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Flying into Beautiful Milano

Looking to explore Milan in comfort and style, but feeling a bit lost? Milan is one of Italy’s richest destinations, but not just in terms of money; it is also a cultural hotspot that was once the capital of the Roman Empire. It is one of the primary tourist destinations in Italy, with travelers booking flights to Milan from all over the world to experience the city’s art, culture, and history. And with the financial aspect backing up the tourism, it makes for an international destination that sees visitors coming in year-round.
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What Airports are in Milan?

There are two primary international airports in Milan: Linate and Malpensa. Major international carriers such as United Airlines, EgyptAir, LOT Polish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and easyJet all offer flights to Milan into these airports.

Meanwhile, Milan has two budget airports, Parma and Bergamo Orio al Serio, located 100 km south and 45 km east of the city, respectively. Out of these two, Bergamo is considered the most budget-friendly and offers the most low-cost airlines, such as Ryanair, Meridiana Fly, Iceland Express, and Pegasus Airlines.

What’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Milan?

The best times to book flights to Milan are in April and May, as well as late September to October, if you enjoy good weather. Summer sees blistering heat with temperatures in the mid-90s, with 95 percent humidity and higher, which is perfect for laying on the beach or dipping in the water, but not so great for hiking the various ruins and cathedrals. 

Visiting during June through early September is best, and these are the “peak” months for tourists due to summer vacations. Bear in mind that while the weather can get hot, the average temperatures are in the mid-80s, which is quite comfortable. However, understand that many shopkeepers themselves head out on vacation around August, which means it can be difficult to find hotels offering full service.

The weather cools off in winter, and Christmas enthusiasts will want to travel to Milan to see the Artisan Fair, which takes place in early to mid-December and transforms the city streets with artisan’s wares.

What’s the Best Way to Get to and From the Airports in Milan?

All of the airports in Milan offer public transportation. One common option is the Malpensa express train that runs from Terminal 1 of the airport to the city. The trains leave the airport every 30 minutes. Fares range from 12 to 18 euros for one-way or round-trip options, respectively.

Taxis are the least affordable option, but they offer the quickest transportation, depending on traffic. The buses are another choice, but are quite crowded during rush hour, so avoid them if you are in a hurry to catch a flight and are coming in from the city.

What Can I Do While Visiting Milan?

Regardless of the time of year you book flights to Milan, you will find dozens of tourist attractions. Possibly the most famous is the Museo del Duomo, which is a 700-year-old cathedral. There is also the Leonardo da Vinci Museum to consider, assuming you aren’t spending your entire trip in the comfort of your hotel. As Milan was the capital of Italy during the late Roman Empire, there are other churches to explore, such as Saint Ambrose or Saint Lawrence, not to mention dozens of Roman sites throughout the city.

Are There Any Additional Tips for Travel in Milan?

If you are flying into the Malpensa airport, there are two terminals. Terminal 1 is the largest and services mostly international and intercontinental flights to Milan. Terminal 2 features mostly budget airlines. A free shuttle bus connects the two, but the schedule is rarely on time, with long lines of travelers trying to make their connecting flights from Milan to other destinations. Taxi drivers take advantage of this and will offer to drive passengers who are in a hurry to catch their next flight, but expect to pay a premium.

While the official shuttle schedule says the bus arrives every 20 minutes, some travelers have reported waiting times of more than 40 minutes. It helps to be patient, and if in doubt, always book your flights into the city with plenty of time between transfers if it is not your final stop. Otherwise, hang around, catch a bus or train into the city during your layover, and prepare to explore Italy’s finest.

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