The GEM Foundation (Global Earthquake Model) is located in the university town of Pavia, Italy, and is part of the Pavia Risk Centre - a knowledge-hub of organisations, people and institutions working on ‘understanding and managing risk’. The GEM Secretariat is hosted by the EUCENTRE - one of GEM's sponsors and core institutions of the Pavia Risk Centre.
Medieval Tower, Pavia, Italy
From the airport
There are three international airports close to Pavia: Milan Linate - 50km, Milan Malpensa - 90km and Orio al Serio (Bergamo) -100km.
By taxi - a taxi from Linate to Pavia will cost around €70.
By bus - there is a direct bus between Linate and the university terrain near the GEM Secretariat. There are only 5 daily departures (currently at 9.00 - 11.50 - 14.00 - 17.00 and 20.30). The bus service (called Pavia - Linate bus) departs from the airport at exit 7. The bus stops at Via Ferrata / Tangenziale [3/] bus stop. From there it's a five minute walk to the GEM Secretariat office. The bus goes on to Pavia's Central Train Station.
If the timetable of the above bus does not match your arrival or departure, you can always travel via Milan.
Use the Linate Express bus [25 minutes, direct]
Take regular bus 73 to Milan's city centre (San Babila) and then take the metro to the Central Station. Once you arrive at Milano Centrale you can then take the train to Pavia (see below).
Further information can be found on the Malpensa/Linate website.
There is no direct connection between Malpensa and the GEM Secretariat nor Pavia centre. You will have to go through the city of Milan. If you land at either Malpensa 1 or Malpensa 2 (Easyjet), there are various options from there:
From Malpensa Terminal 1, you can take the Malpensa Express train going to Milan Cadorna or Central Station. A single ticket costs €11 and the train takes about an hour to arrive. From there you can take the green metroline to Milan Central Station. ** From Milan Central Station there are trains going to Pavia (timetables can be found at the Trenitalia website). From the Central Station of Pavia take the bus to the GEM Secretariat - see below.
Taking the bus to Milan Central Station (right outside both Malpensa Terminal 1 and 2). There are buses almost every 15 minutes during the day, operated by Malpensa Shuttle or Autostradale; cost of a single ticket is €10. It takes about 45 minutes from Terminal 1, 35 minutes from Terminal 2. From there, follow the route as described above **
A taxi from Malpensa to Pavia centre / the GEM Secretariat will cost around €135. Further information can be found on the Malpensa/Linate website.
Orio al Serio Airport (Bergamo)
There is no direct connection between the airport of Orio al Serio and Pavia. A taxi from Orio al Serio to Pavia will cost around €130. The fastest way to reach the GEM Secretariat is to take a bus to Milan Central station (regular services are operated by both Orio Shuttle and Autostradale, ticket costs around €10) and from there take a train to Pavia.
Further information can be found on the Orio al Serio website.
Using public transport
There is regular train service between Milan and Pavia:
Intercity trains are fastest and usually only stop at Milan Central and Pavia Central station. You need a specific ticket, which costs €7 for a single trip. See for more information.
There are many regional trains. Some stop at many small stations, others only at Milan Rogoredo and Milan Lambrate stations. A single ticket costs €4.
There is a commuter train between Milan and Pavia (S13, operated by Trenord). The train departs from Bovisa and stops at all major metro stations.
There are two bus lines connecting the Pavia's Central Station to the GEM Secretariat: bus 3 and bus 6. Tickets (€ 1,30 for a single journey) can be bought at a kiosk inside the station. From the station, you can take Bus 3 – Colombarone or Bus 3 – C. Pelizza. Get off at the Tibaldi bus stop. Or take Bus 6 – C. Pelizza from the Manzoni Guidi bus stop, near the Liberta statue, circle. Get off at Abbiategrasso – Instituto Volta bus stop.