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Milan is recognised as one of the top fashion capitals of the world. It is also home to Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper painting, which can be viewed at the Santa Maria Della Gazie church. Milan's Duomo is a breathtakingly striking church, thanks to its Neo Gothic and baroque style design. The Labyrinthine Castello Sforzesco is another great place to explore while in Milan. Here you'll find 12 small museums, with numerous archives, covering the Palaeolithic history right up to 1950s home furnishings.
Affordable flights to Milan from London and regional airports, such as Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff and Newcastle, make it easy to jet off to this city of style and fashion for just a couple of days at any time of year. Milan is one of the world's fashion capitals, yet visitors will find there is a lot more than designer shopping to this beautiful Italian location. With three airports serving the city, travelling to Milan is simple to plan, whether you arrive at Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa or Milan Bergamo airport.
Malpensa is the largest international airport in Milan and is located approximately 30 miles from the city. About 25 million passengers go through Malpensa terminals each year; however, Milan Linate is the city's local airport and primarily handles domestic and short-haul European flights. Milan Bergamo is also close by and is particularly popular with budget airlines from the UK and elsewhere. Travellers arriving at either of the Malpensa terminals can access Milan Express trains direct and will be whisked to the city centre within approximately 30 minutes. Passengers arriving at Milan Bergamo Airport can take trains or buses directly to the city.
UK airlines offering direct flights into Malpensa Airport include British Airways, Flybe, easyJet and Ryanair. Airlines flying to Linate Airport include British Airways, easyJet and Vueling; however, travellers should note that all flights to this airport are arriving at Malpensa from the end of July to the end of October 2019 due to renovations. Airlines operating flights to Milan Bergamo include Ryanair and Wizz Air.
Travelling to Milan is very affordable for UK passengers, as there are so many airlines operating flights to all three Milan airports from UK airports. This means that opting for a Milan city break at the last minute or travelling for urgent business reasons can be arranged quickly. The scheduling of additional peak season services are another reason to opt to fly to Milan for short summer breaks. What's more, flights from the UK to Milan take just over two hours, so fitting a trip into a weekend is more than possible.
Getting around Milan by public transport is really easy, as single tickets for the underground are on sale at ticket machines, local newsagents and other shops and are valid for 90 minutes after first use. This means visitors can take one underground trip and continue to use the ticket for unlimited tram or bus trips while it's still valid. The Brera Botanical Garden is one unmissable, hidden Milan attraction that's an oasis of peace and tranquillity for visitors looking to fully explore the trendy Brera district of the city. Another hidden garden to visit while exploring the area around Corso Magenta is the Teraggio Garden, accessible via a small, grey gateway.
A number of flights depart for Milan from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports. All are very easy to access from central London by public transport. Heathrow Airport is located about 20 km from West London and is easily accessed via the London Underground's Piccadilly Line, or by taking the express services from Paddington Station. National Rail's Airbus services run from Woking, Watford Junction, Feltham and Reading, and National Express Coach services are accessible from a number of locations around central London, including Victoria. If travelling to Gatwick Airport, catch the train from Victoria Station or take the easyBus from Earls Court and Brompton. British Airways, Ryanair, Aitalia, Air Baltic and easyJet are just some of the main airlines operating flights from London to Milan.