Train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Venice
After flying through the skies, head to the sleepy canals of La Serenissima. Learn about taking the train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Venice.
The drive from Milan Malpensa Airport to Venice takes about three hours, and it's worth noting that all vehicles must be parked on the mainland; there is no driving or parking in Venice itself. That's why there’s no better option than Trenitalia’s AV trains to Venice once you land at Malpensa.
Frequent Trains from Milan Malpensa Aeroporto to Venezia Santa Lucia
Getting from the Malpensa Aeroporto railway station to Milano Centrale in the city center is as easy as taking the regional Malpensa Express. It takes about 50 minutes and runs twice an hour through most of the day. From Milano Centrale there are 82 high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains operated by Trenitalia leaving Milano Centrale for Venezia Santa Lucia every day, which should tell you how popular this route is.
The 167-mile (268-km) trip takes 2 hours 35 minutes, with the first train leaving Milan at 7:05am and the last at 8:35pm. Ticket prices on this route range from $23-45.
Italo trains serve both Milan and Venice, but not directly. Taking Italo requires changing trains in Bologna. It takes roughly an hour to travel from Milan to Bologna, and then another 1:15-1:30 to travel from Bologna to Venice - and that’s not counting time waiting in Bologna for the next train. If you’re set on taking Italo from Milano Centrale to Venice, you can absolutely do it - but if you’re focused more on efficiency, Trenitalia’s AV trains are the way to go.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Milan Malpensa Airport to Venice
There are no direct trains from Malpensa Airport outside Milan to Venice.
Amenities on the Trains from Milan Malpensa Airport to Venice
The Malpensa Express trains are similar to subways or commuter trains, and so have no real amenities.
The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars all come with air conditioning and power outlets in the seats for your convenience. There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars - 1st class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper – and a cafe car that's available to all passengers.
On the Frecciabianca trains, there are also both 1st class and 2nd class cars. As with Frecciarossa trains, 1st class passengers get a free drink and a newspaper. Frecciabianca trains sometimes have a cafe car which all passengers can use, and power outlets are in both class cars at each seat.
Milan and Venice 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 open 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 stop nearby.
Venice has two stations, though one – Mestre – is on the mainland. Pay attention so that you don't get off too early. The station on the islands, where most people are going, is called Venezia Santa Lucia (sometimes abbreviated as S.Lucia), and there's a vaporetto stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while others stop at only Santa Lucia.