Malpensa Airport is the largest airport serving Milan. It’s also Italy’s second busiest airport after Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. This means that you might find cheaper airfare to Milan than smaller airports, even if Milan isn’t something you want to do on your Italy trip.
Malpensa is about 30 miles from Milan’s center. Your first task when you arrive at the airport is to get in the city. You may be able skip this step if you don’t plan to spend any time in Milan. Instead, take a bus from the airport and get to your destination in the area, such as the lakes or Turin. However, if you are able to get into Milan’s main train station from the airport, you will be able to connect to the rest of Italy by high-speed rail.
Remember, this information also works in the reverse direction – if your trip ends in Milan and you need to travel to Malpensa. You will get the same fares and transit time.
Milan Malpensa Airport to Milan Trains
The Malpensa Express is a convenient express train that connects Malpensa and Milan. The cost of tickets for EUR12 to either Cadorna Station (or Centrale Station) is less than the slower, more cumbersome buses. The Malpensa Express is my favorite bus, except when it stops running in the early hours of the morning from the city centre to the airport.
The Malpensa Express runs between 05:26 – 00:26, which is just a few hours after midnight when they don’t run. Trains bound for Cadorna Station depart the airport approximately every 30 minutes. The trains to Centrale run less frequently. Cadorna to Centrale takes between 30 and 50 minutes. Centrale to Cadorna takes between 50 and 90 minutes. It varies depending on what time it is. The trains don’t go to both stations.
You can find the train station in Terminal 1 on the lower level. This is the area where international flights arrive. Tickets can be purchased online via the Malpensa Express website or through the Malpensa Express mobile app. You can purchase tickets at the airport in the Malpensa Express ticket kiosks, which are very helpful but not always open, and the self-service ticket machines located just before the ramp to reach the train platform. Adult tickets cost EUR12 while children’s tickets cost EUR6. A family ticket (two adults and two children aged 4-18) costs EUR30.
Before you descend onto the platform, validate your ticket. Keep the ticket with you for the duration of the trip.
Buses to Milan Malpensa Airport from Milan
It would be impossible to list all the buses connecting Malpensa Airport to the rest of Italy, including central Milan. This article will focus on the main coach services to central Milan. If you are interested in other options (or just want to read about Italian buses), you can visit the Malpensa website .
- Malpensa Bus Express The Malpensa Bus Express connects Milan’s Centrale Station to the airport. It departs every 20 minutes from Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. Depending on traffic, the trip takes approximately 50 minutes. For adults, a one-way ticket costs EUR10 and for children aged 2-12 EUR5, respectively. is the PDF version of this schedule.
- Malpensa Shuttle The Malpensa Shuttle links the airport to Milan’s Centrale Station. It departs from Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 every 20 minutes. Depending on traffic, the trip takes approximately 50 minutes. For adults, a one-way ticket costs EUR10 and for children aged 2-12 EUR5, respectively. is the PDF version of this schedule.
Taxis to Milan Malpensa Airport from Milan
Milan has a fixed fare taxi ride between Malpensa, the city center, and vice versa. Unfortunately, the fixed fare for Milan is EUR90. This is a significant amount of money so I strongly recommend that you use one of these methods to get into the city. Unless you are traveling with a large group or have a lot of luggage, the convenience and cost savings of taking a taxi will outweigh the inconvenience. The taxi queue at Malpensa can be found outside Terminal 1 at Gate 6 and Terminal 2 at Gate 4.
You should also know that you don’t have to carry your luggage through the Metro if you are not able to reach your destination in Milan from either Cadorna nor Centrale stations.
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