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Travel to & around Italy

Plane landing at sunset

Getting there

Travel to Italy, taking a short plane ride from London to Rome in only 2 hours and 50 minutes.  Say ciao to the UK and jump on a cheap flight to Italy.  If you’re up for the scenic route you can take a train to Paris, and then the overnight sleeper train into Italy. 

About airports

Fiumicino airport
Fiumicino airport in Rome airport is situated 32km southwest of the city and the journey in takes about 30 – 50 minutes.  There is a direct rail link to Termini Station in central Rome and a bus service to the city centre and Ciampino airport. Taxis are also available to the city and will cost around €40.

Ciampino airport
Ciampino airport is Rome’s other airport and is situated about 15 km from the city (a journey time of 30-40 minutes).  Buses are available to the underground station Anagnina and to the city centre. Taxis are also available and there is a set fare of €30 to the central city.

Pisa airport
Pisa airport is only 1.6 km north of Pisa and the journey takes only about 10 minutes.  Trains and buses run from Pisa airport to the centre of Florence (these take about an hour). Rail services connect with arrivals and departures of all international flights and major domestic services.

Milan airport
Milan airport is 45km northwest of the city, or 30 minutes drive.  The Malapensa Express train connects passengers from terminal one to the centre of Milan in around 40 minutes. A free shuttle bus connects the airport terminals. Taxis are also available.

How to get around - Italy transport

The train network in Italy is widespread, especially between major urban centres and tourist areas.  The fastest trains operate between the major centres while the regional trains are quite slow.  You’ll find that rail travel in Italy is a cheap and efficient way to get around.

If you’re keen to travel by bus then remember that buses travelling with the city system are usually orange, while buses travelling between cities tend to be blue.  Intra-city buses use an honor system and inspectors do routine checks to see that your ticket has been validated.  Inter-city bus tickets need to booked and paid for prior to boarding the bus.

With thousands of miles of coastline, you’ll undoubtedly take a boat or ferry at some point.  There are many services linking the islands by sea to the mainland: the main links are by car ferries and hydrofoils. In addition, ships from all the countries around the Mediterranean are moored in the well-equipped Italian ports.

Organised tours
Organised tours are a great way to see the sites and soak up the local culture – especially if you’re travelling alone or are a first-time traveller.  Check out some of the options for tours in Italy.

*The small print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.