Malpensa Airport is situated in the province of Varese, at around 50 Km northwest of Milan.
It is the largest international airport in northern Italy and the 2nd busiest across the country in terms of passengers, after Rome Fiumicino Airport. It has 2 passengers terminal: T1 (domestic, UE, extra-UE and intercontinental flights) and T2 (used exclusively by EasyJet).
There are several ways to reach Milan city centre and in this article I suggest you the Airport Bus Express, which is the one I frequently use.
Malpensa Airport: how to get to Milan city centre by bus
This shuttle bus is easily recognizable thanks to the “Autostradale” logotype clearly visible along the bus body.
Hand baggage and hold baggage must be stow in the luggage compartment whilst you can carry bag and backpack on board. All coaches are air-conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi.
From Malpensa Airport, buses depart from the following stops:
- 1, 2 and 3 in front of Gate 4 at Terminal 1;
- 1, 2 and 3 just outside Terminal 2.
The urban bus terminal is located in via Sammartini, close to Milan Central Station. If you are travelling to/from the railway station by underground, simply get off at “Centrale” on M2 (green) and M3 (yellow) lines.
During regular service periods, buses also stop on request at Piazzale Lotto (entrance Lido). The nearest metro stop is “Lotto” and it is served by M1 (red) and M5 (purple) lines. This is the recommended stop for those headed to San Siro Stadium, which is reachable by underground taking the M5 line.
The Milan Pass is the best way to get around the city by public transport. It is valid for 48 hours and it also includes the entrance to attractions such as Duomo Cathedral Rooftop terraces, La Scala Museum and Theatre, Casa Milan, Triennale Design Museum and the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.
All information and online purchase are available in this page.
Timetable and prices of Malpensa Airport-Milan Central Station shuttle bus
Booking your shuttle bus ticket in advance allows you to enjoy the rest of your trip with one less thing to worry about. Save time just showing the e-ticket directly at the bus stop.
Timetable can change according to the period of the year and the frequency of the flights. Having said that, there is at least one bus service per hour every day from early morning until late at night.
The duration of the journey between Malpensa Airport and Milan Central Station is about 50-60 minutes depending on the Terminal you fly from.
Bus shuttle prices are the following:
- 10 €, one-way;
- 16 €, round trip (save 4 €);
- 5 €, one-way trip for children from 2 to 12 years old;
- free of charge for children under 2 years old.
Travel tickets are valid for the whole selected day.