Milan is serviced by two international airports and by one airport used chiefly for domestic flights. Thus, tourists who travel to Milan for pleasure or for business have plenty of options to choose from, regardless of their point of departure and preference for a certain type of flights.
The chief advantage tourists who land at Linate is the fact the airport is located only some 7 kilometers southeast from the center of Milan. Generally speaking, it is used for domestic flights, but connections to European cities like Paris, London, Brussels, Madrid, Lisbon, Berlin and Amsterdam are also provided by the airline companies which operate here. Speaking of such companies, Linate Airport is serviced by 21 companies which provide both low cost and business class flights (Lufthansa, Air France, Alitalia, Easy Jet, and British Airways, just to cite a few examples).
The airport is also fitted with facilities for people with reduced mobility, in accordance with the laws in force. Services and facilities for all passengers, such as banking services, post offices, exchange desks and a first aid station, not to mention the coverage of an WiFi network are also available at Linate Aiport, easing the transit of passengers who either come to or from Milan.
ATM, the public transport company of Milan, has two bus lines dedicated to establishing the connection between Milan and Linate Airport (line 73 and line X73). The city terminal of both of these lines is in Piazza San Babila. The service is available from 5:35am and, respectively, 7am to 12:35am and, respectively, 8pm. Thus, the connection to the city is fairly ensured. Counting the fact buses arrive every 10 minutes (20 minutes in the case of the second line), it’s obvious this is the best alternative in terms of public airport transfer means. Please visit ATM in order to keep posted with the latest news about these lines.
Taxis are a further alternative, and even a convenient one, given precisely the short distance between the city and the airport. Car rental is also an option (11 car rentals companies operate here).
Taking a taxi from Linate to Milan is definitely a solution, in particular due to the short distance between the airport and the center of the city. Tourists must pay around 12 to 20 euros for a trip of this kind, but keep in mind that for destinations nearby Milan, the price is highly likely to amount to around 70 euros.
Malpensa Airport is located almost 40 kilometers from Milan. This is the largest and busiest airport nearby Milan, which is why it is often chosen by tourists who prefer to fly to Milan, including tourists who come from outside Europe, Bangkok to New York. The airport is used by some 90 airline companies which provide both business class and low cost flights. Rated the second busiest Italian airport for years (second only after Fiumicino Aiport of Rome), the Malpensa Airport is fairly well fitted to welcome its passengers.
Thus, special services and facilities are available for the use of people with reduced mobility, whereas the shopping opportunities, the pharmaceutical services, the exchange and post office services, as well as plenty others, can be enjoyed by all people who, for one reason or another, need to resort to such services or to take such opportunities. The airport is also home to several car rental operators, which is relieving for tourists who want to avoid the public means of transport at all costs.
On the other hand, while the distance between Malpensa and Milan is longer, the airport is larger, more modern and used by plenty of airline companies which establish the connection between Milan and numerous European and non-European destinations. The airport transfers are more varied: besides buses and taxis, tourists can also resort to trains in order to actually get to Milan after landing at Malpensa. Plenty of low cost airline companies also service the airport, which is of no little importance for budget travelers who come from overseas or from other distant cities of the world.
Getting from Malpensa to Milan is fast and easy by taking the so called Malpensa Shuttle. The service is available between 4:15am to 11:15pm, and buses run every 20 minutes. The main city terminal is at Milano Centrale, but another terminal is at the Gallarate Station.
The Malpensa Shuttle is also available from Malpensa to Linate Airport. The buses covering this route run between 9:30am and 6:20pm.
For complete information and possible bus schedule variations, follow the indications below:
The Malpensa Express train is the most straightforward connection between Malpensa Airport and Milan. One of the lines connects Terminal 1 to Milano Centrale, whereas the other connects the same terminal to Milano Cadorna. Trips take between about half an hour (the direct trains to Cadorna with no intermediary stations on the route) and around 40 minutes (for trains who head for Milano Centrale and have intermediary stations on the route). They generally arrive at every 30 to 60 minutes. For the precise train schedule, connections between the stations and Milan's underground metro system of the city, ticket prices and the like, follow the indications below:
Getting from Malpensa to Milan by taxi is, of course, an alternative, but trips are fairly pricey. The taxis licensed by the city of Milan charge tourists with 90 euros (this is a fixed fare), but taxis with licenses acquired from the neighboring cities charge according to distance (the traffic can seriously affect the total price).
Despite the fact Malpensa Airport and Linate Airport can cover the transportation needs of tourists who head for Milan, a further option refers to Orio al Serio Airport. This one is located about 45 kilometers northeast of Milan, near Bergamo. It is serviced by 15 airline companies (chiefly, low cost companies), which transport tourists to Milan from other domestic destinations, as well as from sundry European cities. While this airport is quite small, it is rated one of the busiest airports in Italy (not only due to its proximity to Milan, but also because it services the tourist platform of the Italian Alps).
The airport is modestly fitted with facilities, and the available services are quite basic. Yet, it remains an alternative at hand for tourists from all over Europe who want to visit Milan. Car rental is also available at Orio al Serio Airport.
One of the most used transfers from Orio al Serio to Milan is the Orio Shuttle service provided by Air Pullman (the same company which provides the Malpensa Shuttle service). Two of the Orio Shuttle lines are stretch between the airport and Milan (Milano Centrale and Fiera Milano), whereas the third has its terminal at Malpensa Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2). The Orio al Serio – Milano Centrale line is covered by buses which need about 50 minutes to get to Milan, the service being available from 3am to midnight. For complete details on the bus schedule (for all the three lines), ticket prices, ticket sale points, duration of a trip and the like, follow the indications below:
Terravision (headquartered in Rome) is another company which offers airport transfers from Orio al Serio to Milano Centrale. The trip takes about 60 minutes, and buses arrive every 30 minutes (approximately). For complete details on the bus schedule, ticket prices and reservations, please follow the indications below:
From the airport there is a bus connection to the Bergamo train station. The bus is managed by Bergamo’s bus company, ATB. While this manner of getting from Orio al Serio to Milan is obviously less straightforward and less time efficient, it remains, all in all, an option. Please visit Trenitalia in order to learn about the schedule of trains running between Bergamo and Milan. Please follow the indications below in order to learn about the buses running between Orio al Serio Airport and Bergamo (schedule, ticket prices, duration of a trip):