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Friday, October 22, 2010

Transportation: Train Service From Malpensa Airport To Stresa And Milano



When the seasonal summer direct bus from Malpensa to Lago Maggiore is not running, the next-best way to reach Stresa is by train. The way to do this seems a bit confusing at first, but it shouldn't be.

To reach Stresa by train from Malpensa the fastest way remains to switch in Busto Arsizio (NOT Busto Arsizio Nord) using the Trenitalia trains. As you can see in the map below this is a much shorter route than going into Milano. Take a Trenitalia train from Malpensa's Terminal 1 to Busto Arsizio. From the Trenitalia station in Busto Arsizio take a train for Stresa. Purchase your ticket through to Stresa so that you are ticketed correctly.


As the map illustrates, it is a much shorter route to Stresa via Busto Arsizio than to travel into Milano.

If you are going to Milano however, there is now a new choice for you. The new Freccia Rossa high-speed Malpensa Express connects Malpensa with Centrale. From Centrale you can take a train to Stresa. 

To sum up: The fastest way to reach Stresa by train from Malpensa is still by taking the Trenitalia train from Malpensa to Busto Arsizio (remember, not Busto Arsizio Nord), then switching in Busto Arsizio, taking a train for Stresa. NOTE: YOU MUST TAKE THE TRENITALIA TRAIN FROM MALPENSA, NOT ANY OTHER LINE. YOU WILL BUY A TRENITALIA TICKET FOR MALPENSA TO STRESA. And from Stresa to Malpensa do the same. Buy a Trenitalia ticket from Stresa to Malpensa, but you MUST remember to disembark in Busto Arsizio, and catch the train from Busto Arsizio to Malpensa. (This will bring you to Terminal 1 at Malpensa by the way... to reach Terminal 2 you will then need to take the Malpensa shuttle bus between the two terminals.)

Use the Trenitalia English website to plan your train travel.

This post answers many questions about train travel.




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