Connecting onto TrenItalia in Milan

Has anyone advice about connecting on to the TrenoItalia at Milano PG from Milano Centrale? We will be arriving from Switzerland at Centrale and have about an hour to get to Porta Garibaldi fro the train to Rome. It looks to me like 2 stops on the Metro green line or a direct tram number 33 between the two but I have never been to PG and wonder how it would go. I've ridden the Metro plenty in Milan. We would preferred a tram. Anybody know anything about the 33? Or would we be much better in a cab? That would be my last choice unless it is much better...

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3297 posts

Nigel, most Rome bound trains depart from Centrale, why did you choose to take one from P.Garibaldi and inflict to yourself the pain of transferring stations? One hour is way enough to go from one the other, even if you decide to walk. I'm sure you can walk from one to the other in less than 15 min.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8726 posts

Three little letters, Roberto - NTV. It has been suggested by several folk here to use them instead of Trenitalia, and I found better prices there.

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
2432 posts

Nigel, there are trains from Milano Centrale that stop at Porta Garibaldi, it's a 9-minute trip at about 25 after the hour and sometimes two times per hour. Trenitalia website has info.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8726 posts

Thanks to all. I thought that since MI PG is so close physically it would be an easy change. It looks like it might work better for Milano Rogoredo. Certainly it seems more trains go there. Who knew?

Posted by Andre L.
Tilburg, Netherlands
2171 posts

Nigel, I think the TrenoItalia made confusion. The company is known for the public as Italo or ItaloTreno, not the other way around lol. Now answering your question: it is extremely easy to travel between both stations: use the subway (Metropolitana). It is a very short ride on line 2 (green). It takes less than 5 minutes, trains come and go every 2/3 minutes. Both stations have direct connections with subway, you just follow the signs, buy a single-ride ticket (€ 1,50, banknote or coins accepted on automated machines) and you are good to go. It is really no big deal. Italo Treno is awesome, much better than Trenitalia.

Posted by Andre L.
Tilburg, Netherlands
2171 posts

To give more detailed instructions: you will take a train on line 2, direction Assago (Forum)/Abiategrasso. Porta Garibaldi is two stations away. At Milano Centrale, you take the escalators or the stairs down the platform's head to level -1, then you walk all the way on the tunnel following signs to "Metropolitana" and you will arrive at the entrance of subway stations, buy your ticket and go for line 2 (it's signed green). No way to miss it. Arriving at Piazza Garibaldi, it is even easier, just walk up the escalators and follow the signs to "Porta Garibaldi FS". That station has 3 areas, one for subway, one for the suburban trains and the other one for national trains. Piece of cake, takes less than 15 minutes.