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Seeking info on Venice to Malpensa by train and a charming hotel along the way

by PHeymont »

That is going to require a change in Milano, at Centrale, where you can get the Malpensa Express.

You are wise not to want to count on rail and other schedules the morning of the flight, and I'd suggest that instead of Brescia or Milan you take a look (use booking.com or equivalent) for something in the Malpensa area with free shuttle. You'll find more than just the airport chains and budget bed-in-a-box offerings there, although there are certainly plenty of those.

A big plus of that is that you are then free of rail schedules altogether; you arrive at Malpensa the evening before, take the hotel's shuttle to the hotel, and then return with it in the morning in time for your flight. Otherwise, you'd have the same issue as you have from Venice.

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kringenwally

RE: Seeking info on Venice to Malpensa by train and a charming hotel along the way

by kringenwally »

For a transatlantic 10:20 departure you are supposed to be at the airport at 07:20, so you'd better stay as close to the airport as can be managed. Search for airport hotels but verify as to how close they really are, some advertise themselves as "airport hotel with shuttle" but aren't all that close; you don't want a snafu at the last moment because the shuttle takes longer in a morning rush hour delay, or some other hiccup.

There are no direct trains. Go to www.trenitalia.com, click on the Brit flag (top right) for english, in the Ticket (NOT Passes) section input Venezia S. Lucia and Malpensa Aeroporto and the date and time (24h mode) and you'll see the options. They involve either a switch in the main station Milano Centrale, to one of the few trains that now go from there to Malpensa, or you can take the metro from Centrale to Cadorna and hop on the Malpensa Express, an alternate train system that also runs to Malpensa. And then there is the bus from Centrale, takes about an hour.

Note that the high-speed portion from Venezia S. Lucia (or from Mestre if you first take a local train to Mestre to pick up a fast "Frecce" train from there) can be purchased online in advance, often at considerable savings over what it would cost later. But the local and regional train portions, like Venezia S. Lucia to Mestre (if applicable) and the portion from Milano out to Malpensa, they cannot be purchased in advance. 

So go ahead and purchase the highspeed portion now, and buy those other tickets when you get there  - no reservations are needed for those, but you do need seat reservations (they come with the ticket) for the high-speed portion.

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RE: Seeking info on Venice to Malpensa by train and a charming hotel along the way

by PHeymont »

Wally...the situation with Malpensa Express has changed a bit; there are now two lines, one to Cadorna and the other to Centrale. Cadorna has 41 trains a day, vs. 26 to Centrale, but since Centrale is a better match for OP's arrival from Venice, it should work for him.

But you are absolutely right on finding where the hotel is on the map...last summer I picked an attractively cheap hotel that turned out to be 35-40 minutes on the shuttle, and had the absolutely worst food I've ever had in travel, or possibly ever (and no nearby options). Pick a place close enough to the airport that if there's a shuttle failure a taxi won't kill your wallet, and with enough food choices nearby that you won't long for an airline meal.

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kringenwally

RE: Seeking info on Venice to Malpensa by train and a charming hotel along the way

by kringenwally »

To restate - yes, there are both options, A) from Centrale to Malpensa, and B) from Cadorna to Malpensa. I thought I had made that clear, by writing

They involve either a switch in the main station Milano Centrale, to one of the few trains that now go from there to Malpensa, or you can take the metro from Centrale to Cadorna and hop on the Malpensa Express, an alternate train system that also runs to Malpensa

My choice of "few" is no longer correct, since there are now more than half as many trains on the Centrale-Malpensa route as on the Cadorna route.

Thanks for you vigilance.
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jay107

RE: Seeking info on Venice to Malpensa by train and a charming hotel along the way

by jay107 »

My girlfriend and I have a 10:20 AM flight from Malpensa (Aug 25)  to the USA and will be in Venice the day before.  I want to get us closer to Malpensa (MXP) the evening prior to our flight to avoid a 3 hour journey the morning of our flight. Are there trains directly to MXP from Venice or must we go into Milan first?   We're also looking for a small charming hotel that is close to the rail line on the way to MXP hopefully not further than an hour from the airport, perhaps in Brescia or if we must, then in Milan, as we prefer not to end our trip with a stay at a typical airport hotel. Then we would need to know about transport around 7am from Brescia to MXP as well.  Thanks

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RE: Seeking info on Venice to Malpensa by train and a charming hotel along the way

by mushroom »

jay107,

I don't know how much time you are willing to spend traveling from Venice in order to get closer to Malpensa, but something you might enjoy is to take the train to Stresa, which is one hour north of Milan on the shores of Lago Maggiore. If you spend the night there, a dedicated airport bus that begins making runs at dawn and can get you to Malpensa in 50 minutes.  You need to tell your hotel to make a bus reservation for you the day before (so the bus knows to stop at your hotel).   

From Venice, to get to Stresa, all you do is go to Milan and switch trains. 

Stresa is an old-fashioned 19th c. town with a long lakeside promenade and ferries that visit islands with gardens. t if you would like to arrive in the afternoon and do a bit of sightseeing.  In summertime, the town hosts an important classical music festival, so you need to book early, especially if you want a modestly priced lodging.

You might also look at the website for Malpensa airport and see what other towns have a direct bus connection to Malpensa. It may be that you can get on an airport shuttle bus in Brescia and go directly to Malpensa.  Beware the morning trip to the airport take longer than from Stresa, since the bus might make more stops in other towns and because that approach to Malpensa means crossing around Milan, with the possibility of heavier traffic.  Also bear in mind that although Brescia is a city of historic and artistic interest, it is in many ways a mini-Milan, with a modern urban feel. 

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RE: Seeking info on Venice to Malpensa by train and a charming hotel along the way

by rbciao »

When we fly out of Malpensa we spend the last night in Milano at the Hotel Berna, which is located about 400 meters from Stazione Centrale. There is train service directly to Malpensa as well as the Milan Shuttle pullman bus service. We always use the shuttle bus as it drops us off in front of the departure entrance at the airport.

If you stayed in Milano you would be close to Malpensa, do a little sightseeing, take your evening passegiatta in the Navigli district, and then leave the next morning. Traveling a great distance to make a departing flight is not a cogent strategy because too many things can go wrong forcing you to miss the flight. 

Buon viaggio,

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