Here are the major airports in Northern Italy.
They are perfect for flying into the largest Northern Italian cities and tourist magnets like Milan, Venice, Bologna, Turin, Genoa, and Verona.
These major airports in Northern Italy also give you quick access to several popular destinations here. For example, Italy’s largest lake – Lago di Garda – in addition to the perennially popular Lake Como, the beautiful Cinque Terre, and the mighty mountain range of the Dolomites.
Some of these Northern Italian airports are also a great point of arrival for important Central Italian cities like Florence, Ancona, and even the Italian capital Rome.
Knowing your airport options is very helpful when you are planning a trip to or a holiday in Northern (or even Central) Italy. Distances here are short. High-speed and fast regional trains link the main Northern Italian cities at regular intervals throughout the day.
Let’s say that you want to travel to Venice. And so it happens that the flights for your dates to either Venice Airport or Treviso Airport are not convenient or are prohibitively expensive. No need to despair! Although not immediately obvious, there are three more airports that are within a very reasonable transfer time to Venice. These are Verona Airport, Trieste Airport, and Bologna Airport.
If, for example, you find a cheap flight to Verona Airport, then you can be in Venice in under two hours. The shuttle bus from the airport to the train station takes 15 mins and then the high-speed train from Verona to Venice takes less than 1 h 15 mins. All in all, this is a very palatable transfer time!
So, to help you plan your travel to Northern Italy, in strictly alphabetical order here are 11 major airports you can fly into. For each of them I have provided:
- a short description to give you an idea of the size and character of the different airports;
- public transport options from the respective airport to the nearest large Northern Italian city or cities;
- an indication of which other large Northern and Central Italian cities or important tourist destinations you can easily reach from each airport; and
- links to the official websites of these 11 major airports in Northern Italy and their IATA codes.
Over the last 15 years, I have travelled by plane to Northern Italy dozens of times from different departure points around Europe. Especially, as I spent six of those years living in Vicenza – a small Northern Italian city within an easy distance from eight of the airports listed herewith. This blog post is based on my personal experience of flying into and navigating the major Nothern Italian airports.
I hope that you will find the information provided herewith useful and that you will refer to it when planning your next trip to Italy.
Have a look!
11 Major Airports in Northern Italy (With Map, Nearest Cities and Public Transport Options)
1. Bergamo Airport
Official Name: Known both as Milan Bergamo Airport and Orio al Serio Airport
Airport Code: BGY
Official website: Milan Bergamo Airport
Description: This is a very popular low-cost airport that is buzzing with people at all hours of the day. Easy to navigate, Bergamo Airport is in the top five busiest international airports in Italy and has many facilities, numerous shops, and a number of cafes and eateries.
Location: Bergamo Airport is about 6 km away from the city of Bergamo and about 50 km away from the city of Milan in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy.
Public Transport Options: A shuttle bus – Airport Bus – connects Bergamo Airport to the train station of the city of Bergamo. Once there you can take a train to your final destination. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bergamo Airport directly to Milan’s largest train station – Milano Centrale – as well as to several other places and cities in Northern Italy.
2. Bologna Airport
Official Name: Airport Guglielmo Marconi Bologna
Airport Code: BLQ
Official website: Bologna Airport
Description: This is a compact airport which is nicely appointed and very easy to orient yourself in. Bologna Airport is one of the top ten busiest international airports in Italy. Still, it lacks the stress factor of large airports and it offers good shopping and food options.
Public Transport Options: A monorail train – the Marconi Express – connects Bologna Airport to Bologna Centrale train station. Travel time between the two is only seven minutes! Once there, you can take a high-speed or a fast regional train to your final destination.
3. Genoa Airport
Official Name: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport
Airport Code: GOA
Official website: Genoa Airport
Description: This is a very nicely appointed airport with flights connecting it to several large cities in both Europe and Italy. Genoa Airport’s Sky Terrace is a great place to sit with a coffee or cocktail in hand while watching the planes taking off and landing right next to the sparkling Ligurian Sea.
Location: Genoa Airport is about 7 km away from the city of Genoa in the Northern Italian region of Liguria.
Shortest Transfers by Public Transport: Genoa, Camogli, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Milan, Turin.
Public Transport Options: A shuttle bus service – FlyBus – connects Genoa Airport to Genoa Sestri Ponente train station. Once there, you can take a high-speed or a fast regional train to your final destination. Depending on where you are travelling to, you may need to change trains at one of the other train stations in Genoa with Genoa Piazza Principe the main station among them.
4. Milan Linate Airport
Official Name: Milano Linate Airport
Airport Code: LIN
Official website: Milan Linate Airport
Description: This is the third international airport that serves the city of Milan in Northern Italy (behind Milan Malpensa and Milan Bergamo). Milan Linate Airport is one of the top ten busiest international airports in Italy. It deals with a considerable number of flights and passengers all throughout the day.
Location: Milan Linate Airport is about 8 km away from the city of Milan in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy.
Public Transport Options: Several bus lines connect Milan Linate Airport to various destinations in Milan. For example, bus line 73 can take you all the way from Milan Linate Airport to the Duomo in Milan. Several other bus lines connect this airport to other cities and destinations in Lombardy like Monza and Brescia.
If you prefer to travel by train, you can take bus 73 from Milan Linate Airport to Milano Forlanini train station. The journey between the two is around 10 minutes. Once there, you can take a high-speed or a fast regional train to your final destination. Depending on where you are travelling to, you may need to change trains at one of the other train stations in Milan.
5. Milan Malpensa Airport
Official Name: Milano Malpensa Airport
Airport Code: MXP
Official website: Milan Malpensa Airport
Description: This is Italy’s second-busiest international airport and it deals with a large number of flights and passengers all throughout the day. Milan Malpensa has two terminals and offers a wide range of passenger amenities in addition to shops and eateries.
Location: Milan Malpensa Airport is about 45 km away from the city of Milan in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy.
Shortest Transfers by Public Transport: Milan, Lake Como, Bergamo.
Public Transport Options: Milan Malpensa has its own train – the Malpensa Express. It connects the airport’s two terminals to three of Milan’s train stations: Milano Cadorna, Milano Porta Garibaldi, and Milano Centrale. The latter is the city of Milan’s most important train station and Italy’s second most important railway hub. Once there, you can take a high-speed or a fast regional train to your final destination.
Alternatively, you can take a bus from Milan Malpensa to several points in Milan as well as to Milan Linate Airport and Bergamo Airport.
6. Rimini Airport
Official Name: Federico Fellini International Airport of Rimini and San Marino (formerly Rimini Miramare Airport)
Airport Code: RMI
Official website: Rimini Airport
Description: This is a compact airport that gets very busy during the summer season when flights from all over Europe bring planeloads of tourists eager to sunbathe on the nearby Adriatic beaches. Rimini Airport has a good selection of eateries and shops as well as a full range of passenger amenities.
Public Transport Options: Bus number 9 connects Rimini Airport to the train station in the city of Rimini. Metromare is a rapid transit bus line connecting Rimini train station to Rimini Airport and a number of seaside places and resorts down to Riccione.
The nearest railway station is in Rimini. There are also train stations in Miramare and Riccione. Once there, you can take a high-speed or a fast regional train to your final destination.
7. Treviso Airport
Official Name: Treviso Airport Antonio Canova
Airport Code: TSF
Official website: Treviso Airport
Description: This is a small yet busy airport with many low-cost airlines using it heavily for its proximity to Venice. Incredibly easy to navigate, Treviso Airport doesn’t have many shopping and eating options. This, in principle, is not a problem as people arriving here, often simply want to make their way to Venice or other nearby destinations as soon as possible.
Location: Treviso Airport is about 4 km away from the city of Treviso in the Northern Italian region of Veneto.
Public Transport Options: Buses connect Treviso Airport to Treviso, Venice, Mestre, Padua, Lido di Jesolo, Cavallino, Caorle, and Ljubljana (Slovenia) throughout the day! If you prefer to travel by train, take a bus from Treviso Airport to Treviso Centrale train station or to Venezia Mestre train station. Once there, you can take a high-speed or a fast regional train to your final destination.
8. Trieste Airport
Official Name: Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport
Airport Code: TRS
Official website: Trieste Airport
Description: This is a compact and easy to navigate airport that is perfectly situated for easy access to the large cities in the Northeast of Italy and even in neighbouring Slovenia. Trieste Airport is very sleek and has a few but well-stocked retail and food outlets.
Location: Trieste Airport is about 36 km away from the city of Trieste and about 44 km away from the city of Udine in the Northeasternmost Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Public Transport Options: Trieste Airport has its own train station. A 425-meter long raised walkway links the passenger terminal directly to the Venice-Trieste railway. High-speed and fast regional trains connect Trieste Airport to several major cities and resort towns in the Northeast of Italy.
9. Turin Airport
Official Name: Known both as Torino Airport and Torino-Caselle Airport (also sometimes referred to as Sandro Pertini Airport)
Airport Code: TRN
Official website: Turin Airport
Description: This is an award-winning airport which was renovated in 2005 for the Winter Olympic Games in Turin. Torino Airport serves many regular and seasonal flights and offers a full range of passenger facilities. People fly into this airport both to visit Turin – one of the largest Italian cities – and to spend time at the nearby mountain and sea resorts in Piedmont and Liguria.
Location: Turin Airport is about 16 km away from the city of Turin in the Northern Italian region of Piedmont.
Shortest Transfers by Public Transport: Turin, Milan, Aosta, Genoa.
Public Transport Options: Shuttle buses connect Turin Airport to different points in the centre of Turin all throughout the day. The journey takes between 30 and 45/50 mins depending on the shuttle service you choose.
Turin Airport has its own train station – Caselle Torinese Aeroporto. Trains run to a limited number of destinations. If you need to travel to a place beyond Turin, you will need to make your way to one of the other railway stations in the city first.
10. Verona Airport
Official Name: Known both as Valerio Catullo Airport and Verona Villafranca Airport
Airport Code: VRN
Official website: Verona Airport
Description: This is a small and easy to navigate airport that is often overlooked and yet it offers quick and straightforward access to many destinations in Northern Italy. Verona Airport is very streamlined and has a small but good selection of shops and eateries.
Public Transport Options: A shuttle bus service – Verona Airlink – connects Verona Airport to Verona Porta Nuova train station. Once there, you can take a high-speed or a fast regional train to your final destination.
11. Venice Airport
Official Name: Venice Marco Polo Airport
Airport Code: VCE
Official website: Venice Airport
Description: This is an elegant airport that deals with a large number of flights from all over the world all throughout the day. Easy to navigate, Venice Airport is in the top five busiest international airports in Italy. It has many facilities, numerous shops, and a number of cafes and eateries.
Location: Venice Airport is about 10 km away from the town of Mestre and about 12 km away from Venice in the Northern Italian region of Veneto.
Public Transport Options: To travel to Venice, you can take a bus, a water bus (vaporetto) or a water taxi (motoscafo). To travel to another Nothern Italian city, you can take a bus to the Venezia Mestre train station and then a high-speed or a fast regional train to your final destination.
Map of the 11 Major Airports in Northern Italy
Northern Italy is a great travel destination for it is where you will find a number of beautiful cities, historic towns, and tourist magnets that are famous all over the world. From Venice and Milan to Lake Garda and the Dolomites, Northern Italy has a lot to offer to the traveller seeking to experience the best in art, history, and nature.
There are many airports dotted all over Northern Italy, making it easy to reach your destination here from anywhere in Europe and further afield. Even better! Often, several Northern Italian airports are convenient for the same destination here. After all, distances are short and public transport in terms of airport shuttle buses and high-speed/fast regional trains is very well organised.
To give you an idea of the major airports in Northern Italy, in the above blog post I have listed 11 of them. I have also added a number of useful travel details. This way, you can see at a glance which airports are convenient for you and how to get from them to a specific place in Italy, too.
I hope that this blog post will come in handy during the planning stages of your trip.
Enjoy your stay in Italy!
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Lake Garda: Best Towns, Nearest Airports, Travel Options, Lake Garda with Kids
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Veneto: Best Cities to Visit, Top 15 Places, 30 Adventures, 15 Most Colourful Places
Friuli Venezia Giulia: Venzone, Most Beautiful Villages
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