The access from the concourse at Napoli Centrale to the Metro and Circumvesuviana trains

Milano / Milan / Mailand to Napoli / Naples by train

How to travel from Milan/Milano to Naples/Napoli by train

A sequence of three connected high speed railways enables high speed trains to rush from Milano to Napoli.
This high speed route is shared by 'Frecce' services operated by the national rail operator, Trenitalia, and competing Italo services.

For those who favor cheapest price over journey time, there is also the opportunity to save money by taking the much slower Intercity trains which still snake their way along the older 'classic' railway lines.

There's also an overnight service available.

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Routes

Option 1: taking the Frecce high speed trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Napoli or Salerno or Reggio de Calabria or others

All trains also call at: Roma Termini
These trains reverse direction on departure from Roma Termini station.

Some trains also call at: Napoli Afragola; take care book tickets to Napoli Centrale if you're heading to the city centre.

Some of these trains also call at: Milano Rogoredo

Depending on where you'll be setting off from in Milano, taking the trains from this station can be time saver.
Milano Centrale is on the northern edge of the city centre, so these trains initially head north and then make their way around the city, so that they can take the route south towards Napoli.

Milano Rogoredo station is on Line M3 of the Milano Metro, though the same line also links the heart of the city to Milano Centrale station.
But if you'll be boarding a Metro train at Duomo station, which lives up to its name with a location by Milano cathedral, you'll be heading north to board these trains at Milano Centrale, so the end-to-end journey can be quicker if you head towards Milano Rogoredo.

Local trains head to Milano Rogoredo from multiple stations in the city centre, including Milano Porta Venezia and Milano Porta Vittoria.

1 - 3 x trains per hour

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 4 months ahead of the travel date; though this period of time can be shorter, particularly when searching for journeys more than three months ahead during October and March.

The high speed (AV) train service between Milano Centrale* and Napoli/Naples is provided by

(1) these Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia and

(2) alternative Italo trains

Tickets for the Trenitalia Frecce trains are placed on sale around 4 months in advance, but the Italo train tickets are made available around 5 months ahead.
Trenitalia does not sell tickets for the Italo trains - and Italo does not sell tickets for the Trenitalia trains.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

If you're booking no more than 4 months ahead and have no particular preference for the train that you will be taking, the price and departure times of the Frecce and Italo trains can be directly compared on with Trainline or Omio, though look out for the fact that both of these services will charge a booking fee.

*Some Frecce and Italo trains depart from stations in Milano other Milano Centrale.
If you will be travelling from Milano Centrale then use this specific station when looking up tickets and prices.

Rail Pass Users:

If you will be travelling with a valid Eurail or InterRail pass, you will need to reserve prior to boarding these trains, either at the station (using a Trenitalia ticket machine or ticket desk) OR by booking them online.

How to book the rail pass reservations online is included on our guide to using rail passes in Italy.

If you will be travelling with a rail pass, it's worth targeting the faster trains, as the reservation fees are the same regardless of which Frecce service you travel by.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Italia rail from €49 approx

Italia rail Guide

Italiarail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.
Though Italiarail will charge a booking fee, typically of around €3.

The Early Bird service

Italiarail has launched an 'early bird' pre-booking service for journeys by Frecce trains.
Tickets can be booked up to a year ahead of travel at a flat-rate price per route, before the tickets have been released for sale by Trenitalia.
If when they are placed on sale, the price is cheaper than what you have already paid to Italiarail, it will automatically refund the price difference.
Conversely, if the price is more expensive, you won't be charged the price difference.
You can also have the peace of mind of securing your seat(s) on the Frecce train(s) when you are first planning a trip.
If before the tickets are placed on sale, you decide to change your plans, you can request a refund; but once the tickets are released for sale, you will then be bound by the terms and conditions of the ticket(s) you have booked.

Trenitalia from €49 approx

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.
Trainline from €49 approx

Trainline Guide

Save A Train from €49 approx

Save A Train Guide

Omio from €49 approx

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (total journey)

Good to Know

When looking up this journey it's worth paying attention to the journey times as there are in effect three different service patterns used by these 'Frecce' trains.

  1. Fastest of all is the Mon-Saturday departure, typically scheduled to depart at 06:35 and the daily train at 19:35 as these trains are non-stop between Milano Centrale and Roma Termini.
  2. Most of the trains on the more direct route are 5 -10 mins slower because they make additional station calls.
  3. Slowest of all are the trains which divert off the direct route to call in Firenze/Florence, where they also reverse direction.
    This diversion to the main station in Florence/Firenze adds around 10-15 mins to the journey time, but most of the trains which also call in Firenze, make up to four other station calls, hence they're up to 40 mins slower than the fastest trains.

The Frecciarossa 1000 trains are more likely to be used on the faster services, but when you look up the journey on Trenitalia or ItaliaRail, you'll be able to see which specific type of train will be used on each departure.

Between Firenze and Roma Between Firenze and Roma
Between Firenze and Roma Between Firenze and Roma
A typical view from the left of the train as it heads south to Rome A typical view from the left of the train as it heads south to Rome
Flashing past one of the many villages that the train will pass Flashing past one of the many villages that the train will pass
Racing towards Naples as the train heads south from Rome Racing towards Naples as the train heads south from Rome

This is a journey of four contrasting parts.

(1) Between Milano and Bologna the trains are at their fastest as on this stretch of high speed line they travel up to 290 km/h- which is fortunate as there's nothing much to see.

(2) Between Bologna and Firenze 99% of the journey is in tunnels

(3) The high speed line between Firenze and Roma isn't quite as fast as that between Milano and Bologna, but as the trains travel at up to 250 km/h pleasing distant views of hills can be seen from either side of the train.
Much of this part of the route is elevated on viaducts, and the video, was taken from one of these.

Then as the train races towards Roma across the farmland, it flashes by a series of villages.

(4) The trains once again attain their maximum speed on the high speed line between Roma and Napoli.

Option 2: taking the Italo high speed trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Napoli or Salerno

All of these trains also call at: Roma Termini - where they reverse direction

Some trains also call at: Napoli Afragola; take book tickets to Napoli Centrale if you're heading to the city centre.

Most of these trains also call at: Milano Rogoredo

Depending on where you'll be setting off from in Milano, taking the trains from this station can be time saver.
Milano Centrale is on the northern edge of the city centre, so these trains initially head north and then make their way around the city, so that they can take the route south towards Napoli.

Milano Rogoredo station is on Line M3 of the Milano Metro, though the same line also links the heart of the city to Milano Centrale station.
But if you'll be boarding a Metro train at Duomo station, which lives up to its name with a location by Milano cathedral, you'll be heading north to board these trains at Milano Centrale, so the end-to-end journey can be quicker if you head towards Milano Rogoredo.

Local trains head to Milano Rogoredo from multiple stations in the city centre, including Milano Porta Venezia and Milano Porta Vittoria

15 - 16 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 5 months ahead of the travel date

The high speed (AV) train service between Milano Centrale* and Napoli is provided by:

(1) these Italo trains
(2) alternative Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia

Tickets for the Trenitalia Frecce trains are placed on sale around 4 months in advance, but the Italo train tickets are made available around 5 months ahead.
However, Trenitalia does not sell tickets for the Italo trains - and Italo does not sell tickets for the Trenitalia trains.

If you're booking no more than 4 months ahead and have no particular preference for the train that you will be taking, the price and departure times of the Frecce and Italo trains can be directly compared on with Trainline or Omio, though look out for the fact that both of these services will charge a booking fee.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

Eurail and InterRail passes can't be used on Italo trains.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Italo from €43 approx

Italo Guide

Trainline from €43 approx

Trainline Guide

Happy rail from €43 approx

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

Happy rail from €43 approx

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

Omio from €43 approx

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (total journey)

Good to Know

When looking up this journey it's worth paying attention to the journey times as there are in effect two different service patterns used by these Italo trains.

  1. Fastest are the trains which only make station calls at Milano Rogoredo and at Roma Termini (where they reverse direction), so are non-stop between Milano and Roma
  2. Slowest of all are the trains which divert off the direct route to call in Firenze/Florence, where they also reverse direction.
    This diversion to the main station in Florence/Firenze adds around 10-15 mins to the journey time, but most of the trains which also call in Firenze, make up to four other station calls, hence they're up to 40 mins slower than the fastest trains.
The Castello di Sammezzano can be seen on the left after Florence The Castello di Sammezzano can be seen on the left after Florence
Racing over the river Paglia and leaving Umbria Racing over the river Paglia and leaving Umbria
Crossing one of the many viaducts on the Florence to Rome high speed line Crossing one of the many viaducts on the Florence to Rome high speed line
Heading south towards Rome Heading south towards Rome
Flashing through the countryside on the Rome to Naples high speed line Flashing through the countryside on the Rome to Naples high speed line

These Italo trains take the same route as the Frecce trains.

This is a journey of four contrasting parts.

(1) Between Milano and Bologna the trains are at their fastest on this stretch of high speed line - which is fortunate as there's nothing much to see.

(2) Between Bologna and Firenze 99% of the journey is in tunnels

(3) The high speed line between Firenze and Roma isn't quite as fast as that between Milano and Bologna, but pleasing distant views of hills can be seen from either side of the train.

(4) The trains once again attain speeds of more than 285 km/h on the high speed line between Roma and Napoli.

Option 3: taking the Intercity trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Napoli

These trains also call at: Roma Tiburtina

2 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 3 months ahead of the travel date

Take these Intercity trains from Milano to Firenze/Florence and you can save at least €20 in comparison to taking the faster Frecce or Italo train.

If you have a rail pass you can save €10 by taking these trains, as Eurail and InterRail users don't have to make reservations to travel on the Intercity trains, but paying the €3 optional reservation fee is virtually essential, because if you don't, you'll be lucky not to have to constantly find different seats during the journey.

So think twice! You can save more than 4 hours by taking the Frecce trains and the journey will also be more comfortable.
This is a journey on which the balance definitely tips in favour of paying the more expensive supplement to travel on the Freece trains.
If you do, then target the faster Frecce trains, they won't cost you any more than the slower Frecce trains and will save you around a further 20-25 mins.

How to book the rail pass reservations online is included on our guide to using rail passes in Italy.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia from €25 approx

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.
Italia rail from €25 approx

Italia rail Guide

Italiarail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.
Though Italiarail will charge a booking fee, typically of around €3.

The Early Bird service

Italiarail has launched an 'early bird' pre-booking service for journeys by Frecce trains.
Tickets can be booked up to a year ahead of travel at a flat-rate price per route, before the tickets have been released for sale by Trenitalia.
If when they are placed on sale, the price is cheaper than what you have already paid to Italiarail, it will automatically refund the price difference.
Conversely, if the price is more expensive, you won't be charged the price difference.
You can also have the peace of mind of securing your seat(s) on the Frecce train(s) when you are first planning a trip.
If before the tickets are placed on sale, you decide to change your plans, you can request a refund; but once the tickets are released for sale, you will then be bound by the terms and conditions of the ticket(s) you have booked.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoNot High Speed

Good to Know

If you want to make the train journey from Milan to Naples, these InterCity trains are much slower than the alternative Frecce and Italo trains, because unlike those trains, these Intercity trains don't travel on the high speed lines.

So why would you consider spending more than an additional three hours making the Milano to Napoli journey on these trains?
The simple answer is price , you can typically save at least €20 by taking these InterCity trains.

They are usually scheduled to depart from Milano Centrale daily at 05:00 and 14:48.

Between Firenze/Florence and Napoli these Intercity trains travel through a similar landscape, the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, as the high speed trains, though their slower speeds allows more time to take in the scenery.
Though between Bologna and Firenze is the most scenic part of the journey by these Intercity trains and the high speed trains travel between those two cities in a series of tunnels.

Option 4: Travelling overnight

Travel Information

Final Destination: Salerno

The train also calls at: Roma Tiburtina (arrives 05:58 usually)

This train is typically scheduled to depart from Porta Garibaldi station in Milano at 22:13 and arrive in Napoli at 08:46, note that it does not depart from the city's main station, Milano Centrale.

1 x train per night

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 3 months ahead of the travel date - usually

See the 'Train Guide' below for info on the type of accommodation available and the how tickets can be booked.

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.

On this journey

Journey Features

Night

Good to Know

This train is scheduled to arrive in Napoli/Naples shortly before 09:00, while on Mon-Sat the first Frecce train of the day doesn't arrive there until around 10:30, while on Sundays the earliest arrival time is around 11:30.

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