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Train from London to Milan

 

Overview

Route: London to Milan via Paris
Journey time: From 12 hours 6 minutes
Journey highlights:

Metropolitan, cosmopolitan Milan is the dynamic face of modern Italy – business and fashion capital of the republic, the city offers stylish boutiques, bars, and restaurants, alongside historic sights and fantastic art collections. Now the heart of Italy’s largest urban area, Milan offers its famous coffee and traditional culinary delights from the region such as risotto and gorgonzola, alongside top-notch international cuisine. You can shop ‘til you drop - including in the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – or visit the spectacular Duomo, one of the world’s largest religious buildings; the city also boasts the Pinacoteca di Brera art gallery and is home to da Vinci’s The Last Supper. After dark, the glamorous Corso Como and bohemian canalside Navigli district vie for your attention – but who could forget the world’s most famous opera house, La Scala?

 

Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Paris (morning train)

Sample itinerary: Take an afternoon train from St Pancras to Paris and spend a night in the City of Light before taking the 0742 service to Milan the next day.
Price: From £212 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer

A relatively quick train trip from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for RER ligne D (which will be signposted 'direction' 'Melun', 'Malesherbes' or 'Corbeil Essonnes'). It's just 2 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare de Lyon and takes a little over 10 minutes (plus there's a short 5 minute walk to the connecting TGV departure platforms), but we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer.

Short hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 minutes.
 
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord
 
 
Book a hotel near Gare de Lyon
 
Leg 2: Paris Gare de Lyon to Milan

Train departs Paris Gare de Lyon daily at 0742, arriving in Milan at 1450.
Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

TGV

Journey time: 7 hours 8 minutes
Destination

Benvenuto a Milano

If you’re arriving on an international train service, you will probably arrive at Milano Centrale, the city’s main rail terminus – however various intercity services also serve Cardona and Garibaldi stations: all three are connected to Milan’s metro and bus services for onward travel around the city.

Milan has one of Italy’s best developed public transport systems, consisting of a metro network, trams, buses, and a suburban rail system (the latter is unlikely to be of use to visitors). Whilst many of the city centre’s main sights are within walking distance of one another, you’ll probably end up using public transport at some point during your stay. The metro consists of four lines, with a fifth under construction; there are seventeen tram lines crossing the city – trams are emblematic of travel in Milan; and numerous bus services, they are co-ordinated by ATM. You can find maps of the metro and suburban rail network on ATM’s website, as well as a breakdown of the different tickets (including useful tickets for tourists), and a journey planner for transport within the Milan urban area.

Like many cities, Milan has recently implemented a bike sharing scheme, allowing you to hire a bike from numerous points across the city and then return it to a different docking point when you have completed your journey: for more information, and maps, check out the BikeMi website (information in English).

 
Book a hotel near Milan Centrale
 

Option 2: via Paris (sleeper)

Sample itinerary: Take the 1502 Eurostar from St Pancras and cross Paris - maybe picking up something to eat en route - to Gare de Bercy for the 2033 sleeper service to Milan.
Price: From £212 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer

It's a ten minute walk between Gare de Lyon and Gare de BercyIt's a ten minute walk between Gare de Lyon and Gare de Bercy
Gare du Nord to Gare de Bercy. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for RER ligne D to Gare de Lyon (which will be signposted 'direction' 'Melun', 'Malesherbes' or 'Corbeil Essonnes'). It's just 2 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare de Lyon (and takes a little over 10 minutes) then either walk the 600m to Gare de Bercy or take the metro line 14 (which will be signposted 'direction Olympiades') one stop to Bercy metro station, from where it's just a short stroll over to the mainline Gare de Bercy.

Long hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 mins.
 
Book a hotel near Gare de Bercy
 
 
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord
 
Leg 2: Paris Gare de Bercy to Milan (sleeper)

Overnight sleeper train departs Paris Gare de Bercy at 2033, arriving in Milan the next morning at 0538. (On May 10-14, 17-21 and Oct 18-22 and 25-29, the train departs Paris at 1909)
Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

Artesia Night

Journey time: 9 hours 5 minutes
Destination

Benvenuto a Milano

If you’re arriving on an international train service, you will probably arrive at Milano Centrale, the city’s main rail terminus – however various intercity services also serve Cardona and Garibaldi stations: all three are connected to Milan’s metro and bus services for onward travel around the city.

Milan has one of Italy’s best developed public transport systems, consisting of a metro network, trams, buses, and a suburban rail system (the latter is unlikely to be of use to visitors). Whilst many of the city centre’s main sights are within walking distance of one another, you’ll probably end up using public transport at some point during your stay. The metro consists of four lines, with a fifth under construction; there are seventeen tram lines crossing the city – trams are emblematic of travel in Milan; and numerous bus services, they are co-ordinated by ATM. You can find maps of the metro and suburban rail network on ATM’s website, as well as a breakdown of the different tickets (including useful tickets for tourists), and a journey planner for transport within the Milan urban area.

Like many cities, Milan has recently implemented a bike sharing scheme, allowing you to hire a bike from numerous points across the city and then return it to a different docking point when you have completed your journey: for more information, and maps, check out the BikeMi website (information in English).

 
Book a hotel near Milan Centrale
 

Your route to Milan

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.

 

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