As I tried the Malpensa Express on my first visit I decided to try the Shuttle bus service on my next visit and so did I..
Second Option: Shuttle Bus to Milano Centrale
If you are going to continue to a furher city or if you are going to stay around Central Train Station, without doubt use this was of transport.
Shuttle Buses leaves almost every 20 minute just outside the departure hall. Buses are modern and easy to find, they cost cheaper than Malpensa Expres..
I was wondering the travel time as express Train was covering the distance in 45 minutes, how come a bus can travel in a similar period, considering the Traffic.
My flight has landed at 10:30 and at around 11:00, I was at the bus and just in 55 minutes we arrived to Milano Centrale, Although we made stops at the Big fair ground.
So both options are good for transport and if you have to decide, decide accordingly
1) Malpensa Express is good if you are going to Milan Center
2) Malpensa Shuttles are good if you are going to take a connection train or if you stay around centrale
Note: Milano Central Train station is not really at the center, hence its far from the center
I was wondering which way was better to get to Milan center. There were two options train and shuttle buses.
Malpensa Express trains are leaving every half hour at 15 and 45 pass the hour. And buses every 20 minutes.
Trains travel time is 40 minute, While buses were told to be around 50-60 minutes..
So I have tried both of them in two different visits and here is the result.
First Option Train: Malpensa Express
Trains were leaving on the ground floor of Terminal 1 and I was in the first floor of Terminal 2.. I followed the signs and soon I was on the Terminal 1 and got my ticket..
Dont forget to stamp your train ticket at the gates..
Train takes an exact drive of 45 minutes to Milan Cadorna Train Station. When you get familiar to the city you understand that traveling to Cadorna is a good option, if later on you shall stay in Milan Center. Cadorna is not in the center ( Neither the Central Train Station), but close distance to many places by Metro.
So, if you are not going to take a train from Milano Centrale, use Malpensa Express. Its very comfortable, fast and taking you close to the city center.
For onward transport BUSES TRAINS
For those traveling to Milan, you should know that there are two airports serving the city. Linate and Malpensa. Malpensa is the newest of the two airports, and it is the one I arrived in. Completed in 1998, it is a thoroughly modern airport with shops, restaurants, duty-free stores, dry cleaners and everything you could want or need in an airport. It also has excellent transportation by train or bus available for travel into the heart of Milan which is 40 minutes to 1 hr away depending on your mode of transportation. The city of Como is also roughly 30 to 45 minutes away by train.
Linate airport has the advantage of being only 7km from downtown Milan. Linate is the airport probably preferred by those whose only or primary destination is Milan, and therefore may host more intra-Italy commuters, and/or less expensive airlines.
I am not totally certain about Linate, but I know that Malpensa airport has hotels nearby which have courtesy shuttles which will pick you up or drop you off at the airport for free or the nominal cost for the driver's tip. However, for very early flight departures, make sure that your hotel's driver is available or pre-book a taxi for the time you desire.
Malpensa offers excellent and convenient transportation into Milan. Located on the lowest level of the airport, you will find the ticket office for the "Malpensa Express" train into the city. You can purchase a "biglietto" to Milan for 12 Euros roundtrip (2004 price). You must validate your ticket in the yellow-timestamp machine just outside of the ticket office before boarding your train and they will be checked on the train. The train has 2 seating areas--one downstairs and one up. They are both quite comfortable. Make your choice and then sit back and enjoy the ride!
I found it very convenient and easy and cheap to ride a bus from Bergamo airport to Milano central train station. You can buy the bus ticket (about 15 USD both ways) from the Autostradale booth at the airport,it's very easy to find (on the right hand side after the exit as far as i remember); they accept credit cards;
The bus runs very often-every 30-60 min
for update on fare and schedule check out their website
Most international flights land at Milan's Malpensa airport. The smoothest connection between Malpensa and the city is the train. It takes 45 minutes and costs far less than a taxi would. The trains depart every half an hour (on Saturdays, at least, when I was there).
There are three bigger airports around Milan. The biggest one is Malpensa, where aeroplanes from all over the world comes and goes.
There are two terminals, with the trains and busses going to the international one. If you're going to take a national flight there will be shuttle busses that takes you there.
From Malpensa you can either take the bus (which starts right outside the airport). There are a number of different companies, so you will almost always find a bus that goes away quickly. Prices range from 4,50 euro to 5,50 euro for a one-way-trip. The busses stops outside the central station, "Stazione centrale" in Milan. The trip takes one hour.
You can also take the "Malpensa Express" which is the train. Costs 11 euro one-way, but goes 15 minutes faster than the bus. The train stops at the second biggest train station in Milan, Cadorna station.
I would guess that a taxi from Malpensa to somewhere around 70-90 euro. Not worth it, if you ask me. Better then to take the bus/train to the city center, and from there a taxi to your hotel if you're unsure where it is.
The second airport is Linate, which is quite much smaller. It's also much closer to the city center. A taxi goes for 15-20 euro one way. There are also busses that goes to the central station, or local busses that goes to San Babila, the bus stop next to the Duomo. That ticket costs 1 euro. For a shuttle bus I would think the ticket price is about 3-5 euro.
If you go with Ryanair (Among the destinations Barcelona, Paris, London, Frankfurt) you will come to the airport outside Bergamo. It's as close to Milan centre as Malpensa, so there is no difference. From Orario De Serio you take the bus to either Bergamo or Milan. Takes an hour to Milan, and the trip costs about 7-8 euro if I'm not mistaken.
Milan Malpensa Airport has two terminals
Terminal 1 is the larger of the two terminals. It handles most domestic and international flights.
Terminal 2 is mostly for charter flights plus a few international services.
To get to Malpensa by Car :
Access roads from Milan are A8, A26. A new road is planned linking the A4 Milan-Turin highway to Milan's western ring road.
Journey time is around 45-50 minutes but can be longer at peak times.
Malpensa International Airport (MXP) is Milan's largest airport, located in the northern part of the city, in Busto Arsizio.
Designed by the famous Ettore Sottsass, Malpensa Airport is very modern and very well connected to the downtown through Malpensa Express railway service from Cadorna Station and Malpensa Shuttle Bus from the Central Station.
Milan has also other two smaller airports: Linate Airport (LIN) used for European and domestic flights and Orio al Serio Airport (BGY), located close to Bergamo and used by low-costs companies.
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