Getting there by plane: airlines

Published on:  | Last updated: 4 March 2017

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Short-haul flights

There are a huge range of short-haul flights to Italy. Way too many to attempt to list. Skyscanner provides a compre­hensive search engine to give you an overview of what's available.

Low-cost airlines now have the major share of the Italian market - both for domestic and inter­na­tional flights - indeed the adjective 'low-cost' has entered the Italian language. The two major airlines flying to Italy are Ryanair (Ryanair destin­a­tions map) and Easyjet (easyjet.com: routemap).

Others include:

Easyjet flight landing at Milano Malpensa with the Alps in the background

Easyjet flight landing at Milano Malpensa with the Alps in the background. Picture by Enrico Pierobon (airliners.net) via Wikimedia Commons

Carrying your bike on low-cost airlines: prices and regulations

Airline Price Weight limit Information
AirBerlin ? ? airberlin.com: sports and special baggage
Easyjet £35/£45 32kgs easyjet.com: sports equipment
German Wings £45 ? germanwings.com: sporting equipment
ryanair £50/£60 30kilos ryanair.com: checked baggage regula­tions
Vueling 45€ 32kgs vueling.com: special luggage
Wizz Air 30€ ? wizzair.com: baggage

Long haul

Rome's Fiumicino offers the greatest range long-haul direct flights. Wikipedia has a compre­hensive list of airlines operating out of fiumicino and the routes they offer (en.wikipedia: Fiumicino Airport). The airport website has a destin­a­tions page () but unfor­tu­nately there doesn't seem to be any way to search only for direct flights. 

While Milano's Malpensa airport offers flights to a range of destin­a­tions including Miami, New York JFK, Newark, Toronto, and Sao Paolo (milanomalpensa-airport.com: destin­a­tions(http://www.milanomalpensa-airport.com/en/flights/destinations)).

It may also be worth consid­ering taking a connecting flight with one of the low-cost airlines. Ryanair and Easyjet carry more inter­na­tional passengers to/​from Italy than all of the majors put together. For some reason these don't show up in the results for the flights search engines - perhaps because they don't have through-ticketing arrange­ments with the long-haul airlines.

Easyjet offer services to Italy from the inter­na­tional hubs of Geneva, Amsterdam, and Paris CDG. Ryanair tend to operate out of smaller airports which are probably less useful for connecting flights, although they offer a number of flight from Madrid's Barajas airport. 

There are a huge range of flights from and to the UK but the greatest range of low-cost flights are from London Gatwick and Stansted rather than Heathrow. 

Onward train connections

Most Italian airports offer good onward train connec­tions, to take you to your destin­ation.

If you have your bike in a bag then the high-speed frecciarossa and Italo services offer a rival to taking an internal flight: (journey times: Roma-Lecce 5:22; Roma-Napoli 1:10: Milano-Roma 2:55, Milano-Venezia 02:35; Roma-Firenze 1:31; Roma-Bologna 2:15).

Direct trains to and from Roma Fiumicino

Good news for inter­na­tional travellers is that there are now high-speed Frecciargento trains from and to Fiumicino airport. The trains provide direct links between the airport and Firenze, Bologna, Padova and Venezia. There are two trains a day in each direction. Journey time to Venezia in four and a bit hours (trenitalia.com: timetable ). See Getting around: trains, boats and ferries for inform­ation on baggage size restric­tions.

trenitalia.com: frecciargento journey times

trenitalia.com: frecciar­gento journey times

If you're travelling with an undis­mantled bike you'll be looking at the slower regional trains, but couple of hours train journey will still open up a huge range of destin­a­tions, see the Getting around: trains, boats and ferries section for more inform­ation.

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