Getting to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)

Malpensa Airport is situated approximately 45km (29 miles) to the north west of Milan city. Traveling to the airport by car from the city center will take around 45 - 50 minutes. Although during peak traffic times, it could take longer. The airport’s address is 21010 Varese, Italy.

Even though the airport is only 29 miles from Milan, drivers should allow plenty of time for travel, as the roads of Milan can be overrun with motor vehicles.

Four-lane highways connect the airport to the A8 motorway (Autostrada dei Laghi) and the A4 motorway. The A8 motorway is the connection from Switzerland to Milan, and the A4 motorway links Milan to Turin and to the Strada Statale 11. The airport can also be reached from the state road SS336.

Driving directions to Fiumicino Airport

  • Travel on the Autostrada dei Laghi, which is the A8 motorway linking to Milan.
  • Take the Busto Arsizio exit.
  • Continue followinf the signs to Malpensa Airport.

Alternative ways to reach the airport are by taxi, bus or train. A taxi can take you to the airport, although it is the most expensive way to travel. Traveling time with a taxi may be quite long due to the heavy traffic conditions on the Milan roads.

There are many bus services that operate to and from the airport. There are two S.A.C.O public buses, as well as many private buses, such as the Malpensa Bus Express, the Malpensa Shuttle Air Pullman, the Autostradale, Star Bus, Volpi and the Malpensa Aeroporti E Viaggi. Buses depart for the airport from Milan Central Station, Milan Gallarate Station and Linate Airport. The airport can also be reached by bus from the following areas: Torino, Lugano, Chiasso, Novara, Genova, Menaggio, Lago Menaggio, Castelnovate, Brescia, Domodossola, Bergamo and Verona.

The Malpensa Express Train runs directly to Malpensa Airport from Milan Cadorna Station, and the Italian trains of Trenitalia operate between Milan’s Central Station and Gallarate Station. The bus must be taken from Gallarate Station to complete the journey to the airport. The Malpensa Express takes about 40 minutes to reach the airport.

The airport consists of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. A free shuttle bus runs between the terminals every 15 minutes. The airport is accessible for disabled passengers. Both terminals have disabled toilet facilities and telephones. All the terminal floors can be reached by lifts and ramps. The Sala Amica lounge in Terminal 1 offers additional services, such as telephones for the hearing-impaired, toilet facilities for those with reduced mobility and even newspapers and magazines in Braille.

The airport has numerous shops, duty-free stores, bars and restaurants. Both terminals have banks and bureaux de change services. Other facilities include post offices, chemists, first aid and health offices, a chapel and travel agencies. The two hotels at the airport are the First Hotel situated mid-way between the terminals, and the Hotel Villa Malpensa, in front of Terminal 1.

Information and help is available from the various information points situated throughout the airport buildings.