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Getting around in Milan: info, costs and advice

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Milan is the regional capital of Lombardy and is among the most avant-garde Italian cities for different reasons and from different points of view: extremely active from an economic and cultural point of view, it is a reality to discover in order to get to know its historical and modern views, ranging from the magical Via dei Fiori Chiari to the newest view of the fantastic City Life. It is very popular style of the typical liberty buildings and its great Cathedral and the majestic Sforzesco Castle, both in Gothic and Romanesque style, are known all over the world.

These are some of the many reasons that push tourists from all over the world to visit the city of charm and glamor. Here's one guide on how to move around Milan: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Milan
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips


The best way to visit Milan is by public transport: the Lombard capital is famous for its dense network of connections that connects even the most peripheral areas, managing to streamline the chaotic traffic and solving the parking problem. You will then have the metro, tram and bus at your disposal. Perfect for settling in the hop-on hop-off bus, which will allow you to get on and off without limits at all stops, located in strategic points of the city!

Instead, it is recommended to walk around the individual neighborhoods and the historic center. The first day to settle in, it is recommended to opt for a guided tour on foot or by segway. Finally, the city also offers a bike sharing service thanks to the BikeMi app, being able to discover the city in an alternative and green way. Here too, for a first approach, it is better to opt for a guided bike tour first, to familiarize yourself with the routes and cycle paths of the city together with a guide!

Finally, the Milan Pass in addition to admissions and discounts on attractions and affiliated activities, includes the single ticket for travel on public transport ATMs and the ticket for the tourist bus.



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, metro, tram, hop-on hop-off bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: bus, car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Milano Pass (from € 79,00 -), daily transport ticket (from € 7,00), 10-ride booklet (from € 18,00)

How to get from the airport to the center of Milan

The city of Milan boasts the presence of three international airports located in different areas: Linate in the South-East, Malpensa in the North-West (Varese area) and Orio al Serio in the North East (Bergamo).

The closest is Linate, however the others are too well connected to the center Lombard; from each airport it is possible to reach the city center with travel times ranging from 25 to 60 minutes, relying on public transport, taxis, or the transfers offered by various companies. Let's see the movements from each airport in detail.

Linate airport

  • Distance from the center: 8 km / travel time: 30 min;
  • In shuttle: Linate Shuttle line / ticket cost: € 5,00
  • By taxi: average cost from € 25,00 / travel time: about 25 minutes
  • By bus: average cost € 1,60 / ATM line 73 (every 10 min)
  • Private transfer: transfer to the center or to the hotel

Malpensa airport

  • Distance from the center: 57 km / travel time: 60 min;
  • By train: Malpensa Express line / ticket cost: € 13,00
  • In shuttle: Malpensa Shuttle line / ticket cost: € 10,00
  • By taxi: average cost € 80,00 / travel time: 60 min
  • By bus: average cost € 8,00 / Terravision company
  • Private transfer: transfer to the center

Orio al Serio airport

  • Distance from the center: 48 km / travel time: 45 min
  • In shuttle: Orio Shuttle line / ticket cost: € 10,00
  • By taxi: average cost € 90,00 / travel time: 40 minutes
  • By bus: average cost € 5,00 / Terravision company
  • Private transfer: Milan transfer from Bergamo Airport

How to get around on foot

Once you have reached the center of Milan, it is advisable to check the distance between the area you are in and the one you want to reach. The center of Milan is large enough, but you can move around comfortably even on foot, as the main points of interest are not very far from each other.
On the first day you can opt for a guided walking or segway tour to get used to the city.

For example, if you have to move from Piazza Duomo to Castello Sforzesco (Cairoli), you will travel about 1 km, then a pleasant walk along Via Dante; if you have to move from Piazza Duomo to the Navigli, it is recommended to take public transport.



Con i mezzi pubblici

The public service in Milan is called ATM and includes metro, bus and tram. If the distance you have to travel is too much, no doubt you should opt for the metro. It is definitely the means faster and more frequent. For short distances you can also opt for buses and trams, albeit a little slower in travel, but remember to absolutely avoid them during peak hours if you don't want to get stuck in traffic and take twice as long.

For settle in the city, especially the first few days, the best choice is definitely the 24, 48 or 72 hour hop-on hop-off bus! This tourist bus will allow you to hop on and off without limits at all stops, located in strategic points, close to attractions and in the main districts. It is also a great way to enjoy a panoramic tour of Milan, ideal if you are short on time!

Finally, if you stop for several days and have a rich itinerary, we recommend the purchase of the Milan Pass, which in addition to admissions and discounts on affiliated attractions and activities, includes the single ticket for travel on public transport ATMs and the ticket for the tourist bus.

Metro

To move quickly in Milan by public transport, first of all prefer the subway. IS' faster and you wait much less than other public transport. It's composed by 4 lines (Red M1, green M2, yellow M3, lilac M5) that cross the length and breadth of the city, reaching even the most distant areas from the center.

As for the rates, Milan is divided into tariff zones. Moving to the center, you just need to take the ticket of the lowest price range, which includes all of Milan between the Mi1 and Mi9 zones, or a single ticket € 2,00. Subscriptions and 10-trip booklets are also available.



  • Downloadable map: milan-metro-map
  • by 5: 40 00 to: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from € 2,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket € 7,00, 3-day ticket € 12,00, booklet 10 tickets € 18,00

Bus

The bus service is full of lines, with different schedules and includes many stops, guaranteeing transport at all hours of the day and night, obviously with different frequencies. On the official ATM website you can consult all the lines with their respective timetables and stops. Unfortunately, however, during rush hours, buses cannot travel quickly and on time.

The rates are the same as for the metro. Moving to the center, you just need to take the ticket of the lowest price range, which includes all of Milan between the Mi1 and Mi9 zones, or a single ticket € 2,00. Subscriptions and 10-trip booklets are also available.

  • Downloadable map: milan-bus-map
  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from € 2,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket € 7,00, 3-day ticket € 12,00, booklet 10 tickets € 18,00

Tram

The tram network is present in Milan from 1876 and to date the tram service consists of 18 lines, active from early morning until late at night. Even the trams, like the buses, are managed by ATM and on the website you can consult all the lines with their respective timetables and stops.

Fares are the same as for metro and bus. A single ticket starts at € 2,00, depending on the arrival area. Season tickets and 10-trip booklets are also available.

  • Downloadable map: milan-tram-map
  • from 4:30 to 2:30, with possible variations according to the line
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from € 2,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket € 7,00, 3-day ticket € 12,00, booklet 10 tickets € 18,00

By car

Using the car to move around Milan is highly discouraged for several reasons! First, to avoid staying stuck in traffic which is extremely congested especially in the 7: 00-9: 00 and 18: 00-20: 00, peak times! Then why it is very difficult to park as the only parking spaces available in the center are very often reserved for residents.

Furthermore, Milan is divided into various restricted traffic areas, which vary from area to area, also in relation to the exhaust emissions of your car: this means that you will not be able to access unless under specific conditions and paying a certain daily or weekly rate. Using the car can be a plausible choice only if you have to move to the peripheral areas or in any case on the border with the hinterland municipalities, when you arrive at the entrance to the restricted traffic areas, leave your car there and continue towards the center using public transport.

ZTL

The Lombard Municipality has equipped the city network with a ZTL system, especially with the aim of reducing the presence of fine dust and the emission of exhaust gases into the air, thus making the air cleaner. The restricted traffic areas are Area C (historic center), Area B (includes 75% of the territory), Navigli, Arco della Pace, Corso Garibaldi and Via Paolo Sarpi. As for the last 4 areas mentioned, the prohibition concerns only cars, while mopeds can access freely.

As far as the times, Area C is active from Monday to Friday 7: 30-18: 30, excluding holidays, Area B is operational from Monday to Friday 7: 30-19: 30, with the exception of holidays. The ZTL of the Navigli is active every day from 20:00 to 07:00, the Arco della Pace area is operational every day from 22:00 to 04:00, Corso Garibaldi and via Paolo Sarpi are active every day 24 hours a day For further information, consult the dedicated page on the official website of the Municipality of Milan.

Stops and parking

At the edge of the Milanese ZTL you are free to park your car in all the points marked with white stripes free of charge, from here you can use the red M1 underground line or the green M2 line to reach the center. There are also free unattended outdoor car parks, near the Monumental Cemetery, Lambrate and Baggio, so once you have left your car there, you can move around using the trams of lines 14 and 2. Among the recommended areas there is also that of Bicocca , a district of the university of the same name, where parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays and every day starting at 19:00, while there are also specific areas used for free parking; from there you could move to the center using the M5 metro line.

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