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Known (globally) for its fashion weeks, upscale boutiques, and high-end restaurants, Milan is a city well worth spending a few days in. Located in the north of Italy, in the Lombardy region, it is the financial centre of the country. But it’s not all glitz and glamour… the city also boasts a solid architectural heritage. If you want to visit this global capital of luxury and fashion, here are the various transportation options available to you to get to the city centre from the airport.
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📍 Where is Milan’s airport located?
Located 45 km north of Milan, Milan Malpensa International Airport (in Italian, Aeroporto internazionale di Milano Malpensa) is the second-largest airport in the country after Rome’s. It is naturally the most important in Milan. At least, it became so after outshining Linate airport which, until the late 90s, was the city’s primary airport.
Malpensa Airport has two terminals that are quite far apart from each other, but don’t panic, the two buildings are connected by a free bus that runs every 15 to 20 minutes. Coming from abroad, it’s highly likely that yours will be Terminal 1, unless you’ve opted for a low-cost airline.
To reach the city centre from this airport, you thus need to cover nearly fifty kilometres. So, what are your transportation options?
🚉 How to get from Milan airport to the city centre by train?
The train is one option. In fact, it may be the best one if you consider the cost / travel time ratio. Indeed, the airport has its own train line with stops at terminals 1 and 2.
This is the Malpensa Express train, operated by the regional railway company Trenord. It allows you to make the journey from the airport to Milan Central Station in about 50 minutes. A simple and quick way to arrive directly in the city center.
In fact, you have the choice between a direct train connection between Terminal 1 and Piazza Cadorna (red metro line 1, Cadorna station), and towards the central station. The first option is the fastest. Indeed, from Malpensa to Cardona, you will only count 29 minutes under normal conditions. The second option is the longest. From Malpensa to the central station, you will make approximately 52 minutes of journey, with stops.
The price of the ticket for adults is 13 euros, on average, between Malpensa and Cardona, and from Malpensa to the central station. To book, go to the official website.
🚌 How to get from the airport to the city centre by bus?
A bus transfer to reach the centre of Milan from the airport is the most economical solution. You can then count on several companies, including Autostradale which provides the connection between Milan Central Station and the two terminals of Malpensa, throughout the day. There are also Terravision, Caronte, and Air Pullman – you can find the passage frequencies on this page.
The Malpensa Airport – Milan Central Station trip can last between 50 minutes and 1 hour. Count about ten euros for an adult ticket and half-price for a child.
🚗 How to get from the airport to the city centre by car?
The last option available to you is the road. Renting a taxi or a VTC can be wise, if you want to quickly reach your hotel, without going through the central station.
To go from Milan airport to the city centre, you should count an hour’s journey, on average, depending on traffic which can sometimes be dense. For the price, it’s obviously much more expensive than taking the train or bus. Expect at least 90 euros for the ride. Consider discussing it with other passengers, in order to possibly share the costs.
You can also choose a private transfer to your hotel, with the aim of limiting waiting in the taxi area or on the VTC application. There, the prices will surely exceed one hundred euros.
We hope that with these indications, you now know how to get from Milan airport to the city centre. As traffic arrangements often change around major European metropolises, if any of this information is no longer valid, please let us know so we can look into it.