Some airports are handier for one side of the lake than others, but whether you get from the airport to the Lake by train, bus, or car, all major routes go to the south end of the lake.
So in reality, the time saving driving or taking the train across the south side of the lake does not make a huge difference when flying to Lake Garda.
Flights to Lake Garda
Now we know from analysis of our website traffic that many people using this site fly from the UK to Italy to enjoy a great holiday at Lake Garda. Now although the flights themselves play a large part in peoples decision making process, all too often people tend to forget about the much overlooked cost of parking your car at the departure airport. We have found over the years that using the right company and booking early, usually helps to reduce the cost of this oft forgotten necessity! After trying many different companies out, we can thoroughly recommend Purple Parking in the UK, for great prices and services. Why not click the graphic below to find out how much it would cost to park your car at your local airport?
Discover where to fly to in Italy for your lake Garda holiday:
Although this airport is called "Milan" Bergamo, the good thing is it's located around one third of the way from Milan towards Lake Garda, well outside of Milan. It is therefore quite easy to get to the Lake by car as a few minutes drive takes you straight to the Autostrada (Motorway), where you can soon whizz along to the bottom of the Lake. We have driven to Desenzano from here in not much over the hour. Being a small airport also makes it pretty easy to navigate your way around and there are no long walks. The one thing to be wary of when looking up flights to this airport, is some people refer to it as "Bergamo" and some "Orio al Serio", which can be confusing. Just remember the code for this airport is "BGY" and then you'll be sure you're getting the right one.
Ryanair is the main airline flying to Bergamo (Jet2 also go here), and we have found that their flights here are often the cheapest flights to Lake Garda! Although Verona and Brescia airports
are nearer to the Lake, we have often decided that the cost saving is well worth the extra 30 minutes drive. You can also take the shuttle bus from outside the terminal
building into the town of Bergamo, and then
get a train from Bergamo to your destination in Lake Garda.
This is Verona's main airport located very close to this famous city. We have not really used this airport much as the flight costs always seem to be higher. I am not sure of the reason
for this but maybe it is something to do with the fact that the world renowned opera takes place here and so demand is always high. On the plus side, however, the location is great, especially for the
east side of the lake which can be reached in around half an hour. If you are not worried about paying a bit extra but just want the quickest way to the lake, then this is one of your best options.
Brescia airport is not actually in Brescia at all...it is some way south of the town. As Brescia is not such a high profile Italian location, it is often referred to as "Verona Brescia". It is a small
but modern airport, and is therefore easy to find your way around. From here you can hire a car or get a bus. Shuttles operate into the town regularly where you can catch a train if you wish. We have found
this airport to offer some great deals on flights through Ryainair and is certainly high up on the list of options of flights to Lake Garda. We have used this airport several times but the only problem is that there is often only 1 flight a day into here, with many airlines, so there isn't much option on the time you can arrive and depart.
The is Milan's main airport and is situated on the edge of this major city. While this is handy if you fancy popping in to the city, it can also mean lots of traffic if you arrive at the wrong time. I have driven
around Milan before and do not find it the easiest city to navigate around. However, several major airlines fly here, so you have plenty of options to get here, but generally the cost is not the cheapest. Consider using
this airport if you would like to explore the European fashion capital enroute, otherwise you may wish to consider other options.
This is a minor airport for Milan and is situated some distance to the North East of the city. This is unfortunately heading the wrong way for Lake Garda and means really quite a long trip to get there. We haven't
used Malpensa as we personally consider it to be a bit too far away for our liking. However if you wish to travel around and see other things apart from Lake Garda, then this airport could be worth looking at.
This is the main airport for Venice and is located close to this amazing city. If you have never been here before and fancy an excursion into Venice, I promise you will not be dissapointed. There really is no other city on earth
like this place, it is totally unique in every way! Anyway before I get carried away I should tell you that while this airport is not especially close to Lake Garda, many airlines fly here, giving you a mulitude of options. Venice
is a very popular tourist destination though, so prices can be higher (especially at certain times of the year).
This is a smaller, minor Venice airport and is located around half an hour North of the city. You can get some very cheap flights here but unless you really want to see Venice, or something else in this area then it is quite
a long trip to Lake Garda and would be well down the list of preferred airports in our opinion.
Flight info is based on travel from the UK. Also listed are some popular German airlines.
Under "airlines who fly here": R = Ryanair, BA = British Airways, E = Easyjet, BMI = British Midland, J2 = Jet2, GW = German Wings, KLM = Royal Dutch Airlines, L = Lufthansa
"Time to bottom of Lake Garda" means estimated driving time from the airport during normal driving conditions (not congested).
Average price guide is very much an estimate based on our experience, and is only meant as a very rough guide. Please check all options,
as price is influenced by many different factors.
For those who do not want to hire a car, but would like to get whisked straight from the airport to their accommodation at Lake Garda in style and comfort, then an airport transfer is probably the way to go. Especially if there are several of you to share the cost of a car or a minibus, then this a nice option. If it is a special occasion or you just feel like being pampered then why not try out a stretched limo!! If you fancy looking into airport transfers, there are companies out there that can help you with this!
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