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Travel from Milan to Varenna by train

Are you in Milan and want to go on a day trip to one of the lakes? Take a Trenord train from Milano Centrale to Varenna-Esino and you’ll be enjoying the view of Lake Como in about an hour – that’s quicker than driving, not to mention the stress you’d avoid from traffic jams.

From Villa Monastero, an old monastery converted into a beautiful villa, to the Sentiero del Viandante trail, which offers sweeping views of the town and the lake, there are plenty of things to see and do in Varenna.

Ready to book your train tickets? Read on for more information about train times, ticket prices and FAQs.

Milan to Varenna-Esino by train

It takes an average of 1h 35m to travel from Milan to Varenna-Esino by train, over a distance of around 38 miles (61 km). There are normally 19 trains per day travelling from Milan to Varenna-Esino and tickets for this journey start from £6.54 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 1h 4m


38 miles (61 km)


19 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £6.54

Train and bus operators

Trenord, Trenitalia

Milan to Varenna-Esino train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan to Varenna-Esino for Tuesday 30th July 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:20 10:24 1h 4m, direct
09:52 11:53 2h 1m, 1 change
09:59 11:53 1h 54m, 1 change
11:20 12:24 1h 4m, direct
12:20 13:24 1h 4m, direct
13:20 14:24 1h 4m, direct
13:52 15:53 2h 1m, 1 change
15:20 16:24 1h 4m, direct
16:20 17:24 1h 4m, direct
17:20 18:24 1h 4m, direct

Trenitalia and Trenord trains from Milan to Varenna-Esino

You can travel from Milan to Varenna-Esino on Trenitalia and Trenord 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.

Founded by Trenitalia and FNM (Ferrovie Nord Milano), Trenord run suburban and regional trains in Lombardy and from Lombardy to Ticino, the Italian-speaking region in Switzerland. With Trenord, you can travel between Milan, Bergamo, Como, Varese, Pavia, Brescia, Chiasso, Milan Malpensa Airport and Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport in total comfort. All Trenord trains have First and Second Class and offer special discounts to travellers under 14, over 60 and groups.

Trenord classes from Milan to Varenna-Esino

Compare the different travel classes offered by Trenord when travelling from Milan to Varenna-Esino.

Onboard services on Trenord

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Milan to Varenna-Esino.

  • You can take your bags on board Trenord trains free of charge, provided their dimensions do not exceed 80 x 110 x 40cm.
  • You’ll need to make sure that your luggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

At the moment, a restaurant service is not available on Trenord trains. However, you can take your own food on board so pick up some snacks at the station before you set off.


Trenord do not offer an entertainment portal on board. However, you can make use of your internet data, as well as charge your devices thanks to the power sockets that are available at your seat.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Children under 4 travel for free on all Trenord trains if they don’t occupy a seat and sit on an adult’s lap.
  • Children aged 4-13 get 50% off the standard fare.
  • Each passenger can take only one bike onboard Trenord trains. Folding bikes and scooters that do not exceed the maximum dimensions of 80 x 120 x 45cm are allowed on board free of charge.
  • If you can’t fold your bike, you may be able to take it onboard some Trenord trains. However, you’ll need to buy a ticket both for you and for your bike. Please note that the last coaches of some trains are only reserved for bikes of those working in the food delivery sector.
  • Small pets can travel on all Trenord trains free of charge, if they’re placed in a carrier or cage of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm.
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a ticket for unlimited travel for the whole day you’re travelling. They also need to be kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
  • Pets are not allowed on board on weekdays from 07:00 to 09:30 and from 17:30 to 19:30.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Passengers with disabilities can:

  • Request, through the Lombardy Region, the IVOL regional card, which allows them to travel at a discounted price
  • Buy the ticket on board without going through control checks
  • Access the train with CartaBlu (free card for disabled passengers that live in Italy)

To request special assistance, passengers will need to call the toll-free number 800210955 (active every day from 08:15 to 19:45) at least 48 hours before departure.

Cheap train tickets from Milan to Varenna-Esino

The price of train tickets from Milan to Varenna-Esino starts at £6.54 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

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 Varenna-Esino 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.

§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 Milan to Varenna-Esino? 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 Varenna-Esino take?

The average journey time by train between Milan and Varenna-Esino is 1 hour and 35 minutes, with around 19 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 Varenna-Esino by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Varenna-Esino is 1 hour and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Milan to Varenna-Esino cost?

Train ticket prices from Milan to Varenna-Esino can start from as little as £6.54 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.

Is there a direct train from Milan to Varenna-Esino?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Varenna-Esino without having to change trains. There are 13 direct trains from Milan to Varenna-Esino 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 Varenna-Esino leave?

The first train from Milan to Varenna-Esino leaves at 06:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Milan to Varenna-Esino leave?

The last train from Milan to Varenna-Esino leaves at 23:22. 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 Varenna-Esino by train?

Trains travelling from Milan to Varenna-Esino cover a distance of around 38 miles (61 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Varenna-Esino to Milan.

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