Come raggiungere Pavia
By train / regional bus
Pavia lies on the railway line connecting Milan (Milano) with Genoa (Genova). Most trains
call in Pavia after departing from, or calling in, either Milan or Genoa. Milan
is however much closer to Pavia (30 km) than Genoa (120 km) and thus if you are
considering taking a plane, we suggest you prioritise Milan.
From June 2011, an "S" ("Sub-urban") train identified with the "S13" code operates between Milano Bovisa station and Pavia station. S trains depart every 30' from either end and call at all stations (see timetable, some notes in Italian), including Milano Porta Garibaldi and Milano Rogoredo.
From Milan, other, non-"S" trains to Pavia depart from the following stations:
- Milano Central Railway Station ("Milano Centrale")
- Milano Lambrate
- Milano Rogoredo - a reference point: all trains to Pavia funnel through Rogoredo, almost all of them do call here
- Milano Greco Pirelli
From Genoa, trains to Pavia depart (or call at) the Genova (=Genoa) Piazza Principe station.
Please refer to the Italian Railway web site for up-to-date
timetables; click on the flag on top of page to switch language. You may write
"Milan" as place of departure or arrival to mean
"any train station in Milan", the same applies for "Genoa".
Please note you should select "Pavia" and NOT "Pavia Porta Garibaldi" as your
As an alternative, a bus service is operated between Milan and Pavia by the AUTOGUIDOVIE bus company. Most buses depart from Milan at the Famagosta bus station, which is also an underground station (green line - M2): see on GiroMilano "how to reach it"
Timetables can be found on the AUTOGUIDOVIE or on the regional transport web sites. Buses depart approx. every 15 to 30 minutes from 6 AM to 8 PM, and rides last between 37 min. (express) and 1h10m (omnibus).
The buses arrive in Pavia at the Central Bus Station, about 100 m N-E from Pavia railway station.
Once in Pavia railway station you may reach the Central site of the University of Pavia:
- by taxy: it takes 5-10 minutes depending on traffic conditions. A taxi stand is located just outside the railway station, marked by an orange sign "TAXI". Destination "Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci" but we suggest you specify "Aula del ‘400", "Aula Forlanini", "Aula Disegno" or "Aula Magna". They are all next to each other but the driver may be aware of only some of them. Please be aware that taxis in Italy are definitely expensive with respect to European standards.
- by bus: we do not recommend you take a bus. Reaching the nearest bus stops requires changing lines and the overall time it takes is comparable or greater than on foot. Timetables and maps on the web site (in Italian) of the AUTOGUIDOVIE company running the service
- on foot: about 1.1 km / 15’.
Leave the station on the Eastern side (if you see not a narrow street, but
a large "piazza" then you’re on the correct side)
and take the central, tree-lined "corso". Once
you reach the large roundabout with an Athena statue, continue to the
opposite side, taking the traffic-restricted "corso"
between the Annabella shop and Minerva bar. Follow straight on for about 650
m until you cross the stone-paved "Strada
Nuova". At that point, turn left and follow the course of "Strada Nuova" until you reach the main entrance of the
university. Look for signs leading to the conference rooms.
Landing airports that may be worth considering are, in increasing distance and
Milano Linate (LIN),
Milano Malpensa (MXP),
Milano Orio al Serio (BGY) and
Genova Cristoforo Colombo (GOA).
From GOA take the "Volabus" shuttle to the Piazza Principe Station and then a train to Pavia (see section "by train").
From MXP you may also take a Malpensa Express train towards Cadorna Station or a regular train to Milano Centrale. Malpensa Express trains generally call at Milano Bovisa and/or at Milano Porta Garibaldi, where you can change to an S13 train to Pavia (see section "by train").
From LIN you may also take bus # 73 to M1 SAN BABILA underground station, then the underground to the Central Railway Station. The urban journey planner on GiroMilano may be helpful here.
Direct shuttle service to Pavia from LIN is currently available from the Autoservizi Botti company, but with only a few rides a day.
The shuttle buses arrive in Pavia at the Central Bus Station which is about 100 m N-E of Pavia railway station. From there you may follow the "by train" directions.
Through car sharing
Another option is renting an electric / hybrid vehicle from e-Vai, with collection at LIN, MXP, BGY, the main train stations in Milan, and return at various parking stalls in Pavia including one next to the conference site ("piazza Italia" stall). Fares are reasonable, see their web site for details. Please note you need to register in advance; same-day registration is generally not an option.
The conference takes place within the traffic-restricted area of Pavia. E-vai cars (see "car sharing") are admitted, but please check their web site for details. See the Municipality web site for details about available parking spots nearest to "Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci", or for parking areas with bus interchange (see also the AUTOGUIDOVIE web site).