The cheapest times to fly from DTW to LIN are

  • January 1st to April 1st
  • early to mid May
  • October 29th to April 1st (except the weeks of December 17th and December 24th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from DTW to LIN is early December. Prices can be as high as $4021 for Saturday flights during mid October, or as low as $634 for Tuesday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Milan

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Milan (LIN) will usually cost between $691 to $1459 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early December with an average ticket price of $701. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid October, with an average price of $3476. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $2775 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $926 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to LIN flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DTW to LIN route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

DTW to LIN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to LIN flight is priced close to the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $86 (8%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $958. Return trip prices are from the LIN to DTW flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DTW to LIN can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 8 hour 48 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from DTW to LIN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Zurich Airport (ZRH) in Zurich

  • 144 miles (232 km) away from LIN
  • Usually 12.75% less expensive than LIN
  • 1-layover flights available

See DTW to ZRH flights

Destination alternative #2: Malpensa Airport (MXP) in Milan

  • 29 miles (47 km) away from LIN
  • Usually 0.97% less expensive than LIN
  • 1-layover flights available

See DTW to MXP flights


Flight Hacking DTW to LIN

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from DTW to LIN — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: New York, NY (DTW > JFK > LIN)

  • Price for both tickets: $696
  • Average savings: $230 (24.85%)

See DTW to JFK flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (DTW > LGA > LIN)

  • Price for both tickets: $703
  • Average savings: $223 (24.04%)

See DTW to LGA flights

Hack #3: Newark, NJ (DTW > EWR > LIN)

  • Price for both tickets: $732
  • Average savings: $194 (20.91%)

See DTW to EWR flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DTW to LIN? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 16 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air Dolomiti, Air France, Alitalia, American, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Iberia, Icelandair, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, SAS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Milano Linate Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 4348 miles or 6997 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DTW to LIN?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to LIN flight is about 8 hour 48 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Milan?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 62 available flights from DTW to LIN.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DTW
Origination airport name Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport
City Detroit, MI
Country the United States
Latitude 42.2
Longitude -83.4

Return Airport

Destination code LIN
Destination airport name Milano Linate Airport
City Milan
Country Italy
Latitude 45.4
Longitude 9.3


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