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The capital of Italy’s Lombardy region, and the country’s second largest city, Milan is a sleek metropolis that boasts achievements at the top of its game in everything from arts, culture, fine dining, entertainment and design. If you were just expecting a few boutique fashion stores, think again!
The best time for booking cheap flights to Milan is during spring, from March to May, before the high season starts in June. If you are here to explore the city’s famous buildings, such as Milan’s outstanding Gothic Duomo or some of the city’s more modern architectural splendours, springtime has the added bonus of giving you a little breathing space. Summer gets very busy, as does autumn, when Milan Fashion Week takes place.
Getting cheap tickets to Milan isn’t just about booking flights in the off-season. It’s possible to get cheap flights to Milan from the UK during busier times too, but this usually requires booking far in advance.
Fortunately, our search tool has some inbuilt functions to help you find cheap flights.
By clicking on the ‘Nearby Airports’ option beneath your selected departure location, you can discover flights to Milan from other accessible airports close to you.
You can also view prices for dates near your chosen ones by clicking ‘Show Flexible Dates’ you’re your search results are returned.
If you are looking for a London flight you can opt for ‘All London Airports’, rather than just from Heathrow or Gatwick, to widen your choice of fares.
The joy of Milan being relatively close is that direct flights can be found from most large airports around the UK. However, flights from smaller international airports can be less regular than the more popular departure points.
Flight times for UK airports include:
Located 30 miles northwest of central Milan, Milan-Malpensa Airport is Italy’s second busiest airport after Rome. Handling over 20 million passengers a year, it is modern and well-equipped with amenities, stores and disability access.
Many airlines offer flights to Milan-Malpensa, including premium and budget airlines, ensuring you can find the cheapest flight possible.
As Italy’s second largest city and the nation’s financial capital, transport links from Milan airport to the city centre are regular and generally very efficient.
All public transport uses the same ticketing system, which is extremely convenient for visitors. A one-way ticket into Milan costs under two Euros. This lasts for 90 minutes, which is more than enough time to make most journeys. It also allows you switch from the metro to bus and tram, covering all eventualities.
For many, Milan is primarily the fashion Mecca of the world. However, there are also countless heritage sites, fantastic museums, quirky bars and excellent restaurants to be found.
Check out Milan’s Gothic Duomo. Even if you don’t go inside, this feat of engineering is worth visiting. It took some 600 years to complete, and now towers at the heart of the city in white marble.
There’s always time for a peaceful moment too, which is when you’ll want to head to Cimitero Monumentale, Milan’s main cemetery. The final resting place for many famous Italians, each tomb represents a unique and striking architectural style.
There are a few cultural tips that can help you get the most out of your trip Milan.
On the transport system you will need to purchase and validate your ticket before travel. If you are checked without a validated ticket, you will be clobbered with a hefty fine.
It not necessary to tip in Milan, but you won’t offend if you choose to.
If you are buying a healthy snack it is frowned on to touch fruit and vegetables at the supermarket with bare hands – you will find plastic gloves available nearby.
And, of course, the Italians take their coffee very seriously, so be sure to educate yourself in some coffee etiquette before you arrive!