Guide to Malpensa Airport

Malpensa Express

Author: Michelle Elkins – revised and updated by Enrico.

Consider that Milan is the home of the stylish Alfa Romeo car and amongst the world leaders when it comes to fashion and design, and Milan Malpensa Airport may come as a bit of a disappointment.

However, if you take into account its modest beginnings when Terminal 2, which handles just low-cost and chartered flights now, constituted the whole airport, it has come a long way to now regularly handle in excess of 20 million passengers.

While the terminals both have a variety of restaurants, cafes and shops with typically Italian names such as Mamma Leona’s Pizza, in general the facilities are a little inadequate for the number of visitors passing through each year.

Still, once you get served, you’ll be treated to the wonderful cuisine of the Lombardy Region in which Milan is based. Plates of risotto made with rice specially grown in the area, cold meat or vegetable antipasti or cheese dishes created from local produce such as mascarpone, gorgonzola and crescenza.

The shops are little more abundant and, particularly in Terminal 1, you could while away a reasonable amount of time meandering through the stores which sell clothes, leather goods, jewelers, sportswear, mobile phones, chocolates and wine. There is also an opticians, post office, chemist and of course the obligatory duty free shops. Throughout Terminal 1 there are several Forexchange desks to buy currency and 6 different banking facilities with ATMs, while in Terminal 2 there are 2 of each.

For those who are visiting for work rather than pleasure, a business centre is on the ground floor of Terminal 1 by Arrivals B, provides for most necessities. Open from 08.00-19.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00-13.00 on Saturday, it offers Internet points, a translation service, meeting rooms, hotel reservation and car hire with a driver.

Fortunately for visitors, the airport is able to accommodate 7 out of the 11 Malpensa Airport Car Hire Companies within its precincts. These are located in the Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall, easily reached from Terminal 2 via the interconnecting bus. The rest are just a free shuttle bus drive away on the outer perimeters.

  • Malpensa Express train leaves every 30 minutes from both Terminals 1 and 2 and takes around half hour. It arrives at two places into Milan either at Milano Cadorna or Milano Centrale. Several courses take 29 minutes and are non-stop from Milano Cadorna to Malpensa. Consult the schedule at the Malpens Express site for up-to-date info. Ticket: single trip 11 euro (13.50 if bought on train), round trip (single day) 14 euro (17 if bought on train). Ticket must be validated in the station before boarding.
  • Regional trains of the suburban line S10 – these trains run once every hour from 9:08 to 16:08 (from Milano Rogoredo station) stop in all the stops of the “Passante”: Milano Rogoredo, Porta Vittoria, Dateo, Repubblica, Porta Garibaldi, Lancetti, Bovisa(at the minute .40) and with several other stops on the way reach the Malpensa airport at the minute .18 of the following hour. In addition to the number of stations that are all across the city of Milan, this train in cheaper than the Malpensa Express. In the direction from Malpensa to Milano these S10 trains run every hour from 10:42 to 17:42 and arrive at the station of Milano Rogoredo at the minute .52. For a summary of all the train connections Malpensa-Milano see http://www.orariotrenimalpensa.it/
  • Buses leave every 20 minutes for Centrale Station and Linate airport, costing about 7 euros. Travel can take from 30 minutes (weekends) to 1 hour or more (during weekday mornings).
  • Using a taxi to get from Malpensa to the city centre is expensive: 60-75 euros.
  • You can reach Milan, or the other destinations on the train lines north of Malpensa, such as Varese, Stresa, Domodossola (the entrance on the Italian side of the Sempione tunnel) or Lugano by a train connecting the Malpensa train station to the Trenitalia trains departing from Gallarate. Check the Trenord for connections at the Gallarate station for your final destination. A bus service is also available from the Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of Malpensa to Gallarate Railway Station.

There are then also buses which offer forward destinations from Bologna through to Verona or you could book a Milan Airport Transfer. Here a driver meets you in arrivals and whisks you away to your accommodation without the need to queue or drag your luggage miles. The taxi rank is located just outside the terminal.

If you have been unlucky enough to lose your belongings or need to put some in storage for any period of time, the left luggage office, situated on the ground floor of Terminal 1 by Arrivals B, is open from 06.00-22.00 and charges €3.50 to €4.00 per item per day. There is a chapel in both terminals and 3 tourist offices which give out detailed information not only on Malpensa and Milan but the local surrounding areas.

For more in-depth information on timetables, costs, up-to-date flight times or to arrange Malpensa Airport Car Hire or an airport transfer, visit the Malpensa Airport Guide.

About the author:
Michelle Elkins is a regular contributor to the Milan Airport Guide which provides great deals on Malpensa Airport Car Hire and detailed information on all three Milan Airports. Updated by Enrico.