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How to take a train journey from Paris to Milano/Milan

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Paris to Milano / Milan / Mailand by train

Until Summer 2024:

The route taken by the Paris to Milano trains has been closed until summer 2024, due to damage caused by a landslide.
Replacement bus services have now made available for international journeys along the closed section of the route, from a train which departs Paris daily at 14:48 - the onward train arrives into Milano Porta Garibaldi station.
The alternative route, which is currently the only option, involves travelling via Switzerland and journey time of more than 8 hours!

After Summer 2024:

The overnight train service between Paris and Milano was sadly withdrawn a few years ago, so travelling by the day on a through the Alps is now the only option for a direct Paris to Milan rail journey.

However, some positive news for this route is that Italy's national rail company, Trenitalia has introduced its ultra smart Frecciarossa 1000 trains to this route.
So along with the existing and continuing TGV services, an unprecedented five daily trains are now available from the French capital to northern Italy

Though when looking up this journey on the ticket agents, you'll also likely see other daytime options with connections between trains in Basel, Geneva, Lausanne or Zurich.
If you'll be happy to change trains and the connections are easily timed (more than 30 mins ideally) and the price is competitive then these other options are definitely worth considering.

The journey from any of those Swiss cities to Milan will also be more scenic than the direct route.

Routes you can take to go from Paris 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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Option 1: taking the TGV trains (currently not available)

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Option 2: taking the Frecce trains (currently not available)

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Via stations: Genève/Geneva-Cornavin

Option 3: connecting in Geneve

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Via stations: Basel SBB/Bâle CFF

Option 4: connecting in Basel
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