Airport Guide to Malpensa (MXP)

Airport Name

Milan Malpensa Airport

Airport Location

The airport is located 45km (29 miles) north west of Milan.






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Airport Overview

Milan Malpensa Airport, previously known as Aeroporto Citta diBusto Arsizio, is the largest of Milan’s three airports. With more than 100 airlines serving the airport, it’s Europe’s 21st busiest airport, having handled almost 19 million passengers in 2010. Flights to Milan Malpensa Airport arrive from main hubs in Europe, the UK, Asia, the US, Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Milan Malpensa constitutes two tired-looking passenger terminal buildings that are considerably far from one another. Fortunately, however, a shuttle service runs between them every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day. A new runway is currently underway, although flights are running to normal schedules. Construction of the new car park, by contrast, is restricting access to only a few public transport vehicles. As such, private vehicle owners are advised to park in P3 and the multi-storey car parks until further notice.

Although a fairly old airport, Milan Malpensa is efficient and staff are generally helpful and friendly. Queues usually flow easily and baggage handling systems are quick. Perhaps one major downside, is the airport’s lack of airbridges, which results in delays and long waiting times between gates and boarding.

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Terminal Transfer

A shuttle bus service transports passengers between the two terminals every 20 minutes, which you can also use to get into the city.

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Getting into Town

Train: A train station is located in Terminal 1 and offers transport to the Milano Cadrona Station in central Milan. Travel time is 40 minutes and a one-way ticket costs €9, or €12 for a return.

Bus: Malpesa Bus Express buses run regularly (every 20-30 minutes during the day) from both terminals to Milan Central Station. The journey time is approximately 50 minutes and fare is €4.50 to €6.50.

Taxi: Taxis are situated outside the arrivals hall. The duration of the trip into town is 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic, and fare is between €70 and €80.

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Car Parking

Parking at Milan Malpensa Airport comprises 9,000 bays, split between the two terminals. P1 charges €4 per hour, with a maximum charge of €26 per day. P2 (long-term) charges €22 per day up to four days, after which a flat fee of €85 is charged for ten days, and €8 per day thereafter.

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Information Desks

There are several information desks located throughout both terminals.

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Airport Facilities

Money and communications: ATMs, currency exchange, post office.

Luggage: There are left-luggage facilities in Terminal 1 and a lost-and-found service.

Conference and business: Numerous VIP airline lounges offer business facilities, including workstations, Internet and telephone access. A business centre in Terminal 1, Arrivals B, is open to all passengers. Facilities include Internet and telephone access, meeting rooms and a translation service.

Other facilities: Medical centres, pharmacies and a chapel.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is available in the arrivals lounge, check-in and boarding lounge, in addition to various restaurants and bars. To gain access, users must have a subscription with any authorised operator, or purchase access time via the instructions online.

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