Europe by air
- Charles de Gaulle International Airport– This airport is the major hub for transportation to the northeastern part of the city.
The airport has three main terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are huge and further subdivided, and Terminal 3.
From the airport, you can board on to RER commuter transit trains. It has two stations at the airport: one between the terminals 1 and 2, and the other just under terminal 2.
There are many trains which run to and from Paris in every 8 minutes. Most of them usually stop at the important parts of the city including Gare du Nord, Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, Chatelet-Les Halles, Luxembourg, Denfert-Rochereau, Port Royal, and Cite Universitaire.
The tickets cost around EUR 10 for the adults and around EUR 7 for children below the age of 7 years.
- Terminal 1: This terminal is usually used by international airlines like US carriers and British Airways. From this terminal, you can board on the CDGVAL high-speed trains or airport shuttle to reach the railway station at Roissypole.
- Terminal 2: Air France mostly uses this terminal and the terminal is well-connected with the train station.
There are several high-speed trains also which links the other cities of France including Lyon, Besancon, Lille, Dijon, and Marseille.
There are two main bus operators too which offer bus services connecting the airport to the other parts of the town. The two operators include Roissybus and EasyBus. The tickets cost around EUR 11 per person one way.
Paris Orly Airport
This airport is located around 13 kilometres from Paris. It mostly serves low-cost operators and domestic airlines along with flights from some other European countries.
The airport is served by two terminals: OrlyOuest and OrlySud.
The terminals are well connected by a wide network of Orlyval shuttles.
You can also take the OrlyBus shuttle directly from the airport. The bus route will take you to DefertRochereau metro rail station. The tickets cost around EUR 7.
Le Bus Direct provides service as well, and the buses will take you to Champs Elysees, going via Gare Montparnasse.
Aeroport de Beauvais Tille
This airport is located to the north of the city and is a regional airport much smaller in size.
It is mainly used by some low-cost flights like WizzAir and Ryanair.
The airport operates a shuttle service which connects the airport to the nearest Metro station at Porte Maillot.
The buses are available from 6 am in the morning, and they usually leave after 20 minutes of the arrival of each flight.
It takes almost an hour to reach the city from the airport, and the tickets cost around EUR 17 one way.
- Rome has two airports: the major international port being the Fiumicino also known as Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci and the other one is called Ciampino.
- Both the airports are operated and controlled by Aeroporti de Roma.
- The Fiumicino airport is situated at a distance of 20 miles from the south-west of central Rome.
- From all the major cities of U.S., there are direct flights that fly to Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport.
- JFK International Airport at New York offers many daily regular flights to Rome. Alitalia Airlines and Delta are the prime carriers. Newark provides with five direct flights per week with United Airlines. From both the airports, it takes around eight and a half hours to reach Rome. Most of the flights leave in the afternoon or early evening and reach Rome in the early morning.
- From Philadelphia, you will find daily nonstop flights to Rome with US Airways and American Airlines. Most of the flights from Philadelphia to Rome leave in the late afternoon and reaches Rome in the early morning. Flying time is around 9 hours.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport of Atlanta is the nucleus of Delta, which offers daily flights to Fiumicino. Atalia also offers a daily flight from Atlanta. The flights usually leave in the afternoon and arrive at Rome before or during the breakfast hour. Travel time is around 10 hours.
- Alitalia Airlines also offers direct flights from Boston’s Logan International Airport. The flight leaves in the early evening and the flying time is roughly around 8 hours.
- There are daily direct flights from O’Hare International Airport of Chicago which is the hub of American Airlines. The flight from Chicago to Rome takes around 10 hours.
- Alitalia Airlines flies direct flights from Miami to Rome. The non-stop flight might cost you some extra, but it’s worth it if you want to avoid a long layover in Paris or Amsterdam. The flying time is roughly 11 hours.
- Flying from Los Angeles to Rome might be again a long journey. But the long layovers at the domestic stops like O’Hare or Philadelphia can be outrageously stressful. It takes around 13 hours to reach Rome from Los Angeles.
- Alitalia Airlines run, non-stop 9-hour flight from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Fiumicino, daily.
The premium international airport of Florence is the Amerigo Vespucci Airport, also called as Peretola by the locals of Florence. The airport is well connected to the center of the city with a vast network of the transportation system. You can reach the city just within 15 minutes by bus or taxi.
There is also the Ataf-Sita “Vola in Bus” or “Fly by Bus” bus service which makes a circuit between the central train station and the airport every half an hour. The service costs around EUR 6 per person one way and the buses run from 5:30am-8pm at the interval of half an hour and after 8 pm at the interval of one hour. The tickets can be bought from the driver, and the round-trip ticket can be bought before boarding the bus, from the Busitalia SITA bus station.
The Pisa airport hosts much cheaper flights which travel to almost all the destinations in Europe. The several low cost flights flying to Pisa include Easyjet, Thomsonfly, Ryanair, Wizzair, Transavia, and HLX. The Pisa airport is well connected to the center of Florence both by train as well as bus. The train rides cost around EUR 8.10 per person and the bus tickets cost EUR 6 per person and EUR 10 for return.
- Venice Marco Polo – It is the closest commercial airport to Venice and is located near Mertre. From the airport there are several travel options to reach Venice including, ACTV line 5 (local bus) which takes approximately 20-25 minutes, ATVO Venezia non-stop express to Piazzale Roma in approximately 10-15 minutes, and Water taxi which costs around EUR 35-110 shared and arrives directly at Venice Cruise Port Terminal and Lido di Venezia.
- Treviso Airport – This airport is approximately 25kms from Venice mainland and regardless of its smaller size, is becoming relatively busy as the destination for Transavia, Wizzair, and Ryanair budget flights. Barzi Bus Service provides transportation to Venice and Mestre at around EUR 22, and the tickets are available at the airport itself.
- San Nicolo Airport – This small airfield usually handles small aircrafts, with only 1km long runway covered with grass. As a result, it doesn’t land any scheduled flights, but private plans can use this airstrip due to its closeness to the city.
The airspace of Milan is controlled by two main international airports, namely, Malpensa Airport and Linate Airport. Additionally, Parma Airport located 100 km south of Milan and Orio al Serio Airport located 45km east are mostly known for hosting budget airlines and privet jets.
¬ Malpensa Airport
- Malpensa is Milan’s premium international airport. The airport covers a large area, and its infrastructure is highly modern, including two-runways. Terminal 1 is the largest and hosts intercontinental as well as other international flights, whereas, Terminal 2 is a huge continental base of Easyjet, the only carrier which uses this terminal.
- From Malpensa run several express trains towards central Milan and Milano Cardona. The entire journey takes around 30-45 minutes depending on whether you are travelling on weekdays or weekends.
- Also the two important terminals are connected to each other by a shuttle service which runs in approximately every 20 minutes of interval.
- However, it must be noted that the shuttles are relatively smaller in size and their frequency of the number of trips are also inadequate. This is where the role of taxis comes into play as most of the passengers don’t prefer to wait after a long flight.
¬ Linate Airport
- Some national and European flights land at Linate Airport. This airport is comparatively smaller than Malpensa Airport but is rather efficient and is extremely close to city center, approximately 7kms.
- Since the airport is near the city; you will find several buses available mostly on the public transport network. These buses mostly remain parked just outside the terminal and go to city center, linking with metro line MM1.
- These buses are not for dedicated service to the airport but mainly city transportation buses which have several stops en route.
- There are buses available in every 10 minutes, and the trip will cost you around EUR 1.50 per person.
- Bus no. X73 is a new express bus service of ATM which connects the Linate airport to the San Babila Square and vice versa. As this bus provides direct service, hence it takes comparatively lesser time than other buses running in this route and is usually not much crowded.
- Also “Starfly” is another dedicated transportation service which is operated by Autostradale and connects the Linate airport and the Milan central station. The bus service runs daily in from 6am-11:30 pm and the tickets cost around EUR 5 per person.
- Also the Malpensa Shuttle bus service connects both the airports as well as to central train station of Milan.
- Taxis are somewhat costly during the peak hours and is time-consuming too because during the evening the roads are mostly densely crowded. Hence traveling can take long especially during Fashion weeks.
¬ Orio al Serio Airport
- This airport hosts few budget airlines and is located about 45 km north-east of the city of Milan. Getting public transport from this airport is slightly tougher than other airports. The nearest traveling option would be to board a taxi or shuttle bus and reach Bergamo station, which would take approximately 10 minutes. From Bergamo railway station, trains are available at regular interval and it takes around 1 hour to reach Milan.
- Frankfurt am Main airport: The first airport to be built in Frankfurt, the Frankfurt am Main airport was founded in the year 1909. Among the busiest airports in Europe, the airport hosts two terminals.
At terminal 1, level 1 is the designated spot for arrivals, level 2 for check ins and departures, and level 3 is an access bridge for hotels and rail station. At level 0, one can gain access to parking facility.
Terminal 2 is host to concourse D and E. One can get transferred form terminal 1 to 2 in a matter of 15 minutes.
Some of the flights that take off from terminal 1 are Lufthansa group, star alliance, Qatar airways and more, while terminal 2 hosts flights from Sky team, Etihad, Emirates, British airways and more.
All passengers can gain access to the two lounges at the airport, after paying a fee.
- Frankfurt Hahn airport: The airport lies in the Rhineland region of Germany which lies at 100 km from Frankfurt main city. Most budget flights make use of the airport as an entry point into the region.
The terminals of the airport host various shops and bars for recreation purpose of the passengers. Passengers and visitors can also visit the observation area which is located on the first floor, to see off their loved ones or watch the planes take their flight.