How quickly can I get from the MXP Milan airport to Milan's train stations? How much will it cost? My flight comes in at 1:00 pm, and I need to get to the stations rather quickly, but I'd rather take a bus than taxi because of the huge cost difference.
Luke, Could you clarify which MXP Terminal you'll be arriving at? If you're arriving at T1, the travel time and cost between Malpensa Express (train) and Malpensa Shuttle (Bus) will be about the same (the Bus will of course be subject to traffic conditions). Regarding the train, note that the Malpensa Express can go to either Cadorna or Centrale, so be sure to board the correct train. If you're arriving at T2 via one of the budget airlines, the Malpensa Shuttle is the best option (IMO) as there's no rail service at T2 so you'd have to take a Bus to T1 to connect with rail. Travel time will be (on average) 45M or so. You can check the websites for both the Malpensa Express and Malpensa Shuttle for details on travel times and prices. Happy travels!
I am also flying into Milan and taking the MXP express. This may help you out. I found times and information on the lenght of the trip here http://www.malpensaexpress.it/en/malpensa-express/mxp-express.aspx
When you say "Milan's train stations," which of them do you need? One train from MXP goes to Milan Centrale, and the other one goes to Milan Cadorna. There are also buses to Milan Centrale. If you need a station other than Centrale (which is indeed the main one) or Cadorna (which has some service to the town of Como, among other places), you'll need to take the Metro or a taxi from these to your desired station (such as Milan Porta Genova, which is the start for some services to France).
Malpensa Express takes about 30 min to Cadorna and about 45 to 50 min to Centrale. The bus is almost an hour. Don't take a taxi, it'll cost you well over 100 euro. The train is about 10 euro one way.
I'll be flying in on easyjet, which I'm assuming from your post is in Terminal 2. So you'd suggest I take the bus from here after I arrive? Also, I have not booked train tickets yet. I plan to wait until I arrive at the train station in case my flight gets delayed or something. Which station would you suggest? Is the cathedral very close to either station? I may have one or two hours to explore before I have to board a train to Bologna, and I'd love to see the cathedral!
If you're arriving at Terminal 2 and want to see the cathedral and then catch a train to Bologna, the easiest way is to take the bus right to Milano Centrale. There, buy a train ticket for Bologna (use the machines, as the ticket line has been VERY long when I was there). Then, take the Metro line 3 (yellow on maps) from Centrale to Duomo (only a few stops and no changes). When it's time to get back for your train, take the Metro back to the station. If you will have more baggage than you want to carry around, you can also use the baggage storage at Centrale. Just be sure to allow time at both ends, for both the stowage and especially retrieval part, so you don't miss your train. If you arrive at Terminal 1, you can take the train from MXP to Centrale and save a bit of time. But, as Ken said, from T2 you would have to get to T1 to take the train, so you'll save time just getting the bus all the way to Centrale.
Thank you so much! That is amazing information. How long does it take from Centrale to Duomo on the metro? Also, my final destination is actually Rimini, but from my research it's cheaper and there are more options if I take a train to Bologna and then another to Rimini. Can I purchase a ticket from Bologna to Rimini when I'm in the Milan Centrale station?
Luke, Thanks for the clarification. As you're using EasyJet, you'll be arriving at T2, and therefore the Malpensa Shuttle is the easiest and fastest method (IMHO). You'll probably find that tickets for the Shuttle are offered on board your flight. They're a bit more expensive than buying when you land, but may save some time. You'll be given a Voucher, which will be exchanged for a ticket when you present to the Shuttle driver. You'll arrive at the side of Milano Centrale. Walk around the corner to the right and enter the station. Stay at ground level, walk straight into the station for a short distance and then turn left and walk to the opposite side of the station. You'll eventually see the staffed ticket office (which will likely have a LONG QUEUE). There are Kiosks next to the ticket office, and more Kiosks at track level, which is two floors up. I can't remember where the Deposito Bagagli office is located. If you want to visit the Duomo, I'd suggest allowing at least 20 minutes in each direction. It will take you time to drop your luggage, get to the Metro station, buy tickets and make the trip and then collect your luggage on the way back. Use the M3 line, direction San Donato. The Duomo is the fourth stop. Use the same line on the way back, but the direction will be Comasina. If your destination is Rimini, specify that when you buy your ticket. If you can connect with it, there's a direct FrecciaBianca departure (no changes) at 15:35, arriving Rimini at 18:46 (time 3H:11M, current Base Fare listed at €43 PP). The other trains on that route have one change in Bologna (and are more expensive). DON'T miss the train you've booked or your ticket will be worthless and you'll have to buy another. Cheers!
Wowthank you SO much! I actually won't have bags to deposit anywhere, so that should save me some time. How much would the metro be for that round trip? Also, I've found tickets for $28 Milan-Bologna and $13 Bologna-Rimini. Am I missing some charges or anything? I haven't ever taken a train in Europe before, so I definitely could be!
@Sam, "so you get your ticket, the bum gets 50 cents and everybody is happy" LOL! The "Bums" are probably not happy with me, as I usually give them the Bums Rush. I don't need any "help" buying my tickets and I make that VERY clear.
A one way ticket is 1.50 euro, or 4.50 euro for 24 hours. There is a ticket window at the Centrale subway entrance, but it is often clogged with students applying for student passes. There is also a bank of machines with multiple language function. They can be tricky to use, but they are guarded by "helpers" who will show you how they work for the cost of the change. Have a 2 euro coin handy (assume you are traveling alone) so you get your ticket, the bum gets 50 cents and everybody is happy. You can also try buying at the "Tabac" (stall that sells cigs, newspapers, sodas etc) next to the ticket window. They may sell only one day or multiday tickets.
Where can you buy Malpensa Express tickets at the airport? Is there a ticket counter? Thanks.
Marc, there is an attached train station in the airport where you can buy tickets. Skip the people waiting at the ticket counter and head straight to ticket machines (they take banknotes or credit cards, and have English menu option).