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By plane

Milan has three airports: Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate and Orio al Serio International Airport. These are located, respectively, at approximately 50 km, 20 km, and 40 km from the conference venue and are very well connected to the city centre. You can find the most up-to-date information on how to reach the city centre from the airport (by rail, bus, car or taxi) at the following links: Malpensa, Linate, Orio al Serio.

The Malpensa airport (Terminal 1 and 2) is connected to Milan city centre by train through the Malpensa Express. The journey takes 37 minutes to Milano Cadorna (and also stops at Milano Bovisa) and 54 minutes to Milano Centrale (and also stops at Milano Bovisa and Milano Porta Garibaldi). Several bus services are also available between the Malpensa airport and the city centre.

By July 2023, the Linate airport should be connected in approximately 15 minutes to the city centre (Milano San Babila) by the (under construction) underground M4. The connection is foreseen to open to the public in Spring 2023 according to the latest information available at the time of writing, i.e. November 2022. The Linate airport is also connected to the city centre through the public urban transport Line 73, which reaches the Linate airport from Duomo in 60 minutes through several stops, details are available here. The Linate shuttle connects Milan central station to the Linate airport in 25 minutes.

The Orio al Serio International Airport is connected to the city centre through several bus services. The airport can be also reached by a combination of bus (from the airport to the Bergamo train station) and train (more details are available here).

By train

Milan can be reached by train from several European cities.

Milano Centrale is the main railway station and has direct connections to international destinations such as Paris, Bern, Lausanne, Geneva, Zurich, as well as high speed connections to Italian cities (e.g. Turin, Venice, Bologna, Rome, and Naples). The station is served by the providers Trenitalia and Italo.

The Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station is connected (with high speed direct services) to Lyon and Paris by TGV, to Vienna and Munich (via Venice) by night trains ÖBB Nightjet (ÖBB), to Turin, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples by Trenitalia (with high speed service Frecciarossa and night train Intercity Notte)

Milano Cadorna is a suburban rail station with connections to Malpensa Airport, Lugano and Locarno, and is served by Trenord.

Other main suburban railway stations are: Milano Nord Bovisa (also connected to Malpensa Airport and served by Trenord), Milano Rogoredo (with direct trains to Bologna, Firenze, and Rome, served by both Trenitalia and Italo) and Milano Rho Fiera (with connections to Turin and served by Italo).

By car

Several motorways (A1, A4, A7, A8, and A9) link Milan to the countries surrounding Italy (France, Switzerland, and Slovenia) and to other major Italian cities.

Public Transport in Milan

Milan is served by an underground and suburban railway network, trams and buses. Please note that the underground line 4 is under construction and we foresee only the route between stops San Babila and Linate to be open by July 2023.

You can find information about the local transport system here. You can also download the ATM Milano Application. With one ticket you can travel on the whole Milan urban network for 90 minutes from validation but only one journey on the underground (metro) is allowed. The ticket is also valid within the suburban throughway and on the urban sections of Trenord. The ticket costs 2€. The 24 hours ticket costs 7€, the three day ticket costs 12€ and a set of 10 tickets (called “carnet”) costs 18€. Weekly subscriptions are valid from Monday to Sunday of the same week and cost 17€. Tickets can be purchased in news kiosks (both overground and underground, usually cash only), at vending machines, online (ATM Application; Google Play and App Store) or via SMS Ticketing service. Weekly subscriptions can be purchased in news kiosks (paper version) or online (ATM Application; Google Play and App Store), but not on vending machines. Tickets should be stamped at the start of every journey. Contactless payment is available directly at the underground gates (see here).

The city has several bike sharing systems (i.e. BikeMi, Mobike), as well as push and motor scooters (e.g. Tier, Voiscooter, Lime, Helbiz, Dott., Bitmobility, Acciona, CityScoot, ZigZag) which cover all the city centre and some suburban areas. Several car sharing services (e.g., Free floating: Enjoy, Share now; station-based: E-vai) are also available.

Taxi service can be booked by calling the following numbers: +39 024040, +39 028585, or +39 027777. You can also find taxis parked at the following locations: Piazza Duomo, Piazza Repubblica, Piazza Duca D’Aosta, near Porta Garibaldi railway station, Piazza Castello, Piazza Cordusio, Piazza Fontana and Largo Augusto. Taxis in Milan are typically expensive: latest tariffs were set in July 2022 and include an initial flat rate, a price per km, a price per hour (see here). Online you can find indicative fare calculators developed by taxi providers (e.g. TaxiBlu). For example, a taxi ride from the Duomo square to the conference venue (weekday, day time) is estimated to cost between 26€ and 32€. Please note that prices estimated by these calculators are only indicative and subject to variations according to the level of traffic, the waiting time, the route chosen, etc.

More information about how to take a taxi in Milan is available here.


Several hotels, B&B and in-campus facilities can offer accommodation for ESRA conference guests. The following list includes contact information, distance from the conference venue and prices (last update November 2022).


Hotel degli Arcimboldi, 4 stars, Viale Sarca, 336 – 20126 Milano,, walking distance from the conference venue, offers double rooms (single use) for approx. 70€, and double rooms for two guests for approx. €90, all with breakfast included.

Starhotels tourist Milan, 4 stars, Viale Viale Fulvio Testi, 300 – 20126 Milano,, situated 1.2 km from the conference venue, offers double rooms for approx. 100€ and triple rooms for approx. 150€.

Hotel Ornato, 3 stars, Via Luigi Ornato, 64 – 20162 Milano,, situated 2.3 km from the conference venue connected with bus 42, 51, 42 (approx. 25 min commute), offers single rooms for approx. 119€, double rooms for approx. 134€, and triple rooms for approx. 154€.

Bed and breakfast

Bed&Breakfast K34, Via Keplero, 34 – 20124 Milano,, situated close to the M5 underground line, four stops away from the conference venue. Offers single rooms for approx. 85€ and double rooms for approx. 95€. 

B&B CasaTitta, Via Giulio Belinzaghi, 2 – 20159 Milano,, situated close to the M5 underground line, four stops from the conference venue. Offers double rooms for approx. 100€.


BB Hotels Aparthotel Isola, Via Alserio, 5 – 20159 Milano, situated close to the M5 underground line, four stops from the conference venue, offers single rooms for approx. 100€.

BB Hotels Aparthotel Arcimboldi, Viale Sarca, 90 – 20125 Milano,, situated close to the conference venue (walking distance 1.3 km/bus 87 or tram 31), offers double room for approx. 86€.

Hostels and residences

Ostello Bello Grande, Via Roberto Lepetit, 33 – 20124 Milano, situated close to Central Station, bus 87 or M3 + M5 lines, two + four metro stops), offers bed in shared (female only or mixed) dorms (starting from approx. 30€) as well as single rooms (approx. 78€) or double rooms (approx. 95€).

In Domus, Viale dell’Innovazione, 22/A, 20126 Milan, this student residence is situated steps away from the main conference building; availability of rooms for short stays in July 2023 is, however, not guaranteed. Delegates can contact the facility at: +39 02 45377590 and