TGV train from Paris to Turin & Milan, seen at the Gare de Lyon in Paris

Italy here we come!  The 14:41 TGV from Paris to Turin & Milan waits to leave the Gare de Lyon...

Seat on a Paris-Milan TGV train

Italy the civilised way...  A face-to-face table for two in 1st class on the TGV to Milan...

Italy the scenic way:  A 186 mph dash on the high-speed line, then a slow meander through the French Alps into Italy.  See the photos.  Watch the video!

Paris to Turin & Milan by TGV train from €29...

Every day, three TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse) high-speed trains link Paris with Turin and Milan, a leisurely journey from city centre to city centre through the scenic French Alps.  They are now run entirely by French railways (SNCF) in competition  with Trenitalia who runs the Thello overnight sleeper trains.  With fares from just €29 one-way, these TGVs are an excellent, civilised, relaxing and scenic way to reach Italy without the pain of the plane...  Watch the video!

Train times...

 Paris ► Turin & Milan

 TGV high-speed train:










 Paris Gare de Lyon depart:





 Turin Porta Susa arrive:





 Milan Porta Garibaldi arrive:





 Milan & Turin ► Paris

 TGV high-speed train:









Fri, Sat, Sun



 Milan Porta Garibaldi dep.






 Turin Porta Susa depart






 Paris Gare de Lyon arrive






* The Thello sleeper train uses Milan Centrale, not Milan Porta Garibaldi.

Check times for your specific date at or as they can vary.

TGV = Train à Grande Vitesse, French Railways 186mph high-speed train, see below.

Sleeper = Thello sleeper train with sleepers, couchettes & restaurant car, see Thello sleeper train page.

Paris to Turin is 734 km (456 miles).  Paris to Milan is 877 km (545 miles).

For connections to or from London, see the London to Italy page.

Onward connections to Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples:  It's easiest to change in Turin.  Book an onward train from Turin Porta Susa to Verona Porta Nuova, Venice Santa Lucia, Florence SMN, Rome Termini or Naples Centrale at either or from just €19 or €29.  If you choose to change in Milan, you'll find some onward trains from Milan Porta Garibaldi, others from Milan Centrale - the transfer between Porta Garibaldi & Centrale is a 10-min €6 taxi ride or 25 minute walk.  Also try private operator who operate high-speed Italo trains from Turin & Milan Centrale to Bologna, Florence SMN, Rome Termini & Naples Centrale.

Hotels in Milan:  If you are stopping overnight in Milan, Atahotel The Big & Atahotel Executive are just across the road from Milan Porta Garibaldi station and they get great reviews.  In Turin, I suggest the Turin Palace Hotel in the centre next to Porta Nuova station.  In Paris, see hotels near the Gare de Lyon in Paris.

How much does it cost?


2nd class

1st class

 Advance-purchase fares:

From €29

From €46

 Full-price fare, adult:



 Full-price fare, child:



 Railpass holder fare:



 Domestic animals (see here):



These fares are one-way.  Returns are twice the one-way fare.

Cheap fares = Prems or Leisure fares = Book in advance, price varies like air fares, limited or no refunds or changes.

Full-price = Refundable and flexible.  There are no senior or youth reductions.

Child fare = Child 4-11 years (use an adult special fare if cheaper). Children under 4 free.

Railpass holder fare:  What you pay with a railpass (Eurail, Interrail, etc). Normal tickets are often cheaper!!

Fares may vary:  On certain dates, 10-20% higher fares are charged.

How to buy tickets...

What's it like on board the TGV?    Watch the video

TGV bar car   TGV from Milan to Paris

The cafe-bar, selling tea, coffee, beer, wine, hot & cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes....


The 14:41 TGV to Milan at the Gare de Lyon.  There's no check-in, just be on board at departure time...

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.


1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.

What's the journey like?    Watch the video

Paris Gare de Lyon

1.  Paris Gare de Lyon.  The trains to Italy leave from the magnificent Gare de Lyon in central Paris, a landmark in its own right.  See Gare de Lyon information page.

Paris Gare de Lyon Hall 1, platforms A to N

Hall 1 at the Gare de Lyon.  The TGV may leave from Hall 1 or Hall 2, see the Paris Gare de Lyon station page.

The Train Bleu restaurant, Paris Gare de Lyon   The Train Bleu restaurant's bar

How about lunch at the amazing Train Bleu restaurant in Hall 1 of the Gare de Lyon before catching the Italy Express?  Or have a coffee or beer in the bar (above right), which makes an excellent VIP waiting lounge.

The fields of rural France from the train to Italy   Rural France

The TGV accelerates through the Paris suburbs then speeds across rural France at up to 186 mph, past fields, woods and pretty villages...

Mountains from the TGV train to Italy

...after calling at Lyon St Exupéry it slows right down and snakes through the Alpine foothills.

2nd class on the TGV from Paris to Milan   TGV from Milan to Paris

The train crosses the Alps, calling at Chambéry...

Moresnow-capped mountains from the TGV train to Italy

  The TGV from Paris to Milan stops at Modane

...The train finally reaches Modane, the last station in France.  There's a chance to stretch your legs here.  Shortly after Modane, the train passes through the Fréjus Rail Tunnel, also known less accurately as the Mont Cénis tunnel, some 13.6 km (8.5 mile) long.  During the 7 minutes taken to pass through the tunnel, the train enters Italy.  Opened in 1871, this the oldest of the large tunnels through the Alps, and was the longest tunnel in the world from 1871 until 1882 when the Gotthard tunnel opened on the Zurich-Milan route.

Food on the Paris-Milan TGV train:  Cheese platter   TGV food - set menu lasagne

Dinner is served...  In first class, a steward takes your order for dinner around 7pm and it's served at your seat an hour or so later.  This is the cold cheese plate (left) and a lasagne (right), the set menus costing €16 to €19 including main dish, yoghurt, roll and half bottle of wine or soft drink.  In 2nd class, you can go to the cafe-bar to order your food.


More mountain scenery...


At Bardonecchia in Italy, leaving the Alps behind...

Scenery from the train between Oulx and Turin   Scenery from the train between Oulx and Turin

Scenery between Oulx and Turin...  Photos courtesy of

TGV from Paris at Turin Porta Susa   Turin Porta Susa station

The train calls at Turin Porta Susa.  Photos courtesy of

The TGV arrived at Milan Porta Garibaldi   Milan Porta Garibaldi station

Arrival on time at Milan's modern Porta Garibaldi station.  Porta Garibaldi is a 10-minute €6 taxi ride or 25 minute walk from Milan's main Centrale station.

Watch the video:  Paris to Milan by TGV.

The video shows both the train & the scenery on a journey from Paris to Turin & Milan...

Travel tips...

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