Verona is one of the most famous Italian cities, the second most visited city in Veneto after Venice and the perfect European destination for a romantic getaway.
Verona, also called the City of Love is known for the Shakespere tragedy of Romeo and Juliet but even for the Roman amphitheatre called Arena di Verona.
The city is well-connected to cities like Venice and Milan, so if you’re currently visiting Milan, keep reading this post to find out how to get from Milan to Verona.
Let’s first find out a few reasons why it’s worth visiting Verona from Milan and how far it is from the most fashionable city in the country.
Milan to Verona
In this guide you’ll not only learn why Verona makes a great day trip from Milan, but I’ll also show you where to stay in Verona if you decide to spend one (or more nights) and how you can get by public transport and car from Milan to Verona.
I’ll also recommend one of the most popular group tours you can join, if you decide that you don’t like the idea of arranging your own transportation and/or hiring a car.
Where is Verona, Italy?
Verona is one of the 7 provinces of Veneto, located in north-east Italy, and more precisely on the westernmost tip of the region.
It’s 121 kilometres away from Venice (to the east) and 160 kilometres from Milan (to the west). Verona is the second largest city in Veneto after Venice and counts on one of the most beautiful mediaeval historic centres in Italy.
It’s known for the stunning Piazza delle Erbe (a former Roman forum), the majestic Roman amphitheatre (Arena di Verona), Juliet’s house which attracts thousands of visitors and the imperious Torre dei Lamberti soaring over the city’s roofs.
Is Verona worth visiting from Milan?
Absolutely yes! Verona is worth a day trip from Milan and it also makes a perfect stop on any northern Italy road trip itinerary. As it happens, the Veneto Region is one of the most popular places to visit in Northern Italy for many international travellers.
With cities such as Venice, Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Treviso there is lots to see.
This is why I believe you should visit Verona from Milan:
Where to stay in Verona?
Are you considering spending a few days in Verona? Staying a couple of nights in the city will allow you to have enough time to slowly visit the historic centre and get to other places near Verona like Gardaland, Lake Garda or even Valpolicella.
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How far is Verona from Milan?
Verona is 160 kilometres away from Milan and it takes 2 hours to get there by car. The best way to get to Verona is by high-speed train.
It only takes 1 hour and 12 minutes to get to Verona Porta Nuova train station. Both Milan and Verona train stations are fairly close to their city centres so you can walk.
If you like the idea of having complete freedom of your time to visit other places near Verona, then you should go there by car. In this case, you’ll have to get the A4 motorway to reach your destination as fast as possible.
How to get from Milan to Verona
Now that you have a better idea of why it’s worth visiting Verona and how easy it is to get by public transport and by car from Milan to Verona, let’s check each transport option you have and the best way to get to Verona.
Milan to Verona by train
The most convenient way to travel from Milan to Verona is by train. It only takes 1 hour and 10 or 12 minutes to get to Verona Porta Nuova railway station from Milano Centrale, the main railway station in Milan.
You can either travel by Frecciarossa or Italo high-speed train. You can get your ticket online, from a ticket office or ticket machine at the station.
I recommend purchasing the ticket a few weeks in advance if possible, because prices tend to increase as seat availability goes down.
Plus, you can find discounted rates while booking online as both train companies run promotional campaigns all year round!
If you decide to travel with Italo, you’ll have to board the train with direction Udine or Venezia Santa Lucia, whereas with Frecciarossa train final destination is either Trieste Centrale or Venezia Santa Lucia.
You can also get the Frecciarossa train from Milano Porta Garibaldi station and it takes roughly the same time as if you would leave from Milano Centrale.
From Verona Porta Nuova station it takes 20 minutes on foot to get to Verona city centre, alternatively you can reach the centre by bus leaving from Verona Porta Nuova.
Milan to Verona by car
Driving from Milan to Verona is another valid option to take into account, in particular if you don’t like the idea of depending on train or bus schedules.
Hiring a car is ideal if you want to spend more than a day here, and visit Lake Garda from Verona, have a fun day out in Gardaland, the largest theme park in Europe, or visit the wine region of Valpolicella.
Milan is 160 kilometres away from Verona and it takes more or less 2 hours to get there. The best way to go to Verona by car is via the A4 motorway.
From Milan city centre drive towards the A51 motorway (also called the Tangenziale Est of Milan) and then take the E64 motorway exit towards Torino/Venezia which is near Bergamo Orio al Serio.
From here turn into A4 motorway, one of the most important motorways in Italy connecting Turin to Trieste. Keep driving for 60 kilometres on the A4 until you get to the exit Verona Sud.
Take then Viale delle Nazioni, then Viale del Lavoro and finally Viale del Piave to Corso Porta Nuova to get to Verona city centre.
You can park for free at the Porta Palio car park, Piazzale Guardini and Piazzale Olimpia and walk for 15/20 minutes to get to Verona city centre.
Otherwise, there are closer car parks to the historic centre like the Cittadella car park, Parking Arena and Court Parking that charge a fee.
Milan to Verona by bus
If travelling on a budget is a priority of yours or for some reason you can’t travel by train (train strike), then you can get from Milan to Verona by bus.
Even if this is not the most practical option because it takes longer (minimum 2 hours), it’s good to know it exists. There are two bus companies providing this service called Flixbus and Itabus.
There are multiple buses leaving at different times of the day from some bus stations located in Milan’s outskirts. Most buses leave from the bus station via Giulio Natta 226, 20151 in Lampugnano, located near the metro stop.
If you’re in Milan city centre, you can get a bus or a metro to reach Lampugnano and get there in 20 minutes. Itabus provides fewer bus rides than Flixbus and the ticket usually costs more. It’s possible to leave from Milano Centrale bus station but it will cost a bit more.
Consider that from Milano Centrale it takes 3 hours to get to Verona.I believe it would make more sense and save you time, to get a high-speed train in this case.
The arrival bus station in Verona is temporarily located in Viale Andrea Palladio (in front of Tamoil service station) till April 2024, which is a few metres away from Verona Porta Nuova.
From there you can walk for 23 minutes to reach the city centre of Verona or alternatively, get a bus.
Verona & Lake Garda Day Trip from Milan
Not excited by the idea of arranging your own transportation or really want to visit Verona accompanied by a guide so you won’t miss anything worth knowing?
With this day trip to Verona and Lake Garda from Milan you don’t have to think about trains or buses or even hiring a car. The only thing you’ll have to do is to get to the meeting point in time, hop on the bus, sit back and enjoy the ride to Verona.
The City of Love is the first stop of your tour. You’ll first go on a walking tour around Verona’s historic centre, then see Juliet’s balcony and in the end the Arena of Verona (ticket not included).
You’ll also have some free time around lunch time to explore the city by yourself and do what you most like.
After lunch, you’ll make your way to Sirmione, a charming town overlooking Lake Garda’s waters where you’ll embark on an extensive guided tour to learn more about its past and if you want, go on a boat tour.
Getting from Milan to Verona
Now you should have a better idea of how to get from Milan to Verona by train, bus, car or by joining a private tour.
From my personal experience, the best way to get to Verona is by high-speed train because it’s not only comfortable, but also fast and affordable.
Verona is a city worth visiting for its unique viewpoints as you walk along the Adige river, the charming mediaeval squares and the beautiful Roman amphitheatre.
Whether you’re planning to visit Verona for a day or longer, you can now make an informed decision based on your budget, trip plans and available time.
See my guide which looks at more beautiful cities in the Veneto region you can visit.
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