Apologies in advance if this question has been asked and answered, but I am trying to figure out the best way to get from Milan Malpensa to our hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure. We will be traveling with 6 adults and a 15 month old child and we will probably each have at least 1 large suitcase per person (along with a stroller and car seat for the baby). Based on my research, we have the following options:
Train - I am confused whether the Malpensa Express would take us to the correct train station to take us to Santa Margherita Ligure (Milano Centrale). I know there is also the bus to get us to Milano Centrale. My biggest concern with taking the train is how we will handle all of our luggage and the baby, particularly with transfers. My second concern is the amount of time it will take us to do this (particularly knowing that my 15 month old son may not enjoy such a long travel period after an overnight flight from NY). Our flight arrives into MXP at 7:45 AM and I believe the first direct train to Santa Margherita Ligure is at 12:10 (getting into Santa Margherita Ligure at 2:25).
Car Rental - I thought this would be the best option, but we need an automatic car and it appears that the closest rental location to Santa Margherita Ligure to drop off an automatic car (large enough to fit our entire group) would be Genoa. If I am missing something and there is something closer, please let me know!
Private Transfer - This seems to be the easiest option, but is very expensive (most companies I found for E710 round trip (for the entire group); I did find one for E587 (through airportstaxistransfers.com)). I was hoping to avoid this option but if we must, does anyone have recommendations for a cheaper service? Has anyone used airportstaxistransfers.com?
Thanks in advance!