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How to get from Milan Linate Airport to Lake Garda

Set against the dramatic and impressive peaks of the Dolomite Mountains and dotted with historic villages, a visit to the turquoise waters of Lake Garda in the Lombardy region of Italy can feel like stepping into a fairytale. Whether you choose to experience its beauty from above with a ride on the Malcesine cableway or while relaxing on a private boat or a local ferry, the serenity will draw you in and make you never want to leave.

If you’re planning a visit, the main ways to travel from Milan Linate Airport to Lake Garda are by taxi, private transfer, or train. The quickest and easiest option is to take a taxi or private transfer; the journey takes 75 minutes during light traffic, it’s comfortable, plus you’ll be dropped right at the door of your accommodation. Taking the train is by far the cheapest transport option and is perfect if you’re travelling with minimal luggage or on your own. The trip takes 85 minutes, excluding wait times, and requires you to take the metro from the airport and then make two additional train transfers.

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How to get from Linate Airport to Lake Garda by taxi

If you’re looking for a convenient and stress-free connection from Milan Linate to Lake Garda, an airport taxi or private transfer is your best option. With a taxi, you can expect to arrive at your accommodation in around 75 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic, and they’re available 24/7 from the airport.

Taxi fare from Linate Airport to Lake Garda

Milan Linate Airport taxis charge using a taximeter which means you won’t know the price of your fare up-front. The overall cost will be determined by the distance travelled and the time of day you travel. For a ride during the day (06:00-21:00), you’ll pay around €158 for 3 to 4 passengers, not including tolls and surcharges.

If you’d prefer to lock in a low and guaranteed set rate fare with no extra costs, you can book a private transfer in advance with a trusted company like Welcome Pickups.



Trip Duration

75 Min.

*Unless booked in advance, the price of your taxi fare may vary.

Value for Money

You can take a taxi from Linate Airport at any time of day, all year round.

Where can I take a taxi from?

A designated taxi rank for Linate Airport taxis can be found outside the Arrivals Terminal on the ground level through Gate 5.


Public transport can be lengthy and complicated and if you miss a connection, wait times can increase significantly. That’s why a taxi is the most reliable and convenient way to travel from Milan Linate Airport to Lake Garda, as well as the quickest. For ultimate convenience, you can book a ride in advance in a modern vehicle and have an English-speaking driver who can share about the must-see local spots.

Editor’s Note

Your fare should start at a base rate, and additional charges may apply for luggage or late-night travel. Ask the driver for an estimated fare before starting your journey.

Useful Tips

Only accept a ride from a registered taxi from a pre-booked ride or the official taxi stand outside the airport.
Provide the driver with the exact address or name of your destination. If possible, have the address written down or saved on your phone to avoid any language barriers.
Most taxis accept cash and major credit cards. Confirm with the driver before starting your journey, especially if you prefer to pay by card.

How to get from Linate Airport to Lake Garda by train

If you’re travelling from Linate Airport to Lake Garda by train, Desenzano and Peschiera del Garda Stations on the southern shore are the closest stopping-off points where you can either base yourself or travel onwards to other towns by bus or ferry. 

There are several train routes to choose from but one of the most straightforward options with fewer transfers is to take the M4 metro line from the airport to Forlanini Station, which takes just 5 minutes, and from there you can take a train to Desenzano or Peschiera del Garda, transferring briefly through Milano Lambrate or Pioltello Limito. This option has a total journey time of 85 minutes, excluding wait times. 

Another option is to travel from Linate Airport to Milan Central Station and from there, you can take a direct train to either Desenzano or Peschiera del Garda Station in around 60 minutes.

How much is the train from Milan Linate to Lake Garda?

The minimum fare ticket on the ATM metro line costs €2.20 per passenger and is valid for 90 minutes. To pay for your ticket, tap on and off as you enter the train with a credit or debit card.

Tickets for regional trains on Trenord can be purchased online or from ticket counters and kiosks at the station. The cost for a one-way journey should be about €11.50 per person, bringing the total cost to €13.70.



Trip Duration

85 Min.

The metro departs every 3 to 4 minutes and trains from Forlanini Station and onwards depart at least every hour.

Value for Money

The M4 line operates everyday between 06:00 and 00:20. Onward trains run between 06:11 and 22:21.

Where do I take the train from?

Directions to the underground metro station at Linate Airport are clearly marked from the Arrivals Hall. Train station departure boards will display the platform information for each of the trains on your journey but you’ll need to re-check it at any connecting stations.


Taking the metro and train from Linate Airport to Lake Garda is the cheapest mode of transport for this trip and the only public transport option with a reasonable journey time. However, given that it requires a couple of transfers and there are potentially long wait times in between connections, it’s not the most convenient option, especially if you’re arriving at night or need to carry your luggage.

For a comfortable door-to-door transfer service with a local English-speaking driver, we suggest pre-booking a private transfer with a company such as Welcome Pickups and that way you’ll avoid the hassle of train timetables altogether.

Editor’s Note

Allow enough time when planning your journey for train delays so you don't miss your connection.

Useful Tips

Store your luggage in the designated area on the train to keep the aisle clear for other passengers.
At night, the metro schedule matches flight arrival times to Linate Airport.
Children under the age of 14 can travel for free on the metro.

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Milan. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Milan Linate to Lake Garda?

The quickest way to get from Linate Airport to Lake Garda is to take a taxi or private transfer which takes 75 minutes in light traffic. It’s also possible to take a train from Milan Linate to Peschiera del Garda or Desenzano Station, although you’ll need to make at least two connections and the total trip takes 85 minutes, not including wait and transfer times. 

How far is Lake Garda from Milan Linate Airport?

The southern shore of Lake Garda is located around 120 km from Linate Airport and takes around 75 minutes to reach by taxi or private transfer during light traffic. Towns on the northern shore are about 50 km further and therefore take longer to reach.

What's the cost of a taxi from Milan Linate to Lake Garda?

The cost of a taxi from Milan Linate to Lake Garda should come to around €158 for up to 4 passengers, excluding additional fees. Since your fare will be determined by the taximeter, based on the distance travelled, the price may vary unless you secure a guaranteed rate with a pre-booked private transfer.

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