Airport Transfers in Italy
Q. You mentioned the Air France Coach in Paris in a recent column. We take the Lufthansa Coach when we fly to Munich but I called Alitalia and the person on the phone told me Alitalia does not have such a transfer from the Rome airport. How would we get to Rome from the airport?
A. While Alitalia may not have a coach service from the airport, you shouldn't have a hard time getting into Rome, regardless of which airport you fly to, be it the Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport or the Ciampino Airport. From the Fiumicino Airport, you can either take the Leonardo Express train (9.50 EUR one-way; journey times takes 35 minutes, departures every 30 minutes), or one of two bus services, journey time takes about 70 minutes: Terravision (9 EUR one-way) or Schiaffini Travel (8 EUR one-way). All three ends at the Termini Railway Station.
If you happen to be flying into Ciampino, Terravision also offers a bus service to Termini Railway Station. Journey time is about 40 minutes, costing 8 EUR one-way.
Q. Do you have any recommendations for getting from the Milan Malpensa Airport to the downtown center besides taking a taxi? There are six adults traveling on the 17th of May 2006.
A. The Malpensa Express train departs from Terminal 1 to Cadorna Railway Station in downtown Milan, where you can connect to the red and green Tube lines if needed. The train departs every 30 minutes, taking about 40 minutes to get downtown. It'll cost 11 EUR each way (or 13 EUR if bought on the train).
You can also opt for one of the three shuttle busses (Malpensa Bus Express, Malpensa Shuttle or Malpensa Express Ferrovie Nord), costing between 5 EUR and 9 EUR, taking about an hour, all departing from Terminal 1. Malpensa Shuttle, the cheapest of the three, offers online booking.
More information is available from the Milan airport Web site at www.sea-aeroportimilano.it.