24-27 September 2019
EC-JRC Ispra
Europe/Rome timezone

Travel and Directions

The Ispra Site of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the third biggest Commission site after Brussels and Luxembourg, covers an area of 167 hectares hosting ca 1850 staff.

After more than 50 years of development, Ispra is firmly established as one of Europe's leading research campuses.

Nested in the beautiful setting of the Italian lakes, Ispra provides a fascinating, multicultural working environment for people from all over Europe and beyond.

VENUE: Joint Research Centre, (building: 36, Conference room 1)

ADDRESS: Via Enrico Fermi 2749, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy

The JRC will arrange a free shuttle bus service to transfer participants. Prior to the event you will receive information regarding pick-up times. Transport will be grouped which may involve a short wait.

Three shuttles will depart from Malpensa Airport (Arrivals) to the Hotels (Ispra-Angera) on 23 of September 2019 as follows:

  • Departure from Malpensa Terminal 1 (T1) Exit/Uscita 7 at 12:00, 16:00 and 20:00 hs.

For those participants arriving to Malpensa Airport Terminal 2 (T2) there is a free Airport shuttle service every 15 minutes between T1 and T2.

Two shuttles will depart from JRC Main Entrance gate to Malpensa Airport (Departures) on 27 of September as follows:

  • Departures from JRC at 14:30 and 16:30 hs


Please note that the Public Transport is not recommended due to lack of flexibility. Should you wish to be more flexible, we recommend renting a car at the Airport.

"JRC will not cover accommodation costs nor the costs of transport beyond  the JRC-organised shuttle services  between the airport, the workshop venue  and the hotels at fixed times." 


The best way to access Ispra by air is via the Malpensa International Airport (MXP) that is 30 km from JRC Ispra. As an alternative, Orio al Serio airport could be used that is 110 km from JRC but well connected with the Central Train Station in Milan.


The costs should be around €60 from Malpensa International Airport and it takes 30 minutes to reach the centre. JRC is well known also as CCR of Ispra among taxi drivers in MXP.


To/from the Orio al Serio (Bergamo) airport, you can take the Orio Shuttle from the Central Train Station in Milan (from here you can follow the option 2 described bellow). The whole trip would take between 2 to 3 hours to reach JRC. More info at www.orioshuttle.com


Public transport - there are several ways to reach Ispra from Milan Malpensa airport (and vice versa):

  1. At Milan Malpensa airport train station, take a TRENORD train to Varese (Train station nord). From Varese train station take the bus Linea N20 "VARESE - ANGERA - SESTO CALENDE" departing at ten minutes past every hour to Ispra (ENI petrol station), the bus journey takes 45 minutes to Ispra.                                        

    Malpensa T1 09:19 10:19 11:19 12:19 13:19 14:19 15:19 16:19 17:19
    Varese 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00
  2. You can reach the Milan Central Station from Malpensa Airport with the bus service or Malpensa Express train. From Milan Central Station take a train to Sesto Calende. From Sesto Calende take a bus to Autolinee Varesine bus stop in Ispra (ENI petrol station). More information regarding trains time table can be found at www.trenitalia.com/en.html and www.lenord.it (Regione Lombardia)

  3. Take a bus (S.A.C.O) from Milan Malpensa Airport (tickets on board) to Gallarate railway station. From Gallarate take a train to Besozzo. In Besozzo take a bus to Autolinee Varesine bus stop in Ispra. More info of Buses in the province of Varese can be found at www.sila.it www.ctpi.it

  4. At Milan Malpensa Airport, take a TILO train (Treni Regionali Ticino Lombardia) directly to Besozzo train station. In Besozzo take a bus from the Besozzo c.so XXV Aprile station to Ispra (timetable below). The bus stop in Ispra is on via Mazzini, about 1km from the JRC entrance. Time table can be found at http://www.tilo.ch/en/   There are some works on this trainline so please check timetables.

The time schedules are subject to change. Before you finalise your travel arrangements, please verify all the relevant information. We would suggest having a look to the trip planner in Lombardy www.muoversi.regione.lombardia.it

If you are arriving by car, please provide details (licence plate, make of your car) by sending an email to antonio.puertas-gallardo@ec.europa.eu and dario.rodriguez@ec.europa.eu. Please note that the parking places are limited.

Additional links

Ferries: www.navigazionelaghi.it