Milano / Milan / Mailand to Verona by train

How to take a rail journey from Milan/Milano to Verona

When heading to beautiful Verona from Milan by train, there is a choice between:

1: the Regional trains, they're more frequent and generally cheaper (they will be when booking last minute at the station)
However, they're also the slowest option and seats can't be reserved - though modern, smart double-decked trains are now used on most departures.

2: the express trains, which are faster and seats assigned when booking, but the speed comes at a price because they tend to be more expensive.
Fastest of all are the Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia and the rival Italo trains, as they whizz down the high speed line between Milano and Brescia.

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Option 1: taking the Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia

Travel Information

Final Destination: Venezia S.L. or Trieste or Udine

Most trains also call at: Desenzano and/or Peschiera

In addition to these Frecce trains which depart from Milano Centrale, there are other Frecce trains which depart from Milano Porta Garibaldi station daily at 16:13 and 18:13.

There are also 2 x EC trains per day from Milano Centrale to Verona that are usually scheduled to depart daily from Milano Centrale at 10:05 and 12:05.
They're around 10 mins slower than these Frecce trains because they don't use the high-speed line between Milano and Brescia.

Frecce trains from Milano Centrale:
Monday to Friday 10 x trains per day
Saturday 8 x trains
Sunday 10 x trains

EC trains:
2 x trains per day

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 express train service between MIlano and Verona is provided by:
(1) these Frecce trains, which are operated by Trenitalia; and the EC trains
(2) alternative Italo trains, which are less frequent, but often cheaper.

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.

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.

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..

Rail Pass Users:

You can avoid the rail pass reservation fees charged on these trains by taking the alternative non high-speed trains.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Italia rail from €14.90

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 €14.90

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 €14.90

Trainline Guide

Save A Train from €14.90

Save A Train Guide

Omio from €14.90

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.

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Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

Verona is on the railway route between Milan and Venice/Venezia typically popular with tourists, so as a consequence of the global pandemic, the train service has been (temporarily) reduced on this route, particularly in the late afternoon and evening.

The view over Lake Garda on a grey day, in better weather you can see the mountains surrounding the lake The view over Lake Garda on a grey day, in better weather you can see the mountains surrounding the lake

The only section of this route that uses a high speed line, is the part of the journey between Milano and Brescia - so the train only travels at more than 250 km/h for around 20 minutes.

If you're on the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel) keep a look out before Desenzano for a fleeting, but incredible view of Lake Garda.

Option 2; taking the Italo trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Venezia S.L.

All trains also call at: Desenzano and/or *Peschiera

6 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 5 months ahead of the travel date

The express train service between Milano and Verona is provided by:
(1) these Italo trains
(2) more frequent Frecce/EC trains

Tickets for the Trenitalia Frecce trains are placed on sale around 4 months in advance, but these 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.

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.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Italo from €9.90

Italo Guide

Trainline from €9.90

Trainline Guide

Happy rail from €9.90

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 €9.90

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.

Option 3: taking the Regionale trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Verona P.N.

All trains also call at: Desenzano-Simione; Peschiera-del-Garda

This journey by these Regionale trains is slower than the alternative Frecce and Italo trains, but this is the cheapest option, when taking a train from Milan to Verona.

15 x trains per day
There is usually 1 x train per hour but there is a daily gap between 11:35 and 13:45.

Tickets

Book early and save: No (not on these trains)

Tickets will cost the same price if purchased at the station immediately before departure.

(The train service is operated by Trenord and not Trenitalia)

These Regionale Veloce trains are always cheaper than the faster Frecce and Italo trains, you can save a minimum of €5.
They'll be more than €10 cheaper, if you'll be booking at the station just before your journey.

Rail Pass Users should take these trains and avoid the rail pass reservation fees on the Frecce trains.

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.

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Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed (partial journey)

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