Milan Airport Transfers

If you land at one of Milan's airports, here's how to get to the city centre.

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

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Milan Airport Transfers

Aircraft landing at Milan airport | ©Joao Carlos Medau

If you're travelling to Milan you'll probably land at Malpensa, its international airport and the second largest in Italy. It's quite a distance from the centre of Milan, at around 47 kilometres, so you'll need to arrange a transfer to your accommodation in the city.

1. Best Airport Transfers from Malpensa Airport to Milan

Malpensa Airport Terminal| ©Ehud Kenan
Malpensa Airport Terminal| ©Ehud Kenan

If you are looking to save time and get to your hotel in the most comfortable way, I recommend a private door-to-door transfer, but there is also the option of taking the bus, which will allow you to cut costs.

On the other hand, if you are staying in Milan for two days or more, a good idea to get around the city by public transport while saving on your visits to museums and monuments is to get the Milan Pass. If you choose the public transport option you can forget about finding other ways to get from the airport to the hotel and back.

Book the Milan Pass

2. Private transfer between Malpensa Airport and Milan city centre

Private transfer| ©Dan Gold
Private transfer| ©Dan Gold

If you are looking for the most comfortable way to travel between Milan Malpensa Airport and the city centre, this private car service is your best option. It has a higher price tag than the bus or train, but it will get you from door to door, helping you with your luggage. This private transfer between Malpensa Airport and Milan city centre.

How this transfer service works

When you book the service, you will need to provide your flight details and hotel address, so that a professional driver will be waiting for you at the terminal on your arrival and will take you door-to-door to your accommodation. Don't worry if your flight is delayed, because as they have your flight details, they will be able to anticipate it and wait for you for as long as it takes.

Once you meet the driver, they will take you and your group directly to your hotel without any intermediate stops or interruptions along the way. The vehicle has capacity for one suitcase and one piece of hand luggage per person, but if you have any special needs or extra luggage, please contact the company by email so that they can take this into account in advance.

Advantages of this service

One of the great advantages I see in using a private service like this is that you don't have to worry about anything: no public transport tickets, no transfers between buses or the metro and no lugging your suitcase, which is always appreciated after a flight.

Return service from your hotel

This service is also available so that, at the end of your trip, the driver will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the airport departures terminal. To do this, you will need to provide your accommodation address and flight details, so that you can arrive at the airport on time.

What this service includes

  • Direct transfer between Malpensa and your accommodation in Milan city area in 60 minutes.
  • Professional driver
  • Possibility to hire this service also to move between Milan and the nearby airports of Linate and Orio Al Serio
  • Service available 24 hours a day and seven days a week
  • Possibility of transferring up to 5 passengers
  • Luggage limited to 1 suitcase and 1 handbag per passenger: excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bicycles may have certain restrictions)
  • At the airport pick-up, the driver will wait for you for 45 minutes at the arrivals terminal and from the official time of your landing.
  • For the transfer from your hotel to the airport, your driver will wait for you for a maximum of 30 minutes from the time and place agreed at the time of your booking (details of your flight and the address of your hotel in Milan). 24 to 48 hours before the driver's scheduled arrival, you will need to contact the supplier to confirm these details.

3. Shuttle bus between Malpensa airport and Milan city centre

Bus stop at Malpensa Airport| ©Curtis Poe
Bus stop at Malpensa Airport| ©Curtis Poe

The bus between Malpensa Airport and Milan is the most economical way to get from Malpensa to the centre of Milan. In the centre of Milan, the bus drops you off and picks you up on Via Giovanni Battista Sammartini, with public transport nearby or the option of taking a taxi to your accommodation.

You can buy your ticket directly at the airport station or buy it in advance online so you don't have to waste time on arrival. Remember to be at the bus stop at least 15 minutes before the bus departs.

What is included in this service

This bus ticket between Malpensa Airport and Milan city centre includes:

  • Direct transfer between Malpensa and Milan in about 60 minutes.
  • Unlimited luggage included.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with capacity for 50 passengers.
  • Wifi on board
  • The ticket is valid for both T1 and T2 departures.
  • Not adapted for wheelchair users, but accessible for pushchairs and assistance animals are allowed.

Vicky's Traveller Tip

The most comfortable option for getting between Milan airport and your accommodation will be the private door-to-door transfer.

4. Other options: the train

Train to Malpensa Airport| ©挪威 企鵝
Train to Malpensa Airport| ©挪威 企鵝

Malpensa Airport has its own train line, the Malpensa Express, which links it to the city of Milan. It is a popular choice with travellers as it is the cheapest and quickest way to get there. You can buy your train ticket on arrival at Milan airport or on the official website, where you can check timetables and more information about all the train services in the area.

They also offer 2 lines connecting Malpensa with two central Milan destinations:

  • Malpensa - Central Station. 43 minutes and €13 per person. Trains run every 20-40 minutes and also stop at Garibaldi, Bovisa and Saronno.
  • Malpensa - Piazza Cadorna Station, next to the Sforzesco Castle. 30 minutes journey time and €13 per person. At the airport, the train is taken on level 1 of Terminal 1 and services run every 30 minutes.

5. You may also be interested in

Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery| ©Heinz Bunse
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Great! Now that you've arrived in Milan and you know how to get to your hotel, it's time to start organising your trip, so you might want to take a look at the following articles on what to do and see in Milan:

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Frequently asked questions

  • How far is Milan airport from the city centre?

    There are three airports that connect to Milan, so depending on which airport you fly into, it will take you a different amount of time to get to the city. The journey from Malpensa airport to Milan takes around 50 minutes, from Linate to Milan takes around 23 minutes, and from Orio al Serio to Milan takes around 60 minutes.

  • How early do I need to be at Milan airport before my flight?

    If you are flying to another continent, it is best to be at the airport at least 3 hours before your flight. For travel within Europe, 1 hour and 30 minutes should be more than enough.

  • Are all transfers private?

    Yes, they are, but keep in mind that the transfer price is fixed and calculated for 8 adults per vehicle, which means that you will have to pay for a transfer of 8 people even if only 1 or 2 people are booking the service.