Milan Centrale Station | An Overview

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Milan Centrale Station is no ordinary Station, for sure! Its imposing, grandiose architecture has sculptures of winged horses, lions, bulls and eagles adorning its roof. Not only is it one of Europe’s largest stations, it depicts various architectural styles and art deco. The only thing you must not forget to do is to Look Up! Here is an overview.

About this post on Milan Centrale Station

This post provides a quick overview on Milan’s and one of Europe’s largest train station which is an attraction in itself. An architectural masterpiece showcasing various styles, it is a reflection of the grand city as a center of commerce and fashion. In addition, the station is home to a dedicated memorial as well as many restaurants and high-end fashion stores. There are practical information included for travellers using this station.

You can find this station located at: 45.4870° N, 9.2055° E

Milan Centrale Station

Milan Centrale Station, Milan. @mytimelessfootsteps

Milan Centrale Station is the main train station for Milan, a city that is the centre of commerce and fashion in northern Italy. It was opened in 1931, replacing an older and smaller station that was built in 1864. The station showcases an imposing, grandiose design to reflect the dominance of the then fascist regime of Prime Minister of Italy, Benito Mussolini. Milan Centrale Station is the second largest station in Italy, following Roma Termini.

The Station is centrally located in Milan, giving easy access to Milan’s top attractions, such as the Piazza del Duomo, Duomo di Milano, the Brera District and the many museums located around the city. The Station itself is home to high-end designer shopping which the City, as one of the fashion capital of the world is popularly known for.

Architectural design

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“They told me that when Frank Lloyd Wright came to Milan, and he came only once, he was really impressed by it and said it was the most beautiful station in the world. For me it is also more beautiful than Grand Central Station in  New York . I know few stations like this one”.

Aldo Rossi declared in an interview of February 1995 to Cecilia Bolognesi (Aldo Rossi, Luoghi Urbani, Unicopli 1999, p. 31)

There are no definite architectural style that can be associated with this grand station. Though beautiful and adorned with sculptures of winged horses, lions, bulls and eagles, it appears to be a blend of many different styles of Art Deco and Liberty, but not limited to those.

The platforms are covered with a canopy of soaring glass and metal arched roof, which is 341 metres (1,119 ft) long. It covers a total area of 66,500 square metres (716,000 sq feet).  

As I mentioned earlier, don’t forget to look up – this is a magnificent building.

A sad past and The Shoah Memorial of Milan

During the holocaust in Italy, the station played a key role in transporting Jewish inmates of the San Vittore Prison and other persecuted people to concentration or death camps. They were taken to a secret track, located deep, on a sub-level below the train tracks, Binario 21. Between 1943 and early 1945, a total of twenty deportation trains and prisoners were sent away from here.

Today, this part of the station is a place for memory, gathering and awareness.

The Shoah Memorial of Milan

The Shoah Memorial of Milan occupies a vast space of train yard underneath the Centrale Station. Covering an area of twenty-four parallel tracks which were originally used for mail wagons, it is laid out on two levels, the ground floor and mezzzanine floor.

An overview for travellers using Milan Centrale Station

There are twenty-four platforms at Milan Centrale Station, with daily service to cities throughout Italy and Europe. It serves about 320,000 people each day.

The platforms and concourse are above ground level but these are fully accessible from ground level via lifts and escalators. Thus, providing level access to all platforms and concourse.

If you are without or with manageable luggage, you may want to walk-up the grand staircase from the station’s main entrance on the Piazza Duca d’Aosta.

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One of the grand staircases at Milan Centrale Station, accessed from Piazza Duca d’Aosta

Practical information to support your travel when at Milan Centrale Station

The station has free WiFi. 

On platform level, there is an information office and a few shops and restaurants. There are restrooms near platform 22.

Executive class & Business Salottino passengers on its Frecciarossa trains have access to Sala Freccia Club located near platform 21.

Passengers with disabilities who need special assistance have access to Sala Blu, located near platform 4.

On ground level, there is a large ticket office, the KiPoint left luggage facility, a post office, shops and restaurants.

Currency exchange is on platform level – Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

1 | Connections to Airports from Milan Centrale Station

i | To Malpensa Airport

The most convenient way is to use the bus transfer from Centrale to Malpensa or Malpensa to Centrale.

Malpensa Shuttle | Departs every 20 minutes | Journey is 1 hour

ii | To Linate International Airport

Book a ticket for a hassle free journey onboard an airport bus transfer from Linate Airport to Milan Central Station and from Milan Centrale to Linate Airport. This transfer assures a direct connection between Linate Airport and Milan Central Station by providing buses from the early morning until late at night. Get you and your luggage where you need to go when you need to go.

Bus | Departs every 30 minutes | Journey is 25 minutes | From 5:30 a.m.

iii | To other railway stations from Milan Centrale

Metro: local subway – MM1(red) | MM2(green) | MM3(yellow)

2 | Train services at Centrale

Le Frecce | Thello | City Night Train

3 | Cities commonly travelled to from Milan Centrale Station:

Basel | Florence | Geneva | Lugano | Lucerne | Nice | Paris | Rome | Venice | Zurich

4 | Getting to Milan City Centre | Piazza del Duomo from Centrale

From Milan Centrale Station:

To get to the Cathedral, you will need the Piazza del Duomo. The distance between Milan’s Central Station and Piazza del Duomo is 2 miles / 3.2 km. There are Three ways to get to Milan Cathedral from Central Station. I took a taxi and it was 10 Euros. Have a look at the following and you can decide what suits you.

The quickest way to get from Milan’s Central Station to Piazza del Duomo is to take a taxi. It takes 7 to 10 minutes depending on traffic. It costs around 10 Euros.

If you are considering the cheapest way to get from Milan’s Central Station to Piazza del Duomo, then it is the line 3 subway which costs 3 Euros and takes 15 min. It is located right in the Piazza del Duomo.

You can take a direct bus departing from Central Station m2 m3 and arrives at via larga. It is about 7 to 9 minutes walk to Piazza del Duomo, The bus services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 13 min. Costs 3 Euros.

Learn more from this page that tells you all about getting around Milan like a local using public transport

Station location

Address: Piazza Duca d’Aosta, 1 20124 Milan | GPS: 45.4870° N, 9.2055° E

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My thoughts…

If you train travel to Milan or if you ever find your self at Milan Centrale Station, take a moment to look around. This magnificent, awe-inspiring station building is no ordinary station and it is indeed an attraction in itself!

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Have an awesome time exploring Milan.


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4 Responses

  1. Jay Artale

    We’ve been traveling by train a lot more, in our recent travels .. and took trains to tour Spain and France. We always like getting to the stations early to explore them, but I don’t think I can recall one as beautiful as this.

  2. PedroL

    eheh thank you Georgina 🙂 yeah, in one word I would say ‘awe’… you are lucky to have the opportunity to see it often 🙂 have a great week, PedroL

  3. Georgina

    Just seeing your lovely comment today – thank you so much. I was totally in awe when I saw the Centrale. I had heard its big but did not expect such beautiful architecture. I am so happy that you experienced it as well, Pedrol. Absolutely a “must-see”. Have a wonderful rest of the week. Look forward to reading your adventures soon.

  4. PedroL

    Milan’s central station was my first contact ever with Milan 🙂 I remember to land in the airport and then I took a bus to this train station and, when I realize how big it was, I entered inside and took some time to discover it!! definitely, a must place to visit in Milan 🙂 have a great day Georgina, PedroL

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