You might begin searching for your London to Milan flights thinking of an exotic adventure full of high fashion and high art. But the more you dig beneath the surface of Italy's very own northern powerhouse, the more you'll find that Milan provides more than just the typical clichés. With the eclectic Gothic spires of the spectacular Duomo, the fantastic boutiques of the Quadrilatero d'Oro, the diverse array of backstreet flea markets and the fantastic cafés dotted around Milan, this city has plenty to suit all tastes.
With so many things competing for your cash in Milan, you'd do well to save a few pounds on your flights. One tried and tested option is to leave booking your London to Milan flights until 1-2 months before you go. You should also avoid the hot summer months of July and August and the sparkling, light-decked rush before Christmas, as this is when tickets are at their most expensive. Instead, thinking about booking your London to Milan getaway in the calmer, cooler days of October and November. Make sure to book your tickets for early morning departures, as this is when tickets are usually cheapest.
The cheapest London Milan flights leave from Gatwick (LGW) or Stansted (STN). Gatwick is just 30 minutes south of Central London, and you can easily get take a bus, train or taxi to Gatwick’s South Terminal from the city. If you’re flying out of Stansted, there are plenty of direct rail connections from London Liverpool Street to the airport.
London Milan flights generally take about two hours, with most airlines offering a non-stop service. Ryanair flies out of Stansted and into both Malpensa (MXP) and Linate (LIN) airports. easyJet, on the other hand, flies out of Gatwick and into Malpensa Airport. If you want to travel in style, think about booking with national carrier, British Airways.
Malpensa is the largest, busiest airport for Milan flights, but is nearly 30 miles from the city centre. Terminal 1 is used by all airlines from London, except easyJet, which uses Terminal 2. The Malpensa Shuttle bus picks up directly outside Terminal 2, and costs about GBP 3.50 to get downtown. The Malpensa Express train is next to Terminal 1 and costs about GBP 10 one-way. A taxi to take you all the way to Milan will cost you a flat fee of about GBP 75.
Once you've arrived in Milan, it's tempting to make a beeline for the famed Quadrilatero d'Oro, reputed worldwide for its upmarket fashion boutiques. The delectable eye candy of designer shoes, bags and frocks along the Via Dante might even distract you from the astonishing splendor of the spectacular Duomo nearby. But as night falls, make sure to head to Teatro alla Scalla for sublime operatic performances and arias.
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