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, daily:

TGV*

TGV**

TGV

TGV

sleeper

 Paris Gare de Lyon depart:

06:41

07:49

10:41

14:41

19:59

 Turin Porta Susa arrive:

12:24

13:28

16:17

20:18

|

 Milan Porta Garibaldi arrive:

13:51

14:51

17:51

21:51

06:00

 Milan & Turin ► Paris

 TGV high-speed train:

TGV

TGV

TGV

sleeper

 Milan Porta Garibaldi depart:

06:00

08:50

16:10

22:55

 Turin Porta Susa depart:

07:46

10:15

17:35

|

 Paris Gare de Lyon arrive:

13:24

16:11

23:19

09:30

* = The 06:41 TGV runs daily except on dates when the 07:49 runs.

** = The 07:49 TGV runs on Mondays-Fridays from 21 April to 12 September 2014.

Sleeper = By Thello sleeper train. 1,2,3 bed sleepers & 4-berth, 6-berth couchettes, restaurant car, see the Thello sleeper train page.  Uses Milan Centrale, not Porta Garibaldi.

Connections from London:  See the London to Italy page for details.

Onward connections to Venice, Florence, Rome:  Allow at least an hour in Milan, then book an onward train from Milan Centrale to Verona, Venice, Florence, Rome or Naples at either www.italiarail.com or www.trenitalia.com from just €19 or €29.  The transfer from Milan Porta Garibaldi to Milan Centrale is a 10-minute €6 taxi ride or 25 minute walk.  Also try private operator www.italotreno.it who operate high-speed Italo trains from Milan Porta Garibaldi to Bologna, Florence SMN, Rome Tiburtina & Naples Centrale, avoiding the need to change stations in Milan.

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.  Hotels in TurinHotels in MilanHotels near the Gare de Lyon in Paris.

How much does it cost?

 Fares

2nd class

1st class

 Cheap advance fares:

From €29

From €46

 Full-price:

€113

€135

 Full-price child:

€41

€57

 Railpass holder fare:

€55

€88

 Domestic animals (see here):

€35

€35

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 2nd class seating   TGV from Paris to Milan, at Paris Gare de Lyon

2nd class seating on the Paris-Milan TGV.

 

The 14:41 TGV to Milan at Paris Gare de Lyon...

Bar car on a Paris-Milan TGV train   TGV 1st class seating

Cafe-bar serving drinks, snacks & hot dishes.

 

1st class seats on the Paris-Milan TGV...

What's the journey like?    Watch the video

 

The trains to Milan leave from the magnificent Gare de Lyon in central Paris.  Travel tip:  Why not have lunch (or at least a drink in the bar) at the fabulous Train Bleu Restaurant inside the Gare de Lyon (pictured above right) before catching your TGV to Italy?

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

The TGV accelerates out of Paris onto the high-speed line and passes pretty French countryside at up to 300 km/h (186 mph)...

Mountains seen from the TGV train from Paris to Italy

After calling at Lyon St Exupéry it slows right down and meanders through the Alpine foothills...

In the Alps   TGV from Milan to Paris

The TGV crosses the French Alps with a stop at Chambéry...

 

...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 €14 to €16 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.

2nd class on the TGV from Paris to Milan  

More mountains...

 

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

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.

Video guide:  Paris to Turin & Milan by TGV...

Travel tips...



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