Line S5 (Milan suburban railway service)

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Varese–Milano Passante–Treviglio
An S5 train at Castronno.
An S5 train at Castronno.
Type Commuter rail
System Milan suburban railway service
Status Operational
Locale Milan, Italy
Termini Varese
Stations 29
Website Linea S5 (Italian)
Opened 2004
Operator(s) Trenord / ATM
Rolling stock Treno Servizio Regionale
Line length 93 km (58 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 3,000 V DC
Route number S5
Route map
Map of line S5.

The S5 is a commuter railway route forming part of the Milan suburban railway service (Italian: Servizio ferroviario suburbano di Milano), which converges on the city of Milan, Italy.[1]

The route runs over the infrastructure of the Porto Ceresio–Milan, Milan Passante and Milan–Venice railways.

Unlike all of the other Milan suburban railway service routes, which are operated by Trenord, line S5 is operated by a joint venture comprising Trenitalia, Ferrovie Nord Milano Trasporti (FNM), and Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM), the public company responsible for public transport in the municipality of Milan and some of its surrounding municipalities.[2]


Line S5, a cross-city route, heads initially in a southerly direction from Varese to Gallarate, and then southeasterly to Rho. From there, the line runs through the municipality of Milan, via the Milan Passante railway, to Milano Porta Vittoria, and finally in an easterly direction to Treviglio.[3]


The S5 was activated on 12 December 2004, and operated initially between Varese and Pioltello-Limito.[4] At that time, its operator was Trenitalia, under a two-year service contract with the region of Lombardy.

On 1 July 2008, responsibility for operating the line passed to a joint venture comprising Trenitalia, FNM and ATM.[5] The joint venturers had won a tender that had been launched by the region in 2004, and had pledged to provide free transport of bicycles on public holidays. On the same date, 15 new TSR trains began to enter service. The regional administration had committed itself to offering these trains to the successful tenderer.[6]

On the occasion of the timetable change on 13 December 2009, the line was extended from Pioltello-Limito to Treviglio.[7]

In May 2011, as a result of the merger between the regional passenger division of Trenitalia and the FNM subsidiary LeNORD, the merged entity, Trenord, took over the two railway companies' roles in the joint venture.


The stations on the S5 are as follows (stations with a coloured background are within the municipality of Milan):[8]

Station Opened Interchange Note
Varese 1865 Treni regionali Varese Nord 100 m/yds
Gazzada-Schianno-Morazzone 1865
Castronno  ?
Albizzate-Solbiate Arno 1865
Cavaria-Oggiona-Jerago  ?
Gallarate 1860 Treni regionali S30
Busto Arsizio 1924 S30
Legnano 1860
Canegrate 1860
Parabiago 1860
Rho 1858 Line S6 Treni regionali
Rho Fiera 2008 Line M1 Treni regionali
Milano Certosa 1858
Milano Villapizzone 2002
Milano Lancetti 1997 Line S1 Line S2 Line S13
Milano Porta Garibaldi 1963 Line M2 Line S8 Line S11 MXP Treni regionali Metropolitana di Milano Treno.svg
Milano Repubblica 1997 Line M3
Milano Porta Venezia 1997 Line M1
Milano Dateo 2002
Milano Porta Vittoria 2004 Line S1 Line S2 Line S13
Segrate 2002
Pioltello-Limito 1846 Treni regionali
Melzo 1846
Pozzuolo Martesana 2009
Cassano d'Adda 1846
Treviglio 1878 Treni regionali

Rolling stock[edit]

S5 trains are made up of a 3-car Treno Servizio Regionale (TSR) combined with a 5-car TSR, except on Saturdays and Sundays, when 3-car TSRs are used on some trains, and 5-car TSRs operate the remaining, more heavily patronised services.


As of 2012, S5 trains ran every half-hour between 06:00 and 00:30 daily. Between 09:00 and 11:00, and between 21:00 and 00:30, some S5 services operated only between Gallarate and Treviglio.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "S come Suburbano" [S for Suburban]. Direzione Generale Infrastrutture e Mobilità website (in Italian). RegioneLombardia. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chi siamo" [Who we are]. Linea S5 website (in Italian). Linea S5. Retrieved 17 November 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Linee" [Lines] (PDF). Direzione Generale Infrastrutture e Mobilità website (in Italian). RegioneLombardia. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Canale, Andrea (March 2005). "...finalmente Passante!" [...finally, Passante!]. I Treni (in Italian) (268): 12–19. 
  5. ^ Ufficio Stampa Regione Lombardia (12 May 2008). "Regione potenzia collegamenti ferroviari". AdnKronos (in Italian).  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ Stagni, Giorgio. "Le gare ferroviarie: un timbro per sancire lo stato di fatto o un'occasione per introdurre vera concorrenza?" [The railway lines: a stamp to establish de facto status or an opportunity to introduce real competition?]. Stagniweb website (Italian)/(English). Giorgio Stagni. Archived from the original on May 29, 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2012.  External link in |work= (help) (Italian)
  7. ^ "Linee S in crescita" [S lines grow]. I Treni (322): 8. January 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Linea S5 Varese - Milano Passante - Treviglio". Direzione Generale Infrastrutture e Mobilità website (in Italian). RegioneLombardia. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

External links[edit]

This article is based upon a translation of the Italian language version as at November 2012.