Leave Italy’s southern capital behind for a trip to the northern center of fashion and banking. Learn about taking the train from Naples to Milan.
Including both Naples and Milan in an Italy trip gives visitors a chance to travel from the land of ancient Greek and Roman ruins (not to mention some of the country’s best pizza) to the epicenter of the Italian fashion world. It’s a trip from the past to the present, and the best way to make the journey is by train.
The duration of the train trip may seem intimidating - it’s takes Italy’s high-speed trains about 4.5-hours to travel the 481 miles (775 km) - but compare that with the roughly 8 hours it would take you to drive the distance and it’s easy to see why the train is the better option. Go by train and relax as you watch the Italian countryside roll by.
Frequent Trains from Naples to Milan
The high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains operated by Trenitalia depart Naples’ Centrale station headed for Milan’s Centrale station 1-2 times per hour during most weekdays, which translates into 50 trains per day. The first Milan-bound train leaves Naples at 6:10am, the last at 7pm, and the fastest trains cover the distance in 4 hours 15 minutes.
In addition to those AV trains, there are other--slower--trains that connect the two cities. They may have lower-priced tickets, but be aware that sometimes these trains take more than eight hours to travel from Naples to Milan. Train tickets on this route for all options range from $57-115.
The Italo train company also connects Naples with Milan, using the same train stations as Trenitalia. There are usually 13 trains making this trip per day, and the duration of the journey ranges from 4 hours 15 minutes to 5 hours.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Naples to Milan
Most of the trains connecting Naples with Milan are direct trains. While many will have intermediate stops en route, passengers won’t need to disembark or change trains. When booking your tickets, be sure to pay special attention to any train connecting information so you know whether or not you’ll need to change trains along the way.
Amenities on Trains from Naples to Milan
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.
Naples and Milan Train Stations
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.
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.
See below for details on traveling from Naples to Milan by train.
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