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Driving to Malpensa from Parma at night

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Driving to Malpensa from Parma at night

Is it safe to drive back to the airport in the middle of the night?

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1. Re: Driving to Malpensa from Parma at night

Why would it be unsafe? Outside the major cities, driving in Italy is not much different to driving in the USA.

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2. Re: Driving to Malpensa from Parma at night

Hi: safe in terms of easy roads, maybe getting lost in the middle of the night and missing our flight. We just don't know if its a good idea to drive to Malpensa at 2 am to catch an early flight ( 6 am) or stay the night before in Milan. We will prefer not to stay in Milan to extend our time in Parma and surroundings.

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3. Re: Driving to Malpensa from Parma at night

Have you considered spending until late afternoon in Parma and then driving directly to a hotel right at Malpensa Airport? No need to cope with downtown Milan. Moreover, in planning our own upcoming trip to the area with an early-morning flight home, we find that there are several Michelin-rated restaurants in the small towns near Malpensa, so en route you could have a great farewell-to-Italy dinner and then crash (so to speak) at an airport hotel until it's time to check in for your flight.

That aside, you must have a high risk tolerance if you're willing to cut the timing as closely as you suggest. Lots of things could go wrong that would delay your arrival at the airport. We are experienced travelers by car in Europe, and personally we would never risk it.

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4. Re: Driving to Malpensa from Parma at night

Yes! You are right! Staying at a hotel bu thw airport will be wiser!

Any recommendations of restaurants for a farewell dinner?

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5. Re: Driving to Malpensa from Parma at night

How about if the flight leaves around 11 am? Is that considered too early also?

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6. Re: Driving to Malpensa from Parma at night

As to how early is "considered" too early, it depends on the risk tolerance of whoever's doing the considering. Personally, we would stay in a Malpensa hotel the night before anything earlier than, say, 6:00 p.m., and maybe even then. Others may like to live life on the edge. If the 11:00 a.m. flight is transatlantic, you'll have to check in by 8:00 a.m. How much leeway are you comfortable with? Just think about how you would deal with a mechanical breakdown in the pre-dawn hours (how confident are you as to the condition of rental cars?), or a collision that made the car undrivable.

As to restaurants, we're working on it for our own upcoming trip. Lots of possibilities can be found at www..viamichelin.com. Or you might search this forum for others' recommendations and see if any establishments keep getting mentioned (favorably, of course).

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