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Travelling by train from Rome to Milan

Planning to travel from Rome to Milan by train? You've come to the right place!

The train from Rome to Milan usually takes 3h 39m, but can take just 2h 59m on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with either Trenitalia or Italo. Both train companies offer elite levels of comfort, with leather seats and free WiFi as standard.

The majority of trains from Rome to Milan arrive into Milano Centrale station, even more likely if you’re travelling on a fast Frecciarossa train. As you venture north and cross into Milan in your comfortable seat, you’ll wonder why you ever considered driving! Upgrade to Frecciarossa’s Executive Class to travel to Milan in maximum comfort, enjoying free WiFi, a meal served to your seat and much more.

Once you arrive into Italy’s fashion capital, Milan’s cultural delights – including the Duomo di Milano and Santa Maria delle Grazie – are just a short ride away on the metro.

Why not start a search for cheap train tickets from Rome to Milan with us today? If you want to find out more, keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.

Rome to Milan by train

It takes an average of 3h 25m to travel from Rome to Milan by train, over a distance of around 297 miles (477 km). There are normally 37 trains per day travelling from Rome to Milan and tickets for this journey start from £13.20 when you book in advance.

First train

00:17

Last train

22:27

Departure station

Rome

Arrival station

Milan

Journey time

From 2h 52m

Distance

297 miles (477 km)

Frequency

37 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £13.20

Train and bus operators

Marino, Itabus, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Autoservizi Salemi, Italo, BlaBlaCar Bus

Rome to Milan train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rome to Milan for Tuesday 18th June 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:35 12:55 3h 20m, direct
09:50 12:58 3h 8m, direct
10:20 13:20 3h 0m, direct
10:50 14:03 3h 13m, direct
11:20 14:20 3h 0m, direct
11:50 15:05 3h 15m, direct
12:20 15:18 2h 58m, direct
12:50 16:03 3h 13m, direct
13:20 16:18 2h 58m, direct
13:50 17:00 3h 10m, direct

Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciabianca trains from Rome to Milan

You can travel from Rome to Milan on Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciabianca 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.

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.

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.

Frecciarossa, Italo, Frecciabianca and Intercity classes from Rome to Milan

Compare the different travel classes offered by Frecciarossa, Italo, Frecciabianca and Intercity when travelling from Rome to Milan.

Onboard services on Frecciarossa, Italo, Frecciabianca and Intercity

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Rome to Milan.

LuggageLuggageLuggage
  • You can take your bags on board Frecciarossa trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no luggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your luggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink
  • You can go to the FrecciaBistrò café-bar counter located in the middle part of the train to get snacks, main courses, and drinks.
  • You can also order your favourite meal from the comfort of your seat – go to the entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and use the EasyBistrò service or ask a member of staff.
  • If you travel in Premium or Business Class, you’ll get a free snack and drink. If you travel in Executive Class, you’ll get a complimentary meal by the renowned TV chef Carlo Cracco.
WiFiWiFiEntertainment
  • You’ll find free WiFi on all Frecciarossa trains. Connect to their entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and choose from a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news, eBooks, games, music, and podcasts.
  • You can also use Portale FRECCE to get the latest updates on your journey, as well as book other services that will help you reach your destination.
ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Children under 4 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (Frecciarossa’s standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for children under 15 plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re travelling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child). 
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Frecciarossa trains provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm.
  • Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Frecciarossa 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 half-price Standard ticket, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle. You can’t travel with bigger dogs in Executive and Premium Class, in quiet carriages and in restaurant carriages.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call: the toll-free number 800 90 60 60, which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232 which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on board. You can also charge your devices thanks to the power sockets you can find at your seat.

LuggageLuggageLuggage
  • You can take your bags on board Italo trains free of charge.
  • If you have a small bag or backpack, you can place it under your seat. If you’re travelling with a larger bag, you can place it on the luggage racks above your seat.
  • In most cases, there are no luggage size limits. However, if you travel in Italo Smart, your bags must not be larger than 75 x 53 x 30cm.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

While there’s no bar or restaurant carriage on Italo trains, you can use the vending machines on board to get snacks and drinks during your journey.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment
  • Italo trains offer free WiFi and a free entertainment portal called ItaloLive, where you can choose from a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news, eBooks, games, music, and podcasts.
  • You can also charge your devices thanks to the power sockets that are available at your seat.
ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Children aged 0-3 travel for free on Italo trains if they don’t occupy a seat. However, if an adult travels with more than one child aged 0-3, they will need to pay for a seat.
  • Children aged 2-14 get 50% off the Flex fare if they’re travelling in Italo’s Smart Class.
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with a folding bike if it’s stored in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
  • You can travel with a traditional bike if it’s disassembled and placed in a bag that is not larger than 80 x 110 x 40cm.
PetPetPets
  • Pets under 10kg can travel for free on all Italo trains provided they’re placed in a carrier or cage.
  • Pets over 10kg will need a ticket to travel with you. They must also be kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Priority seats for passengers with reduced mobility are available on Italo trains. They’re usually located next to an accessible toilet. All accessible toilets also have tactile and Braille signs.

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on all Italo trains, as well as at-seat power sockets.

LuggageLuggageLuggage
  • You can take your bags on board Frecciabianca trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no luggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your luggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink
  • You can go to the FrecciaBistrò café-bar counter located in the middle part of the train to get snacks, main courses, and drinks.
  • You can also order your favourite meal from the comfort of your seat – go to the entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and use the EasyBistrò service or ask a member of staff.
WiFiWiFiEntertainment

At the moment, Frecciabianca trains 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 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for children under 15 plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re travelling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child).
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Frecciabianca trains, provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm.
  • Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Frecciabianca trains free of charge if they’re placed in a carrier or cage with max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm.
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a ticket, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call the toll-free number 800 90 60 60 which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232 which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on all Frecciabianca trains.

LuggageLuggageLuggage
  • You can take your bags on board Trenitalia's Intercity trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no luggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your luggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

You can get snacks and drinks from the vending machines available in coach 3. Gluten-free and lactose-free options are available too.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

At the moment, Intercity trains 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 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for children under 15 plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re travelling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child).
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Intercity trains, provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm. Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
  • If you can't fold your bike, some Intercity trains allow you to take your bike on board. However, you’ll need to book a space and buy a ticket. There are 6 bike spaces in coach 3 and 2 e-bike chargers.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Intercity 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, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call the toll-free number 800 90 60 60 which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232 which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on all Intercity trains.

Cheap train tickets from Rome to Milan

The price of train tickets from Rome to Milan starts at £13.20 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 Rome to Milan 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.

First Class Lounges available at the station

If you’d like to wait for your train in style, both Frecciarossa and Italo welcome you in dedicated First Class Lounges with everything you need to sit back and relax before you travel. 

Italo Club Lounges

Italo Club Lounges are exclusively for Club Executive passengers, as well Italo Più Privilege and Platinum holders and Italo Più Corporate Privilege and Corporate Platinum holders. At Roma Termini station, you’ll find:

  • Breakfast in the morning
  • Savoury snacks, pizza and dessert for lunch
  • Crisps, peanuts, taralli and other savoury bites for a great aperitivo
  • Espresso, cappuccino, tea, water, and juices
  • A sitting area with comfy sofas
  • Free WiFi and power sockets
  • Toilets

Free Italo Fast Track service

This service is for Prima or Club Executive ticket holders, as well as Italo Più Premium, Privilege, Platinum and Italo Più Corporate holders. You can make use of Italo’s free Fast Track service at platform 12 at Roma Termini station.

FRECCIALounge

At Roma Termini station, you can get free access to the FRECCIALounge if you have a CartaFRECCIA Oro or Platino, an Executive or Salottino ticket or a carnet 10 viaggi for Business or Executive Class – it’s a group of single tickets valid for 10 journeys. Once here, you’ll get to enjoy the Working Area with power sockets and free WiFi, as well as the Bistrot Area offering a wide range of snacks and drinks.

Free Frecciarossa Fast Track service

Do you have one of Trenitalia’s loyalty cards such as CartaFRECCIA Platino, CartaFRECCIA Oro or CartaFRECCIA Argento? Or do you have a ticket to travel in Frecciarossa Executive or Business Class on Frecciarossa 1000? If so, you can use Frecciarossa’s Fast Track service at gate E in Roma Termini station, in front of platforms 9 and 10.

Everything you need to know about Rome stations

Trenitalia and Italo’s direct trains depart from Roma Tiburtina and Roma Termini.

How to get to Roma Termini station

Roma Termini station is easy to reach with the following modes of transport:

  • Metro lines A and B
  • Trams 5 and 14
  • Buses C2, C3, H, M, 16, 38, 40, 64, 75, 82, 85, 90, 92, 105, 170, 175, 217, 310, 360, 649, 714, and 910
  • Trenitalia’s regional trains

Also, you can get to Roma Termini from Fiumicino Airport with the fast regional train Leonardo Express and from Ciampino Airport with Trenitalia's regional services.

How to get to Roma Tiburtina station

Roma Tiburtina station is served by:

  • Metro line B
  • Buses 71, 111, 135, 409, 490, 492, 495, 649 and night bus services N17 and N23

Arriving in Milan from Rome

Trenitalia and Italo’s direct trains arrive at Milan Central station and Milano Rogoredo station.

From Milan Central station, it’s easy to get to the city centre with one of the following modes of ATM transport:

  • Metro lines M2 (green line) and M3 (yellow line)
  • Buses 42, 60, 81, 82 and 87 and night buses NM2, NM3, N6 and N4
  • Trams 5, 9 and 33
  • Trolleybuses 90, 91 and 92 and night trolleybuses N90 and N91
  • Other regional trains

From Milan Central station, you can get to Malpensa Airport with the fast regional Malpensa Express train, to Linate Airport with Air Bus and to Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport with Orio Shuttle bus services.

If you arrive at Milano Rogoredo station, you can take metro line 3 to the city centre.

Train stations between Rome and Milan by train

If you’re travelling from Rome to Milan, you could stop off at one of the following stations:

Things to see and do in Milan

Known for its iconic Duomo, world-famous fashion industry and refreshing aperitivos, Milan is one of the most unique cities in Italy and Europe! With so many things to see and do in Milan, it can be difficult to know where to begin. To help inspire your trip, here are some things to see and do in Milan:

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Rome and Milan is 3 hours and 25 minutes, with around 37 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 Rome and Milan by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rome to Milan is 2 hours and 52 minutes.

How much does the train from Rome to Milan cost?

Train ticket prices from Rome to Milan can start from as little as £13.20 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 Rome to Milan?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Rome to Milan without having to change trains. There are 35 direct trains from Rome to Milan each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Rome to Milan leaves at 00:17. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rome to Milan leaves at 22:27. 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 Rome and Milan by train?

Trains travelling from Rome to Milan cover a distance of around 297 miles (477 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Milan to Rome. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Rome to Milan.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Thanks to the higher number of Italo and Frecciarossa trains, Rome and Milan have never been closer

Getting to Roma Termini station

I took a Frecciarossa high-speed train from Roma Termini at 1:00 pm with an expected arrival time of 3:59 pm in Milano Centrale.

I took the metro to get to Roma Termini train station. The closest metro stop is called Termini and is right under the station. Just follow the sign Stazione ferroviaria (train station) and you’ll find yourself at the station’s main entrance, with Piazza dei Cinquecento on your left-hand side.

As I arrived quite early, I decided to spoil myself with a delicious lunch at Mercato Centrale, a real paradise of Italian street food where you can find many food stands offering Italian and Roman delicacies and sit down at one of the available tables. The market is on the right-hand side of the train station, in Via Giolitti. The food is amazing, such good value for money!

Boarding my Frecciarossa train

After lunch, I checked if my train was on time and headed to the platform. Like the other Italian stations, Roma Termini has security gates where you need to show your e-ticket on the app before going to the platform. As you can find small queues during peak times and in the evenings, I suggest you get to the train station at least 10 minutes before your departure.

The train journey from Rome to Milan

I bought an Economy ticket to travel in Frecciarossa’s Standard Class. The Standard Class offers comfortable ergonomic armchairs, plug sockets, reclining tables and free WiFi through Le Frecce portal. I used the portal to watch a film and read a couple of magazines during the journey.

A few minutes after leaving Roma Termini, we stopped at Roma Tiburtina where a lot of passengers got on, as this stop is also very close to the metro station.

As soon as the Frecciarossa left Rome, the speed started increasing and we found ourselves travelling at 186 mph in no time at all. Our next stop was Firenze Santa Maria Novella, where we changed direction of travel as Florence train station is at the end of the line. If possible, I recommend you sit on the left-hand side of the train to take in the amazing landscape of Tuscany hills on the route from Rome to Florence.

We then stopped at Bologna Centrale and Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana. 40 minutes later we were in Milano Rogoredo, on the south-eastern outskirts of Milan.

Arriving at Milano Centrale station

After leaving Milano Rogoredo, we reached our final destination, Milano Centrale. As soon as you get off your train, you’ll need to get through the security gates to exit onto Piazza Duca d’Aosta.

I decided to walk from the train station to Milan city centre – a nice 30-minute walk along Via Vittor Pisani and Via Bastioni di Porta Nuova. Alternatively, you can also take the metro (the metro station is opposite the train station) or you can take one of the taxis you’ll find on the left-hand side of the station.

Federica a Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Rome and Milan.

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