MILAN — Overview

Milan is the centre of fashion and finance in Italy. Armani, Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Pucci, Gucci and many more designers grace the runways of Milan. Fashionistas make a pilgrimage here to shop at the designers’ flagship stores in the Quadrilatero d’Oro (Golden Quadrant). You will also find boutiques which have the latest ‘up and coming’ labels. If you are after a bargain then there are discount outlets selling samples, seconds and last season’s cast-offs. Milan is also the world capital of furniture and homewares. Milan has many historical and modern sights including one of the biggest and most ornate Gothic cathedrals as well as one of the best opera houses and of course one of the world’s most famous paintings. It is the most modern of all Italian cities and at first glance it sees rather cold and grey-looking and you will have to do some exploring to seek out its treasures.

Getting There
Milan has two main international airports as well as a smaller one that caters mainly to budget airlines. The main airport is Malpensa and it is located around 40 kilometres northwest of the city. There are several ways to reach the city centre. The Malpensa Express takes around 40 minutes to reach Milan Cadorna railway station if the train makes stops or if it is an express train it will take around 30 minutes. The train runs every half hour from Terminal 1. There is also a bus which take around 40 minutes to an hour and leaves every 20 minutes. The bus is the best option if you are leaving from Terminal 2. There is also a shuttle bus — the Malpensa Shuttle Coach which connects the airport with Milan Central Station and leaves every 20 minutes. It stops at both Terminal 1 and 2 and takes around 45 to 50 minutes. Taxis can be very expensive — around €85 so this isn’t the best option unless you have a lot of luggage and there are a few of you travelling together.
For information about the Malpensa Express visit the website at http://www.malpensaexpress.it/en
For information about the bus visit the website at http://www.sea-aeroportimilano.it/en/malpensa/index.phtml?mod=per_mi_scroll&to=come_arrivare
For information about the Malpensa Shuttle Coach visit the website at http://www.malpensashuttle.it/e-orari.htm

The second international airport is Linate which is only 7 kilometres from the city centre. To get into the city from here you can take a bus. There are several options for buses. You can take a city bus (no 73) but this could be slow as it makes many stops. There is an express service for this no 73 bus which only has one stop before it reaches San Bablia Square in the city centre. It runs only on weekdays every 20 minutes and will take around 30 minutes to reach the city. This is a cheap option. Another option is the ‘Starfly’ which connects the airport with the city centre and runs every 30 minutes and takes around 30 minutes travel time. The Malpensa Shuttle also operates hourly from Linate Airport and takes around 45 minutes to reach the city. Taxis from this airport will cost between €12 to €20.
For more information about the no 73 bus visit the following website at http://www.atm-mi.it/en/Pages/default.aspx (This is the public transport website for Milan)
For more information about the ‘Starfly’ visit the website at http://www.autostradale.it/interna.aspx?gr=2&sez=60&sot=2&ae=8
For more information about the Malpensa Shuttle visit the website at http://www.malpensashuttle.it/lin-fiera.htm

Some budget airlines fly into Orio al Serio Airport which is around 45 kilometres northeast of Milan near Bergamo and it is sometimes referred to as the Milan Bergamo Airport. It is a slightly more difficult journey from this airport into the city. You can get a train from Bergamo station every 30 to 60 minutes and the journey will take about an hour. You will need to take a taxi or a shuttle bus from the airport to Bergamo station which is around 10 minutes away. You catch the bus directly outside the airport.
For more information about transport to and from this airport visit the website at http://www.sacbo.it/Editorial/newsCategoryViewProcess.jsp?editorialID=171

You can also travel to Milan by train and the main railway station is Milano Centrale which is served by Trenitalia from other places in Italy as well as some European cities. This station is a transport hub and includes the MM2 and MM3 metro lines. Taxis stop directly in front of the station and the local buses are found on the West side (1V November Square). Airport buses are found on the East side (Luigi di Savoia Square).
For more information about Trenitalia visit the website at http://www.trenitalia.com/trenitalia.html

It is also possible to arrive in Milan by bus from another European city. This is quite a slow way to travel but if you are interested in this information can be found on the website below:
http://ibus.it/english/index_en.htm