Getting around Milan
Updated: Sep 17, 2022
Milan treads a fine line between being walkable and requiring short tram or metro rides to reach destinations within the city. Milan's public transport options are extremely versatile, efficient and clean. And if you're taking the old tram, it is an activity in itself.
Milan's Metro system (ATM) is by far the best we've come across in Europe. It's consistently on time, clean and efficient, with useful digital maps to remind you where you are and where you're headed. Surprisingly however, there are no Metro stops east of the city, so you'll have to use the bus or put on some comfy shoes and walk.
You can buy a card from the local ticket machines:
1 journey = €2.
1 day of travel = €7.
3 days of travel = €12.
10 tickets, valid for 90 minutes each = €18.
Evening ticket, valid from 8pm-til finish = €3.
The Metro lines are split into four, helpfully colour-coded, lines:
M1 (red line)
North to West. Stops at: Duomo, Castello Sforzesco, Giardini Pubblici.
M2 (green line)
North-East to South. Stops at: Central Station, Piazza Gae Aulenti, Castello Sforzesco.
M3 (yellow line)
North to South-East. Stops at: Central Station, Duomo, University of Milan, Porta Romana.
M4 (blue line)
Undergoing construction, and will connect to Linate Airport which will be a game-changer.
M5 (purple line)
North to West. Stops at: San Siro, City Life, Piazza Gae Aulenti.
Milan's trams are another scenic, transport option that have been carrying the Milanese around for over 80 years. There are 18 lines with 33 trams, however it will be Trams 1, 2 and 3 which will be of interest, as these are the sight-seeing routes - do remember that that these are used for commuters too, not just tourists.
Tickets cost €1.50 and valid for buses and trams for 90 minutes. These can be purchased at metro stops, kiosks and off-licenses too. Trams run from 4:30am to 2:30am.
The Milano Card provides travel on all public transport and enter for 200+ attractions.
1 day = €12.50.
2 days = €17.50.
3 days = €19.50.
Milano Card Website
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The Citymapper App will provide you the most up to date transport information to help you travel the city seamlessly and efficiently. Download the app and you'll have all the routes and timetable to hand.