Daily flights to Milan Malpensa Airport
Flexible flight options from multiple locations across the US – at SAS we aim to make travel convenient, comfortable and adaptive to your schedule. Each flight has a short layover in Copenhagen, Oslo or Stockholm.
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Seven departure locations across the US
Fly to Milan from seven departure locations across the US. Whether you’re from the northeast, southwest and all that’s in between – SAS has got you covered. Each flight will have just a short layover in Copenhagen, Oslo or Stockholm depending on route. Our departure locations to Milan from the US are Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco or Washington D.C.
What's included when you fly to Milan from the US
Here at SAS, we’ve got everything covered – before, during and after the flight. What’s always included when you fly with SAS to Milan from the US:
• 50 lb. of baggage with SAS Go
• 24-hour return policy
• Online check-in
• Seat selection 22 prior departure
• Music, movies and games on personalized screens
• Meal, snacks and beverages
• Newspapers in our App
• Child discount up to 90%
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Child discounts up to 90%
Make your Italian getaway one for the whole family. Fly with your children and get up to 90% off their ticket price depending the child’s age. Children under the age of 2 (0–23 months) enjoy a discount of up to 90% when they sit on their parent’s lap during the flight. Children under 12 years of age (aged 2–11) can enjoy a discount of up to 25% and their own seat aboard the plane.
Unlock special discounts and offers by joining EuroBonus
Want to earn points to be used for discounts and special offers each and every time you fly? Sign up for EuroBonus today – it’s free, there is no age limit or travel quota. Points can be redeemed for a number of benefits such as tickets, upgrades and much more. And at SAS, we’ve gone one step further. In addition to earning points from flights, members can also accumulate points on hotel stays, car rentals and even daily purchases. The more you fly, the more benefits you receive – redeem your points at either SAS or one of our many partners
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Upgrade your flight for exclusive access to our lounges at airports across the world. Once inside, enjoy a free buffet – with fresh delicious foods and refreshments such as coffee, tea, wine and beer. There are also quiet places to work or take a restful nap. EuroBonus members can also redeem points to upgrade.
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Milan Malpensa Airport
There are several airports located in the region around Milan, with the largest being Milan Malpensa. Passengers that fly with SAS will utilize this airport, which is located approximately 30 miles northwest of central Milan. The airport is comprised of two main terminals, serving a multitude of international airlines. Inside the airport, there are dozens of international and exclusive Italian brands selling fashion, accessories, beauty, technology and much more. In addition, hungry passengers can grab a quick snack, or enjoy a full course meal at one of the many restaurants. As well, free, unlimited WiFi is offered throughout the airport.
Transportation to and from Milan Malpensa Airport
Traveling to and from Milan Malpensa Airport is simple and easy. As the most important airport in northern Italy, there are a number of transport options: by car, bus or train. From Terminal 1, passengers can board the Malpensa Express train from Cadorna, Milano Centrale and Milano Porta Garibaldi stations. It’s also possible to travel to Milan Central Station by coach with the Malpensa Bus. There are also a number of other bus options available. In addition, travelers can also take a private taxi to the city center.
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Car rental at Milan Malpensa
Explore the rustic northern Italian countryside by renting a private vehicle. In both Terminal 1 and 2, there are a number of rental companies at your disposal in the arrivals hall.
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Transportation within Milan
Traveling within Milan is cheap and easy with the public transport system. Visitors can find the timetables and schedules for the bus, metro and tram at the ATM Website in English. Tickets can be purchased at the metro station, kiosks or tobacco stores within the city. Want to get a little exercise while sightseeing one of Italy’s most beautiful cities? Rent a public bicycle and take advantage of Milan’s well-developed cycle paths. In addition, you can visit regional destinations with the regional train line.
Visitors can purchase the Milano Card for free public transportation within the city as well as a number of other benefits and discounts – to and from the Malpensa Airport, at top museums, sights, attractions, tours, hotel stays, restaurants and much more. Cards can be purchased for 24, 48 or 72 hours online and are available for pickup right at the airport or central station.
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Milan – Italy's modern city
Milan is Italy’s industrial and financial center – home to the stock exchange and a world-renowned fashion capital. While at first impression, visitors may feel as though they’ve transformed into a soulless metropolis, seething with energy, innovation and exclusivity, under the veneer of the appearance, the Milanese have a deep connection to tradition and history. At the heart of the city is the impressive Gothic cathedral known as the Duomo, the best place to start off any trip to Milan. Immerse yourself in the art, culture and shopping experiences – from luxury brands to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. To power your discoveries, stop into one of the hundreds of restaurants, cafes and bars for a delicious Italian meal that’s sure to have you hooked.
History of Milan
Celtic tribes set up a permanent settlement on the River Po in the 7th century BC – on the site of present day Milan. These tribes lived in the area for roughly five hundred years, until the Romans overtook them in the 2nd century BC. They renamed it “Mediolanum” which referred to Milan’s geographic location in the “middle of the plain”. As the Roman Empire continued to expand, Milan became an important trade route into their northern territories such as England, France and Germany. By the 4th century, Milan was the capital of the Western Roman Empire – though this title was short lived as the Roman’s were slowly losing power to the Byzantines.
The middle ages and the renaissance
During the Middle Ages, Milan was a sight of many wars fought between rival Italian cities – as Italy was previously ruled by dozens of separate city states, with Milan being on of them. In the 11th century, a town council was formed and from the mid 13th century, power was passed between a succession of dynasties – the Torrianis, the Viscontis and the Sforzas. In 1386, the Duomo was constructed, which instantly became a symbol of Milan. Under the dynasties the city flourished, becoming a center of art, science and literature. During the Renaissance, Milan was the site of major developments in art and architecture, but this was also a period of turmoil. In 1535, the Spanish military invaded and conquered the city and in the 18th century, the Austrian Empire, and then Napoléon, both accomplished the same feat.
Milan in the 20th century
In the 20th century, Milanese newspaper editor Benito Mussolini began his organization to form the fascist empire – a movement that would take hold of Italian politics for nearly thirty years. During World War II, Milan suffered greatly. Allied bombing during the German occupation destroyed most of the remaining historic buildings. Following the War, Milan boomed as a financial center. The economic development during the 1950s and 60s attracted immigrants from all over the world, especially the Far East and southern Italy. Today, the city still remains the most international in all of Italy. Despite a series of political scandals in the second half of the 20th century, Milan still remains a powerhouse on a global scale. There is an increasing emphasis on innovation, including implementing more sustainable city planning and modernizing its infrastructure.
Sights and attractions in Milan
Milan may not be a visitor’s initial first choice when the come to Italy, but it absolutely offers its fair share of sights and attractions. The city has a rich cultural heritage and has been home to many influential people in world history – from Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci to the famous designer Georgio Armini, and many more. Milan is a fashion capital, attracting the world’s elite designers and stylists twice a year to grace its catwalks. When you’ve had enough of the historical sights – and there are plenty of them – enjoy the many art, cultural and architectural gems that the city has to offer.
A symbol of Milan dating back to the 14th century, the Duomo is a quintessential first stop on your trip to Italy’s northern city. The massive Gothic cathedral looms over spectators standing at its feet – in the Piazza del Duomo – and it is one of Milan’s most famous tourist attractions and one of the largest cathedrals in the world. The cathedral itself took centuries to build, beginning in the 14th and ending in the 19th. Spend some time walking around it’s exterior, marveling at the stunning facade, or take your journey inside – just make sure to be dressed appropriately to be allowed in, with arms and legs covered. The best way to explore the interior is by a guided audio tour. Don’t miss out on the exquisite enormous stained-glass windows beneath the choir, it’s the largest in the world. But don’t stop there, Il Duomo holds treasures spanning across centuries.
Castello Sforzesco (Sforza castle)
Just a short walk from the Duomo, visitors will find the impressive Renaissance castle that was once home to the Sforzesco family who ruled Milan in the 15th century. Here you will find a number of the city’s museums and art collections including the Pietá Rondanani Michaelangelo Museum, Museum of Ancient Art, Museum of Musical Instruments, Museum of Decorative Arts, Museums of Prehistory and Protohistory and the Egyptian Museum. In addition, the castle allows access to the Sempione Park, one of Milan’s largest city parks, perfect for visiting on a warm day.
The Sant’Ambrogio Basilica is second in importance only to the Duomo. The Milanese bishop and city’s patron saint, Ambrogio, founded it in the 4th century, and his remains are still in the church today. It’s the oldest church in Milan, though it has been destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout the years. Inside, you will find many beautiful mosaics and frescos as well as a gold altar added by Charlemagne.
Naviglio Lombari and Darsena
Milan’s canals played an important role in the development of the city’s history. The Navigli, or canals, date as far back as the 12th century. During this time, the construction of artificial waterways fed by surrounding rivers was an important means of transporting goods as well as supplying the city with water. Today, the area is a pleasant spot to walk around during the evening. Along the Naviglio Grande, you will find old craftsmen’s homes, which were converted into artist’s studios, restaurants and cafés. In addition to the canals, the Darsena, or harbor, is becoming an increasingly popular spot for the locals to spend time before heading out for the evening. The port of Darsena was built in 1603, and used as a trading center throughout history.
Shopping in Milan
Milan is a must-stop destination for anyone interested in fashion. Shopping in the city is an unforgettable experience, and while the luxury fashion houses may have put the city on the map, there are retail options for those on any budget. As a capital of global fashion, you’ll find countless designer shops, as well as small boutiques, brand names and outlets. If you love getting a deal, stop by during the sale season in January or July to take advantage of the season’s best prices.
Milan’s most exclusive shopping district, translated at the “Golden Quadrilateral” is as much a cultural experience as a retail destination. This area encompasses several city blocks and is one of the world’s most important fashion centers. Some of the biggest names are featured here such as Hermès, Armani and Chanel. Even if you’re budget doesn’t allow for a purchase at one of these shops, they are surely worth a visit for window-shopping.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele I
Built in the late 19th century, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele I is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. The architecture itself is stunning – from the blue glass vaulted ceilings to the intricate mosaic floors and central dome. High-end shops like Louis Vuitton and Prada grace its corridors and when you’ve exhausted yourself – and your credit card – take a quick break to sip on an espresso and admire the chic elegance that is quintessential Milanese culture and style.
Art and culture in Milan
Milan’s art and cultural scene is a perfect balance between history and modernity. From the magnificent art and architectural sights such as the Duomo, La Scala Theatre, Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper” to the modern museums such as the Museo del ‘900 and the Cinema Interactive Museum (MIC), or fashion houses such as the Armani Silos and Prada Foundation. Milan’s museums, gardens, parks, cinemas, theaters, operas and much more are just waiting to be explored.
Santa Maria Delle Grazie and the last supper
The Santa Maria delle Grazie (Holy Mary of Grace) is a church and Dominican convent built in the late 15th century by renowned Renaissance Architect Donato Bramate. It’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is best known for it’s most prized artifact: the Last Supper, Il Cenacolo, painted by Leonardo da Vinci – one of the most famous murals in the world. The church is located close to the city center, but to view the painting make sure that you purchase tickets ahead of time.
Teatro alla Scala
Also known as La Scala, Teatro Alla Scala is not only one of Milan’s most famous cultural attractions, but it has also been the city’s premier opera house since opening in 1778. Designed in the Neoclassical style by renowned architect Giuseppe Piermarini, there are 2 800 seats surrounding its grand stage. Throughout history, the theater has been graced by many of the most illustrious singers, and is widely regarded as one of top Opera and ballet theaters in the world.
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Dining and nightlife in Milan
Though Milan’s food may not be as famous as its fashion, the culinary scene is vast, varied and absolutely delicious. Stop by for a quick drink and aperitivo come evening, or splurge on a Michelin-quality spread. During the winter, hearty warm dishes like Risotto alla Milanese (a creamy blend of rice, saffron, grated cheese, butter, white wine and chicken stock) or Cotoletta alla Milanese (a thick, crispy veal cutlet) are a must try. For something sweet, stop in to a local bakery and pick up a Panettone (a fluffy sweat bread filled with candied fruit), a Christmas tradition.
Once the sun goes down, Milan’s nightlife starts to heat up. The city boasts a wide variety of destinations from swanky and exclusive clubs in Corso Como – attracting models, football stars and the city’s wealthiest elite – to Navigli, popular among students and young people. Local bars, international clubs and all that’s in between are scattered throughout the city and no matter what style of music you prefer, you’re guaranteed to find something in Italy’s most international city.
The Milanese art of the aperativo
Around 6pm, you’ll notice that Milan’s bars are starting to fill up. No, it’s not the promise of happy hour specials; it’s the northern Italian tradition known as Aperitivo. When you order a drink or cocktail – usually ranging from €5 to €12 – a small buffet of delicious dishes in available. These can range from a mix of tapa-like dishes to a complete spread with pasta, breads, rice dishes, meats and cheeses – all for your choosing. Popular drink selections include spritzers like Aperol or Campari as well as gin and Vermouth. This happens all over Milan, every night of the week.
FACT BOX: Milan
Italian Embassy in the US: 3000 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States
United States Embassy in Milan: Via Principe Amedeo, 2/10, 20121 Milano, Italy