The best ways to get to Milan for the Italian Grand Prix plus advice on getting to the Monza circuit. The next race is on September 1-3, 2017.
It’s not hard to get to Milan for the Italian Grand Prix; the city is well connected by air, road and rail with the rest of Europe and beyond. The race itself takes place at Monza Park, around 16km (10 miles) north of Milan’s city center. The best way to get to the circuit is by train, from both Milan and nearby cities such as Bergamo. Driving is also worth considering, but the local traffic can get pretty bad on race weekend.
- Malpensa (MXP), located 40km northwest of Milan’s city centre, is the city’s largest and busiest airport, serving a range of both flag carrier and discount airlines flying to both short-haul and long-haul destinations. Regular direct flights connect MXP with global hubs in the USA, the Middle-East and Asia. The airport is also a major hub for European low-cost carrier Easyjet.
- Linate (LIN) is just 8km to the southeast of the city centre and is mainly used for domestic and short-haul European flights. It is a major hub for the Italian national carrier Alitalia, which serves both domestic and European cities from LIN.
- Bergamo Orio Al Serio (BGY) is located 45km to the east of Milan and provides good access to Monza. It’s a major hub for discount airline Ryanair, which flies regularly to Bergamo from 50 European destinations.
Drive to Milan
Italy has a good motorway network, but the tolls can get quite expensive. There is no set fee as different companies operate different sections – sometimes you pay a set fee for a particular section, othertimes a rate per km. As a guide, expect to pay around €8-10 per 100km. The tolls themselves can take a bit of getting used to – just be sure to take the white lane/s to pay with cash or a credit card. When you enter the motorway you will take a ticket and then pay as you leave – apart from large ones, the majority of the toll exits are automated, but an English option is available and it’s not too difficult to work out. Hiring a car is a good choice in Italy, especially if you’ve got some extra time to explore.
Trains to Milan
Milan’s Central Train Station is a beautiful old building in the city centre on the Piazza Duca d’Aosta. The Italian train network is well developed and is served by ‘Le Frecce’ high-speed trains. Milan also connects with a range of cities in neighboring European countries including France, Spain, Austria and Germany. International high-speed (and night) trains generally need to be booked in advance and offer limited allocations for Eurail pass holders. Here are some popular domestic routes with the approximate journey time via high-speed train: Rome-Milan (3 hours), Florence-Milan (2 hours) and Venice-Milan (2 hours 25 minutes). Learn more on Seat61 and book here.
How to get to Monza
Most fans take one of the regular trains from the large stations in central Milan to Monza railway station, then a shuttle bus to the circuit. The downside is that this involves a lot of walking; 20-30 minutes from the shuttle drop-off points to the circuit entrances, plus anywhere from 10-40 minutes to get to your seat inside the circuit. A taxi (or Uber) from central Milan should set you back around €40-60, but there’s a chance you will get held up in traffic on the small local roads next to the circuit. Driving is another option, though be aware that the local streets around Monza are closed to general traffic on race weekend, and you’ll be directed to one of the many car parks around the outside of Monza park.
Trains to Monza station
- Trains depart from Milano Centrale, Milano Porto Garibaldi and Sesto San Giovanni train stations for Stazione di Monza on each day of the weekend. The trip only takes around 20-30 minutes and trains run fairly frequently, at least every 30 minutes. Tickets cost around €2 each way.
- When you arrive at Monza train station, black-line shuttle buses are on hand to take you to the circuit. Show your train ticket and the journey is free (otherwise you will have to pay €4 return per day). You will get dropped off around 20 minutes walk from the eastern Vedano entrance gate to the circuit, close to the Parabolica.
- The queues to get the train from the circuit back to Milan on the weekend can be long and disorganized. It can be a good idea to stay at the circuit a little longer and avoid the peak crowds. You should also exercise caution with your belongings, as pickpockets are active and love big crowds. Don’t forget to validate your train ticket when you get on (like we did), otherwise you will be liable for a €5 fine.
Trains to Biassono-Lesmo (race day only)
On race day only, trains depart Milan Centrale station regularly for the Biassono-Lesmo station, which is located at the northeast corner of the circuit, closest to the Lesmo bends. This is a good option if you are sitting at on Seconda Variante (grandstands 9, 10) or Variante Ascari (grandstands 12-20), otherwise it will be a very long walk and you are better off taking a train to Monza station.
You can also get to the circuit via the Z221 bus from Sesto San Giovanni train station in the north of Milan (next to Sesto 1º Maggio station on metro line 1). Stay on the bus when it passes Monza railway station; it goes further and you can get off closer to the circuit at Biassono (the S. Maria delle Selve entrance gate). Local buses also go past Monza park. The 204 bus travels from Monza Corso Milano (near Monza Railway Station) and goes to Vedano al Lambro (the Vedano entrance gate). Bus tickets valid for one hour cost €1.60.
Drive Yourself / Parking
- It’s relatively easy to get to Monza on race weekend via the local network of motorways, but make sure you have a GPS with up-to-date maps. You won’t be able to drive on roads close to the circuit itself on race weekend due to traffic restrictions, but there are plenty of parking areas dotted around Monza park. Most carparks cost between €15-20 per day on race weekend and are serviced by shuttle buses which will take you to the circuit entrance. If you have already paid for parking (and have your receipt) then you won’t have to pay the €4 fee for the shuttle bus.
- Three shuttle bus lines service the circuit. The Black line runs from the railway station to the circuit, the Blue line serves carparks to the north and east of the circuit, and the Green line serves carparks to the south and east. If you are parking near Biassono (to the west) then you need to walk to the circuit. Check this page for details of car parks close to the circuit together with their capacity. Do not leave any items of value in your car when parking near Monza, as thieves do target vehicles on Grand Prix weekend. If you have hired a car, make sure you’ve purchased the most comprehensive insurance.
Public Transport in Milan
Milan has an excellent public transport system. The metro has four underground lines and trains run from 6am to midnight. Tickets cost just 1€ per trip or you can buy a ticket valid for one day (€3.50) or two days (€5) which is also valid for trams and buses in the metro area (but not for the trains to the circuit). More information is on the ATM website.
Click Here for detailed information on arriving and departing Milan, including how to get from Milan’s three airports (Malpensa, Linata, Orio al Serio) to the city center. Further advice about getting around in Milan can be found here, including the lowdown on taking taxis as well as information about the city’s bike sharing scheme.
Useful information to help you get the most out of the trackside experience at Monza for the 2016 Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix on September 2-4.