Getting from Milan Malpensa Airport to Milan (and Vice Versa)

by Jessica on April 29, 2009

by | April 29th, 2009  

malpensa1Milan has three good-sized international airports, although one of them is much more commonly used if you’re flying in from overseas. Malpensa Airport is Italy’s second-largest, but runs neck-in-neck with the country’s biggest airport (Rome’s Fiumicino Airport) in terms of international traffic. Like Fiumicino, Malpensa is located quite a distance from the city center – roughly 50km. So your first order of business after arriving is going to be getting from Malpensa to Milan.

As I’ve noted in the past, Milan shouldn’t necessarily be on every tourist’s to-do list, but since it’s such a major international gateway into the country you might be flying into Malpensa even if your itinerary doesn’t include Milan’s sights at all. If that’s the case, you may be able to bypass going into Milan’s city center by taking a bus that skirts the city and deposits passengers at several different cities. But before you go for that option, remember to check that against the travel time for going into Milan and taking the train to your final destination. It could be faster to do it that way, depending on where you’re going.

No matter where you are planning to end up, you do have several options for how to get from Malpensa Airport to Milan.

>> And if you need to spend the night near the airport before an early flight or after a late one, these are the Malpensa Airport hotels that are closest to the airport.

Getting from Milan Malpensa Airport to Milan

Taking the Train from Malpensa Airport to Milan

malpensa2Milan has an express train that connects Malpensa Airport’s Terminal 1 with central Milan called, cleverly, the Malpensa Express. It used to only have one stop in the city center, but as of late 2010 there are two major stations (and even one smaller station) in the city center that you can get to directly from the Malpensa Express.

The Malpensa Express takes between 40-50 minutes from end to end, depending which station you’re going to and how many of the mid-point stops that particular train includes on its route, and trains operate nearly around the clock (there’s a small break from about 01:30 until 05:30 when trains aren’t running from the airport) seven days a week.

Tickets for the Malpensa Express are €11 for a one-way trip to Cadorna Station, and €7 for a one-way trip to Centrale Station. If you’ll be making a return trip via the same train, you can get a round-trip ticket to/from Cadorna for €14.50 (there’s no round-trip ticket available for Centrale). Whatever ticket you have, don’t forget to validate your ticket before you climb on board the train.

Ticket kiosks at Malpensa are staffed with people who, in my experience, speak enough English to sell you the ticket you’ll need – but they’re not open 24/7. The kiosks are open from 05:30 until 00:20 on weekdays, with shorter hours on the weekends and holidays. If you miss out on the kiosk being open, or you prefer dealing with machines, there’s an automated ticket machine just before you walk down the ramp to the train platform.

Also, note that while there are two stations in central Milan you can get to from Malpensa, they’re not on the same route. This means you’ve got to pay special attention to which train you get on at the airport. If you pick the wrong one, the worst thing is that you have to then take the Metro to the train station you really need to be in. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s an avoidable hassle.

>> Read more about taking the Malpensa Express into Milan.

There’s one other train option to get from Malpensa into Milan, and that’s on regular old Trenitalia. These normal Italian trains run between Gallarate Station and Milan’s Centrale station. Gallarate is a short bus ride from Malpensa, so you’ll need to get a bus from the airport (either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2) before you can hop on the train. Buses leave Malpensa regularly between the hours 06:05 and 20:15, and a bus ticket will cost roughly €1-2 depending on which terminal you pick it up from. There’s also a free shuttle running between the terminals, so if you want to save every Italian penny then get on the shuttle to the cheaper pick-up point.

After you’ve reached Gallarate on the bus, you’ll need to get on the Domodossola-Milano train line headed in the direction of Milano Centrale. Trains bound for Centrale run between the hours of 05:54 and 23:24. The trip takes a little over an hour if you get on one that requires a train change, or roughly 40 minutes if you get on a train that takes you straight to Centrale. So double-check that you’re on one that doesn’t require a train change! A ticket will cost €3-5, depending on the length of the journey.

Taking the Bus from Malpensa Airport to Milan

malpensa3There are a bazillion buses which connect Malpensa Airport with various points around Italy (and even beyond Italy). Okay, I’m exaggerating. But only a little. There really are (at my count) nearly 20 bus routes which include Malpensa. So getting away from the airport by bus isn’t a problem at all.

From Malpensa Airport, you can reach the following cities directly by bus: Turin, Genoa, Como, Brescia, Bergamo, Verona, and Lugano (in Switzerland) – among others. But even just to get from Malpensa to Milan’s city center by bus you’ve got a couple options.

The Malpensa Shuttle leaves from Terminal 1 2-3 times each hour from about 05:00 until nearly midnight – and there are a few departures between midnight and 05:00 – so most of the day and night you shouldn’t have to wait more than a half-hour for a bus. It’ll take you directly to Stazione Centrale (with a couple intermediate stops if they’re requested), making it easy for you to get on a train from Milan to wherever, and it’s about a 50-minute trip (depending on traffic). A ticket is €7.50.

The Malpensa Shuttle Air Pullman also picks up at Terminal 1 and drops off at Stazione Centrale, and it’s also about a 50-minute journey. There are a few more intermediate stops on this route, also by request, and a ticket is €7 one-way (you can get a round-trip ticket for €12 if you know you’ll be making the other half of the trip). Buses leave Malpensa about every 20 minutes or so between the hours of 05:30 and 01:00.

There’s also a bus replacement for the Malpensa Express if it’s not running, and a few buses that will get you from Malpensa to Milan’s other airport, Linate.

>> Read more about how to get to/from Malpensa Airport by bus, including options for cities other than Milan.

Taking a Taxi from Malpensa Airport to Milan

malpensa4Because Malpensa is so far from Milan’s city center, you’re looking at an expensive taxi fare. Even though there’s a fixed fare to and from the heart of the city, that fare is a whopping €90. And heaven forbid you fly into Malpensa and need to get to Milan’s other airport, Linate, because that fixed fare is €100. Granted, these fares are “all-inclusive,” meaning taxi drivers aren’t allowed to add on extra charges for things like luggage, but even without extra fees that’s still not a cheap trip.

If you’re traveling with a group and can split the fare, that may be a good option for you, but if you want to save a bit on the transport from the airport without feeling like you’ve got to drag your luggage onto the crowded Milan Metro, you can take the Malpensa Express train (see details above) to either Centrale station or Cadorna station in the city center and get a taxi from there to wherever you need to go. Both stations have a fleet of taxis nearby during the day, so it’s easy to get a cab when you leave the station.

If you’re still determined to get a taxi at Malpensa, you’ll find them outside Terminal 1 (Arrivals) near gates 4 and 5.

Now that you’re in Milan…

milanBe sure to check out my Milan travel guide, with links to most of what I’ve written about the city – including tips on what to see and where to eat when you’re there.

Need a place to stay that won’t break the bank? Here’s a list of some of the budget hotels in Milan.

Getting around is easy when you use the Metro, and that’s a snap once you’ve read my Milan Metro guide.

If you’re pressed for time, I’ve got my suggestions for the top 10 things to do in Milan.

original photos, top to bottom, by: Catching Flies, kikiprinci, darkensiva, Ambrosiana Pictures, redbanshee

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{ 52 comments }

Harvy October 10, 2009 at 10:57 pm
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Hi Jessica, I will be going to Italy in Dec. How do I get from Milan Malpensa Airport to Rome? Can I take the high speed train at the airport or do I have to make a transfer? if so, where do I go?

Also, one of your article mentioned that it will be cheaper to get a rail pass if I will be travelling on the high speed trains most of the time. Do I have to purchase the rail pass before i go to italy or purchase it in italy? I checked out the official website and there are discounts if I purchase the tickets in advance – does it apply to foreigners/visitors who are buying from overseas?

You also mentioned that I have to buy a reservation before I board the train – how much is the reservation price est – eg from milan to rome?

thanks in advance.. =)

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Jessica October 12, 2009 at 9:57 am
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Hi, Harvy:

To get from Milan’s Malpensa Airport to Rome, you will need to go into the main train station in Milan and then get on a train headed south. The high-speed train that connects Milan and Rome doesn’t go to Malpensa, it goes to Stazione Centrale. And the train that connects Malpensa with Milan doesn’t go to Centrale – it goes to a different train station in the city. So I’d recommend that you take one of the coach-style buses from Malpensa to Milan, because the buses go directly to Centrale, and then you can walk into the train station and get on the train for Rome.

If you’re traveling using an Italy RailPass (or any other kind of Eurail Pass), you’ll need to buy it before you get to Italy/Europe – you can’t get them there. Whether it’s a good idea (cost-effective) to get a rail pass depends on how much train travel you’ll be doing, and how many of the trips will be on the more expensive high-speed trains. Read more about train travel in Italy and when it makes sense to get a rail pass on my Italy train travel page.

The online discounts available for buying train tickets in advance apply to anyone, foreigners or locals, but if you’re using a railpass you won’t be buying a train ticket – your railpass is your ticket. Yes, you still need to buy a reservation on the high-speed trains (and some others) even if you have a railpass/ticket, and the prices of the reservations will vary depending on the train you’re taking. When I made the trip this past Spring on one of the high-speed trains, a reservation in 2nd class (with a 2nd class railpass) cost me €20.

I hope that helps!
Jessica

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Harvy October 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm
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Hi Jessica, thanks for the information. I’m very excited abt my trip this December.

By the way, I read somewhere that there are luggage storages in major train stations. Can the lockers fit large size luggage?? I am intended to deposit my luggage at Pisa Train station while i visit the tower of Pisa. I will be bringing a 25″ luggage (slightly bigger than a cabin size luggage) – can it fit into the lockers?

Also, I’ve tried to check the train schedule on trenitalia website for december. However, the results shows “no available schedule” – is it because the train schedule will only be published nearer to date or is it because there are really no train available? I’m quite worried abt transport & getting from city to city.

Lastly, I visited some websites and they indicated that entry to certain places of interest must be booked in advanced – eg i have to book the tickets to climb the tower of pisa in advance – is this the way ticketing to places of interest works in Italy – or is it some marketing gimmick to get customers & sales??

Million thanks & 2 thumb ups for this wonderful & informative website on Italy!

=D

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Jessica October 20, 2009 at 8:44 am
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Hi, Harvy:

I can’t say what the sizes of the luggage lockers are in the train stations… They’ll differ depending on the station, and then of course if all the “big” lockers are all taken by the time you get there then it doesn’t matter if they’ve got big lockers anyway, right? :) The one and only time I’ve been to Pisa, back in 2001, they had a section of the station where people were holding bags because all the lockers were full – and since Pisa’s such a popular brief stop for travelers I’d be surprised if they didn’t have something like that still. But again, I don’t know for certain.

It’s possible that you’re checking dates that are too far out on the Trenitalia site. Don’t worry about there not being a train. There will be a train. If the two places you’re visiting don’t both have train stations, then you might have to take a bus – but rest assured, you’ll be able to get from place to place.

No, advance ticketing isn’t a marketing gimmick, and it’s not the only way to buy tickets in Italy, either. It can just save you loads of time. If you’re visiting in the high season buying tickets in advance is a great idea, but if you’re not then you probably don’t need to worry about it. You can still buy tickets in advance if you like, and it never hurts to look at the ticketing schedules to see if they’re selling out. For some attractions, it’s absolutely required to buy tickets in advance – often months in advance. For the Last Supper in Milan, for instance, if you don’t already have tickets to see it you might be out of luck. For the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you might be fine just buying tickets when you arrive in the city. For some of the museums in Florence, you can still avoid waiting in lines if you buy tickets in advance. It just depends on the attraction.

Ciao,
Jessica

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Hilary Brownless November 23, 2009 at 11:23 am
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We used your guide to get from Malpensa Airport to the centre of Milan using the Malpensa Express and Metro. You made it so easy Thank you.
A note to add to the Metro. The ticket is €1 and is called the Urban ticket.

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Jessica November 23, 2009 at 12:26 pm
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Thanks, Hilary, I’m glad this information was helpful! :)

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David Glassman January 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm
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Jessica,

Why would you suggest That Milan should not be on a tourist “to do” list? From Milan one has access to some of the best Italian sites. From Lake Como to Lake Garda, Modena, Lucca. Granted, Rome should be on the list but Northern Italy should be on a “to do”list. Many take the standard American travel plan which is Rome and Florence. Both are places all should see but there are cities in Italy that are also a must see. I lived in Rome for 7 years but took time to see much of Italy. My favorite cities are in Umbria and many located in “lombardia” (the zone in which Milan is also located).

If one drives from Milan to Cinque Terre you will see sites that will blow you away. I am an American and not part of any tourist org. but when I read your comment it seems you have this idea that Rome is the main attraction. 60% of all Western art resides in Italy and 1/2 of that is in Florence. The greatest Italian architecture is found from Umbria going north. When Europeans travel to Italy they know this and focus on Milan as their point of entry.

As for shopping, Milan is king. The mall in the center and outside Milan is Milan 2..are great. Though shopping is not my thing I prefer the north of Italy in part because of its location to all the sites I like. Rome is of course a place to see but never believe the areas around Milan are not worth it for your first time to Italy.

DNG

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Jessica January 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm
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Hi, David:

I love Milan, but for the average tourist who has only a couple of weeks in which to see Italy, there are places where I think their time is better spent. For people with more time, or who have a particular interest in fashion or shopping, or something like that, then yes – Milan is great. I didn’t say people shouldn’t go there at all. :)

Ciao,
Jessica

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Kristen January 20, 2010 at 7:26 am
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Hi Jessica,

I am planning a trip for May, with the first stop in Florence. I was originally going to fly into Rome (and then take the shuttle to the Rome train station, train to Florence) as I’ve done this before, but the ticket agent told me it would be much less expensive to fly into Milan. With that said, is it very difficult to get to the Central Station from the airport? And do the trains run as often from Milan to Florence as they do from Rome? It seems much more complicated then in Rome.

Additionally, this next question applies to trains from either city. I know for the fast trains I need to make a reservation. I don’t want to do it in advance because if our flight is late we won’t be able to switch them (or at least that’s what the reservationist at Rail Europe said). Can you make a reservation right before the train departs?

Thanks so much.

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Jessica January 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm
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Hi, Kristen:

If it’s cheaper to fly into Milan than Rome, then that’s obviously a good thing to do. And getting from Malpensa to the Stazione Centrale is easy. In the article above, click on the link for getting from Malpensa Airport to Milan by bus. The train option (which I love) takes you to Stazione Cadorna, which is an additional metro or taxi ride away from Centrale. There are two buses, on the other hand, that run directly from the airport to Centrale – no transfers necessary. And they’re big coach-like buses, where you stow your bags underneath, so they’re quite comfy.

Trains from Milan to Florence run regularly – and you can take advantage of the new(er) high-speed “Frecciarossa” train, too, which runs once an hour from Centrale to the main Florence station. That’s one of the trains for which you’ll need reservations in addition to tickets, which leads me to your next question.

Yes, you can buy tickets and make reservations right up until you board the train, so no worries there. If you’re arriving in Italy with some kind of railpass, then all you’ll need to do is buy your reservation. In either case, as soon as you get to Centrale head for a ticket agent and ask for tickets on the next fast train to Florence. If you’ve got a railpass, you’ll need to show them that so they know what kind of reservation to issue (and that you already have a ticket).

I hope that helps, and have a great trip!

Ciao,
Jessica

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Kristen January 21, 2010 at 6:39 am
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Thank you Jessica. This was very helpful. One other question – If we took the express to Stazione Cadorna, would it be reasonable to walk to Stazione Centrale? I would love to stop at the Duomo if it’s not to out of the way.

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Hani July 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm
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Please i need your help,
I will travel to Milan (Malpensa) tomorrow at 04:30 PM by Alitalia Airport. So i need to go to Cosmo Hotel Torri (Via Torri Bianche 4, Vimercate, 20059 Vimercate, Italia (Cosmo Hotel Torri Srl))so what kind of cheaper transportation i can use?

Please any one reply to me now ASAP.

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Jessica July 11, 2010 at 9:31 am
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Hi, Hani:

I’m probably too late to help on this, but all the resources you need to get back and forth from Malpensa to Milan city center are in this post. If you plug in your hotel’s address into Google maps you’ll be able to see if it’s closer to Cadorna station or Milano Centrale – if it’s the former, I’d suggest the Malpensa Express train. If it’s the latter, I’d suggest one of the coaches.

Hope that helps,
Jessica

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Fritzie July 21, 2010 at 9:32 am
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hei!

Thanks for the information about Milan.. It really helps! :) I would like to ask if you have any idea going to Pisa from Milan by train..

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Jessica July 21, 2010 at 7:39 pm
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Hi, Fritzie:

I don’t have a specific article about traveling from Milan to Pisa, but Pisa isn’t far from Florence – so this article may help a little:

http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/getting-from-milan-to-florence-and-vice-versa.html

And here’s more information about Pisa:

http://www.italylogue.com/pisa/

Ciao,
Jessica

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cullumn July 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm
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i am traveling to Milan and arriving at Malpensa Airport and need to get to Milano Centrale. I’ve read so many things about the shuttle and express train that i am confused on which to take. Could you tell me how to get from Malpensa to Milano Centrale in detail. I’m traveling alone and afraid to get lost.

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Jessica August 2, 2010 at 11:20 am
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The easiest way to get to Milano Centrale is to take the Malpensa Shuttle – which is a coach-style bus. The express train runs to a different station in Milan, but the Malpensa Shuttle drops you off right outside Centrale Station. It’s the top option listed here:

http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/getting-to-from-malpensa-airport-by-bus.html

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Nick October 11, 2010 at 11:56 am
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HI, I checked the Malpensa Express website and I dont think I can get trains from Cadorna 24/7. I need to get to Malpensa by about 6am so wonder if there is any other option than an expensive taxi.

Thanks

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Jessica November 1, 2010 at 10:16 am
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You’re right, Nick, the Malpensa Express doesn’t run 24 hours a day. The buses that run to/from Centrale (rather than Cadorna) start much earlier in the morning, so that’s likely your best bet. You can read about the buses in this article:

http://www.italylogue.com/featured-articles/getting-from-milan-malpensa-airport-to-milan.html

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ΑΝΝΑ ΑΜΠΕΛΑ October 21, 2010 at 10:07 am
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Jessica November 1, 2010 at 10:24 am
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Hi, Anna:

Unfortunately, I don’t read Greek – so I’m not sure I’m able to answer this question… According to Google Translate you’re looking for help getting from Malpensa Airport to Piazza Fontana in Milan by car? I don’t recommend driving in Milan’s city center (Piazza Fontana is right next to the Duomo in the center), but if you really must drive then I’d recommend looking at the Via Michelin site for driving directions – http://www.viamichelin.com/ – it’s a great resource.

Ciao,
Jessica

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Doug November 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm
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I will be staying in Locarno and would like to find out how to travel by train to Malpensa Airport. Does the train from Locarno to Milan go by way of Malpensa Airport or do I have to go into Milan and catch a train back to the airport?

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Jessica November 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm
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There are a couple bus options that connect Lugano to Malpensa, but not Locarno – so you’ll have to go into Milan and either get the Malpensa Express or a coach from Milano Centrale out to the airport.

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rajesh dave November 21, 2010 at 1:57 am
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i was very much worried about travelling modes…but thanks ..cause m feeling relaxed after reading yourg article..god bless u..

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Jessica November 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm
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I’m glad the article was helpful to you!

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don December 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm
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there is my friend in italy. how have finished visa of italy now he want to go back to his countary and he donat have money doest he go to malpensa airport will he deported…..plz tell me

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Kathy Ranney January 25, 2011 at 9:57 am
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How to you get from Malpensa to Milan by car?

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Jessica January 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm
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Go to the Malpensa website:

http://www.sea-aeroportimilano.it/en/malpensa/index.phtml

Click on the left-hand menu link that says “Connection,” and then choose “From Malpensa by car” – you’ll be able to get directions to precisely where you’re going in the city.

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Annie February 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm
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Hi Jessica

Sad to be leaving Milan but we have to go home sometime….
When we arrived here we took the Malpensa Express to Milan’s Central Station. There doesn’t appear to be an outbound Malpensa Express for Centrale listed on the the Malpensa Express webiste. Is it only a one-way service to Centrale?
BTW, we had an amazing time at the Champions League game on Wednesday night. Viagogo got the tickets to us here at the hotel in time for the game and the seats were good. Thanks for the advice. My son had the greatest time…so did we. I don’t think I could have pulled it off with out your help.
Ciao
Annie

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Annie February 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm
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Ok, so it all worked out. I guess the Malpensa Airport train service directly to and from Milan’s Centrale station has only been up and running since December. It was easy, fast, efficient and cost only 7 euros per person each way. We caught a 7:25 am train out of Centrale and were checking in for our flight by 8:20. That left ample time to grab a coffee, shop the duty free and catch the 10:30 flight back to the US.
It could not have been more simple. Sad the trip is over but had a great time.

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Jessica March 3, 2011 at 9:31 am
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Annie, I only just learned that the Malpensa Express now goes to Centrale yesterday – you’re way ahead of me! So glad to hear it worked out, and I’ll now hunt down the new Malpensa Express details and update my information! :)

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Nevine March 4, 2011 at 3:37 am
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Hello Jessica

I am travelling to Milan on 06/03 will land in Malpensa at 13.05 terminal 1 what is the fastest way to reach milan centrale as i have to reach a train at 15.10???

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Jessica March 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm
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There’s apparently now a Malpensa Express train that runs from the airport directly to Milano Centrale station, which is probably your best bet – but I haven’t had a chance to look up its schedule yet or how long it takes. The other option is to take one of the buses that runs from the airport to the train station – you can consult the list above for schedules on those.

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Iris June 9, 2012 at 1:38 am
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Hi Jessica, thanks for writing this article and all the useful information. When I used to live in Milan the Malpensa Express only went to and from Cadorna Station (NOT Centrale). I was surprised to read in your article that it now goes to Centrale (which would make much more sense!!). However, I looked up the timetable on the Malpensa Express website and there is no mention of trains arriving at / leaving Centrale. Is it under a different name? Has the train been stopped? I’d appreciate more info on this, as i need to make the connection and would have preferred to do this by train.
Thank you very much

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Adel March 16, 2011 at 4:33 am
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i, we are flying in at Linate and i need to get to The RIviera Hotel which is at Via Rivoltana 2 Segrate – can you Help!!! every tip refers to the other airport….

thanks,

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Jessica March 18, 2011 at 9:53 am
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There are buses that run regularly from Linate into central Milan, and from there you can get a taxi or take the Metro to get to your hotel. You can also take a taxi directly from the airport, but it’s more expensive. The buses from Linate are here:

http://www.sea-aeroportimilano.it/en/linate/index.phtml?mod=per_mi_scroll&to=come_arrivare

Check with your hotel to see which is the best (closest) stop to the hotel.

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NILA REYNOLDS May 12, 2011 at 6:35 am
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Hi Jessica! Thx so much for all the good info/advice–have been looking for some time to get answers to questions abt getting around in and between Milan Malpensa and Venice train station and cruise port. Am totally freaked out abt getting me and my bag either direct fr Santa Lucia to the cruise port or to a hotel and then to the cruise port plus getting back fr the cruise to Milan Malpensa by train in time to catch a mid afternoon flite to London! Would REALLY appreciate it if you could provide a step-by-step directive for the easiest, cheapest way to do all this. :) I’m 62 and not in the best physical shape and traveling alone– had I known how complicated and costly it was going to be to get between Milan and Venice I would never have booked a cruise out of Venice! Too late now so I’m hoping you can help me sort it out. Pls start with the return trip fr Venice Maritima to Milan Malpensa: the ship will be in port overnite so I think I’ll be able to lve the ship fairly early–at least by 0900. So how long would you estimate it will take me to get from the port to Santa Lucia train station, catch a train to Milan Centrale and then either the express shuttle or express train out to Malpensa in time to catch 1540 flite to London Luton on EasyJet? I really don’t want to spend the nite in Milan but neither do I want to get into London really late at nite! Have been waiting to book my flite to London till I can figure all this out so looking forward to hearing from you soon! Cheers, Nila

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Jessica May 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm
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Here’s my article on the Venice cruise port – including information about getting there and back to the train station – this should help:
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/venice-cruise-terminal-where-it-is-how-to-get-there.html

And here’s my article on the trip between Milan-Venice, including how long it takes and how much it costs for each transportation method:
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/getting-from-milan-to-venice.html

I think your best bet is to spend the night in Milan before your flight, because leaving the ship at 9am and still getting to Malpensa in time for a 3:40pm flight might be cutting it closer than you’d like.

Also, here’s an article about getting help with luggage in Venice, since that’s a worry for you:
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/getting-help-with-luggage-in-venice.html

I hope that helps…

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NILA REYNOLDS May 13, 2011 at 3:37 am
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Hi Jessica! Guess you’re busy or still researching my inquiry so I’ll go ahead and specify the REST of my question whicCannaregio 121h is how can I get from Santa Lucia train station to my Royal Carrib Voyager ship on 1 Oct with the least amt of walking and preferably no climbing steps over bridges as I’ll be trailing a 24″/20 kilo roller bag plus a 8-10Kilo carry-on! I HAD wanted to spend a couple days in Venice BEFORE my cruise but now I wonder if I shd stay in Milan instead and just try to go straight to Venice by train and then to the port in whatever the least physically taxing manner you can recommend? I HAVE resrved a couple of rooms which I THINK are close to Piazale Roma and thwrefore SHD be fairly easy to access from the train station/to the ship: Casa Sant’Andrea at Santa Croce 495 and also the Hotel Universo & Nord at Cannaregio 121. Which of these is the better bet or shd I go thru yr affiliated agency to ensure the best location at the most reasonable price? Sure hope to hear fr you today! Cheers, Nila

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Martha Abernethy June 26, 2011 at 10:17 am
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Hi, Jessica. Can I go from Milan’s airport to Venice without going into Milan?

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Jessica June 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm
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Not unless you rent a car. With public transportation, the closest you can get is to take the coach/bus that will get you as far as Verona – from there you can take a short train ride to Venice. (Last coach line listed here: http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/getting-to-from-malpensa-airport-by-bus.html)

Honestly, though, it’s likely to be faster & more comfortable to take the train or coach directly to Milan’s Central Station and then get a train to Venice from there.

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Linda February 11, 2012 at 1:41 am
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Hi Jessica

I need your advise during my trip from Cologne to Milan. Husband and I planning to travel from Cologne to Milan to Florence to Rom.

Please advise whether we should take flights from Cologne to Milan or take express train? From the website I notice that all the flights arrive at Milan Malpensa airport which is quite far from the city. But cannot get flight to Linate airport which is nearer?

Please assist which hotel in Milan is nearer to the shopping centres because we have only 2 nites in Milan. Can I know the Places which are popular to tourists?

Please advise?

Thank you.

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Jessica February 14, 2012 at 11:25 am
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You can find my overall Milan travel guide here:
http://www.italylogue.com/milan

There are links in that article and on the right menu for more Milan information, including hotel information and the top things to do in the city. The question of whether to fly or take the train depends on you – you’ll need to find out the cost and time of each, to see which option works best for your trip. Flying to Malpensa isn’t the problem, as it’s an easy train ride into the city.

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tasos March 25, 2012 at 12:03 am
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goodmorning Jessica, my family and I ‘ll land to Bergamo and we ‘ll depart from Malpensa after three hours. Could you tell me how to get from Bergamo to Malpensa in detail. I’m traveling alone and afraid to get lost.

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Jessica April 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm
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In the “getting to Milan from Malpensa by bus” section above, you’ll find this link:
http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/getting-to-from-malpensa-airport-by-bus.html

There’s a bus that runs from Orio al Serio airport in Bergamo to Malpensa airport. Details about how to buy tickets are included on that page.

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Mehmoodtarar May 7, 2012 at 3:08 am
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hi Jessica
God bless you you helping the people
I am going to Milan for 6 nightslanding at malpensa airport with my wife and 3 kids looking for cheap hotel and would like to see Lugano and Locarno plz suggest me how can I get train to go Locarno and Lugano on day trip thanks
Mehmood London uk

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Jessica May 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm
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Here are some budget hotels in Milan: http://www.italylogue.com/featured-articles/budget-hotels-in-milan.html

You can look up train schedules from Milan’s Centrale station to both Lugano and Locarno using the Rail Ticket Search box at the top of this page: http://www.italylogue.com/train

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Moe June 4, 2012 at 2:08 am
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Hi Jessica! Your articles have been so WONDERFUL and helpful. I was wondering if I could trouble you for just a bit more. I am going to be in Italy, in mid July on a Saturday night. It’s an overnight 13 hour layover starting at around 8PM and ending the next morning around 9. I really want to see Milan at night time. Could you tell me how I should go about it? Let’s suppose I am able to leave Malpensa by 10PM and enter Milan by 11, would it be worth it? Will I be able to get back by 2-3AM or will I find enough to do to last me the whole night until 6 when the trains start again?

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Bjørn Kyllingstad June 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm
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Hi there.
We are 5friends from Norway who arrive Malpensa Airport 21june.
It is Gods Of Metal next weekend at Arena Fiera.
We are staying at NH Fiera Hotel and the nearest Metro is Rho Fiera.
What is the easiest way to get to our hotel from Malpensa Airport?
Best Regards From Norway
Bjørn

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Giovanni September 1, 2012 at 11:01 am
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You can see the prices for private travel on several types of cars
from MilanMalepsna to Rome on this page http://www.transfermilan.com/destinations/malpensa-airport-milano/rome.html
If you travel alone you’de better take the train FrecciaRossa you can purchase tickets on their ufficial site trenitalia.it . But if you’re 3 or more persons you can safe money booking a personal transfer.

Best regards
Gio

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Lucas September 22, 2012 at 3:40 am
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Hi everyone! If anyone needs a personal taxi from Malpensa to anywhere in the town, the cost will be 50€ instead of 90€ of a regular taxi. From Linate Airport it’ll be of 30€ instead of 50€ and from Bergamo Orio al serio to either Bergamo or Milan it’ll be 70€ instead of about 120€. Just send me an email to guest000005@libero.it if interested!
See ya!

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alison January 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm
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Just stumbled across your website, great!
I will be arriving in Milan this September and need to go to Mantova (or Mantua) to join up with a bike/barge trip. We dont want to spend time in Milan until we fly home so was after some tips on catching train from airport / centrale / Mantova or any other suggestions please? cheers

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