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What is the best way to get from Venice to Milan Malpensa?

What is the best way to get from Venice to Milan Malpensa?

Aug 7th, 2010, 05:47 AM
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What is the best way to get from Venice to Milan Malpensa?

We are a group of friends vising Italy from 9/28 to 10/12. Two females in our group need to travel from Venice to Milan's airport (Malpensa). They depart back to the US early in the morning.

Couple questions.................
1. With the change in rail service between Milan Central and Malplensa, would you recommend that they rent a car or use trains (pls. factor in your opinion that they will be hauling luggage) to get from Venice to Malpensa? How many train changes?

2. Is there a nice hotel on the airport grounds? If not, some first class hotel adjacent to airport?

Thanks for suggestions!
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Aug 7th, 2010, 06:15 AM
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One change of trains in Milan Centrale - new airport train service starts in September- twice hourly from Centrale to airport(currently there is a bus) - but Milan Centrale is a huge station -there are luggage carts but have a euro coin todisengage them -coin returned when you put cart back into rack when boarding the airport train.

Fairly easy
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Aug 7th, 2010, 06:17 AM
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I took the train into Milan Central, and walked across the (side) street to the Michaelangelo hotel. Then took the shuttle bus (same side of M. Central) to the airport first thing in the morning. It worked great.
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Aug 7th, 2010, 06:30 AM
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The new train from Milan Central Sation to Malpensa leaves every half hour on the hour and the half hour and takes 36 minutes.

The earliest you can get to Malpensa leaving from Venice (Mestre station actually) is 9.36 leaving at 5.32 in the morning.

There is a Crowne Plaza only 1 mile from the airport which has a coutesy bus service. Their local number to ask exactly where you find the courtesy bus pick up point is 0331 21161 or from outside of Italy + 39 0331 21161
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Aug 7th, 2010, 06:36 AM
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with a propensity in Italy to stage train strikes lasting usually six hours i would get to Milan the day before- most strikes are announced and certain trains are 'guaranteed' to be strike immune so if going the same day book seats on the trains guaranteed to run during a typical strike. These trains are denoted on trenitalia.com i believe.
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Aug 7th, 2010, 07:08 AM
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What we did was go to Malpensa the day before (actually 2 days before) but the point is, there are good hotels near Malpensa, that are not too expensive. We stayed at, and loved, the FIRST Hotel, suggested on this forum by Bob the Navigator and others, and it is less than a mile from the airport, and they have a courtesy bus to take you over. They will come and get you when you arrive by bus or train from Milan Centrale. Hope this helps.
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Aug 7th, 2010, 07:09 AM
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Pretty simple, with a couple of choices once they arrive at Milan Central train station...

They can take a direct train from Venice (but tickets from the ticketing machines at the Venice train station) to the Milan central train station and then connect to the train to the airport. Here is a good hotel about 1km from the airport (with a shuttle to the airport and a nice restaurant within walking distance of the hotel)-


Or, If they would like to spend their last night in Milan, have a nice meal and explore a bit, after arriving at the Milan Central train station they could take a taxi to a hotel in central Milan. In the morning, they can take the direct metro (called the Melpensa Express Train) to MXP, arriving right at the airport terminal. These hotels are near the metro Cadorna station, where they can catch the train to the airport-


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