Travel from the centre of Zurich to the centre of Milan in around three and a half hours with high-speed trains between Switzerland and Italy. Don’t be left annoyed by traffic jams or frustrated by missed airport transfers, when taking the train allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic European countryside glide past your window.
From the sparkling shores of Lake Zurich to the designer shopping dreams of Milan, Trenitalia’s direct EuroCity (EC) trains depart from Zurich Hb station (the main station in Zurich) and make it easy to speed from city to city in comfort and style – First Class seats offer air-conditioning, power sockets and access to premium lounges at major train stations.
Once you arrive into Milan, it’s just an 8-minute Metro ride to the magnificent Duomo di Milano cathedral. Ready to book? Keep reading for train times, ticket prices and FAQs about the journey from Zurich Hb to Milan by train.
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 Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb and Milan is 4 hours and 46 minutes, with around 26 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 Zurich Hb to Milan is 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Train tickets from Zurich Hb to Milan can start from as little as €29 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Zurich Hb to Milan without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Zurich Hb to Milan. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Zurich Hb to Milan leaves at 06:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Zurich Hb to Milan leaves at 22:32. 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 Zurich Hb to Milan cover a distance of around 135 miles (218 km) during the journey.