a VirtualTourist member asked on Sep 10, 2011
Hi, I am scheduled to arrive at Milan Malpensa airport on Sunday morning, Sept. 18. I understand a train strike is scheduled from 9:00 p.m. Saturday Sept 17 until 9:00 p.m. Sunday Sept 18. We had planned to take a bus from the airport to the Milano Centrale train station, then the train to Desenzano station. Hadn't decided the best way to into Sirmione from there.
So my questions, what are the options for getting into Sirmione from Desenzano train station. And second, what are the options to get there if in fact there is a train strike?
You can get a bus from Desenzano to Sirmione. The Brescia>Verona bus serves Desenzano & Sirmione.
Direct timetable link for that route:
The alternative option is to take a taxi from Desenzano. It's only about 9km so shouldn't be too expensive.
A train strike will make things much more difficult. I believe a skeleton service is legally required, although I have no idea on how many lines nor how often. In that event, my personal preference would be to accept it, write off the first night and find somewhere to stay in Milan.
Having said that, there are departures on Sundays from M Centrale to Desenzano at 2225 and 0015. You could take the chance that these will be running as normal (again, I have no idea how quickly things get back to normal after a planned strike) and, having ensured that wherever you are staying is happy to accept a very late arrival, take a taxi from Desenzano.
for train times, details and fares in English.
I'll investigate bus possibilities...
With no trains you might be able to do it by bus.
Take the direct bus from Malpensa to Brescia:
or the much more expensive shuttle (still cheaper than a hotel):
and then take the Brescia>Verona bus as above.
There may be an alternative and better option...this is not a journey I have made myself.