We summarise for you all the information you need about the three airports that serve Milan.
Of the three, Linate is significantly closer to the city, and served by city public transport. Malpensa and Bergamo both require longer transfers, but this is not expensive. If you are heading up to the Lake region and not the city one of these may be even more convenient. Bergamo only handles budget airlines, whereas the other two have a range of airlines.
Bergamo Orio al Serio (Caravaggio) Airport
Options for reaching the center of Milan from the airport and vice versa
|Distance from Central Milan||11 km = 6.8 miles||51 km = 31.7 miles||52 km = 32 miles|
|Public transport general operating hours||From 6 a.m. until midnight; Public transportation bus 73: 6 a.m.-00 a.m.; bus X73: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (Monday-Friday); Air Bus: 6:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.||24/7; Airport Bus Shuttle service: 24/7; Malpensa express (trains): 6:45 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.||24/7 - Airport Bus Shuttle service.|
|Public transportation buses||Arrivals - lines 73 and X73; average travel time to the city center (Piazza San Babila): 73 - 30 minutes, X73 - 25 minutes (fewer stops). Departing frequency - 10 minutes. Fares: 1.5€ - valid 90 minutes (standard public transport fare); 4.5€ - 24-h pass; 8.25€ - 48-h pass; 13.8€ - carne (10 single fare tickets).||N/A||N/A|
|Air Bus (Coach)||Arrivals - Starfly and ATM (Public transportation) coaches; traveling time to Central (Railway) Station - 25 minutes. Departing frequency - 30 minutes. Fares: 5€ single journey; 9€ return trip.||N/A||N/A|
|Airport Bus Shuttle service||N/A||Buses are lined in front of the Arrivals sections (T1 and T2); travelling times to Central (Railway) Station: from T2 - around 50 minutes; from T1 - around an hour. Departing frequency - 10 minutes (30 minutes during the night). Fares: 10€ single journey; 16€ return trip.||N/A|
|Malpensa Express||N/A||Train Station is located at the underground level of T1; Travelling times: to Cadorna Station (around Parco sempione, not centrally located - express service) - 30 minutes; to Central (Railway) Station - up to an hour. Departing frequency - 30 minutes. Fares: express to Cadorna Station - 12€; to Central Station - 13€ single journey; 20€ return trip; Malpensa Family (2+2) single journey - 33€; carne (6 journeys) - 71€.||N/A|
|Bergamo Airport Coach Service (Autostradale, Orio Shuttle, Terravision)||N/A||N/A||The Bergamo Airport Coach Service buses travel to Milan Central (Railway) Station between an hour and 1:30, depending on the traffic. Departures of the buses are coordinated with the flight arrivals, Terravision in particular; Fares: Autostradale - 4€ single journey, 9€ round trip; Orio Shuttle - 4€ single journey, 8€ round trip; Terravision - 5€ single journey, 9€ round trip.|
|Private Shuttle (door to door service)||1-3 persons: 50€, 4-8 persons: 65€, over 9 persons: 260€.||1-3 persons: 95€, 4-8 persons: 130€, over 9 persons: 500€.||1-3 persons: 120€, 4-8 persons: 150€, over 9 persons: 450€.|
|Taxi / Cab Services||Prices are around 20, 25€ to the center of Milan; travelling times are approximately 10, 15 minutes.||Taxis charge flat rate of 95€ to central Milan; travelling times are around 50 minutes.||Taking a taxi is a very expensive option for getting to the center of Milan. Taxis work on meter, but you can try to negotiate a flat rate; in that case, the 100€ price is especially favorable rate. The journey between the Bergamo Airport and Milan city center lasts around an hour.|
|Uber in Milan||Uber on demand; estimated fares to the center (Piazza San Babila): Uber Black - 30€; Uber Lux/Van - 40€.||Uber on demand; estimated fares to the center (Piazza San Babila): Uber Black - 146€; Uber Lux/Van - 208€.||Uber on demand: estimated fares to the center (Piazza San Babila): Uber Black - 169€; Uber Lux/Van - 239€.|
Which airport is most suitable for me?
|How close to Milan's center and main tourist attractions?||Linate Airport is the nearest of Milan airports to the city. All means of transport operate to the city center or to the Central (Railway) Station. A couple of tram/bus lines and green/yellow underground lines take passengers quickly to center and major points of interest from the Central Station. You can reach top tourist attractions of Milan within an hour from Linate Airport.||All public transportation options connect Malpensa Airport to the Central (Railway) Station. A couple of tram/bus lines and green/yellow underground lines take passengers quickly to center and major points of interest from the Central Station. You should reach top tourist attractions of Milan between 1:30 and 2 hours from the Malpensa Airport.||The coaches run between the airport and the Central (Railway) Station. A couple of tram/bus lines and green/yellow underground lines take passengers quickly to center and major points of interest from the Central Station. You should reach top tourist attractions of Milan between 1:30 and 2 hours from Bergamo Airport most often.|
|Cost factor||Linate Airport is the closest of the three airports to Milan, offering fast and cheap transfer to the city. However, it is also the most expensive airport when flight fares are considered. You can find most affordable car hire rates here, while the hotel accommodation deals are mostly as should be expected due to the nearness of Milan.||Although exceptions exist, fares to the Malpensa Airport are generally cheaper compared to the Linate Airport. Most airline companies fly just to Malpensa Airport, which is probably the best value/money ratio since the airport is used both by low cost and commercial airlines, offering more favourable rates compared with the Linate Airport. Car hire rates are somewhat more expensive, while hotel accommodation is slightly cheaper than you can find at the Linate Airport.||Bergamo Airport is the best option for the budget travellers. Flights to this airport are the most affordable, and prices of the excellent public transport are surprisingly low. The airport is used by low cost airlines and is especially convenient for travellers coming to Milan from European destinations. On average, car hire rates are most expensive of the three airports, while hotel rates are higher than at Malpensa Airport and slightly different than at the Linate Airport.|
|Airport delays||There aren't significant delays for flights from European destinations, while the delay index increases for intercontinental flights (the U.S.A. and Canada).||The delay index for Malpensa Airport is generally low. Only delay indexes related to some intercontinental flights (the U.S.A.) are slightly less favourable.||The delay index for Bergamo Airport is generally low for the European destinations. Delay indexes related to some intercontinental flights (the U.S.A. and Canada) are slightly less favourable.|
Flight fares Prices taken for April 2018 (searched on 22-1-18).
|Direct flight fares: from 60€-London, 80€-Rome, 90€-Madrid, 164€-Stockholm, 390€-New York; Fares for flights with 1+stops between the Linate Airport and chosen destination: from 117€-Warsaw, 131€-Istanbul, 133€-Oslo, 165€-Moscow, 339€-Dubai, 508€-Washington, D.C.||Direct flight fares: from 33€-London, 96€-Rome, 77€-Madrid, 49€-Paris, 59€-Stockholm, 386€-New York; Fares for flights with 1+stops between the Malpensa Airport and chosen destination: from 180€-Ankara, 189€-Venice, 180€-Geneva, 453€-Washington, D.C, Kolkata-413€, 354€-Nairobi.||Direct flight fares: from 29€-London, 30€-Paris, 40€-Warsaw, 44€-Madrid, 58€-Stockholm, 103€-Istanbul; Fares for flights with 1+stops between the Bergamo Airport and chosen destination: from 246€-Rome, 138€-Ankara, 217€-Geneva, 253€-Moscow, 382€-New York, 457€-Dubai, 402€-Bangkok, 503€-Singapore, 748€-Sydney.|
Car hire Prices taken for the 1-4-2018 to 7-4-2018 period (searched on 22-1-18).
|Budget cars (Fiat 500, Vw Up, Fiat Panda): 76€-268€; Intermediate cars (Alfa Romeo, Renault Scenic, Audi A4): 188€-560€; Luxury cars (Mercedes E Class, Porsche 911, Rolls Royce Ghost): 710€-14795€.||Budget cars (Fiat 500, Vw Up, Fiat Panda): 113.5€-281.5€; Intermediate cars (Alfa Romeo, Renault Scenic, Audi A4): 188€-854€; Luxury cars (Mercedes E Class, Porsche 911, Rolls Royce Ghost): 710.5€-14795€.||Budget cars (Citroen C1, Fiat 500, Fiat Panda): 118€-408€; Standard cars (BMW 2, Mercedes B Class, Audi A4): 211€-477€; Intermediate cars (Opel Insignia, Toyota Avensis, Ford Mondeo): 192€-1503€.|
|Car Hire companies||Hertz, Sicily by Car, Europcar, Budget, Avis, Locauto, Firefly.||Terminal 1: Win Rent, Locauto, Budget, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Goldcar; Terminal 2: Budget, Win Rent, Avis, Firefly, Green Motion.||Hertz, Locauto, Goldcar, Sixt, Firefly, Europcar, Budget, Sicily by Car, Maggiore.|
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Hotel costs per night from 1-4-2018 to 2-4-2018 (searched on 22-1-18).
|3-star Hotel Sporting Cologno - 50€; 4-star Atahotel The One - 87€.||3-star Hotel Ibis Milano Malpensa - 48€; 4-star Best Western Cavalieri Della Corona - 72€. Cheaper up to 20% than the hotels around the Linate Airport.||3-star Hotel San Giorgio - 70€; 4-star Best Western Premier Hotel Capello d'Oro - 75€. Depending on the category, hotels tend to be up to 30% pricier or around 15% cheaper than those around the Linate Airport.|
|Shopping||Dufry, BM39, Boggi, Brooks Brothers, Calzedonia, Burberry, Hugo Boss, Intimissimi, Swatch, Victoria's Secret, 3 Store, Hudson, Carrefour.||Terminal 1: Armani Jeans, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Burberry, Carpisa, Carrefour, Desigual, Dufry, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Moleskine, Mont Blanc, Swatch, Versace Jeans, Victoria's Secret, Yamamay, Zara; Terminal 2: Boggi Milano,� Desigual, Dufry, Fedon, Kiko Milano, Nau Ottica, Parfois, Swatch, Tosca Blu, Toys 4 You, Wind, Yamamay.||Bigio, Boggi, Carpisa, Conte of Florence, Kiko, Legami, Mirco della Vecchia, Timberland, Tosca Blu, Watch Studio, Puntoottico, Man in Italy.|
|Eating & drinking||McDonalds, Michelangelo, Ciao, Aroma Cafe', Puro Gusto, Pizza Chef.||Terminal 1: Aroma Cafe, Bricole Bar, Caffe'Milano, Gran Cafe, Juice Bar, McDonalds, Motta, Pizza Chef, Puro Gusto, Time Cafe', Venchi; Terminal 2: Aroma Cafe, Burger King, Juice Bar, King's Chips, Pasta Chef, Pizza Chef, Time Cafe', Venchi.||Agropromo Bergamo, Autogrill SPA, McDonalds, Marianna S.r.l, Panini Gusto, Segafredo, Tentazioni Caffe, Motta.|
|Lounges||Leonardo Lounge||Terminal 1: Sky Lounge, Sala Pergolesi, Monteverdi Lounge, The Emirates Lounge, Montale Lounge.||VIP Lounge|
|Wi-Fi||Unlimited free Wi-Fi (512 kbps); Unlimited free Wi-Fi (2 mbps) with the registration on the ViaMilano Program registration.||Unlimited free Wi-Fi (512 kbps); Unlimited free Wi-Fi (2 mbps) with the registration on the ViaMilano Program registration.||Unlimited FreeLuna Social Wi-Fi can be used for free throughout the terminal.|
|Terminal information. How many? How to transfer? Minimum connection time.||The Linate Airport has 1 terminal for domestic and international flights.||The Malpensa Airport has 2 terminals; Terminal 2 is mostly â€œreservedâ€ for EasyJet, Wizz Air and other low-cost airlines; Terminal 1 serves all other airlines. Free bus shuttle provides transfers between the terminals. Journey lasts around 10 minutes.||The Bergamo Airport has 1 terminal for domestic and international flights.|
|Currency exchange & cash points||Forexchange exchange offices are on the ground and first floors of the terminal. ATMs are available at the Arrivals, Check-in and Departures sections.||ATMs are located throughout the airport. Terminal 1: Forexchange exchange offices and banks are located in the Arrivals, Departures and Check-in areas; Terminal 2: Forexchange exchange offices are located on the ground floor (Check-in) and on the first floor (Departures section); banks are located on the ground floor.||Forexchange exchange office (Maccorp Italiana S.p.A) is available for money exchange, purchase of traveller's cheques and other related transactions. The airport has a couple of ATMs and two banks - Credito Bergamasco and Banca Popolare di Bergamo S.p.A.|
|Important phone numbers||Police: (+39 02) 702 1111; Airport Clinic: (+39 02) 756 0760; First Aid Station: (+39 02) 748 522 22.||Police: (+39 02) 748 67 64; First Aid: (+39 02) 748 6 4444.||Border Police: (035) 420 35 11; First Aid: (035) 326 370; Fire Service: (035) 311 505.|
|Major airlines and destinations|
|Major operating airlines||Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, EasyJet, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, Swiss Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Air Malta, Blue Air.||Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Vueling, EasyJet, Aeroflot, Air India, Alitalia, American Airlines, BMI Regional, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eurowings, Iberia, Korean Air LTD, Lufthansa, Pegasus, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines.||Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Air Arabia Maroc, Blue Air, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Pegasus Airlines, Bmi Regional, Almasria Airlines, APG Airlines, Albastar.|
|Major destinations||Rome, Paris, London, Madrid, Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Athens, Oslo, Dubai, New York, Miami, Washington, D.C., Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai.||London, Rome, Paris,, New York, Venice, Geneva, Bucharest, Edinburgh, Moscow, Warsaw, Cairo, Casablanca, Tunis, Sao Paolo, Havana, Miami, Atlanta, New York, Toronto, Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, New Delhi, Dubai, Riyadh, Istanbul, Brussels, Monaco, Barcelona, Rome, Frankfurt, Berlin, Amsterdam.||London, Paris, Nice, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Brussels, Frankfurt, Oslo, Stockholm, Warsaw, Athens, Budapest, Vienna/Bratislava, Prague, Cairo, Tenerife.|
|Official airport website||http://www.milanolinate-airport.com/en||http://www.milanomalpensa-
Linate airport is just 6.8 miles from Milan making it the closest to the city centre, the fast ATM bus lines 73 and X73, you can be in central Milan in 25-30 minutes. The other two airports are relatively further from the city, Malpensa airport is further away at 31.7 miles, its fast airport shuttle takes 50-60 minutes to the city centre. The furthest is Bergamo airport is 32 miles away and it takes 60-90 minutes for transfer to central Milan. Compare airport distances and transfer times to the center of Milan by public transport below.
Distance to Central Milan:
Linate Airport: 6.8 miles / 11 km
Malpensa Airport: 31.7miles / 51 km
Bergamo Airport:32 miles / 52 km
Linate Airport to the Central Milan Journey Times:
By Bus (ATM bus lines 73/X73): 25-30 minutes
By Taxi: 10-15 minutes
Malpensa Airport to Central Milan Journey Times:
By Train (Malpensa Express): 30-60 minutes
By Bus (Airport Shuttle): 50-60 minutes
By Taxi: 50 minutes
Bergamo Airport to Central Milan Journey Times:
By Bus (Airport coach): 60-90 minutes
By Taxi: 60 minutes
Deciding which airport is best to fly greatly depends on the destination you are departing from, the airport and airline also determines which airport you will arrive into in Milan.
Milan Linate is the best airport to fly into in Milan, it is the closest to the city centre, just 11 km away. Although this airport does not have a direct train line to the city, ts efficient public transport links such as the fast ATM bus, takes 25 minutes for passenger transfer to central Milan. From this airport, you can get to Duomo di Milano (Cathedral of Milan) which took almost 600 years to complete, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. You can also visit other places like the Santa Maria delle Grazie, a UNESCO World Heritage site containing the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci and many more attractions. Linate airport is smaller and the third airport serving Milan but it is the closest and fastest airport based on passenger traffic, flight and security delays. It serves airlines some top airlines including Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, EasyJet, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, Swiss Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Air Malta, Blue Air with domestic and international flights in and out of the country. For business travellers and people travelling on limited time, this is the best airport to fly into in Milan.
Malpensa airport is the primary hub for air transport in Milan but it is further from the city centre 51 kilometres away. This airport is served by mostly top flag airlines including American Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Pegasus, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Ryan Air, Wizz Air, EasyJet, and many more with short haul and long haul flights to major cities across the world. Although this airport is far, it benefits from fast public transport links to central Milan such the Malpensa airport bus shuttle taking about 60 minutes to Milan centre and Malpensa Express train taking 30-60 minutes depending on your stop. Malpensa airport is a larger airport and it has two terminals and not so convenient for travellers with plenty of luggage or travelling with young children. It has more facilities than Linate and Bergamo airports but it is not as close to Milan as Linate airport making transfer journey times longer, this airport also handles more passengers meaning more flight delays, crowd and queues at security & immigration.
Bergamo Airport is the second airport serving Milan and the furthest from the city centre at 52 km. This airport also handles domestic and international flights but is served by a few airlines including Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Air Arabia Maroc, Blue Air, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Pegasus Airlines, Bmi Regional, Almasria Airlines, APG Airlines, and Albastar. The fastest means of public transportation is the Bergamo Airport Shuttle which takes 60-90 minutes to the city centre. It is not suitable for business travellers on limited time, it is best for budget travellers who have a lot of time to spare and extra cash transfer to Milan centre.
Linate airport can be considered better than Malpensa and Bergamo airports because of its close proximity and fast transfer journey times to central Milan. The fast ATM buses will get you to central Milan and its top attractions in 25-30 minutes for just €1.5-€5. It is a smaller airport compared to the bigger Malpensa airport which handles more flights, Linate sees less crowd, fewer delays and queues. Although Bergamo airport is also a small single terminal airport, it is further from the city making Linate a better choice for business travellers and tourists flying into Milan from nearby international destinations.
Duomo di Milano is a the seat of the Archbishop of Milan also known as the "Cathedral of Milan". It took nearly 6 centuries to complete this church and the closest airport to this amazing architectural marvel is the Milan Linate airport which is just 7.6 kilometres away from it. The fast ATM line 73 bus will get you to this top tourist attraction from the airport in just 35 minutes for €1-€2 or you can alternatively take a taxi/Uber which takes 10 minutes for €30-€40 for the journey. Also, it will take you an hour from this airport to the city of the christian faith and the seat of the Pope "Vatican city" in Rome, Italy's capital. Other top attractions to see in Milan includes Santa Maria delle Grazie the church which contains "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci, Teatro alla Scala, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Sempione Park, Piazza del Duomo, Via Monte Napoleone, Royal Palace of Milan, Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, Arco della Pace, Monumental Cemetery, Central Station area, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Naviglio Grande, Milan Natural History Museum, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan, and many more.
From Linate Airport by:
Bus (ATM lines 73 & X73):€1.5-€5 single –http://www.atm.it/en/Pages/default.aspxBus runs every 15 minutes, line 73: 6 a.m.- 00:00 a.m.; line X73: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (Monday-Friday).
Private Shuttle: €50-€65 (1-3 & 4-8 persons), €260 (9+) http://ncc.milano.it/tariffe_noleggio_auto.aspx Available on demand.
Taxi: €20-€25–http://www.taxiblu.it/Available 24/7.
Uber:€30-€40 - https://www.uber.com/en-IN/fare-estimate/Available on demand.
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From Malpensa Airport by:
Train (Malpensa line):€12-€13 single - http://www.malpensaexpress.it/en/ Train runs every 30 minutes from 6:45 a.m. - 9:45 p.m
Bus (Malpensa Airport Shuttle):€10
single-http://www.airportmalpensa.com/airport-bus.phpBus runs every 10 minutesans 30 minutes (during night) for24/7.
Taxi: €95–http://www.ncctaxiservice.it/Available 24/7
Uber:€146 - https://www.uber.com/en-IN/fare-estimate/ Available on demand.
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From Bergamo Airport by:
Bus (Bergamo Airport Coach):€4-€9http://www.autostradale.it/en/airports/2/3/ Bus runs daily 24/7.
Private Shuttle: €120-€150 (1-3 & 4-8 persons), €450 (9+) http://ncc.milano.it/tariffe_noleggio_auto.aspx Available on demand
Taxi: €100-€120 –http://www.radiotaxibergamo.it/Available 24/7.
Uber:€169 - https://www.uber.com/en-IN/fare-estimate/Available on demand.
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Hotel prices can vary greatly depending on how far in advance you book, the demand for rooms, and which hotel you book but the prices below will give you a rough idea and you can do further research and hotel booking at http://www.tripindicator.com/hotel.html
Linate Airport Hotels:From €50 per night.
Malpensa Airport Hotels: From €48 per night
Bergamo Airport Hotels: From €70 per night
All of the airports mentioned offer competitive prices and a range of cars to suit your needs. Prices are based on the type of car, driver age, length of hire, and demand but you can get a rough idea for each airport below.
Milan Linate Airport Car Rental:
Budget cars (Fiat 500, Vw Up, Fiat Panda): €76per week
Intermediate cars (Alfa Romeo, Renault Scenic, Audi A4):€188per week
Luxury cars (Mercedes E Class, Porsche 911, Rolls Royce Ghost)> €710
Compare prices here -http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/linate-airport.html
Milan Malpensa Airport Car Rental:
Budget cars (Fiat 500, Vw Up, Fiat Panda): €113.5 per week
Intermediate cars (Alfa Romeo, Renault Scenic, Audi A4): €188 per week
Luxury cars (Mercedes E Class, Porsche 911, Rolls Royce Ghost): €710.5
Compare Prices here -http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/milan-malpensa-airport.html
Milan Bergamo Airport Car Rental:
Budget cars (Citroen C1, Fiat 500, Fiat Panda):< €118 per week
Standard cars (BMW 2, Mercedes B Class, Audi A4): €211 per week
Intermediate cars (Opel Insignia, Toyota Avensis, Ford Mondeo): €192
Compare Prices here - http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/bergamo-airport.html
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