Want to know how to get from Rome to Milan? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the three ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Milan
Milan is Italy’s economic and design capital — the home of the stylish and the rich. Here is where luxury and art collide. It’s the country’s busiest and most vibrant city, but still charming with its few touches of the Old World.
The city boasts a massive collection of old and new art masterpieces and is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s most iconic work, the Last Supper. You’ll find jaw-dropping architecture everywhere you look in Milan — from its more recent skyscrapers to the age-old Milan Cathedral.
3 ways to get from Rome to Milan
There are three ways to travel the distance of 570 km (354 miles) from Rome to Milan: by bus (7.5-11 hours), train (3-9.5 hours) and flight (2h10m). The journey takes between 2h10m - 11h and the quickest way is by flight. The lowest priced tickets start from €17 ($20) for the bus.
The bus is a good alternative when the trains from Rome to Milan are too expensive on the day of your trip. While buses are subject to traffic and some bus departures can get delayed, there are still some advantages.
Although not as spacious as the trains, the buses can still be comfortable. There are also several night buses on this trip, so you get to save daytime and a night on accommodation.
More importantly, bus tickets are cheaper than train tickets. If you don’t mind the long travel, you can spend 7.5-11 hours on the bus for just €17 ($20). We suggest taking this bus instead of the Intercity train that costs thrice as much.
Same as the train, the buses also have two arrival points in Milan. The main bus station is Lampugnano Bus Station, located 10 km northwest of the city centre. You can also get off at San Donato Bus Stop on the southeast side of Milan centre.
The cheapest way to get from Linate Airport to Milan city centre is by bus. Several companies offer bus trips to different areas in Milan centre. From Linate, you can take Bus Line 73 to Duomo M1 M3 in an hour for €2 ($2.20). This bus is available daily from 05:00 to 24:00.
Alternatively, you can take an Uber Black. Milan is one of the few Italian cities where Uber is allowed. You can easily hail one as long as you have the app on your phone. Rates for a 2-seater car start from €25 ($27.50).
We don’t really recommend taking an airport taxi for this route because fares can be expensive. Taxi fares start from €33 ($36) for the 20-minute journey.
Rome to Milan by Train
Duration: 3-9.5 hours
Starts from: €62 ($73)
Duration: 3-9.5 hours
Cost: €62 ($73)
If you want to save on costs, we recommend taking an overnight train from Rome to Milan. There is one Intercity train that departs at 23:55 and arrives the next day at 06:55. This train is the cheapest at €53 ($62), and although not a sleeper train, it’s comfortable enough for a good night’s sleep.
The rest of the trains available on this route are high-speed trains. See below for more details on the different kinds of trains that you can choose from:
Intercity trains are the slowest option because they stop in every city, but they are also the cheapest at €62 ($73). Apart from one overnight train, there are 4 other departures during the day. Some trains require 1 transfer, so the travel time takes 7-9.5 hours.
Italo trains are high-speed trains with at least 4 departures per hour from early morning to night. This train is a bit cheaper than Frecciarossa with ticket prices from €73 ($86).
Frecciarossa trains are the most expensive that cost €79 ($93). Travel time is also 3-4 hours, so we suggest taking the cheaper Italo trains with the same travel time.
Departure and arrival station
Most of the trains depart from Roma Termini, 2 km from the famous Colosseum. There are also some trains departing from Roma Tiburtina.
In Milan, there are also multiple arrival stations. The main train station is Milan Centrale, about 4 km north of Milan Cathedral. Some Italo trains also arrive at Milan Rogoredo, located in the southeast of Milan city centre.
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