Milan Airport Transfer

Old Oct 9th, 2017, 08:17 AM
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I used to take the bus between Malpensa and Milano Centrale, but now I always take the Malpensa Express. It's an easy transfer within the airport, and I have no objection to walking through the train station.

I have been caught in heavy traffic when using the bus, and this would also be a risk with the taxi. I've never had a delay on the train, but it's always a possibility, of course. I always allow abundant time when going to the airport. When going into Milan from the airport, it's not such a problem, and I would prefer sitting on the track to the start-and-stop motion of a bus (or taxi) stuck in traffic, which tends to make me carsick.

On a related note, I always used to take a taxi or limousine into Manhattan from Kennedy airport, but after one nasty bout of car sickness, I now take public transportation. It takes longer, but I don't arrive green about the gills.
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Old Oct 9th, 2017, 08:27 AM
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To each his own, but for me, and with the luggage that I had, I'd much rather just roll it to a taxi stand and have a taxi driver put it into the car and then take it out of the car upon arrival and at the front door of my destination and not be bothered with having to transfer from one form of transportation to another form in order to get to my final destination.

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Old Oct 9th, 2017, 10:07 AM
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I think the above note by bvlenci is relevant. I liked the bus service but with that testimony above, then the train makes sense. If you really are concerned about hauling luggage a distance, you should still consider the bus. It was a convenient walk from the customs area to the bus stand at MXP, the bus driver loads your luggage into the cargo bay, and the seats are comfortable. and as stated above, the bus drop off area at the train station is more convenient to the street than it is from the train platform. But . . . the above concerns over traffic and motion sickness may be relevant to some. Again, safe to assume you can get valid local info once at the airport. Northern Italians are usually quite nice about this.
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Old Oct 9th, 2017, 10:37 AM
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A taxi from Malpensa to downtown costs more than 100 euros and takes forever. Will never do that again. Going to Milan next month and will take the Express. We never have cumbersome luggage and aren't susceptible to motion sickness, but an extra 100 euros is something we can better use elsewhere than in a taxi.
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Old Oct 9th, 2017, 11:36 AM
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Nobody wants to spend 100 euro unnecessarily, but when you travel transfers are part of the bargain. In this case, it's not a 100 euro difference if you take the train since the train costs money and there may well be another another out of pocket expense from the train station to your hotel. Or it could be a great walk with luggage, cumbersome or not, since that's always a treat.
The express takes 45 minutes, but you also are going to have to wait for it to leave unless you get lucky and run on board as it is pulling out of the station; once you arrive in Milan, you are at a train station, not your hotel so add a little more time.
I've done both; for me the taxi was a way better experience and part of the cost of a memorable visit to Milan.
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Old Oct 9th, 2017, 12:34 PM
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Is it really the case that the buses don't use HOV lanes getting from the airport to central Milan? Likewise a taxi with more than one passenger?

It's possible that the buses can get caught in traffic once they get off the highway and navigate the city streets of Milan, but then so do taxis. And the Original Poster indicated they would need a taxi even after they took the train to Cadorna. Only a handful of people book hotels within comfortable walking distance from either Centrale or Cadorna.

Just about the only consistent theme in this thread is that if you had a bad experience with one of the options of getting from the airport to the city center, you will go with another option and stick to it if makes you happier, even if there is a big downside.

So again, pick your poison.
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