More than 200 miles separate the Italian cities of Milan and Trieste, but you can make the journey by train in less than four hours. Trenitalia's high-speed Frecciarossa and Regionale trains run from Milan to Trieste Centrale each day – if you're travelling on a Frecciarossa, choose a seat in Business or Executive Class for extra legroom and welcome refreshments.
You'll step off the train in the centre of this very special city, ready to explore the streets and see the unique blend of Italian, Hungarian, and Slovenian influences all around as you visit landmarks like the Piazza Unita d'Italia and the Vittoria lighthouse.
Ready to book? Start a search for times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, scroll down the page a little further.
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).
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 Milan to Trieste Centrale 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 Trieste Centrale is 5 hours and 59 minutes, with around 20 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 Trieste Centrale is 4 hours and 7 minutes.
Train tickets from Milan to Trieste Centrale can start from as little as €27.90 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 Milan to Trieste Centrale without having to change trains. There are 1 direct train from Milan to Trieste Centrale. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Milan to Trieste Centrale leaves at 06:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Milan to Trieste Centrale leaves at 23:33. 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 Trieste Centrale cover a distance of around 222 miles (357 km) during the journey.