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 7 hours 38 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 4 hours 19 minutes. Around 15 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. During your journey, you'll either be travelling with Frecciarossa or Trenitalia, as they are the main operators of services on this route.
Book train tickets from Milan to Lyon in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from €25.00. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.
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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, free WiFi connection and 4 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 selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat). You can now also travel with Frecciarossa between Milan and Paris via Turin, Modane and Chambéry. The new Frecciarossa trains have 4 levels of service – Standard, Business, Executive and Meeting Room – and two types of carriage: Silence Area, for those who want to travel in total tranquillity, and Allegro Area, for those who want to chat with their fellow passengers.
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 Lyon 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!
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The average journey time by train between Milan and Lyon is 7 hours and 38 minutes, with around 15 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 Lyon is 4 hours and 19 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Milan to Lyon can start from as little as €25 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 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.
The first train from Milan to Lyon leaves at 06:25. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Milan to Lyon leaves at 19:55. 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 Lyon cover a distance of around 211 miles (340 km) during the journey.