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Travel information

Bergamo is in Northern Italy, 50 km north-east of Milan, on the way to Lake Garda and Venice. Thanks to its international airport (sometimes advertised as ‘Milan-Orio al Serio’, or Milan-BGY), Bergamo can be reached by plane from many European cities; alternatively, participants may fly to Milan and take a train to Bergamo.


Getting to Bergamo:

By plane:

Landing in Bergamo:

Several low-cost carriers land in Bergamo airport, Il Caravaggio (Orio al Serio Airport, also advertised as Milan-Orio al Serio or Milan-BGY); from there, you can take a bus to the city centre and the Upper Town (bus No. 1; ca. € 2.40), or opt for a short taxi ride (€ 15-20 approximately).

Relevant links:

Orio al Serio "Caravaggio" Airport

Urban Bus Bergamo/Airport

Radio Taxi Bergamo


Landing in Milano MALPENSA:

In this case, you will need to take a train from Malpensa to Milano Centrale Station (Milan Central Station) and a train from there to Bergamo.

Milano Malpensa Airport

Malpensa airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 (for international flights) and Terminal 2 (for low-cost airlines). Between Terminals 1 and 2 there is a free shuttle (Navetta Terminal 1-Terminal 2), active 24 hours a day, running about every 7 minutes from 06.00 to 23.00 and about every 30 minutes from 23.00 to 06.00 (For more information:

From Milan Malpensa Airport to Milan Central Station (Milano Centrale):

a.    By bus. Malpensa Bus Express or Malpensa Shuttle Air Pullman to Milano Centrale (not Milano Cadorna) from Terminal 1 and 2: buy tickets from the driver standing by the door of bus; buses leave every 20 minutes from 6 to 1:20 am (takes 60 minutes). Ticket price: approximately € 10 round trip, € 16 round trip. (For more information:

a.    By train. The Malpensa Express train to Milano Centrale (not Milano Cadorna) takes about 60 minutes and departs every 30 minutes from 05:37 to 22.37 (departures are at 7 and 37 minutes every hour from Terminal 2, and at minutes 13 and 43 from Terminal 1). From Milano Centrale to Malpensa, trains leave at 25 and 55 minutes every hour. Ticket price: ca. € 13 one way, € 20 round trip. (For more information:

b.    By taxi. quite expensive as the airport is some way out. The taxi ride to Milano Centrale has a standard flat rate of ca. € 95. (For more information:


Landing in Milano LINATE:

You can get from Milan Linate airport to Milan Central station (Milano Centrale) by bus (Air Bus Linate-Centrale, ca. € 5 one-way ticket, € 9 round trip:; Linate Shuttle, with the same prices: or by taxi. It takes about 25 minutes. A cheaper option is urban bus 73, Aeroporto Linate - Duomo M1-M3, every 10 minutes; it takes almost one hour to the Duomo (ca. € 2.00). There, with the same bus ticket, take the M3 Metro line (the yellowline) Comasina direction to Centrale, then go to the train station. For more information:


From Milano Centrale Station to Bergamo

Trains to Bergamo

Trains run every hour from Milano Centrale to Bergamo, from 05.35 to 23.40 hours, with departures at 5 minutes every hour most of the day. The journey from Bergamo to Milano Centrale runs between 05:00 and 23:00, with departures at 2 minutes every most of the day. However, the service is slightly more frequent in some time slots, in the morning and in the afternoon. The journey takes about 50 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at vending machines at the stations, or through the Trenitalia website ( which also has pages in English). As for the price, first class is ca. € 8.50, and second class is ca. € 5.50. Please note that in practice there is no appreciable difference between them.

In order to access the platforms at Milano Centrale station, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets must also be validated before getting on the trains (use the yellow or green machines found in the station lobby or on the platforms). If you cannot validate tickets, you must immediately inform the train personnel.

More information is available at in both Italian and English. When choosing itineraries, select the “principali soluzioni” tab. It is advisable to take into account only direct travel solutions, without transfers.


Useful links (urban public transport, subway lines, buses, trams and funiculars, schedules, prices, passes, maps, etc.)




 Stopover in Milan (by R. Dury)

1. There are a number of business-type hotels near the Stazione Centrale - but they and the area are pretty dull.

2. An interesting area is Corso Magenta (continuing into Via Meravigli) – it’s got little specialist shops, historic buildings, Bar Magenta that was trendy the last time I went there (but since I stopped going, who knows...) and S. Maria Maggiore with Leonardo’s Last Supper (you have to book, but if you stay at a nearby hotel they should be able to help to book ahead of arrival; the number for booking yourself is 02/89 42 11 46) - you might think the Last Supper is so familiar that you know it already, but every time I’ve been to see it, it’s been an impressive experience (Nobel Laureate Dario Fo has just come up with a theory that the perspective lines give you the impression that you are floating a few feet above the ground). It’s also near the Ambrosiana, which was, I believe the first public art gallery. Note that the Via Meravigli area is quite close to Stazione Cadorna where the Malpensa Express shuttle train arrives/leaves from. In this area there’s Hotel S. Marta Suite (Via S. Marta 4). Also Hotel King, Corso Magenta 19. Via S. Marta is not far from Via Spadari and Peck, an amazing Aladin’s-cave of a delicatessen. Right next door to Peck is Hotel Spadari.

3. The most monumental and Parisian street in Milan (and perhaps the only bit of modern Milan apart from the inside of the Scala theatre that helps you understand why Stendhal asked to be buried under just his name and ‘un milanais’) is Corso Venezia: broad pavement and magnificent historic buildings on one side and the park on the other, leading down into the centre. On the trafficked Piazza Oberdan at the end of Corso Venezia is Hotel Promessi Sposi. Nearby in Via Nino Bixio 4/a is the Roxy Hotel (might be worth staying there just for the name).

4. The Brera area behind La Scala and round the main art museum (Brera) is also ‘molto tipico’, art galleries, cobbled streets, restaurants, Armani's house... On the busy street that marks the limit of the Brera area is Hotel Cavour, Via Fatebenefratelli 21.

Accommodation and meals

Participants are invited to make their own accommodation arrangements. Both in the Lower Town and in the Upper Town various hotels are available, from relatively inexpensive to luxury: below you will find a list of possible contacts. Early booking is highly recommended, as Bergamo is a popular tourist destination throughout the year.

As for meals, many restaurants and bars are located in the neighbourhood of the Conference venue.



(Further details about accommodation



Name and contact details



Upper Town


Relais San Lorenzo




Piazza Vecchia,




Agnello dOro




Lower Town

City centre



Cappello dOro,


Excelsior S. Marco,


NH Hotel,


Mercure Bergamo,




Best Western Piemontese,




B&B Hotel,


Città dei Mille,


San Giorgio



Bed & Breakfast

(See also


Upper Town

La Valletta,

Villa Luna,


Lower Town



LAngolo del Poeta,





Città Bassa

Central Hostel BG