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There are 6 ways to get from Zürich to Milano Centrale Station by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 17m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Milano Centrale Ec

€70 - €130

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Bus Station to Milan N177 / ...

€11 - €23

4 alternative options

Train via Lugano  •  3h 28m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Re / ...

€59 - €101

Train via Cadenazzo  •  5h 4m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Cadenazzo Ir46
  2. Take the train from Cadenazzo to Milano Centrale Re / ...

Drive  •  3h 5m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Milano Centrale Station 280.4 km

€30 - €50

Fly, train  •  3h 27m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale

€62 - €183

Zürich to Milano Centrale Station by train

The train journey time between Zürich and Milano Centrale Station is around 3h 17m and covers a distance of around 253 km. The fastest train normally takes 3h 17m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), the Zürich to Milano Centrale Station train service departs from Zürich HB and arrives in Milano Centrale. Typically 55 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 17m
Fastest train time:
3h 17m
Train distance:
253 km
Trains per week:
55
Cheapest price:
€70
Carbon emissions:
13 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
07:33
Last train departs at:
19:33

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Zürich to Milano Centrale Station train schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
Switzerland → Italy
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International entry into Italy from Switzerland

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Italy, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Italy from Switzerland

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from Switzerland
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This applies to arrivals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and United States
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom
  • 5-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area, Canada, Japan and United States
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of San Marino and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Italy

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Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Switzerland

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from Switzerland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Milano Centrale Station is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Milano Centrale Station is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Milano Centrale Station is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Switzerland from Italy.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: European Union.

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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Zürich to Milano Centrale Station is to bus, which costs SFr 11 - SFr 26 and takes 4h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Milano Centrale Station is to drive which costs SFr 35 - SFr 55 and takes 3h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Milano Centrale. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 17m.

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The distance between Zürich and Milano Centrale Station is 215 km. The road distance is 280.4 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Milano Centrale Station without a car is to train which takes 3h 17m and costs SFr 75 - SFr 140.

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The train from Zürich HB to Milano Centrale takes 3h 17m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Zürich to Milano Centrale Station train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Milano Centrale Station is to train which takes 3h 17m and costs SFr 75 - SFr 140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 11 - SFr 26 and takes 4h 12m.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Zürich to Milano Centrale Station train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Milano Centrale station.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Milano Centrale Station.
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  • Distance: 214.9 km
  • Duration: 3h 17m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Milano Centrale Station, Lombardy, Italy?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich HB to Milano Centrale twice daily. Tickets cost €70 - €130 and the journey takes 3h 17m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zurich Bus Station to Milan every 3 hours. Tickets cost €15 - €19 and the journey takes 3h 35m. RegioJet also services this route twice a week.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €2000
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€70 - €130
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€50 - €95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€19 - €35
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Cadenazzo to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€30 - €60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€6 - €9
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Südostbahn
Phone
+41 58 580 70 70
Email
info@sob.ch
Website
sob.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Cadenazzo
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Südostbahn
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€4 - €6
Website
Trenord
Malpensa Express
Phone
02 72 49 49 49
Website
malpensaexpress.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Malpensa Express
2nd Class
€11 - €16
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich Bus Station to Milan
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Milan, Terminal Bus di Lampugnano
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€8 - €12
Website
RegioJet

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Milano Centrale Station is 280 km. It takes approximately 3h 5m to drive from Zürich to Milano Centrale Station.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 1363+ hotels available in Milano Centrale Station. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 3 - SFr 20.

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