Milan Linate Airport
Officially named Airport Enrico Forlanini after the Italian inventor and aeronautical engineer, Milan Linate International Airport is located five miles (8km) southeast of central Milan. This convenient distance, along with quick and easy bus links into the city, make Milan Linate International Airport a good alternative to the city's other major facility, Malpensa Airport, which is much farther away.
Milan Linate International Airport handles roughly eight million passengers each year. Most flights to Milan Linate International Airport are domestic and short-haul routes from European hubs like Paris, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid, Berlin, Lisbon and Malta, with a range of flights to other Italian cities as well.
The airport itself is nothing special to look at, and the single terminal can be crowded and chaotic at peak times. However, there are friendly and helpful staff members on hand to assist passengers, and a dozen restaurants and three times as many shops provide plenty of diversions on long layovers.
The airport is situated four miles (7km) from downtown Milan.
Getting to the city
Taxi: Taxis are available outside arrivals. Journey time to the city is 15-20 minutes and costs around €20; agree to a price before alighting.
Bus: Bus number 73 runs from Linate Airport to Milan Piazza S. Babila every 10 minutes, between 6:05am and 12:55am, and at a cost of €1 per ticket. Alternatively, there is a bus that travels to Milan Central Station every 30 minutes between 6:05am and 11:45pm. All buses departing from Linate Airport, including those travelling to other destinations, depart from the area just outside arrivals.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in September).
Tel: +39 02 7485 2200 or +39 02 2810 6306.
Car rental companies at Linate Airport include Avis, EasyCar, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore/National, Sixt and Thrifty, all of which have desks in the arrivals section.
Taxi services are available outside the arrivals hall. The journey to the city centre costs between €15 and €25 and will take 20 to 40 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Shared taxis are available which can reduce the cost.
Transfer between terminals
Linate Airport has one large terminal building, with arrivals on the ground floor and departures on the first floor; both of which are accessible by foot.
Money and communications: ATMs, currency exchange post office.
Luggage: There are left luggage and lost and found facilities on the ground floor, as well as a baggage wrapping service at check-in. Porters are on standby to assist with handling luggage.
Conference and business: There is a business centre open to all passengers on the ground floor. Club Sea's lounges offer exclusive access to Internet, telephone, media and video stations to all Club Sea members, while airlines provide executive lounges in domestic and international departures areas.
Other facilities: Facilities include a pharmacy, first aid station, hair salon, laundry and chapel.
Wi-fi: Wi-fi is available in the arrivals lounge, check-in and boarding lounge, in addition to various restaurants and bars. To gain access, users must have a subscription with any authorised operator, or purchase access time via the instructions presented on screen upon attempting to connect.
Information: An airport information desk is located on the first floor in the departures area, while a tourist information desk is situated on the ground floor in arrivals.
Shopping: With approximately 35 boutiques and shops, Linate Airport offers a fair amount of shopping options for its visitors. Popular fashion outlets include Boggi, Brooks Brothers, Calzedonia, Carpisa, Gallo, Ingram and Intimissimi, while shops stocking leather goods, gadgets and accessories include Mont Blanc, Piquadro, Swatch, Tosca Blu, to name a few.
Food and Drink: Fifteen food and drink establishments offer a tasty selection of authentic Italian meals, snacks, desserts, coffees and wines. Venues include ACafè, Asia, Caviar House, Ciao, espressamente illy, Panino Giusto, Pizza Chef, Puro Gusto, Spizzico and the Wine and Food Restaurant. If you're in a rush, there is a McDonald's at check-in.
Parking comprises 4,500 spaces. Short-term parking at Milan Linate International Airport costs €0.90 per 15 minutes up to a daily limit of €26; lots P1 and P2 are €3.80 for one hour, €6 for two hours, €11 for six hours, €21 for up to 12 hours and €28 per day. The cheapest long-term parking is in lots PR1 and PRA, with a daily rate of €22.
All taxes and surcharges are included in ticket costs.
Flights to Milan Linate International Airport are available via Alitalia, Aer Lingus, airBaltic, Air France, KLM, Air Malta, Austrian Airlines, easyJet, Iberia, Lufthansa, Meridiana Fly, Scandinavian Airlines, Sky Wings, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, TAP Portugal and Windjet.
Wifi is available for a fee in the arrivals lounge, check-in and boarding lounge, and several restaurants in the airport.
The business centre on the ground floor has basic facilities, and Club Sea and executive airline lounges provide business services to members.
Milan Linate Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.