a standard high-speed train which was introduced in Italy in 2012.
Just a few minutes after leaving Milano Centrale, we stopped at Milano Rogoredo, which is on the south-eastern outskirts of the city. As soon as we left Milan, the train increased its speed to 300 km/h through the Po Valley.
We reached Roma Tiburtina at 11:00 – if you stop here, you can take Rome’s metro line B and easily get to Piazza della Repubblica, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus.
Arriving at Roma Termini
After about 10 minutes we got to our final destination, Roma Termini, which welcomes 150 million passengers per year.
There’s an underground station right under the train station – it’s called Termini. If you want to get to the Colosseum, you can take line B or B1 bound for Laurentina and get off after two stops. To get to St Peter’s Basilica, you just need to change at Colosseum and take line C to S. Pietro.
I thoroughly enjoyed my journey. Italo trains don’t make a lot of noise and are perfect for both business and leisure travel. Also, in travelling from Milan to Rome by train rather than by car, not only do you save time but you also reduce your carbon footprint by over a quarter!
Origin: Milano Centrale
Destination: Roma Termini
Travel time: 2h 58m
Train stops: Milano Rogoredo, Roma Tiburtina
Federica is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.