Together with our partner Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia operates flights to Milan, via Abu Dhabi, from Sydney and Melbourne.
Etihad Airways flies into Malpensa 1 Airport. Located in the Province of Varese, 50km north-west (40 minutes’ drive) of Milan city, the airport can be accessed by various transport options, including:
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- Taxi: Taxis are immediately available for arriving passengers in front of Malpensa 1 terminal (or can be called by radiotaxi).
- Rail: The Malpensa Express connects Malpensa 1 to Milan city (Cadorna Station or the Central Station). The service leaves from and arrives into the basement of Malpensa 1.
- Bus: Malpensa Shuttle Buses connect Malpensa Airport and Milan Central train station. Buses depart and arrive into Malpensa Terminal 1 on the arrivals floor, between exits 3 and 4.
A free shuttle-bus service operates between Malpensa 1 and Malpensa 2, 24 hours a day. The service departures, every 7 minutes during the day, and every 30 minutes at night (10:45pm –5.15am).
Things to do in Milan
Milan is a city of style and substance, most recognised for its contribution to international fashion, finance and football. A major player in global economics, the north Italian hub is rich with exciting cultural showcases. Fashion jumps straight from the catwalk to streets, as the city reigns as a haute couture powerhouse. Religion and art are showcased on almost every street corner in beautiful historic buildings. While football fans from all corners of the globe converge on the San Siro stadium to support home-grown heroes A.C Milan and Inter Milano.
Boasting a history that dates back to 400BC, Milan is steeped in heritage and spills with things to see and do. Marvel at the gothic façade of the Duomo di Milano, in the main square of the city. Visit the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie to view Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper. Get cultured at art museum, the Pinacoteca di Brera, or La Scala Opera – one of the most prestigious opera theatres in the world. Window shop the boutiques of Prada, Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo and Valentino. Watch the world’s most fashionable and beautiful people parade up and down the streets of the Quadrilatero d’Oro. And barrack for European Cup and FIFA World Cup winning football teams, A.C Milan and Inter Milano at the San Siro.
Milan is recognised as the fashion and design capital of the world. Home to Europe’s biggest furniture and design fair, Fiera Milano, and the world-famous Milan Fashion Week, the city’s retail scene boasts a celebrated reputation. Acclaimed Italian and international design houses dot the city, offering ample opportunity to spend big. Milan’s most prominent retail zones include the Quadrilatero d'Oro (The Golden Rectangle) and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – inner-city hives that host flagship stores by Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani, Chanel, Missoni and Versace. While Milan’s shopping scene is known to attract the rich and famous, it also caters to those on a budget, with a number of outlets like Serravalle, Il Salvagente and Dmagazine, which sell designer factory seconds, samples and last season’s garbs at discount prices.
Like their countrymen, the Milanese are known for their love of eating. However, while central and southern Italians live on pasta and tomato-infused dishes, the Lombardy region (of which Milan is the capital) enjoys a diet that focuses on rice, maize, meat and dairy products. Typical Milanese cuisine includes risotto alla Milanese (saffron risotto), ossobuco (cross-cut veal shanks braised with vegetables, white wine and broth) and cotoletta (a fried cutlet cooked with the bone in). Traditional Milanese dishes can be enjoyed at cafes, trattorias and restaurants all throughout the city – in particular in areas like Brera, Garibaldi and Navigli. As a centre of global finance, the city also hosts a number of world-class restaurants and cafés, most of which can be found in the city’s historic centre.
In Milan a good meal or social occasion is generally washed down with a glass of wine. The world-famous Lombardy wine region is on the city’s doorstep, and sparkling wines like Franciacorta, Grumello, Sangue di Guida and Bardolino are regional staples. On top of the region’s long love affair with wine, Milan also embraces cocktails – a culture that perfectly complements the city’s reputation for fashion. Cocktails are best enjoyed during aperitivo, a social and relaxing pre-dinner drink tradition designed to open the palate. Milan is also a great destination for coffee. Espresso bars dot the city, offering locals and visitors a comfortable place to meet, work or relax. Milanese coffee is served fast and short, normally in the form of a caffè lungo macchiato or cappuccino scuro.