Flights to Italy
Discover cheap flight deals and special offers to Italy from Australia.
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It's almost impossible to tire of a country as rich in culture and beautiful scenery as Italy. Visitors can go to Milan for fashion and the surrounding northern lakes, to the Eternal City of Rome for ancient ruins, and to Southern Italy for the charming "dolce vita" side of Italy. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia have their own unique charm with good wine, exquisite food, picture-perfect scenery and designer shopping.
It's a beloved destination for Australians and you'll rarely struggle to find flight deals to Italy. We frequently see flight deals to Milan Malpensa (MXP) in Northern Italy as well as to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) with stopovers in Asia or the Middle East. From Australia, you can find one-stop flights to Rome, Milan, Venice or Bologna.
How much you should expect to pay for cheap flights to Italy
You can get to Italy from Australia in less than 24 hours when flying into Rome and Milan. Here's what's considered to be a good deal compared to the average cost of a flight from Australia to Italy.
Italy flight times
- From Melbourne: Approximately 24 hrs + with one stopover, landing at Rome Fiumicino International Airport
- From Sydney: Approximately 23 hrs + with one stopover, landing at Rome Fiumicino International Airport
- From Brisbane: 23 hrs + with one stopover, landing at Rome Fiumicino International Airport
- From Perth: Approximately 19 hrs + with one stopover, landing at Rome Fiumicino International Airport
Airlines that fly to Italy
- Thai Airways
- Milan is a good launching point for exploring the north of Italy and the surrounding countries. You can get to parts of Austria, Switzerland, Germany and France in just a few hours by train.
- You can take a two-stop flight from Australia to the rolling hills of Tuscany by landing in Florence. An alternative is to catch a flight from elsewhere in Europe to Florence or Pisa. A train to Florence from both Milan and Rome takes around 3 hours or around 90 minutes from Bologna, which also receives one-stop flights from Australia.
- National carrier Alitalia and budget airlines, such as EasyJet and Ryanair, operate internally in Italy. You can easily pick and choose where you want to explore or get off the beaten track no matter where you land from Australia. Bear in mind when booking that Milan and Rome both have more than one airport: Milan has Malpensa (MXP), Linate (LIN) and Bergamo (BGY), and Rome has Fiumicino (FCO) and Ciampino (CIA).
- China Eastern and Air China offer cheap flights to Italy with mostly multiple stop overs, but some only stop once in Shanghai or Beijing. The very cheapest fares are often with China Southern but with two stops in China or one in China and one in Amsterdam or Paris, flight times can be a lot longer.
Milan Malpensa (MXP) is Italy’s main international flight hub and is a good 50 kilometres north of the city, so you should avoid taking a taxi. The Malpensa Express train is the easiest way to get into the city and leaves both terminals every 30 minutes, with a journey time of 30 minutes. You can then connect to other towns or cities from Milano Centrale train station. You can find car hire desks in Terminal 1. A free shuttle transports passengers between Terminals 1 and 2 round the clock, and there are also scheduled shuttles to Milan’s second airport, Linate (LIN). There are bus and coach services from the airport to the centre of Milan, Turin and Genoa, which do not require pre-booking.
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) is the Italian capital’s main international airport, located 25 kilometres southwest of the city. The Leonardo Express train leaves every 30 minutes and also takes 30 minutes to the central station, Roma Termini. Alternatively, you can take the metropolitan train from the airport which connects to the metro, but does not stop at Roma Termini. Metered taxis are available at the airport and charge fixed fares to the city centre and to Rome’s other airport, Ciampino (CIA). Alternatively there’s a Terravision shuttle bus to the central station or a cheaper public bus service outside the Arrivals terminal. Follow “Rent a Car” signs for major car rental desks in International and Domestic terminals.
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