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Friday, February 24, 2012

Transportation: 5 Things To Know About The Alibus Shuttle From Malpensa To Stresa

Your shuttle bus will look like this or similar, with, most likely, this S.A.F. logo on it, not Alibus.

The Alibus Malpensa/Stresa Shuttle has been mentioned a few times on this blog, and readers are always asking me about it, so I thought it was time to give this important transfer transportation from Malpensa Airport a dedicated post of its own. Each year the information will be updated. Following is the Alibus information and links for 2012.


5 Things You Need To Know About Alibus:

What Is The Alibus Operating Schedule?
For 2014 Alibus will begin service to Stresa and Lago Maggiore on Saturday, April 5, and will run until  Tuesday, September 30. It runs seven days a week. The earliest bus each day leaves Malpensa at 8:30 am and the last bus each day leaves Malpensa at 9:00 pm. The trip to Stresa takes one hour. For the returns to Malpensa, the earliest bus leaves Stresa each day at 6:30 am and the last bus leaves Stresa each day at 7:30 pm, arriving at Malpensa one hour later.

Where Can I Make My Reservation?
Directly on the Alibus website here: http://www.safduemila.com/files/alibus-2014.4.5-9.30-english--2013.12.30-.pdf You can fill out the form provided, call them directly during business hours, send them an email, or send them a fax. You must make the reservation no later than the day before you intend to travel. Here is what they say," The user should book his own travelling, choosing from the fixed timetables, before h.11:00 of the day before the departure. For the departures on Sundays and Monday the call should be done before h.11:00 of Saturday. For the transfers on festivities and the coming day the call should be done before h.11:00 of the day before the festivity."  And as they indicate, when you receive an email from them consider it your confirmation and proof of reservation. If you do not receive an email please try contacting them again.
 

How Much Does The Alibus Shuttle Cost? 
For the year 2014 the price for each person, each way, to Stresa or back to Malpensa, is 12 euro. To Verbania or back is 15 euro.

How Do I Pay For My Ticket?
Tickets must be paid for on the bus, and only in cash. This will require having euro with you, so if you are planning to take the shuttle upon arrival to Malpensa please plan to have the correct amount of euro ready, or to visit an ATM in the airport.

Where Does The Alibus Pick Me Up At Malpensa Airport? 
From MALPENSA Terminal 1, exit the terminal through exit doors 2 or 3. The ALIBUS will arrive in front of those doors, in transit from Terminal 2. From MALPENSA Terminal 2, bus stop n°2 (Note: this is a new stopping place in 2014).
 
Where Does The Alibus Drop Me In Stresa?
Alibus shuttle stops in the large parking lot, also called Piazza Marconi, at the boat imbarcadero. When possible, as noted on the site, your Alibus driver may be able to stop closer to your hotel if it is directly along the lake. Ask him about this when you board, but be prepared for the Piazza Marconi stop.

Okay, it was six things... But these are the questions I'm most commonly asked, and the most important to know. In general, know that Alibus has been running this service for many years and is reliable and safe. The large coach buses are comfortable and luggage will be stored underneath. It is a very economical and easy way to reach Stresa from Malpensa. Alibus now also offers on the site suggestions for your transport if you are traveling outside of this season.

Main Alibus  site: http://www.safduemila.com/

bus photo courtesy of Alibus website

10 comments:

M P DRUCE said...

A VERY GOOD SERVICE, MY WIFE AND I USED ALIBUS A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO TO TRANSFER FROM MILAN AIRPORT TO STRESA AND RETURN.

Stresa Sights said...

Thank you very much for letting us know about your Alibus experience. I know that it will be helpful to many other readers!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful website! I see that the Alibus stops in late SEptember. Other than a taxi, is there any other transport from Stresa to Malensa in the winter? We will be in Stresa January 3-5, returning to Malpensa on Jan 5 (2012). Thanks,
Patricia

Stresa Sights said...

Ah, Patricia, my apologies. I think this response will come too late for your arrival in Stresa, but perhaps the information will be helpful on the 5th when you leave. Go to the Stresa train station where, on the ticket window, you will see information on how to reach Malpensa from Stresa for only 6.90 euro. It involves taking the train from Stresa to Busto Arsizio and then the bus from Busto Arsizio to Malpensa. They will provide you with the necessary tickets. I hope this helps you, and others, and I hope you are enjoying your winter stay in Stresa.

Stresa Sights said...

Editor's Note: While I have heard nothing but good reviews of the Alibus service up until now, a reader has written to share his not-so-good one; I told him that I would share his experience here to inform others:

"The bus transfer from Malpensa to Lago Maggiore is excellent – sometimes. But for us five people from Copenhagen it was a big dissappointment. Our flight was delayed and we phoned two times to change. I had ok from Alibus and was last time advised to take a bus 18.40 from Malpensa 2. We waited for 2,5 hours with our little baby. But no bus arrived and no answer from Alibus.
The day after the personal said they forgot to tell the driver. But the manager told us it was impossible to change bacause they have no contact with the drivers after 11 am the day before. Perhaps he never heard of mobil phones? The transfer to Lago Maggiore needs better service, mobil phones and people we can trust."

Anonymous said...

I travelled to Stresa to Hotel Elena from airport 2010 - the driver was most helpful as I speak no Italian - and he dropped me off at outside hotel
This was my first time in Italy , I was on my own and I had no idea how to get from a - b. I found everybody really very helpfu even although they had limited english aslo. Great Bus service

Stresa Sights said...

Thank you, Anonymous, for your review of your experience on Alibus.

Anonymous said...

Are there good places, in Baveno ,to thake breakfast and dinner for a reasonoble price.
Thank you

Stresa Sights said...

@Anonymous -- So sorry, but I really don't know many particulars about Baveno. But I imagine you will discover some very lovely places there.

Keri Smith said...

Good information aboutairport transportation services! Just what I was looking for! :)

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