For Cheap Airfare
Italy Is a Goldmine
For cheap airfare, Italy has a great number of airlines to choose from. We’ve discovered that some of these cheap airlines are in fact quite reliable, very inexpensive, and fly from a large number of cities.
Try the search engine below to sort through close to 150 different airlines which fly to Italy including major flight booking companies such as expedia, ebookers, travelocity, etc.
Traveling Transatlantic? We’ve created a separate page for cheap transatlantic flights to Italy here.
Two such low-cost inter-european airlines are Ryaniar and Easyjet.
Ryanair, also known as the ‘on-time airline’, has a very good reputation for low fares. They now fly to a huge number of destinations – usually to nearby towns of major cities, but always provide a shuttle bus to get to your final city. For example, for Lake Como, you could fly into Bergamo airport and then take a shuttle bus into Milan. Or take a train to Lecco or Varenna if you are staying on the eastern part of the lake.
Easyjet is another low cost airline that has some very low prices on many, many destinations as long as you book well in advance. To get to the Italian lakes, Easyjet flies into both of Milan’s airports – Malpensa and Linate depending on where you are arriving from.
A Great Tip…
It’s always a good idea to start searching for flights as early as you can. Italy is a hot, hot, hot, destination to travel to…everyone would want to see Italy at least once in their lifetime so don’t count on last minute offers or once-in-a-lifetime deals.
As opposed to flying to other countries, Italy doesn’t have any main tourist seasons. Because the weather is generally nice in the entire country, and there is so much to see and do in every season, Italy is one of those year-round popular destinations.
Milan is one of those destinations. Even during the cold winter months, people from all across the world use the Milan airport as a base to get into the various ski resorts located not far from Milan itself. Of course, Lake Como has a high tourist season in the summer, but not everyone using the Milan airports is going to our lake…at least, not yet!
Fortunately, most savvy travelers now book their air tickets online. It saves them loads of time and money than having to go to an agency that only deals with expensive packages and other exclusive deals that ensures they get a handsome commission.
By booking online, you can easily compare the best deals currently being offered by virtually every single airline out there, at the convenience of your own home at any hour of the day. All the terms of the flight are spelled out to you without any sales pressure tactics, and then you can print out your boarding passes…and smile all the way to your cabin seat.
Want to know how much you’ll be up for? Check out the top flights search engine found on the web which searches through hundreds of travel sites for flights and consistently brings back the lowest prices for flights within Europe. The Milan airport, especially, has many airlines offering cheap airfare. Italy is always a fun place to travel to as a result!
…A Few More Tips
Here are a few more tips for finding low cost air tickets to Italy.
- Try to avoid traveling around major holidays unless one of the airlines above have a special discount for them.
- Don’t search for exact airports, instead try to include nearby airports. For ex. instead looking for a flight to "MXP (Milan Malpensa), LIN (Milan Linate), simply type in "MIL" to search for all airports near Milan include Bergamo’s Orio al Serio airport which is a favorite airport for cheap airlines!
- Avoid, if possible, the so-called ‘high season’ when school is out and planes are packed with tourists like sardine cases. It is better to fly before June or after September.
- Try to choose weekdays as weekends are generally more expensive.
- Try to reserve your flight well in advance
- Agents often don’t want to tell you about special deals, use the internet to find them out yourself.
- If your ‘dream’ flight is full or all booked up, don’t be afraid to call up the airline directly as see if they can find your a seat.
The Downsides of Cheap Airfare
The downsides to cheap airlines is that the seats can be less comfortable and smaller than in major airlines, they often don’t fly directly to major cities instead choosing nearby towns, they sometimes fly at odd hours like very early in the morning or late at night, and they have the lowest priority at the airport, which could mean bad delays.
Phew! But remember these problems are not the case with every airline and bad situations are very rare.
One time I booked a cheap flight from Milan to Paris and ended up waiting 3 hours inside the plane before takeoff because they needed one signature! They didn’t want to let us out of the plane, they didn’t serve any food and I barely made my connecting flight in Paris. Moral of the story…if you’re going to use a cheap flight, know that there may be a looooong delay if you catch an unlucky flight.
On the other hand, Ryanair is now known as the "on-time airline" as it tries its best to be on time 90% of the time. Ryanair has grown into a major European airline and is a popular choice among European travelers. Word has it that they are even working on getting a transcontinental flight! The only downside of Ryanair, is it’s choice of airports located away from main cities, and it’s rather cramped seats.
As you can see, there are many, many ways to fly into Milan for those traveling onward to the Lake Como Italy. Take a few minutes to check out the above sites and you are sure to find some amazing cheap airfare for your trip.
Online search engines can often cleverly arrange long-distance flights between different airlines but do keep in mind that you’ll have to book each flight separately with each airline. This means you should try to keep a good time gap (3-4 hours best) in between the flights so that if any flight is late you can still make the connecting flight. Cheap airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet are especially unforgiving should you have to cancel their flight due to a late arrival or your preceding one.
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Originally posted 2014-03-06 09:45:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter