Malpensa Express

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Malpensa Express
Malpensa Express at Milano Cadorna.jpg
Service typeAirport rail connection
First service30 May 1999 (1999-05-30)
Current operator(s)Trenord
Former operator(s)LeNORD
TerminiMilan Cadorna or
Milan Central
Malpensa Airport T2
StopsUp to nine
Average journey time"Milan Cadorna" to "Malpensa Airport Terminal 2": 43 mins

"Milan Central" to "Malpensa Airport Terminal 2": 57 mins
Service frequencyCadorna–Malpensa:
2 per hour
1-2 per hour
Rolling stockConvoglio Servizio Aeroportuale
Track gaugeStandard gauge
Electrification3 kV DC
Track owner(s)Ferrovie Nord Milano
Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Route map
Malpensa Aeroporto Terminal 2
Malpensa Aeroporto Terminal 1
Ferno-Lonate Pozzolo
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Busto Arsizio Nord
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Linee S di Milano.svg Logomi r.svg
Linee S di Milano.svg Logomi r.svg
Milano Bovisa
Milano Cadorna
Milano Porta Garibaldi
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Linee S di Milano.svg Logomi r.svg Milano linea M2.svg
Milano Centrale
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The Malpensa Express is an airport rail service linking the city of Milan with Malpensa Airport, in the region of Lombardy, Northern Italy.

Trenord operates Malpensa Express services between Malpensa Airport and both Milan Cadorna and Milan Central stations.[1]


Launched on 30 May 1999, the Malpensa Express originally ran between Malpensa Aeroporto and Milan Cadorna stations only. It was operated initially by Ferrovie Nord Milano and later by Trenitalia subsidiary LeNORD.[2]

In late 2010, airport rail services to and from Malpensa were reorganised. Malpensa Express services to and from Milan Cadorna, operated by Trenord, continued to link the airport with the city. To coincide with the timetable change on 10 December 2010, however, new services to Milano Centrale were introduced.

In December 2016 a 3.4 kilometre extension of the line from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 opened.[3] The new Malpensa Terminal 2 railway station is 200 metres north of the T2 arrivals hall, that is accessed by an outdoor covered walkway.[4][5]

Train service[edit]

Passageway between Terminal 1 and its railway station

The Malpensa Express runs:

  • between 04:27 and 23:27 from Milano Cadorna, and between 05:20 and 01:21 from Malpensa.[6]
  • between 05:25 and 23:25 from Milano Centrale, and between 05:37 and 01:21 from Malpensa.[6]

Milano Cadorna–Malpensa[edit]

There are stopping services (Milano Bovisa, Saronno and Busto Arsizio Nord) linking Milano Cadorna station to Malpensa Airport, named "MXP" and usually is first class only. The running times of the services ("Milan Cadorna" to "Malpensa Airport Terminal 2") is about 43 minutes.

From Milano Cadorna, the Malpensa Express runs along the Milan–Saronno railway to its first stop at Milano Bovisa, where there is interchange with trains to Erba and Asso and the suburban service to Camnago-Lentate.

The Malpensa Express then continues to Saronno (roughly halfway between Cadorna and Malpensa), which offers interchange with the lines for the cities of Varese-Laveno, or Como, or Seregno.

From Saronno, the Malpensa Express proceeds along the Saronno–Novara railway, to the junction at Sacconago, located just beyond Busto Arsizio, which is the final stop before Malpensa Airport. It then heads to the airport along a rail link branching off to the right from the line to Novara.

The Malpense Express stops at Terminal 1 of the airport and continues then to Terminal 2.

Milano Centrale–Malpensa[edit]

There are two kind of train services linking Milano Centrale to Malpensa Airport. One service ("MXP") calls at Milano Porta Garibaldi (a station more often used than Centrale by commuters around the city), Milano Bovisa, Saronno and Busto Arsizio Nord; the other service ( "R" ) call at Milano Porta Garibaldi, Milano Bovisa, Saronno, Rescaldina, Castellanza, Busto Arsizio Nord and Ferno-Lonate Pozzolo. The running times of both services ("Milan Central" to "Malpensa Airport Terminal 2") is about 57 minutes; they both have 2' class.

At Milano Centrale station, the Malpensa Express departs usually from tracks 1 or 2, and heads along the new railway section nicknamed the Umbrella Handle;[7] the Malpensa Express then passes through Mirabello junction to join the line from Greco Pirelli to Milano Porta Garibaldi station (west of Milano Centrale station).

At Porta Garibaldi station, the Malpensa Express uses the new route (to the north of the old one), which crosses Farini yard. It reaches PM Ghisolfa and leaves the RFI network to enter tracks 1 and 2 at Milano Bovisa station. The rest of the Malpensa Express route from Bovisa-Politenico station to Malpensa is the same as for its counterparts from Cadorna.


The use of above trains for journeys starting or ending in Malpensa Airport Stations is allowed with a special price ticket,[8] but is also possible a limited use with other kind of tickets usually valid for trains in Lombardia region.[9] Even the other rail service to Malpensa (TILO S50) has a similar ticket limitation scheme for journeys starting or ending in Malpensa.[10][11]

Rolling stock[edit]

A CSA train

The original Malpensa Express trains were Treno ad alta frequentazione (English: High frequency trains) (TAF trains).[2] Their livery is a combination of the colours burgundy, dark green and cream and sometimes sponsored coaches.

Since February 2010, a new class of trains, the Convoglio Servizio Aeroportuale (English: Airport Service Convoy) (CSA trains), has been gradually introduced. The CSA trains are designed specifically for the Malpensa Express services.

Both classes of train are push-pull articulated electric multiple units, with a powered section at each end, and unpowered sections in between. The TAF trains have two unpowered sections; the CSA trains have three.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Trenord - Malpensa Express". TRENORD S.r.l. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Malpensa Express to open next month Railway Gazette International April 1999
  3. ^ "Malpensa Terminal 2 rail link contract awarded". Railway Gazette International. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  4. ^ "How to catch a train to Milan city from Malpensa Airport Terminal 2". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Malpensa airport branch opens" Today's Railways Europe issue 254 February 2017 page 14
  6. ^ a b "Malpensa Express". 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  7. ^ Umbrella Handle: This section was opened on 31 July 2010, but did not become fully operational until 13 September 2010
  8. ^ "Malpensa Express - Tickets". TRENORD S.r.l. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  9. ^ ""Malpensa-Cadorna / Malpensa-Centrale" limitations scheme for kind of ticket (ITALIAN LANGUAGE)" (PDF) (in Italian). TRENORD S.r.l. 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  10. ^ "Servizio ferroviario Bellinzona - Luino - Gallarate - Malpensa Aeroporto T2 biglietto/abbonamento valido per tipologia di relazione" (PDF) (in Italian). TRENORD S.r.l. 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  11. ^ "Accesso Al Servizio Malpensa Express Per I Clienti Trenord (Web Page source for URL of both PDF files)" (in Italian). TRENORD S.r.l. Retrieved 2017-02-13.

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