The train is the best and fastest way to travel from Turin to Milan. Thanks to Frecciarossa and Italo high-speed trains, you can get to the Italian capital of fashion in less than an hour.
As a bonus, you’ll arrive right in the heart of the city centre and you won’t have to worry about parking or traffic at all. Have some delicious coffee in the restaurant car, enjoy plenty of legroom while reading the latest news on the onboard entertainment portal, or just sit back and relax.
Still not sure if travelling by train is the ideal solution for you? Keep reading for more information on train times, ticket prices and FAQs.
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).
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.
Trenitalia's Intercity trains run on standard lines outside the high-speed network, offering more than 90 trains a day that guarantee long and medium distance connections, ensuring wide coverage of the rail network. All Intercity trains are modern and comfortable with plenty of seats, retractable tables, power sockets, air conditioning, courtesy lights and plenty of luggage space. Intercity Night trains allow you to travel overnight in cabins with beds, berths or seating.
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 Turin 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 by train between Turin and Milan is 1 hour and 42 minutes, with around 23 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 Turin to Milan is 47 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Turin to Milan can start from as little as €7.90 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 Turin to Milan without having to change trains. There are 21 direct trains from Turin to Milan each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Turin to Milan leaves at 05:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Turin to Milan leaves at 22:29. 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 Turin to Milan cover a distance of around 78 miles (126 km) during the journey.
For this journey, I took one of the 38 high-speed Frecciarossa trains that run daily between Turin and Milan.
Departing from Torino Porta Nuova
Torino Porta Nuova train station is in the city centre. You can easily get there by taking either the tube – the stop is called “Porta Nuova” and it’s on the Fermi - Lingotto line – or trams n.4, 7 or 9 which stop right outside the train station.
As I arrived quite early, I decided to go to the Feltrinelli bookshop, located on the ground floor close to the platforms. If you don’t really enjoy reading, you can find more than 40 other shops in the station’s new shopping centre.
Connect to the “Free WiFi TorinoPN” network and you’ll have free Internet access for 15 minutes inside the station. Alternatively, with the Around Station app, you can have free and unlimited WiFi, but you need to download the app and sign up to connect.
Like the main Italian train stations, Torino Porta Nuova has security gates where you need to show your train ticket to make sure it’s valid for the train you’re taking. The gates are at the end of the covered atrium. I suggest you go through them as soon as your platform number appears on the departure information display to avoid missing your train – queues can be quite long during peak times in the morning and in the evening, especially when a Frecciarossa train bound for Milan is about to depart.
On the Frecciarossa train bound for Milan
Since the journey is quite short, I decided to save money and buy a Super Economy ticket to travel in Standard Class, where I found comfortable seats and enough legroom. The onboard WiFi worked quite well and allowed me to access Le Frecce Portal, where you can watch movies and TV shows as well as read national newspapers and magazines. You should definitely sit on the left-hand side of the train – a breath-taking view of the Alps surrounding Turin is waiting for you!
Arriving at Milano Centrale
I reached Milano Centrale in just over 40 minutes and at a maximum speed of 289 km/h. Once past the exit gates, I found myself in a huge atrium with vaulted ceilings and plenty of shops and bars. To get to the underground, I used the moving walkway at the side of the atrium and followed the signs. The tube stop is called Centrale and is served by the M2 (green) and M3 (yellow) lines on which you can reach the city centre in just a few minutes. Alternatively, you can take one of the taxis you’ll find outside next to the bus stops for Orio al Serio and Linate airports.
My journey on the Frecciarossa was very comfortable. I was surprised the train hardly made any sound even when increasing its speed. As the journey is quite short and many different offers are available for this route, Milan is the perfect destination for a day trip from Turin. A journey you shouldn’t miss.
Origin: Torino Porta Nuova
Destination: Milano Centrale
Travel time: 1h
Train stops: none, direct train
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.