How to get to Italy from other countries

Helpful Information about Getting to Italy

One thing most travelers agree on: they don't want to blow a large portion of their vacation budget on the airfare just to get there! Here are some tips that will help you find the best fare and routing for your wonderful trip to Italy.

Do you have frequent flier miles? If so, call that airline and find out what your options are. You may have to arrange the dates of your trip to fit the airline's availability. If you can, then you've just got yourself the cheapest flight to Italy!

If you don't have or can't use miles, check the list below to see which airlines fly from your country to Italy. Consider all the airlines that serve your country: it is often cheaper to fly through another country's gateway city (for instance, if you fly to Italy on Air France, you'll change planes in Paris) than to fly non-stop to Italy. Visit the carriers' web sites and see what fares they're offering. Generally, the airline's own web site will clearly post the fare before you buy the ticket. This is not the case for many of the big search engine sites, which offer great fares that are then supplemented by taxes and other fees which you see only after you've gone through the whole booking process. Keep this in mind when shopping around for "discount" fares.


Many European airlines (and some US carriers as well) will let you fly into one city and out of another for no extra charge. We advise you to check on this before you book a flight, because although Italy is not that big, flying into one city and out from another will save you one useless trip and overnight stay if you can avoid having to return to your arrival point.

Another option is to search for the cheapest round-trip fare to a gateway city such as London, Dublin, Frankfurt or Paris. It may be cheaper to buy your round-trip ticket to that city and then use one of the low-cost European carriers to get from there to Italy (see below for a list). Some of these carriers get you there for under 10 Euros!

Other ways to get the lowest fares are to travel in low season (for Italy, this generally means from November to April, with the exclusion of Christmas, New Years and Easter); and to travel on weekdays.

Many of the airports in Italy are smaller and thus easier to navigate, so don't overlook them when searching for airfare. Pisa, Venice, Bergamo, Bologna, Brescia, Genoa, Turin and Pescara are excellent small airports in strategic positions that are served by the European carriers. Using these locations may mean you have to rearrange your land itinerary but remember, almost every inch of Italy is beautiful and fascinating, so if it saves your family several hundred dollars to fly into an alternate airport, go with the flow and enjoy the unexpected treasures that destiny has brought!

Some of the Major Carriers That Fly to Italy from Around the Globe

Air One
Air Canada
Air India
Air New Zealand
Air France
Air Tahiti Nui
American Airlines
Austrian Airlines
British Airways
Brussels Airlines
Cathay Pacific
Continental Airlines
Cyprus Airways
Czech Airlines
Delta Airlines
Egypt Air
El Al
Europe by Air
Japan Airlines
KLM Dutch Airlines
Northwest Airlines
Norwegian Air
Olympic Airlines
Royal Jordanian Airlines
SAS Scandinavian Airlines
Singapore Airlines
South African Airways
Swiss International Airline
Tap Portugal
Thai Airways International
United Airlines
US Airways
Virgin Atlantic

Low-Cost Carriers That Fly to Italy from Points in Europe

Air Baltic
Air Berlin
Air Dolomiti
Air Italy
Air Malta
Air Plus
Air One
Albanian Airlines
British Midlands
Club Air
Transavia Airlines
Wind Jet

Click here for updates on security and packing requirements for passengers to/from all European Union countries. Be sure to check your specific carrier's web page shortly before traveling, for the latest updates on how to pack your luggage correctly!

Click here for a map of all Italy's airports.

Click here for a list of all Italy's airports.

Click here for airport shuttles in Italy and private car transfers in Italy.

If you're also traveling to the UK, click here for information about shuttles and private transfers.

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