On the Paris - Torino - Milano route there is now a choice between riding Italian high speed Frecciarossa 1000 trains or the long-established TGV trains.
Heading south they depart daily from the Gare de Lyon in Paris at:
Heading north the departures from Milano Centrale are at:
With the addition of these two departures of 'Frecce' trains operated by Trenitalia, the Paris - Torino - Milan route now has an unprecedented five trains per day in each direction, as the long-standing TGV trains services are still operating.
Though what is a tad frustrating is that the new Frecce trains have seemingly been introduced to directly compete with the TGV services, rather than offering travellers a greater choice of departure times throughout the day.
Both the morning and afternoon Frecce trains are schedule to depart from Milano within 30 minutes of a TGV departure; and the afternoon Trenitalia service leaves Paris 35 minutes after the final TGV of the day is due to depart.
Though aside from any potential differences in ticket prices, the Frecce trains do have two obvious advantages over the TGV trains:
Price aside, the Frecce trains are also now the obvious first choice for a Milano ↔ Lyon journey, as both of the daily trains in each direction call at the city centre station, Lyon-Part-Dieu.
The TGV services no longer call at Lyon-Part Dieu as none of the northbound services now serve the city and the the final southwards departure of the day calls at Lyon-St Exupery, which is the station that serves Lyon's airport.
The fact that new Frecce services on the Milano ↔ Paris route depart from and arrive at Milano's main railway station has transformed the ease of travel by train between the French capital and multiple destinations in Italy.
That's because the overwhelming majority of the high speed Frecce services to and from Milano use Milano Centrale station, and only a tiny percentage call at Milano Porta Garibaldi, the station used by TGV trains on the Milano ↔ Paris route.
The 06:35 from Paris is due into Milano Centrale at 13:50 so connects with these other Frecce services:
Though the TGV which usually departs Paris at 12:47 offers connections at Torino Porta Susa into these Frecce departures:
The 15:53 departure from Milano Centrale offers onward travel to France from these arriving Frecce trains:
Though alternative connections are available into the TGV trains at Torino Porta Susa:
The 10:22 Eurostar from London St Pancras is due into Paris Gare Du Nord at 13:47 so it has an easily timed connection into a choice of trains from the Gare De Lyon to Torino and Milan; the TGV at 14:43 and the Freece train at 15:16.
Heading north the 15:13 Eurostar from the Gare Du Nord has connections from the Frecce train which is due in to Paris at 13:22, and the TGV that's scheduled to arrive at 13:50.
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