Could anyone advise me on the best way to get to Fano from Milan mxp airport, preferably by train.
The train goes right to Fano. Check schedules and times at trenitalia.com. Coming from Milan Centrale, you will need to change trains at least once. Trenitalia will give a number of options, however if the route involves a regional or "regionale veloce" (fast regional) train, then it probably won't give the price or even show the train as available. It's best to search both for your travel date (up to 120 days in advance) as well as for a date over the next 7 days. Schedules can change, but it will give you a good idea of what's available.
For best fares, book any of the fast trains well in advance. Discount fares are by and large non-refundable and non-changeable. For more on trains and booking: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187768-c19328/Italy:…
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It might be a little faster if you do Milano Centrale -> Bologna ->Pesaro (on the Frecciabianca ) -> Fano on the Regionale.
Either way, it's about a 3 - 3.5 hour journey.
I did it last year, and the one piece of advice I'd give is to give yourself enough time to change trains in Bologna (30 minutes should be enough).
Thanks for that info, is it easy to get a train from the airport to Milan centrale?
It's quite easy to take a train from Malpensa airport to Milano Centrale, where you'd make your connection for Fano. You can buy your tickets for the whole trip at the airport train station.
The trains from Bologna to Fano are almost all regional trains, so you needn't worry about the connection time. Regional trains have no reserved seats, so the ticket can be used on any regional train from Bologna to Fano. If you miss the one you hoped to take, just use the ticket on the next train. Be sure to stamp regional tickets in the machine near the tracks before you board the train. In Bologna, the stamping machines are in the underpass that connects the tracks. Since the tickets are good on any regional train on the route, they have to be stamped to prevent them from being used more than once.
There *are* some direct trains from Milan Centrale to Fano. For example, there's one at 10 AM, on an Intercity train. However, since the Intercity trains make a lot of stops, it would usually be quicker to take a fast train to Bologna, Rimini, or Pesaro, and a regional train for the rest of the way. I usually take the first train that's available, unless there's a substantial difference in the travel times, because the time you save by taking a faster train is eaten up by the time you waste waiting for it. I also prefer a train with fewer changes, because every change of trains bears a risk of missing a connection.
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