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About the train journey from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno

Want to travel from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno usually takes 3 hours on average to travel 61 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 2 hours 8 minutes. You can expect to find 21 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Milan Malpensa Airport and Locarno, you'll need to make 1 change on your way to Locarno. You can choose to travel with Trenitalia or SBB to get to Locarno – both train companies offer modern comfortable services that will whisk you there in no time.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save!

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Locarno, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno by train

First train

12:26 am

Last train

11:26 pm

Departure station

Milan Malpensa Airport

Arrival station

Locarno

Journey time

From 2h 8m

Distance

38 miles (61 km)

Frequency

21 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Train and bus operators

SBB CFF FFS, Terravision, Trenord, Autostradale, Trenitalia

Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno for Tuesday Jul 30th 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
8:19 am 10:38 am 2h 19m, 1 change
9:19 am 11:38 am 2h 19m, 1 change
10:19 am 12:38 pm 2h 19m, 1 change
11:19 am 1:38 pm 2h 19m, 1 change
12:19 pm 2:38 pm 2h 19m, 1 change
1:19 pm 3:38 pm 2h 19m, 1 change
2:19 pm 4:38 pm 2h 19m, 1 change
3:19 pm 5:38 pm 2h 19m, 1 change
4:19 pm 6:38 pm 2h 19m, 1 change
5:19 pm 7:38 pm 2h 19m, 1 change

Trenitalia and SBB trains from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno

You can travel from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno on Trenitalia and SBB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

Trenord and Trenitalia Eurocity classes from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno

Compare the different travel classes offered by Trenord and Trenitalia Eurocity when traveling from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno.

Onboard services on Trenord and Trenitalia Eurocity

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Trenord trains free of charge, provided their dimensions do not exceed 80 x 110 x 40cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 15.7 inches).
  • You’ll need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

At the moment, a restaurant service is not available on Trenord trains. However, you can take your own food on board so pick up some snacks at the station before you set off.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Trenord do not offer an entertainment portal on board. However, you can make use of your internet data, as well as charge your devices thanks to the power outlets that are available at your seat.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Kids under 4 travel for free on all Trenord trains if they don’t occupy a seat and sit on an adult’s lap. Children aged 4-13 get 50% off the standard fare.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • Each passenger can take only one bike onboard Trenord trains.
  • Folding bikes and scooters that do not exceed the maximum dimensions of 80 x 120 x 45cm (31.4 x 47.2 x 17.7 inches) are allowed on board free of charge.
  • If you can’t fold your bike, you may be able to take it onboard some Trenord trains. However, you’ll need to buy a ticket both for you and for your bike.
  • Please note that the last cars of some trains are only reserved for bikes of those working in the food delivery sector.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Trenord trains free of charge, if they’re placed in a carrier of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm (27.5 x 11.8 x 19.6 inches).
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a ticket for unlimited travel for the whole day you’re traveling. They need to be kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
  • Pets are not allowed on board on weekdays from 7 am to 9.30 am and from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Passengers with disabilities can:

  • Request, through the Lombardy Region, the IVOL regional card, which allows them to travel at a discounted price
  • Buy the ticket on board without going through control checks
  • Access the train with CartaBlu (free card for disabled passengers that live in Italy)

To request special assistance, passengers will need to call the toll-free number 800210955 (active every day from 8.15 am to 7:45 pm) at least 48 hours before departure.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Trenitalia's Eurocity trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits – you can even travel with musical instruments and sports equipment. You’ll just need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink
  • You’ll find a Bar-Bistrò on Eurocity trains that are travelling between Italy, Switzerland and Germany.
  • A minibar trolley service is also available – you can choose from a wide range of snacks and drinks.
WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Free WiFi is available on Eurocity Giruno trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Kids under 4 can travel for free if they're accompanied by an adult and don't occupy a seat.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

Not all Eurocity trains allow you to take your bike on board – you’ll need to check in advance if you can travel with your bike. If that’s the case, you’ll need to buy a ticket and book your bike space before departure at the ticket office.

PetPetPets

Guide and assistance dogs can travel for free and don't need a ticket.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

All of Trenitalia’s Eurocity trains offer dedicated spaces to passengers with disabilities.

InfoInfoOther

A quiet area (or Area Silenzio) is available on all Eurocity Giruno trains.

Cheap train tickets from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

FAQs for Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno

Want to know more about your journey from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno take?

The average journey time by train between Milan Malpensa Airport and Locarno is 3 hours and 0 minutes, with around 21 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Milan Malpensa Airport and Locarno by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno is 2 hours and 8 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno?

No, there are no direct train services from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno. Travelling from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno leave?

The first train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno leaves at 00:26. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno leave?

The last train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno leaves at 23:26. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Milan Malpensa Airport and Locarno by train?

Trains travelling from Milan Malpensa Airport to Locarno cover a distance of around 38 miles (61 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Locarno to Milan Malpensa Airport.


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