Train from Milan to Naples
Travel from the land of high fashion to the birthplace of pizza. Find out about taking the train from Milan to Naples.
Cosmopolitan Milan may not seem like it has much in common with gritty Naples, but both are famous for perfectly Italian things—fashion designers and pizza. Not only that, the gorgeous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele I in Milan was the inspiration for the Galleria Umberto I in Naples. Whether you're going to Naples to do more shopping, to stuff yourself with pizza, or to visit nearby sights, one thing is clear—it's a good idea to take the train.
Make no mistake, the train journey from Milan to Naples isn't short—on average Italy's high-speed trains cover the 481 miles (775 km) in about 4.5 hours—but driving would take you at least 8 hours, not counting stops for food or fuel or sightseeing. Relax on the train trip and save yourself the hassle.
Frequent Trains from Milan to Naples
Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains leave Milan's Centrale station headed for Naples' Centrale station 1-2 times per hour during most of the weekdays, for a grand total of 55 trains making the trip each day. The first leaves Milan at 6:08 a.m., the last at 7:30 p.m., and the fastest trains make the journey in 4 hours 15 minutes.
There are some slower trains making the connection, though these can take more than eight hours even without needing to change trains along the way. Ticket prices on this route range from $44-157.
Italo's trains also connect Milano Centrale with Napoli Centrale. These trains offer direct service, too, and the trip takes between 4 hours 15 mintues and 5 hours. There are 19 Italo trains making this trip on most days.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Milan to Naples
Most of the trains from Milan to Naples are direct trains, so although many will stop along the way passengers won't need to change trains. Some of the Italo trains don't even stop—they're express trains that barrel straight through until they get to Naples. When you're booking your tickets, pay attention to any connection information to make sure you know whether you need to change trains or not.
Amenities on Trains from Milan to Naples
The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars all come with air conditioning and power outlets in the seats for your convenience. There are both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars (1st-class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper), and a cafe car that's available to all passengers.
Milan and Naples Train Stations
Milan's main station, Centrale, is also a local transportation hub with buses and trams stopping outside and a Metro (subway) stop in a lower level of the station itself. Because of this it's very easy to get to and from Milano Centrale.
Napoli Centrale is Naples' biggest station, and it's on Piazza Garibaldi which is a main hub for city and regional buses. There's also a Metro (subway) station connected to Centrale called Napoli Piazza Garibaldi. The area around the station is decidedly unappealing, so it's a good idea to know where you're going when you walk out of the station itself – whether that's a specific bus line or the taxi queue.