A royal park about 30km northeast of Milan is home to the Monza Grand Prix circuit. Whether you’re staying in the city for the weekend or camping near the track, most fans pass through Milan en route to the temple of speed. From here, regular buses and trains make it a quick and easy trip to the town of Monza where shuttle buses ferry fans to the track.

International Travel: Arrival in Milan for the Italian Grand Prix

Flights

There are 3 international airports that serve as entry points for Milan: Malpensa (MXP) (40km), Linate (LIN) (7km) and Bergamo (BGY) (45km).

Kiwi.com lets you search for the lowest cost flights and shows you route combinations that often don’t show up on other search engines. If you miss a connecting flight due to delay the Kiwi guarantee means you can take the next available flight at no extra cost.

Transport from the airport to central Milan

From each airport, buses, taxis and trains take visitors into central Milan, usually dropping visitors off at the main train station, Milano Centrale. Tickets, booked at the airport or in advance with Omio, start at about €5 for a bus from Linate airport to Milano Centrale up to €8 if coming from Malpensa.

For the most stress free arrival, book a ride in advance with global airport transfer specialists Kiwitaxi.com, and your driver will be ready and waiting for you. They offer a range of vehicle types depending on your needs, from budget small cars, luxury sedans all the way up to 16 seater minibuses.

For a private car and driver for up to four passengers, expect to pay from €50 to €100 depending on the airport and choice of car.

Train Travel

From other cities in Italy and destinations in central Europe, you might find that arriving in Milan by rail is preferable to flying. This cuts out the need for an extra journey into the city centre and makes the next stage of getting to the circuit more convenient.

You can search train schedules across multiple operators simultaneously to and from just about any station in Europe using Omio (formerly GoEuro) and purchase tickets for the same cost as buying direct from the train lines.

Getting Around in Milan

Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) operates all public transport in Milan so you can use the same tickets on buses, metro, trams (street cars) and S lines (suburban railways). Buy tickets from convenience stores, newsstands and machines inside metro stations.

It’s important to validate your ticket at the start of your journey. Use one of the yellow or orange machines found at metro stations and onboard buses and trams. Do this each time you change vehicles and you’re good for up to 90 minutes of travel.

A single journey ticket costs €2 but a book of ten can be purchased for €18. Alternatively, pick up a 24-hour (€7) or 72-hour (€12) pass.

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Metro

In Milan, you’ll be able to get to most places you want to go on the metro. It’s very easy to navigate the 5 color-coded lines and 103 stations. The metro opens at 6 am and closes at midnight (2 am on Saturday night).

Tram

A tourist attraction in their own right, Milan’s iconic trams are not only charming but also an efficient and easy way to get around. Some of the yellow and orange trams have been in service since the pre-war years and have changed very little. Information on tram routes and schedules can be found at tram stops and the time of the next tram is displayed on a live display.

Taxi

Milan’s white taxis can be a pricey way to get around and are not usually necessary. If you do need a ride go to the nearest taxi rank as trying to hail one in the street is almost always futile. Most trips will be on the metre but on certain routes like to and from Milan’s airports, a fixed rate price applies. Uber is also operating in Milan and is usually less expensive than a taxi.

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Getting to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza by Public Transport

Train

Monza train station is in Monza town centre, about 6.6 km from the track. Regular suburban train lines S8, S9 and S11 cover the trip from Milan to Monza in about 20 minutes and run at least every half an hour.

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Monza Train Station | © The F1 Spectator

From here there are a number of ways to continue to the circuit which are listed below. Keep in mind that Monza’s parkland is huge – one of the biggest in Europe. However you proceed, you’ll still face a 10-15 minute walk to your grandstand.

  • Shuttle Bus. Over the Grand Prix weekend (Friday to Sunday) F1 fans can use a free shuttle bus service between Monza and the circuit. Exit the station to Piazza Castello (follow the sea of red if you’re not sure) and the bus is there. The shuttle is usually jam-packed and standing room only – not the most comfortable of rides but it’s only about 20 minutes. The bus stops inside the park at the intersection of Viale Cavriga and Viale Mirabello. From here it’s about a 15-minute walk to the circuit.
  • Regular Bus. For a more comfortable alternative to the free shuttle bus, there are two regular buses that connect Monza Station to the circuit. Bus 204 drops fans off at Verdano gate and Bus 221 stops at Verdano and Porta S. Maria delle Selve gates. Both services leave from Corsa Milano near the station.
  • Walk. The station is about a 40-minute walk to the gates of the circuit so not recommended for everyone given you’ll face another longish walk to reach your seats. But if you’re fit and not in a rush, it’s a nice way to avoid a cramped bus.
  • Onward Trains. The closest station to the gates of the circuit is the tiny ‘Biassono/Lesmo’ station to the northeast of the circuit. If you’ve planned your arrival to coincide with a train to Biassono, you can continue on one of the regular trains. It’s about a 10-minute walk from here to Monza’s North Gate.

Bus

Grand Prix or no Grand Prix, there are regular buses connecting Milan and Monza operated by ATM. Bus lines 723, 724, and 722. You could also take the metro as far as Sesto 1 ° Maggio FS on line 1. From here catch bus Z221 to Monza.

Driving to the Italian Grand Prix

Times for driving to the circuit under normal conditions are provided below but allow extra time during a Grand Prix weekend, especially after Sunday’s race. Rental companies like Hertz and Europcar have depots at all of Milan’s airports.

To get from Milan to the circuit head northeast along the Viale Fulvio Testi and continue onto the SS36. Exit to Monza/Saronno and merge onto Viale Lombardia. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Viale Cesare Battisti. After 1.5 km turn left onto the Viale Regina Margherita and continue onto Viale Brianza. From here follow local signs to parking areas.

CENTRAL MILAN35MIN28KM
MALPENSA AIRPORT50MIN60KM
LINATE AIRPORT30MIN24KM
BERGAMO AIRPORT40MIN43KM

Parking at Monza

Official Parking

Monza Mobilità oversees eight official car parks near the circuit. Some are within walking distance to the track and others are served by shuttle buses included with your parking pass.

With the exception of Gold Parking which should be booked in advance, parking passes can be booked online or bought at the car park on the day. Availability is not guaranteed though, so if you can, book ahead.

Most parking lots are open from about 6.30am to 11pm, though you should receive more specific information on this closer to race weekend.

Blue Parking
  • Nearest gate: G (6.9 km)
  • Shuttle: blue line
  • Days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • Location: U-Power Stadium, Via Franco Tognini.
Platinum Parking
  • Nearest gate: A (1.2km)
  • Days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • Location: Vedano al Lambro, via Achille Grandi.
Green Parking
  • Nearest gate: C and D (500m)
  • Days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • Location: Via Parco and Via Madonna delle Nevi.
Brown Parking
  • Nearest gate: C and B (1km)
  • Days: Saturday, Sunday.
  • Location: Via delle Industrie, Biassono.
Purple Parking
  • Nearest gate: Vedano A-B (4.5km)
  • Days: Saturday, Sunday.
  • Shuttle: purple line.
  • Location: Via Martiri delle Foibe (Saturday); Rondò Dei Pini (Sunday).
Gold Parking
  • Nearest gate: A (1km) and G (1.5km)
  • Days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • Location: Porta Monza, Monza park.
Orange 1 Parking (includes motorbike parking)
  • Nearest gate: A (2km)
  • Days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • Location: underground carpark of Il Mercato del Maestoso by Ipervia (supermarket), Via Lissoni.
Orange 2 Parking
  • Nearest gate: A (2km)
  • Days: Saturday, Sunday.
  • Location: S. Gerardo Hospital Parking, Via Gaetano Donizetti.
Red Parking
  • Nearest gate: G (2.5km)
  • Days: Saturday, Sunday.
  • Location: Via Raffaello Sanzio (Saturday) and Via Benvenuto Cellini (Sunday).

The website has no native support for any other language besides Italian and can be confusing at first. If you’re unable to translate the webpage using your in-built browser translator you can follow this guide.

You’ll need to create an account to book tickets and you can do that first or wait until you’re prompted. To do that first, choose ‘Login’. This step is self-explanatory, so we’ll skip ahead to the fun part.

  1. First, find the dropdown list. Click or tap where it says ‘Seleziona il parcheggio’ (Select Parking).
  2. Choose the parking you want for the days that you want. The numbers on the left show the date or date range ie. 10/09 (September 10th). That’s followed by the name of the parking area, all of which are colours: arancione (orange), blu (blue), verde (green), marrone (brown), viola (purple), gold (gold) and platino (platinum)*. Finally, there’s the location of the car park. The list includes options for cars, camper vans, buses and motorbikes, so pay attention to the icons on the map.
  3. After you make your choice, hit ‘Procedi con la prenotazione’ (Proceed with booking).
  4. In the text area, enter your license plate. (If you’re going to use a hire car or you don’t know the license plate, check the box beside ‘Non sai con che macchina arriverai all’evento o non conosci la targa?’).
  5. Tick the next checkbox to accept the terms and conditions.
  6. Finally, click ‘Paga con Carta di credito’ (Pay with credit card).
  7. You’ve done it! Reward yourself with a slice of pizza.

*Some other useful Italian here: navetta means shuttle bus and abandonamento refers to a multiday ticket (2gg = 2 days).

Unofficial Parking

Independent parking provider GP Monza Parking provide an alternative parking area to the official ones listed above. Located on Via Madonna delle Nevi, it’s just 390 metres from the North Gate, making it one of the closest to the circuit.

Single-day tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as multi-day tickets for the whole race weekend. This grass car park with options for cars, camper vans and buses is open from 6.30am to 9pm each day.

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