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What is the best transport from Rome to Milan?

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1. Posted by wongkling (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hi,

I would like to know what is the best transport to travel from Rome to Milan?
From my research, the flight (easyjet and ryanair) is quite convenient but it might take additional time on traveling to the airport and vice versa.
As for the Eurostar, it is quite expensive compared to the flight and take much longer time to reach the destination.
Appreciate your help/ opinion on this. Thank you!

2. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Personally, I believe train travel is the better option. Here are the things to take into consideration:

Travelling time

  • Train - 3 to 3.5 hours by ES*fast or ES* trains from city to city
  • Flight - 70-75 mins flight time, plus ground travel time to/fro airport, and time to check-in, go through security etc at the airport, so looking in total to about 5-6 hours travelling time from city to city. Add more time if there's checked-in luggage to be collected.

Travelling costs

  • Train - basic fare for 2nd class is €89 but if you're doing searches on Trenitalia, click on the option for the train you want and go to the next page, and you can see different reductions offered, e.g. special €48 fare, 30% discount for ticket bought at least 15 days in advance (depending on availability), 15% discount for ticket bought at least 7 days in advance (depending on availability).
  • Flight - unless there's special promotional price, you'll be looking at at least €20-€40 for flights for the cheapest rate, and you must also add in ground transportation costs for travel to/fro airport, so it could come up to about €40-€60 quite easily. If you have luggage to check in, add the amount of money to pay for the checked luggage.
3. Posted by wongkling (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hi lil_lil,

Thanks for your info.
Actually I will only be in Milan for 1 night, then next early morning I will be taking flight to Brussels (as there is no direct train to Brussels from Milan). Hence I am wondering if i were to stay in Milan city, how can I go to airport in the morning? the flight is going be @6.45am, means i will need to be in airport at least 2 hours ahead?

Kinda stuck in between now :(

4. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Which airport will you be using? Linate, Malpensa or Bergamo?

5. Posted by wongkling (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

I am still deciding whether on Bergamo or Malpensa airport, but most probably will be using Malpensa airport
No flight from Rome is going Linate airport and no flight going Brussels from this airport

Quoting lil_lil

Which airport will you be using? Linate, Malpensa or Bergamo?

6. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

To get to Malpensa, the first Malpensa Express train departing from Cadorna station is at 4.10am and will arrive at the airport by 5.00am. That will gives you nearly 2 hours to your departure time. Malpensa Express normally takes 40 minutes but I guess first train of the day just take that bit longer?

Bergamo will be a little farther, and that means flying with Ryanair. It's accessible by bus service. The first Orio Shuttle bus in the morning leaves at 4.00am from Centrale, and it does take about an hour to get there, so again you'll be arriving at the airport by about 5.00am.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jan-2010, at 23:28 by lil_lil ]

7. Posted by wongkling (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hmmm if i were to stay the hotel in city, i will need to take tram from Cadorna station. But I think the tram only start at 6am is it?

I will need take tram towards "Ungheria" and get off at the Piazza Santa Maria del Suffragio stop, to reach my hotel. hence i believe i need do the same when i wan get to Cadorna from my hotel... any suggestion in this? :)

Thanks in advance ;)

Quoting lil_lil

To get to Malpensa, the first Malpensa Express train departing from Cadorna station is at 4.10am and will arrive at the airport by 5.00am. That will gives you nearly 2 hours to your departure time. Malpensa Express normally takes 40 minutes but I guess first train of the day just take that bit longer?

Bergamo will be a little farther, and that means flying with Ryanair. It's accessible by bus service. The first Orio Shuttle bus in the morning leaves at 4.00am from Centrale, and it does take about an hour to get there, so again you'll be arriving at the airport by about 5.00am.

8. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

That's considerable distance and the public transport won't start that early in the morning. You could look into getting a taxi in the morning to get from the hotel to the Cadorna station.