Frecciarossa trains are Trenitalia's flagship high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 350 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 200 km/h. Frecciabianca trains connect the centres of northern and southern Italy, especially on 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 Rome to Milan 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 between Rome and Milan is 3 hours and 34 minutes and the fastest journey time is 2 hours and 52 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 35 trains per day travelling from Rome to Milan. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The first train from Rome to Milan departs at 00:15. The last train from Rome to Milan departs at 23:55. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency. There may also be less services on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Rome to Milan without having to change trains. There are 32 direct trains from Rome to Milan. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
I took a Frecciarossa high-speed train from Roma Termini at 13:00 with an expected arrival time of 15:59 in Milano Centrale.
Departing from Rome
I took the tube to get to Roma Termini train station. The closest tube 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!
After lunch, I used my Trainline app to check if my train was on time and headed to the platform indicated on the app. 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.
On the Frecciarossa train
I bought an Economy ticket to travel on 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 movie 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 tube station.
As soon as the Frecciarossa left Rome, the speed started increasing and we found ourselves travelling at 300 km/h 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 suggest you sit on the left-hand side of the train to take in the amazing landscape of Tuscany hills on the Rome to Florence route.
We then stopped at Bologna Centrale – the new underground station created for high-speed trains – and Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana, which was recently opened. 40 minutes later we were in Milano Rogoredo, on the south-eastern outskirts of Milan.
Arriving in Milan
After leaving Milano Rogoredo, we reached our final destination, Milano Centrale, which sees more than 120 million passengers pass through every year. The station has 24 platforms and also security gates you need to pass through 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 tube (the tube 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.
Origin: Roma Termini
Destination: Milano Centrale
Travel time: 2h 59m
Train stops: Roma Tiburtina, Firenze SMN, Bologna Centrale, Reggio Emilia AV, Milano Rogoredo
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.