Eat your fill of pesto genovese, this historic port city’s most famous dish, and then travel to Italy’s chic capital of fashion and design. Learn about taking the train from Genoa to Milan.
Genoa may have all the captivating grit of a major port city, but there is nothing gritty about Milan. Sleek designer fashions fill the streets and shop windows, fashionistas crowd the cafès at sundown for the traditional aperitivo, and the elegant white Duomo soars above it all. Put on your best shoes and take a train to Milan.
Genoa is such a famously difficult city to drive in that it is mentioned in the lyrics of an Italian folk classic, and Milan, which applies a pollution surcharge on your rental car to drive into the center, isn’t much better. Skip the stress of navigating these two major cities by car and travel the 90 miles (145 km) between Genoa and Milan in less than 1.5 hours by direct train.
Frequent Trains from Genoa to Milan
There are almost 40 direct Trenitalia trains between the central Genova Piazza Principe and Milano Centrale stations each day, including both high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) and Regionale Veloce trains. Trains depart from early morning to late evening, so you have a vast selection of times to choose from which fit your travel schedule. The fastest trains take about 1.5 hours to make the trip, and the slowest about 1 hour and 50 minutes. Tickets range in price from $11-22.
Be aware that weekend and holiday schedules may include less frequent service and longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Genoa to Milan
All Trenitalia trains from Genoa to Milan are direct. Most are on high-speed trains, but some are on the fastest Regionale Veloce trains.
Amenities on Trains from Genoa to Milan
Frecciabianca and Intercity trains are the lowest-tier Alta Velocità trains, faster and with more amenities than Regionale trains. These trains include 1st-class and 2nd-class air-conditioned cars with individual power outlets. First-class tickets include a complimentary drink and newspaper, and all trains have either a snacks and drinks service and/or a café car.
Regionale trains are the most basic Trenitalia trains; the Regionale Veloce is a faster route that makes less intermediate stops. There are no reserved seats, so seating is based on availability. There are sometimes 1st and 2nd class cars on Regionale trains, so passengers choose an available seat in the appropriate car for their ticket class. Regionale trains do not have a café car or food service, and the air conditioning and power outlets may not work.
Genoa and Milan Train Stations
Genoa’s main train station is called Genova Piazza Principe, though it is also known as Genova Principe or Porta Principe. This is the city’s historic central station, and has stops for the its major bus routes and the Principe Metro (subway) stop nearby, which connect the station to the port where cruise ships dock.
Milan's main station, Milano Centrale, is also a local transportation hub for buses and trams and has a Metro (subway) stop in a lower level of the station.
See below for details on traveling from Genoa to Milan by train.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Train Travel in Italy
From seat assignments and luggage space to the different types of tickets, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about train travel in Italy.
Arrival and Departure Train Destinations
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