Helpful Information about Getting 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 New Zealand
Air Tahiti Nui
Europe by Air
KLM Dutch Airlines
Royal Jordanian Airlines
SAS Scandinavian Airlines
South African Airways
Swiss International Airline
Thai Airways International
If you're also traveling to the UK, click here for information about shuttles and private transfers.