Train from Rome to Milan
Italy's fastest trains connect its two biggest cities. Find out about taking the train from Rome to Milan.
There was a time when the 360-mile train trip from Rome to Milan took just under six hours one-way. Now, with high-speed trains, that journey has been cut roughly in half—which is a blessing both for visitors in Italy and the many business travelers who commute between the two big cities regularly.
Since the drive from Rome to Milan can take seven hours, taking the train instead is definitely the fastest option. Plus, it's far more relaxing, as you can spend your three hours reading or napping as opposed to navigating Italian highways.
Frequent Trains from Rome to Milan
From Roma Termini, the high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains operated by Trenitalia leave for Milan's Centrale station 2-3 times each hour during most of the day on weekdays. There are more than 80 trains every day departing the Italian capital for Milan. The first trains leave Rome at 6 a.m., the last at 8:20 p.m.
The AV trains can cover the 360-mile (579-km) distance in less than three hours—the quickest trains make the trip in 2 hours 55 minutes—though even on some high-speed trains it can take 3.5 hours to get from Rome to Milan. Ticket prices range from $28-124.
Slower and less expensive trains depart from Roma Tiburtina station occasionally throughout the day, too, but those trains take more than six hours to get to Milan.
Italo trains also leave from Roma Termini train station, but they serve Milan's Porta Garibaldi station instead of the larger Centrale. Trips on Italo's trains take about 3 hours 15 minutes, and depart from Rome six times per day.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Amenities on Trains from Rome 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.
Direct Service from Rome to Milan
Trenitalia's AV trains do stop in Florence and Bologna en route from Rome to Milan, but much of the time there are no actual train changes required on this trip. It's important to read your ticket information carefully, however, to make sure your journey doesn't require a change along the way.
Rome and Milan Train Stations
Rome's Termini and Milan's Centrale are both the largest train stations in each city, and both are also major public transportation hubs for their respective metro areas. Outside Termini and Centrale there are bus stops (and tram stops, in Milan), and in both stations you can directly access the city's Metro (subway) system.
Porta Garibaldi is a large enough train station, but it's not quite the transportation hub that Centrale is. Still, there is a Metro stop there, and several buses stop nearby.