The Northern Italian city of Milan is served by three important airports. Our Milan Airport Guide includes not just their services but aims to present visitors to Northern Italy with a snap shot of the fantastic cities, historic villages, famous lakes, Alpine mountains, important wine-growing regions and fun things to do they’ll find upon their arrival in Milan.
Milan is the capital of the Lombardy region, one of Italy’s largest and culturally richest domains, incorporating not just one of Europe’s most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites but also serving as an influential commercial centre for the fashion and design industries.
Milan Fashion Week is the highlight in every fashion aficionado’s year and the show draws thousands of visitors to the city every February and March, September and October, when some of the world’s top fashion designers show their spring and summer, autumn and winter collections. Fashionistas from across the globe come to marvel at the new designs and hope to explore the city’s chic boutiques and high-end designer outlets when the glamorous catwalk shows and celebrity parties are over.
Our Milan Airport Guide hopes to make visitors feel right at home when they arrive at one of Milan’s three airports. Forearmed is to be forewarned! What public transport options do these airports offer, how much will a taxi cost into the city centre and will affordable car rental be available?
Our Milan Airport Guide aims to address questions most travellers have when they visit a city, region or country for the first time.
Malpensa Airport (IATA: MXP) serves as the main international airport and lies to the north of the city, around 25 miles or 48 km distance from Milan city centre. Linate Airport is far smaller and is mainly used for domestic and European air traffic. The third airport serves both Milan and Bergamo, a popular tourist destination and ancient settlement that once belonged to the Venetian Republic. Orio al Serio Airport is close to Bergamo city and handles mainly budget airline traffic.
Malpensa Airport has two passenger terminals, which handle Schengen and non-Schengen flights as well as some inter-continental air traffic. Destinations include Athens, Saint Petersburg, Algiers, Madrid, Lyon, Rome, Cairo, Berlin, Marseille, Miami, Moscow, New York and Beijing to name but a few.
Served by major international carriers such as Alitalia, Aer Lingus, Air France, Air Berlin, Air China, Air Italy, Air Europa, American Airlines, Brussels Airlines, EasyJet, Emirates and Cathay Pacific among many others, Milan Malpensa Airport offers travellers a huge number of choices for onward travel, once they have explored Northern Italy to their heart’s content.
A regular shuttle service connects passengers arriving at Malpensa to Linate Airport (IATA: LIN). As Linate Airport is located just 7.8 km or 4.8 miles southeast of Milan’s city centre, most flights offered from Linate are either domestic or short-haul international flights, ideal for the fashionistas of Europe who flock to the city of Milan for some serious shopping. The airport handled more than 8.2 million passengers in 2010 and is the Lombardy’s second busiest airport.
Linate serves as a hub for both Alitalia and Alitalia CityLiner but provides also flights via well-known carriers such as British Airways, Air Malta, Aer Lingus, Air France, EasyJet, Brussels Airlines and TAP Portugal to name but a few. Destinations include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Edinburgh, Bari and Palermo, Paris, London, Brussels and Lisbon among many others.
Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport (IATA: BGY) is also known as Il Caravaggio International Airport in honour of one of Italy’s most famous painters. The airport lies within a 3.7 km or 2.3 mile distance of Bergamo but is located approximately 28 miles or 45 km from Milan. Serving some 7.7 million passengers per annum, Bergamo’s airport ranks as Italy’s fourth busiest airport.
From Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport passengers can fly to destinations as varied as Rhodes, Cairo, Cagliari, Olbia, Monastri, Istanbul, Tampere and Tel Aviv. The budget airlines serving the airport include Ryanair, who use Bergamo as their hub, Aegean Airlines, Air Arabia Egypt, as well as Wizz Air and Pegasus Airlines.
Milan is Italy’s second largest city in terms of residents and geographical spread. One could spend a month in the city and still see only a fraction of its heritage and cultural treasures. Milan is simply brimming over with major art collections, piazzas, shops, restaurants, bars, music venues, nightclubs, theatres, libraries, museums and amazing architecture that includes palazzos, mansions, elegant villas, religious monuments and a plethora of statues.
There are major collections of paintings and sculptures, wonderful parks, ultra modern office buildings, 19th century shopping malls complete with domed cupola and designer outlets, one of the world’s most important opera houses, an enormous cathedral, not to mention THAT painting by Leonardo da Vinci which everyone wants to see when they come to Northern Italy: The Last Supper!
Leonardo’s famous painting is housed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site listed Santa Maria delle Grazie church, where he painted the mural in the refectory of the convent.
We hope you’ll enjoy our virtual tour of the Lombardy with Milan at its cultural and commercial centre and hope you’ll find our Milan Airport Guide informative and entertaining in equal measure.