25 minutes is enough time to change trains at any station that I know of. Train stations are much more compact than airports, and there are none of the delays caused by security, waiting for luggage, or queuing to get out of one little door at front left.
Milano Centrale is all on one level, with a concourse running across the ends of the platforms. When you get to the concourse, look at the departure (partenze) screens to see the platform for your next train, and go to that platform.
25 minutes will be more than enough time. All platforms are on one level. Centrale is a terminus station. Once you arrive you will need to walk to the head of the platform and watch the large electronic display board for the departure time and platform number of your next train. The platforms are all clearly numbered, in sequence. Then just walk to your platform and coach when the train arrives. Easy. Google some videos of Milano Centrale so that you can see what it’s like, beforehand.
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Most of us only wish we had 25 minutes! You'll see lot's of people running between trains with 5 minute connection times. This station is a very busy place.Edited: 12 June 2018, 21:57
This photo will help. It’s one of the large display boards at Milano Centrale. You can see the platforms and trains beyond. On the rhs, Partenze / Departures are listed, showing, l-r:
Type of Train; Train Number ( this will be on your ticket); Final Destination; Departure Time; Minutes late ( only 1 is late in this photo); A scrolling list of intermediate stops; Platform Number in last column.
You may also be interested to read a similar forum thread (also from fellow Monterosso train passangers) from just last year entitled "Milan central navigation help" which includes an interactive Google Streetview also of one of those departure screens / signboards inside Milano Centrale Station [ https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18784… ] - you can click and drag around the Google Streetview to explore the location: click on "+" in the bottom right hand corner of the Streetview to zoom-in, "-" to zoom-out.
Thank you so much for this information. It will be a great help. After looking at the site that you mentioned, I'm feeling more confident about train travel in Italy. Now I have to learn how to navigate the Paris Metro system. My daughter and I will be staying in Paris for 7 days, and I have only ever traveled on the Metro once and at that time I was with a friend who was used to the system, so I just followed her. I find the whole Metro daunting. 301 Metro stations throughout Paris carrying up to 8 million passengers a day!! I come from sleepy little Adelaide in South Australia where our population is nowhere near 8 million, and we don't have a subway system. I would appreciate a few helpful hints if there is anyone out there who is familiar with the Paris Metro.
The Paris Metro has some of the best signage in the world. There are clear signs pointing the way to each line at interchanges, and the direction of travel is given by the name of the station at the end of the line.
The Paris Metro has numbered, colour coded lines. Very easy to use.
When you go to a station find 1. your starting station and 2. Your destination station on the metro map.
The last station at the end of the line between the two will be where the train is going.
The station signs will direct you to the corrrct platform for the destination station. The signs are also colour coded and have the line number.Edited: 25 July 2018, 13:06
I forgot to add that if you need to change trains on your journey it’s essentially the same process. I’m sure that the Metro will have an App that you could use too.