Milan is elegance, sophistication and the finest fashion.
Approximate flight time: 2 hours 0 minutes (total distance 686 miles)
No. of Airports in Milan: Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Milan Bergamo
Seasons: High = June - August; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Getting to the airport is easy. You will find bus services running directly to the airport or take the train to Birmingham International station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station which takes you to the terminal in just minutes. If you prefer to travel by taxi, they can drop you right outside departures.
If you need any currency, head to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
Those driving to the airport will find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via a free shuttle bus. Book a car park space online in advance and save up to 70%.
Whether you prefer to spend the time before your flight eating, shopping or relaxing, Birmingham Airport can cater to you. We have a fantastic selection of restaurants, shops and amenities to keep you entertained before you board your flight to Milan.
If you’d like to spend your time browsing shops, we’ve got plenty to choose from. Why not treat yourself before you fly to Italy’s fashion capital? Head to Aerospa for beauty treatments in under 15 minutes or spice up your wardrobe with a new pair of Kurt Geigers. Of course, we have World Duty Free too so find your favourite brands at discounted prices.
Rather spend your time in one of our cafés, bars and restaurants? We’ve got some great restaurants like Factory Bar and Kitchen, Giraffe, and even a Wetherspoon. Or, if you just fancy a coffee, you have a choice of Costa, Pret a Manger and Caffé Nero.
We have five fantastic airport lounges where you can relax for a small fee. Enjoy comfortable seating, unlimited and fast Wi-Fi, runway views and complimentary refreshments.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page. If you’re heading to Milan on holiday, make the most of your time at the airport with our tips for the leisurely traveller. Business travellers may want to check out our business travel guide to Milan.
Arriving at Milan Malpensa Airport
Milan Malpensa Airport is located about 50 kilometres northwest of Milan city centre. There are several terminals at the airport, with our Flybe flights arriving to Terminal 1.
There are many onward travel options from the airport, including public transport and car hire. Passengers can take a train from Terminal 1 directly to the city centre in around 40 minutes. Alternatively, buses depart every 20 minutes and take around an hour. If you’d prefer a more direct route you can take a taxi, but you will pay a lot more. Car hire options are also available should you want to drive yourself around the city.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
Arriving at Milan Linate Airport
Milan Linate Airport is closer to the city than Malpensa and only takes 10 minutes to the city centre by car. The 73-bus line runs every 10 minutes from 05.35 to 00.35. To catch a train, you’ll need to take the 73 bus to Forlanini Station. Taxis are readily available at the airport, as is care hire options.
What to expect in Milan
Milan is a fast-paced metropolis where creativity is big business, looking good is compulsory and after-work drinks are a must. The city has long been known as a fashion and design capital and this is evident in everything it does, from the locals who strut down its streets to the sophisticated architecture.
Italian is the official and most widely spoken language in Milan. However, as Milan is a popular tourist destination, English is spoken widely. It’s still nice to learn some basic phrases though– si (yes), no (no), per favore (please), prego (you’re welcome), mi scusi (excuse me).
The weather in Milan is warm and pleasant for most of the year and it is a generally dry city. Some showers are seen in the spring and autumn. Summers can get very hot and winters are relatively cold with temperatures sometimes dropping to freezing.
Culture in Milan
Regarded as a global capital in fashion, industrial design and architecture, Milan has much to explore.
The city hosts the Milan Fashion Week twice a year (Spring and Autumn) which is one of the best known international fashion events. Milan is famous for its opera and Le Scala Opera House is considered one of the premier opera houses in the world.
Many people travel to Italy just for the food. Try traditional dishes like cotoletta (burnished, buttery veal) and saffron risotto – Milanese comfort food at its best. Milan is the native city of the Aperitivo which means you have a cocktail at happy hour (you can’t leave without tasting a traditional Aperol Spritz). Aperitivo usually starts around 6pm and is usually a pre-dinner activity.