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.
See below for details on traveling from Rome 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
Read on for information about Rome to Milan train stations.
Rome Termini Guide
Featuring ItaliaRail's very own VIP station oasis, the ItaliaPass Lounge at the start of Track 25, Rome's transportation mecca boasts countless amenities and connections for Italy's rail passengers.Read More >>
Milano Centrale Guide
Milan is the center of commerce and fashion and its train station is no exception, with its gorgeous architecture giving way to many travel options.Read More >>
Things To Do in Milan
Whether exploring its scenic canals or visiting its famous Duomo cathedral, there is no shortage of things to do in the modern Fashion Capital of Milan.
Best of Milan Tour with Da Vinci's Last Supper
See all the historic and modern-day highlights of Italy’s most fashion-conscious city—including Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper—on this walking tour.Book Now >>
Bellagio & Lake Como Day Trip from Milan
Experience the stunning Alpine scenery and exclusive resort communities that make Lake Como a favorite celebrity hideaway.Book Now >>
Hotels in Milan
From modern boutique hotels to luxurious historic properties, see below for ideas on where to stay in Milan.
Milan Suite Hotel
The popular Milan Suite Hotel is within striking distance of the Villapizzone station and within close proximity to the Piazza Portello and Fiera Milano City.Book Here >>
Park Hyatt Milan
One of Milan's most luxurious hotels sits around the corner from shopping mecca, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.Book Here >>