How to take the rail journey from Cologne/Köln to Milan

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Köln / Cologne / Koeln to Milano / Milan / Mailand by train

Taking the train from Cologne/Köln to Milano is typically a fabulous experience, with only one easy transfer required between two of Europe's smartest trains.
When looking up this journey you will see other options which require additional conditions, but there is no need to make more than one transfer.

Travelling overnight is a tad more awkward, despite a sleeper train now being available for the first part of the journey between Koln and Basel.
However, it is typically due to arrive in Basel SBB station only 8mins prior to the departure of an EC express train on to Milano; so a better option is to remain on the train to Zurich and make the connection on to Milano there.
There aren't any overnight trains available from Switzerland to Milano

Routes you can take to go from Köln / Cologne / Koeln to Milano / Milan / Mailand

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

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Via stations: Basel Bad Bf and Basel SBB/Bâle CFF

Option 1: travelling by day

Route Information

Via stations: Zürich HB / Zurich main station

Option 2: overnight, for an early afternoon arrival

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Via stations: München Hbf/Munich main station

Option 3: overnight, for an early morning arrival
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