Milan airport transfer — making the right decision

Milan is one of the rising travel destinations in Italy, breaking the stereotypes of being a cold, business related city. The established world capital of fashion offers a plethora of attractions and interesting things to do. Though it may not be the prime historic destination in Italy, the historical and cultural heritage is undisputable. Starting with the glorious Milan Cathedral in the heart of the city, continuing to the renowned Teatro alla Scala and the Last Supper, one of the masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci located in the Maria delle Grazie church.

The journey starts by arriving at one of the airports serving Milan area: Malpensa or Linate. The next step is to get from the airport to your accommodation and choose the best Milan airport transfer type for you. We’ve summarized the Milan airport transfer options to help you make an informed decision.

1. Public transport

The cheapest transportation option from Malpensa and Linate airports to Milan is public transport. There are regular bus and train lines operating from/to these airports according to a predefined schedule.

Malpensa airport has its own train station below Terminal 1 and the Milan city centre can be easily reached with the Malpensa Express train. If you’re travelling to the airport, you can take a train at Milano Centrale, Cardona or Milano Porta Garibaldi station. The Malpensa airport is also well connected with the Lombardy region via bus lines.

Linate airport is located close to the city, only 7 km, and can be easily reached by bus. The bus departures every 10 minutes from 05:35–12:35 am every day. Unfortunately, there is no railway connection from Linate airport to Milan.

2. Car hire

Milan and its surrounding area are a challenging destination for explorers. The city itself is full of hidden gems while the Lake Como is a prime destination anyone should visit while in Milan. If your itinerary is full and you don’t want to be tied to timetables, then car hire is the best option for transfer from Milan airport and getting around the city.

The car rental companies are located in the Arrivals halls at the Malpensa and Linate airports. Although, the best way would be to make an online reservation prior your trip. This will save you time when you arrive as the documentation will be prepared and any extras like child seats added to your vehicle.

3. Milan airport taxis

Airport taxis are available at the taxi ranks in the Arrivals area at both Malpensa and Linate airports. This is a fast way of transport to the city. However, you need to be careful when choosing the taxi as you might get overcharged for the service. The licensed taxis by the city of Milan have special stickers and can be easily recognized. The taxi fare from airport to Milan city is usually a fixed price and from Malpensa to Milan will cost you 90 euros, while from Linate to Milan 40 euros.

In peak time, there might be a queue at the taxi ranks which will mean extra 30 minutes in waiting. Another downside of taking an airport taxi is that you need to carry your luggage all over the airport which can be a real headache when you have plenty suitcases with you.

4. Shared airport transfer

For solo travelers, using shared airport transfer to get from the airport to their accommodation is the most cost-effective option. The shuttles operating from Malpensa and Linate airports have predefined timetables with multiple stops and you need to check if this fits your schedule. It is very important to check the stops on a map and see if they are nearby your accommodation because you might need another transport type to get there. This can add additional costs to your airport transfer budget.

Another thing you must keep on mind is the airport transfer time, as the shuttle makes multiple stops dropping off passengers. If you’re being dropped off at the last stop, the journey may take longer and you need to check with your time schedule if it will work for you.

5. Milan private airport transfer

The most convenient and time-saving transportation type is the private airport transfer. This service can be booked online with one of the Milan airport transfer providers offering this type of transfer from/to Malpensa and Linate airport. The reservation needs to be made at last 24 hours prior the trip and can be paid by credit card or directly to the driver. Flight monitoring is included free of charge and the driver will be at the airport when your plane arrives, no matter the delays. This is door-to-door service and the driver will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign displaying your name and you will be dropped off at the address stated in the booking.

Although there is a common understanding that this type of airport transfer is expensive, when you’re travelling in a group, the cost may be significantly lower, even compared to the other transfer options. The price is fixed and per vehicle, therefore the cost is split among the travelers.

Before making a decision about Milan airport transfer to your accommodation, the best way is to do a research and make an informed decision. Every transport type has its own pros and cons, so the decision will depend on your schedule and budget.

Originally published at on January 4, 2016.