Published on: 17 January 2015 | Last updated: 2 March 2018
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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).
- Vueling offer lots of flights between Spain and Italy although most of the direct flights seem to be from its base in Barcelona (vueling.com: where we fly)
- Wizz Air who offer a wide range of flights between Italy and Eastern Europe
- German Wings (germanwings.com: route network)
Carrying your bike on low-cost airlines: prices and regulations
|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|
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.
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.