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Milan Airport Guide

An airport guide to Milan wouldn’t be complete without mentioning that Milan has three airports. The largest is Milan Malpensa Airport, located to the northwest of the city. This handy guide will focus on Malpensa, as this is the Milan main airport and the largest Milan International Airport. It’s also the second busiest airport in Italy, serving around 24 million people every year.

Most major airline carriers have a station at Milan Malpensa Airport. From Air Canada to American Airlines and United Airways, there are flights to most of the major transport hubs of the world. It’s also worth noting that there is a range of Milan airport hotels, which all offer a luxurious night stay and easy access to the airport. Milan Malpensa Airport is a great place to fly in for a getaway – you can spend 2 days in Milan with ease – thanks to the frequency, value, and convenience of transport options into the city. Before flying in, check out our Milan travel guide, which includes our Milan hotel recommendations, all the top things to do in Milan, and even an informative map of Milan. We have all the essential info you need to make your stay unforgettable!

Where Is Milan Malpensa Airport Located?

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Milan Malpensa Airport is located approximately 30 miles from Milan’s city center. It’s also conveniently situated for reaching Lake Como (around a 50-mile drive) and Lake Garda (around a 25-mile drive), which is great if you’re planning a trip out to these gorgeous regions. The airport has all the modern facilities you’d expect. There are VIP lounges, fast-track security, and plenty of shopping, eating, and drinking opportunities.

Milan Malpensa Airport Terminals

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Milan Malpensa Airport has two terminals. You can easily transfer between the two on a regular shuttle bus approximately every 20 minutes. The larger Terminal 1, which serves most of the major airlines, has around 75 food and drink venues and 53,000 square feet of shopping. These provide a great way to while away some time before your flight. Although Terminal 2 is slightly smaller, it still has all the conveniences you need including duty-free, high-end stores, bars, and restaurants.

How To Get To and From Milan Airport by Car

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One of the easiest ways to access Milan airport is by car. If you’re traveling out from Milan airport, there are many options for car rental in Milan airport in both terminals. The cost of car rental starts at around $130 a week for a small car and there are car rental desks in arrivals. Car rental is ideal if you’re planning to visit the surrounding lakes and villages such as Lake Garda from Milan. You can also park your own car in one of the many car parks which service both long-term and short-term travelers.

The airport is just under an hour’s drive to central Milan. This makes driving one of the quickest ways to reach the city center.

How To Get To and From Milan Airport by Bus

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The buses to and from Milan Airport are quick, easy, and budget-friendly. The direct shuttle buses take around 50-60 minutes to reach Milan’s Centrale train station. You can either buy tickets on the bus or online beforehand. They leave around every 30 minutes from just outside arrivals. It’s worth noting that the buses are run by three different operators, Terravision, Malpensa Bus Express (both of which serve both terminals), and Malpensa Shuttle (which only serves terminal 1).

How To Get To and From Milan Airport by Train

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The Malpensa express train travels from Milan Cadorna, Milan Centrale Railway Station, and Milano Porta Garibaldi stations. It stops at the Milan airport train station at both terminals 1 and 2. It runs 7 days a week from 5.25 a.m. to 10.25 p.m. and leaves approximately every 30 minutes. The trip will take you around 50 minutes and costs €13 each way. If you’re traveling from the Milan airport train station to Milan city center, the train will stop at all of these central Milan stations. Once you reach Milan Central Station, you can easily transfer either by bus or train to one of the lakes.

How To Get To and From Milan Airport by Taxi

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Taxis are a quick and convenient way to travel to Milan’s city center. They can be found outside arrivals at both terminals 1 and 2. There are 6 main taxi companies you can use, all of which charge a flat rate of €95 into Milan, to wherever your hotel is situated. You can either grab a taxi when you arrive or use the MiT app to book one in advance.

If you’re looking to travel to and from Milan airport in style and comfort, make the most of our Italy private transfer services. Whether you’re traveling between Milan Malpensa Airport and Milan city center, or Milan Malpensa Airport and the beautiful Como, we’re here to help. Feel like a VIP as our professional and licensed drivers await your arrival with a personalized sign. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy the views as you’re whisked off to your chosen destination in a comfortable, modern, and air-conditioned vehicle. These services are also available from the city center or Como to Milan airport.

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Other Milan Airports

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It’s worth mentioning in this airport guide to Milan that there are two other airports servicing Milan. Linate Airport is just 5 miles from central Milan and Bergamo Airport is 30 miles away. Although Linate is closest to Milan, it’s a small airport with mainly domestic flights to places like Naples and Palermo – but you can still find some international flights to places like Paris. Milan Bergamo Airport is mainly used for budget airlines such as Ryanair and Wizz flying all over Europe. Due to popular demand, we now offer a private transfer service from Milan Linate Aiport to Milan City Center and return.

Spending Time in Milan


As this airport guide to Milan shows, Milan Malpensa Airport boasts excellent transport links. Thanks to this, Milan is an easy and convenient city to spend time in. It’s also beautiful, as proven by the magnificent hotels and our comprehensive Milan design guide. It’s a city that is full of old-world charm, and excellent shopping opportunities. You can discover all this and more on one of our Milan guided tours. A multi-day tour package like the Milan 4 Day City Break Tour Package means all you’ll have to do is fly into Milan, and the rest of your stay is delightfully taken care of.

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