Airport Transfers to the Italian Lakes
The north of Italy is scattered with picturesque lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the largest being Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. The lakes are surrounded by a combination of luxurious villas, sleepy medieval towns and busy water sport resorts, so there is something for everyone in this beautiful area of northern Italy. The ‘Big Three’ lakes overshadow their smaller and less famous neighbours, meaning that the lakes of Lake Iseo, Lake Orta and Lake Lugano and the like are less touristy and, in the summer months, a great place to escape the thronging crowds. Fill in the form below to obtain an on-line quotation for airport taxi transfers to your Italian Lake resort, or read on to find out more about some of the great resorts within easy access of Northern Italy's airports...
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and particularly popular with water sports enthusiasts and families. It’s hard to go wrong when choosing a resort around Lake Garda. The southern end of Lake Garda is quite wide (around 17km at its widest point) and surrounded by rolling hills covered with olive groves and vineyards. The main resort towns at this end of the lake include Garda, Sirmione, Bardoline, Lazise, Peschiera, Densenzano del Garda, Manerba del Garda and Padenghe del Garda. Most of the villages and towns around Lake Garda have historic centres with pretty squares and waterfront promenades lined with cafés. A number of the town centres are closed to traffic making strolls of the ancient streets particularly pleasant. Most of the resorts are linked by ferry and hydrofoil services.
The scenery at the northern end of the lake becomes more dramatic. The lake narrows and the surrounding mountains more… mountainous! The main resort towns at this end of the lake include Limone sul Garda, Riva del Garda, Gardone Riviera, Salò, Gargnano, Toscolano-Maderno, Brenzone and Malcesine. Again many of the resorts are linked by ferry and hydrofoil services and from Malcesine you can take a cable car to the top of Monte Baldo, where you will be rewarded with amazing views and some great walking trails. Many of the resorts have beaches ranging from sand, through shingle to the white pebble beach of the northernmost resort of Riva del Garda. Lake bathing and water sports abound throughout the lake and there is plenty to amuse the active tourist on Lake Garda.
Lake Garda is situated about halfway between Venice and Milan. At only 30km from Verona, 100km from Milan and 130km from Venice it is well placed for taxi transfers from a number of airports in northern Italy. By their very geography resorts at the southern end of the lake are easier to get to. Transfers from Verona airport and Verona-Brescia airport take around 30-45 minutes to reach the southernmost shores of the lake and 2 hours to reach the north. Taxi transfers from Bergamo airport take between 1-2 hours and transfers from the other Milan airports (Milan Malpensa airport and Milan Linate airport) take closer to the 2-hour mark. Also worth considering are flights to Venice airport although transfer times will be a little longer.
Being situated just north of Milan, Lake Como is super-chic and is popular with holidaying Milanese, whose clothes can be as beautiful and impressive as the lakeside views. The resorts and hotels around Lake Como generally service the more upmarket tourist, and if you are looking for a secluded romantic retreat this is the lake for you. The main resort towns on Lake Como are Bellagio, Tremezzo, Menaggio, Cernobbio, Varenna and Como itself.
The lake is in the shape of an inverted ‘Y’. Lecco and Como sit at the southern ends of the ‘Y’ and in the crook of the ‘Y’ sits Bellagio, one of the most beautiful and romantic towns in Italy. Lake ferries and hydrofoils cross the lake at regular intervals, enabling you visit a number of towns and villages from one central base.
Being situated so close to Milan, Lake Como is one of the easiest Italian lakes to get to by airport taxi transfer and Lake Como is perfect for a romantic weekend away, as well as longer breaks. All the Milan airports are ideal for holidays to Lake Como although Milan Malpensa is slightly better for resorts on the western shore of Lake Como and Bergamo better for the eastern shore. Taxi transfer times from Milan Malpensa airport take between 45 minutes to Como to 2 hours to the further reaches of the lake. Taxi transfer times from Bergamo airport take between 50 minutes to Lecco to 2 hours to some of the further resorts such as Menaggio. Milan Linate airport is also very suitable with taxi transfer times taking between 1-2 hours.
Lake Maggiore is Italy’s second-largest lake. It is 65km long and straddles the Swiss border. The main resort towns on Lake Maggiore are Stresa, Cannobio, Arona, Verbania, Dormelletto and Baveno. Also worth a visit are the three Borromean Islands – situated in the Borromean Bay between Stresa and Verbania – where you will discover beautiful gardens, quaint fishing villages and a quite ostentatious Baroque palace. The most popular Lake Maggiore resorts are on the western shores of the lake. Like the other lakes, many of Lake Maggiore’s resorts are linked by ferry, and from Stresa (Lake Maggiore’s leading resort) you can catch a cable car up Monte Mottarone, from where there are beautiful views of the lakes and the Alps.
Like Lake Como, Lake Maggiore is easily accessed from all the Milan airports by airport taxi transfer. Milan Malpensa airport is by far the most convenient with taxi transfer times to most resorts taking less than an hour. Taxi transfers from Milan Linate airport and Bergamo airport take slightly longer, taking between 1-2 hours.
Airports Serving the Italian Lakes
Milan-Malpensa Airport is situated 50km northwest of Milan. It is one of three airports in the region (Milan Linate and Bergamo being the other two) and the largest of the three. Malpensa Airport has two terminals, terminal 1 for scheduled flights and terminal 2 for low-fare airlines and charter flights.
Milan-Linate Airport is much smaller than Malpensa but is only 7km from the centre of Milan.
Bergamo Airport is situated 5km from Bergamo and 45km from Milan. It is in the foothills of the Orobian Alps, along the Swiss border.
Verona Airport (also known as Verona Villafranca) is Verona’s main airport and is located just 18km southwest of Verona.
Verona Brescia Airport is situated 16km southeast of Brescia and 65km west of Verona. It is a small airport used mainly by RyanAir.
Venice Airport, also known as Venice Marco Polo Airport, is the main airport servicing Venice and its environs and is situated up the coast 13km from Venice. It is the fourth largest airport in Italy in terms of air traffic, but it has only one terminal and so can be very busy, particularly in the summer months.
Venice Treviso Airport is a smaller airport, mainly used for charter flights and low-cost airlines. It is situated about 30km northwest of Venice.
Italian Airport Transfer Services
Most resorts in the Italian Lakes are well served by ferry services, a much more suitable and exciting way of exploring the area than by car. Without the need for a car during the week an airport taxi transfer becomes a very attractive option. With an airport taxi transfer you don’t have to worry about car security, parking or petrol and we will whisk you to your resort hassle-free.
Pre-booking your airport taxi transfer will save you time and money. Take the stress and worry out of landing in a foreign airport by arranging our personal meet-and-greet service at the airport. Don’t worry about taxis not being available, being ‘ripped off’, not speaking the language or not having the correct currency.
When arriving in one of Italy’s airports your private taxi, minibus or coach driver will be waiting holding a signboard displaying your party’s name at the exit of the arrivals hall. Please be aware these can be busy areas and you may need to take a good look at all the signboards before you find your name!
We strongly recommend booking your Italian airport taxi transfer early as Italy is a very popular destination and peak dates can become booked up, so take a wait off your mind and book your Italian taxi transfer today.