Milano to Lyon by train

Milano / Milan / Mailand to Lyon by train

Some of Europe's smartest trains travel on the only rail route from northern Italy to central France

Frecciarossa 1000 trains operated by Trenitalia have been recently introduced to this route, they have in effect replaced the TGV trains in this direction when travelling from Italy to France (the TGVs from Milano to Paris now pass through the Lyon area without making any station calls).
The morning departure from Milano connects in Lyon with TGV trains on to Marseille and Strasbourg.



taking the direct Frecce trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Paris

All trains also call at: Chambery and

These trains are typically scheduled to depart from Millano Centrale station daily at 06:25 and 15:53.

2 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: up tp 6 months ahead of the travel date

Frecciarossa 1000 trains on the domestic routes within Italy convey 4 classes of accommodation, but the Standard Premier service is not available on this international route.
Also 'Allegro' has been introduced as the branding for the Standard and Business Class, SMTJ isn't certain as to the reason for this, other than to make a distinction with the tickets on the domestic routes.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia *

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.
Rail Europe *

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLandscape (Hills / Mountains)High Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

The 15:53 departure from Milano Centrale offers onward travel to France from these arriving Frecce trains:

  • 14:50 from Taranto (05:27), Salerno (08:46); Napoli Centrale (09:40); Roma Termini (11:10); Firenze SMN (12:55) and Bologna (13:36)
  • 14:55 from San Remo (11:20); Albenga (12:00); Savona (12:33) and Genova-Piazza Principe (13:19)
  • 15:05 Lecce (05:55); Bari (07:30); Pescara (10:10); Rimini (12:15) and Bologna (13:18)
Between Torino and Susa Between Torino and Susa
Milano to Lyon by train Milano to Lyon by train
Passing through Modane on exiting the Mont Cenis tunnel Passing through Modane on exiting the Mont Cenis tunnel
Racing towards the Mont Cenis Tunnel Racing towards the Mont Cenis Tunnel
Passing by Lac d'Aiguebellete shortly after departing Chambery Passing by Lac d'Aiguebellete shortly after departing Chambery

Between the outskirts of Milano and Torino, the train will travel at more than 280 km/h on the high speed railway, but the rest of the route is on a classic line.
The most scenic parts of the journey are between Susa and the Mont Cenis Tunnel which straddles the border and to the north of the tunnel, the best of the views are on the right, but much of the route is within a narrow valley.

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