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The train routes connecting Italy to elsewhere in Europe in 2024

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The train routes connecting Italy to elsewhere in Europe in 2024
A train entering a tunnel near Framura, Italy. Photo by Claudio Carrozzo on Unsplash

From services to Austria or Germany, France or Switzerland, there are a number of direct train routes connecting passengers in Italy with European destinations in 2024.


Multiple airlines are opening up new routes to and from Italy for 2024 - but as the climate crisis continues to wreak havoc on Europe's weather, many people are looking to lower-emissions alternatives for their travel plans.

With this in mind, we've put together a (non-exhaustive) guide to the major direct train routes from Italy to adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, and on to Germany.

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If you are considering taking any of these routes, Show Me The Journey provides a very detailed guide to international train travel from Italy that lays out exactly what services are available when.

Night trains from major cities

From Rome or Florence you can travel direct to Villach, Salzburg, Vienna or Munich via the Nightjet network, run by Austrian operator ÖBB. This night train is currently the only direct international rail service to and from these two major Italian cities.

You can also go direct to Vienna or Munich from any of Bologna, Milan, Venice, Genoa, La Spezia, Verona, Ancona, and a few other smaller Italian towns and cities along the route, via the same service. 

The route from Venice, stopping at Vicenza and Udine, can take you deeper into Germany - all the way to Stuttgart - via Munich.

Nightjet's train routes. Source: ÖBB/Nightjet


There are multiple daily trains from Milan to Paris via Turin, leaving either from Milano Centrale or Milano Porta Garibaldi station, depending on which operator you go with. You can also travel direct from Milan to Lyon via Turin.

Note that due to ongoing works on the Fréjus Rail Tunnel following a landslide, the TGV service from Milano Porta Garibaldi to Paris is closed until summer 2024.

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From the Italian border town of Ventimiglia, you can travel to Nice, Cannes and Grasse via MentonMonte Carlo and Antibes. There are multiple daily express trains to Ventimiglia from Milan and regional trains from Genoa.


Austria (and Germany):

Travellers can take a EuroCity train from Bologna that goes through Verona, Trento, Bolzano, Brennero, and on to Innsbruck and Munich. There's also one EuroCity train a day from Venice to these destinations Mon-Fri, stopping at Padua and Vicenza, and two on weekends.

There are twice-daily Railjet trains from Venice to Vienna via Villach, stopping at other Italian and Austrian towns along the route, and two regional trains a day from Udine to Villach via Tarvisio.

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A daily train service from Bolzano takes passengers to Vienna via Innsbruck, Salzburg and Linz.

There are also hourly S-Bahn trains to Innsbruck from Brennero, and hourly trains from Fortezza to Lienz.

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Switzerland (and Germany):

A large number of EuroCity trains leave every day from Milan to Lugano and Zurich, stopping at Como and several Swiss towns and cities.

Each day, one of these trains to Zurich starts in Venice, calling at Padua, Vicenza, and Verona, among other towns; one starts in Genoa; and one in Bologna.


There's also a twice-daily EuroCity service that goes from Milan to Basel via Como, Lugano and Luzern, and hourly 'Ticino' regional train services from Milan to Locarno via Como and Lugano.

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A daily train service from the Milan central train station ferries passengers all the way to Frankfurt, stopping at BernBasel, and various other Italian, Swiss and German towns and cities along the way.

If your destination is more westerly, there are multiple daily trains from Milan to Geneva via Domodossola, Brig and Lausanne, one of which starts in Venice and calls at Padua and Verona.

There are also multiple daily services from Milan to Basel via Domodossola, Brig and Bern.

Finally, the Rhaetian Railway network connects Tirano to St Moritz, with a large number of trains departing every day; while the Bernina Express connects Tirano to Chur.


A daily EuroCity train service from Trieste goes to Ljubljana, Maribor and Graz before moving on to Vienna.



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