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Milan Malpensa International Airport
The main international airport is Malpensa (Milan Malpensa, IATA: MXP). It's
a large, modern, two-runway airport. The airport has two terminals, with Terminal
1 being the largest (international and intercontinental flights). Terminal 2
is used by a number of budget airlines, such as Easyjet, and has grown consistently
in the last few years (2004-2008). The two terminals are connected by a free
shuttle bus service (running approximately every 20 minutes). However, such
shuttles are very small and the frequency is inadequate: long queues tend to
form, which prompts several taxi drivers to station right next to the stop and
pick up those passengers who don't want to or can't afford to wait. It is not
uncommon for passengers to wait up to 40-45 minutes for the transfers: most
shuttles are packed, forcing passengers to wait for the next one.
* SEA Aeroporti di Milano -The firm operating Malpensa and Linate airports.
* Malpensa Express Trains. This is the only frequent railway link between
Malpensa and central Milan. (from late September 2010 a new rail service will
be introduced, see below for details). The Malpensa Express Trains between Malpensa
and Milano Cadorna is recommended as the easiest and fastest connection if you
travel from the terminal 1 of Malpensa airport to the city centre (or vice versa),
though it may be crowded at rush hours. Trains leave every 30 minutes from Terminal
1, arriving at Milan's Cadorna train station after 40 minutes (the Cadorna station
is connected to Milan's subway network, at the intersection of the red M1 and
green M2 lines). The last train departs at approximately 11:20pm, so if you
arrive on a late flight or are delayed then you will need to take a bus or taxi.
(see below) After the last train there are both buses that connect to Milan
Cadorna station and buses that connect to Milan Central station (for bus to
Milan Central station see below). Taking the train is not recommended if you
have to reach Terminal 2, as the connections between T1 and T2 are very poor
o Fare: one-way €11.00, round trip in a single day €14.50. A new offer
allows a family (or group) up to 2 adult and 2 children (up to 18 year old)
to travel one-way for € 25. Your ticket must be bought and validated in
the station before boarding. It is not more possible to buy tickets on board.
The only option for a passenger without a ticket is to contact a ticket inspector
when boarding or immediately after boarding (a surcharge of €5.00 will
be added to the cost of a full rate single ticket in this case)
o To save a little bit of money at the expense of changing trains, buying two
separate tickets and waiting some time at the connecting point, you may use
the special train from Malpensa airport to Saronno and a regular service from
Saronno to Milan (total cost for a single trip bought at the ticket office €8.10).
An even cheaper way but with a much more difficult connection is changing in
Busto Arsizio FN train station (total cost for a single trip bought at the ticket
office €5.95). From 2010 some trains go directly from airport to Milan
Cadorna station. If you are using such train, you can not split the journey
as indicated and you need one ticket for the whole journey.
* S-lines a new service started in 2010, from Malpensa train station to the
Passante Ferroviario (railway link), runs every hour, with the same price of
Malpensa Express (€11, see above for more information). This service stops
at the following station inside Milan: Milano Bovisa (where is possible to connect
with a train to Cadorna), Milano Lancetti (where is possible to connect to some
other S-line service), Milano Porta Garibaldi (where is possible to connect
to line 2 of the underground or take several train from the surface station),
Milano Repubblica (from which the Milano Centrale railway station is 1 underground
stop or about 700 m / 0.5 mi walk. From this station it is also possible to
connect to line 3 of the underground), Milano Porta Venezia, Milano Dateo, Milano
Porta Vittoria (from where is possible to take, after a short walk, the bus
73 to Linate airport), Milano Rogoredo (from where it is possible to take several
* Buses leave approximately every 20 minutes for Centrale Station and Linate
airport, costing about €7.50 (€15 for a return ticket). Travel can
take from 40 minutes (weekends) to 1 hour or more (during weekday mornings).
Buses are the best bet if you arrive at Terminal 2. Since you need to take the
slow airport internal shuttle bus to get to the train station, you might as
well get on a bus directly to Milan. There is always a bus waiting, and they
usually wait until the bus is completely full before departing.
* Using a taxi to get from Malpensa to the city center is expensive: €85
(fixed fee for a City-Airport trip, without further stops). Only taxis registered
in Milan itself have signed up to the fixed fee agreement - taxis from outlying
cities (which you will also find at Malpensa) have not signed on to the agreement,
will still take you to Milan but will charge you the meter reading (generally
€80+ in light traffic). If upon entering a taxi you do not see a card on
the window or rear of the driver/passenger seats, then you are in a non-Milanese
taxi. You can request the fixed fee if the driver refuses, then take the next
taxi in the rank. You may find that if you take the fixed fee from a non-Milanese
taxi then they take a slower non-toll road rather than the toll paying motorway
(tolls are ALWAYS paid by the driver so are included in the meter or fixed fee).
For more information about taxi fare see (in Italian, the fixed fares between
airports and the city are in the bottom part of the page)
* You can reach Milan by Trenitalia trains departing from Gallarate train
station. A bus service is available from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 to Gallarate.
* You can also connect to Trenitalia trains in Busto Arsizio FS (also called
Busto Arsizio RFI) station. A train (currently replace by bus, see note below)
runs every hour, during daytime only, from Malpensa airport to Busto Arsizio
FS (also calling at Fermo and Busto Arsizio FNM). and vice versa. First train
from Malpensa airport to Busto Arsizio FS at 07:10. Last train from Malpensa
airport to Busto Arsizio FS at 20:10.. First train from Busto Arsizio FS to
Malpensa airport at 07:39. Last train from Busto Arsizio FS to Malpensa airport
at 20:39. The journey takes 14 minutes. For full timetable of this service look
at column in blue colour in the full timetable of service by Le Nord between
Milano, Malpensa and Novara  (this connection is not shown in some shorter
timetable). In Busto Arsizio FS station trains from Malpensa Airport arrive
at platform "1 tronco" and train to malpensa airport depart from platform
"1 tronco" (platform "1 tronco" is not the same as platform
1) . If you want to connect to a train service by Trenitalia (or other operator
on the railway line managed by RFI) you will need to change platform. Trains
from Milan arrive at platform 4. Trains to Varese (and other Northbound trains)
depart from platform 4. Train from Varese (and other Southbound trains) arrive
at platform 5. Trains to Milan depart from platform 5.
o From 1 July 2010 until unknown date the rail service between Malpensa airport
and Busto Arsizio FS is suspended. It is replaced by a bus service which take
38 minutes for the journey. Until the railway service is suspended the total
time of the journey is greatly increased and so this route is not advisable.
* From late September 2010 a new train service is being started connecting
Milano Centrale to Malpensa terminal 1 directly by train. Some trains from other
city in Italy (e.g Naples, Rome, Florence, Bologna) after calling at Milano
centrale will go to Malpensa airport terminal 1.. Standard fares from Milano
Centrale to Malpensa airport T1 (or vice versa) are €12.00 in 2nd class,
€15.00 in 1st class. (As middle September 2010, there are just two service
per direction per day. Departure times from Malpensa airport terminal 1: 19.21,
18.10; from Milano centrale: 08.57, 15.57; Journey time: 44 min.
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Some European or national flights arrive at Linate Airport (IATA: LIN). This
small but rather efficient one-runway airport is very close to the city centre
(7 km). It is mostly serviced by airlines to domestic destinations and some
European destinations. After the bankruptcy of the 'old' Alitalia and its merger
with AirOne, the new airline abandoned Malpensa in favour of Linate.
* Taking connecting flights in Linate might take much longer than elsewhere
because there is no through passage: you get off the airplane, get out of the
security area, go through security again together with those passengers who
have just arrived from Milan and not with a connecting flight, and only then
can you board the new plane. If you're taking a connection from abroad it doesn't
make much difference, because in these cases you have to go through security
again (say, London to Palermo via Rome Fiumicino), but if both flights are domestic
then you don't have to go through security again if the airport has a through
passage (e.g. Palermo to Genova via Rome Fiumicino). This is common in most
countries: the rationale is that apparently no one seems to trust security checks
performed by other countries!
* Since the airport is so close to the city, it is served by buses of the
city public transport network: Bus no. 73 outside the terminal building goes
to San Babila Square, in the city centre, which is served by metro line MM1.
This bus is not a dedicated service but a city transportation network bus with
many stops en route, may get crowded during peak hours. The bus runs every ten
minutes and costs €1. This bus service is managed by ATM , the public
transport company of Milan. Tickets can be purchased from the newsagent inside
the airport terminal or by the ATM vending machines close to the bus stop. Remember
to validate the ticket when boarding the bus. With the same ticket, you can
transfer to the metro (subway) system once and unlimited buses or tram streetcars
in a 75 minute period. You can also directly use a comprehensive ticket to many
places in the suburbs. For more detail see #Get around. Information and timetables
available from the ATM web site. To catch the right 73 bus from the airport
to Milan, look for direction "SAN BABILA M1" and avoid Line 73 buses
directed to "S.FELICINO" (be very careful not to take a bus to San
Felicino, because not only you would go in the wrong direction, but you would
also be considered without a valid ticket for that journey) . On the other direction,
when going from the city centre to Linate airport, you can get both buses directed
to Linate airport or to San Felicino. During daytime the frequency of the bus
is one bus every 5 to 10 minutes.
* A new express service Bus no. X73, by ATM, connect the Linate airport and
San Babila Square, in the city centre and vice versa, via a route similar to
the bus 73, but with just one intermediate stop (at Dateo, where interchange
whit the Passante Ferroviario is possible). As it is a direct service it takes
less time than the normal 73 bus and it is usually less crowded. The advertised
journey time is 25 (but take into account more time than this, especially if
you are travelling in peak time). This express service operates only weekdays
7AM-8PM and there is an express bus every 20 minutes. The ordinary ticket of
€1 is accepted on this route, no supplement is needed, and you can transfer
to the metro (subway) system and other bus (for more details about tickets see
above and the Get around section).
* A dedicated bus service, called "Starfly", operated by Autostradale,
connects Linate airport to Milan's center running every 30 minutes and tickets
cost €5 per adult (ticket sold at local newsagent and on board). This bus
also stop on route at Lambrate railway station. The journey takes approximately
* A bus service, operated by Malpensa Shuttle connects Malpensa airport to
Linate airport as well as Malpensa to Milan's Central train station (timetables,
fares and ticket booking available online). The journey takes 30 minutes to
1 hour, depending on traffic conditions.
* Taxis from Linate to the city centre cost around €12-20 depending on
traffic conditions. The minimum charge is €12. If you are going to the
centre, ignore all the guys standing at the exit to the terminal saying "taxi"...
they are for destinations outside central Milan (ie, outlying cities) and will
charge a minimum of €70. Queues for regular taxis can get long during peak
commuter hours (early evening) and are particularly bad during Fashion Week.
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