Make the trip from one of Italy’s busiest airports into one of its major cities as easy as possible. Learn about taking the train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Milano Centrale.
After collecting your luggage, the first order of business at the airport is to get out of it and get on with your trip. Luckily, that’s easily done after arriving at Milan’s main airport, Malpensa, thanks to a train station inside the airport with regular service into the city center of Milan.
There are a few options for trains from Malpensa into Milan, although all of them make the 31.5-mile (50.5-km) trip simpler and more pleasant than taking a taxi or driving yourself. Taking the train saves you money and the hassle of driving.
Frequent Trains from Milan Malpensa Airport to Milano Centrale
Milan’s main airport is Italy’s second-busiest international gateway, behind Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, so it should come as no surprise that it has its own train station. There are trains departing Malpensa Aeroporto station regularly bound for central Milan, though you’ll need to select which station in Milan you will be using. The popular and efficient Malpensa Express train serves both Milano Cadorna and Milano Centrale stations, so don’t accidentally disembark at the wrong one!
There are 69 Malpensa Express trains each day leaving Malpensa Aeroporto station for Milano Centrale station. The trip takes 52 minutes, but the trip to Milano Cadorna is shorter), and tickets cost $15. There are also local Trenitalia trains that take a slightly different route from the airport station to Milano Centrale but still make the trip in less than one hour. These stop more frequently, and cost about half the price of the Malpensa Express.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Milan Malpensa Airport to Milano Centrale
All of the trains running from Malpensa Aeroporto station to Milano Centrale are direct trains, though some make more stops along the way. Again, be aware that the Malpensa Express will stop at Milano Cadorna and Milano Centrale, so don’t make the mistake of getting off the wrong station.
Amenities on Trains from Milan Malpensa Airport to Milano Centrale
The Malpensa Express trains are very simple, with no real amenities to offer its passengers. They're similar to subways or commuter trains.
Milan Malpensa Airport and Milano Centrale Train Stations
The train station at Malpensa Airport is located in Terminal 1 of the airport. Tickets can be purchased either at the kiosk during regular hours or from automated machines. Be sure to validate your ticket before you walk down onto the platform, as there are no validation machines on the platform itself or on the trains.
Milan's main station, Centrale, is also a local transportation hub with buses and trams stopping outside and a Metro (subway) stop in a lower level of the station itself. Porta Garibaldi station is a smaller station, though it also has a Metro stop and several bus lines stopping nearby.