Discover Italy by train.
You can already begin your relaxed Dolce Vita on the way to the South. Travel in comfort without traffic and arrive right in the heart of Italy’s most beautiful major cities. With a range of EuroCity services, Switzerland is very well connected to Italy. You have several opportunities a day to travel from cities such as Zurich, Basel, Bern or Geneva to Milan, and from there to the rest of Italy.
For the daytime connections you will require tickets at the market price or supersaver tickets.
You can find information on the range of tickets available, prices, reservations and conditions on our Italy pages, under international tickets.
Purchase your ticket for the EuroCity to Milan and Venice simply online and print it out yourself. Besides this you can also print out tickets conveniently at home for journeys within Italy with the following Trenitalia trains: Frecciarossa (FR), Frecciabianca (FB), Frecciargento (FA), InterCity (IC) and EuroCity (EC).
Around Italy by train.
Once you have reached Milan or Venice with SBB-Trenitalia’s EC trains, the Trenitalia’s wide network and frequent connections are available to get you wherever you want. Trenitalia’s high-speed trains (more than 130 Frecciarossa and 44 Frecciargento connections per day) criss-cross Italy, making it quick and easy to explore a number of destinations in one trip. You could stick to one region or travel the length of the country, from Milan or Venice to Verona, Turin or Bologna in the north to sunny Puglia in Italy’s ‘heel’ for a beach break, stopping in the most beautiful and famous art cities on the way: Florence, Rome and Naples.
From a destination to another, travelling by train will let you enjoy the view of the beautiful countryside of Tuscany and the central regions of Italy. Moreover, during the journey you will be able to get a free welcome drink & snack if you travel on 1st/Business class and to have a look to the magazine “LaFreccia”, with articles in both Italian and English language. Furthermore, the wifi connection and a bar bistro’ coach, where it is possible to buy drinks and fresh food prepared with the best Italian and international recipes, are available for all passengers. Train stations are located right in the city centre, which makes it easy to get to and from your hotel with no worries about expensive parking or taxis from the airport to the city centre.
And if you wish to spend a sporty holiday, it is not a problem to carry your bike with you while travelling by Trenitalia’s trains if it is closed in its bag (maximum size cm. 80x110x40).
Italy’s High-Speed Frecciarossa and Frecciargento Trains Explained.
Frecciarossa (Red Arrow): with more than 130 connections daily, they connect all the main Italian cities from North to South (Turin, Milan, Venice, Verona, Florence, Rome Naples, Bari and many others). On all Frecciarossa trains, people travelling in Business service level are offered a welcome drink and a snack and a newspaper in the morning. Free wifi is available across the whole train, too for all passengers and there are wide spaces for luggage. Moreover, fresh food prepared with typical Italian or International recipes, snacks, toasts, salads and sweets, but also a wide selection of Italian wines, beers and other drinks are available for clients in the bar-bistro’ coach in the centre of the train and dedicated catering services at seat may be organized for groups on request (email@example.com).
Frecciargento (Silver Arrow): Frecciargento (44 connections per day) trains offer first and second class carriages, with first-class passengers receiving newspapers and a welcome drink and snack. Frecciargento trains connect many cities of the North-East of Italy (Venice, Trento, Bolzano, Trieste and Padua) with Bologna, Florence and Rome and the capital Rome with many destinations in the South of Italy (Naples, Bari, Lecce and Reggio Calabria in the South).
Do you want to explore smaller Italian towns? Frecciabianca (White Arrow) and InterCity trains will comfortably take you wherever they want from medium and big cities.
Special discounted fares are available for any kind of groups (groups of adults and groups of students!) travelling on Trenitalia trains.
TRAVEL RUNNING TIMES: SOME EXAMPLES
- Milan-Rome 2hrs 55
- Milan-Florence 1hrs 39
- Venice-Florence 1hr 53
- Venice-Verona 58 mins
- Florence-Rome 1hr 31
- Rome-Naples 1hr 07
- Rome-Bari 3hrs 59
Special stop for trade fairs in Milan.
With the EuroCity 35 (departure from Geneva at 5.39 a.m.) and the EuroCity 51 (Basel from 6.31 a.m.), you can travel particularly conveniently to the Rho Fiera trade fair exhibition site in Milan during certain trade fairs. With the EC 36 (departure from Milano Centrale at 5.23 p.m.) to Geneva and the EC 56 (departure from Milano Centrale at 6.23 p.m.) to Basel, you travel comfortably from Rho Fiera Expo and back to your departure station in Switzerland on the same day.
The Rho Fiera trade fair station, where the special stop takes place, is just 200 metres from the trade fair exhibition site. You therefore travel direct to the following trade fairs comfortably, safely and without having to change trains:
Trade fairs 2017.
- HOMI (Lifestyle): 27.1.-30.1. / 27.9.-30.9.
- MIDO (Eyewear): 25.2.-27.2.
- MIPEL (Leatherwear): 12.2.-15.2. / 17.9.-18.9.
- MICAM (Shoes): 12.2.-15.2. / 17.9.-18.9.
- Lineapelle (Leatherwear): 21.2.-23.2. / 5.9.-11.9.
- MADE Expo (Architecture): 8.3.-11.3.
- Salone del Mobile (Furniture): 4.4.-9.4.
- Tempo di Libri (books): 19.4.-23.4.
- TUTTOFOOD (gastronomy): 8.5.-11.5.
- HOST (Hotel/Restaurant Industry): 20.10.-24.10.
- EICMA (Motorcycle & Accessories): 8.11.-13.11.
Benefit now from a 50 percent reduction for admission tickets to various art exhibitions in Milano’s “Palazzo Reale”.
Thanks to our new collaboration with "turismo Milano", you will benefit from a 50 percent reduction on entry to various special exhibitions in the Milan Royal Palace, the “Palazzo Reale”. You will receive the reduction if you travel with the Eurocity train to Milano and simply have the ticket (not older than 3 days) at the cash desk. Offer not valid with regional train tickets.
By the end of 2016 and from 2017 onwards, many interesting special exhibitions will take place in the Palazzo Reale:
- “Rubens e la Nascita del Barocco” until 26th February 2017
- “Hokusai Hiroshige Utamaro“ until 29th January 2017
- “Arnaldo Pomodoro, 90 anni di scultura” 21st November 2016 – 22nd January 2017
- “Keith Haring” February - June 2017
- Details following
- “Dentro Caravaggio” 29th September 2017 - 28th January 2018
- Details following
Opening hours (subject to change):
Monday: 14.30 – 19.30
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 09.30 – 19.30
Thursday and Saturday: 09.30 – 22.30
The last possible entry is possible one hour before closing.
How to get there.
The Palazzo Reale is located right by the Duomo. From Milano Centrale railway station, take the yellow line n.3 until stop "Duomo"
The 50 percent promotion is valid only for the purchase of tickets directly at the ticket office.
For more information about exhibitions, fairs, events in Milano, visit http://www.turismo.milano.it/wps/portal/tur/en