How to get around Milan
Getting around Milan - my advice
Milan has an excellent integrated transport system with a metro, an excellent network of trams and buses, and plenty of taxis. A fairly large chunk of the historic centre is a pedestrian zone, so you need to fan out to the sides to pick up transport, but there is always a taxi rank or metro station within easy walking distance. Prices are extremely cheap.
The City Sightseeing Tour is also an excellent way to get around the tourist hotspots.
Information on public transport
Web: Visit Milan's transport agency (ATM) website at www.atm-mi.it.
Tel: 800 80 81 81 (freephone, within Italy only). There are ATM Information Points at the following metro stations: Duomo M1-M3, Centrale M2-M3, Cadorna M1-M2, Loreto M1-M2, Romolo M2. Garibaldi M2. Open Mon–Sat 7.45am–7.15pm.
The same tickets can be used on buses, trams, the metro and some urban railway lines. There are huge numbers of variations. Consult the website for all the options. Some of the most useful include:
Standard ticket (one euro): valid for 75 minutes after stamping. You can also buy a carnet of 10 standard tickets for 9.20 euros.
One day pass (three euros) is valid for 24 hours after stamping. A two day pass costs 5.50 euros and is valid for 48 hours after stamping.
If you have a suitcase, you will need to buy a separate luggage ticket (one euro), although you can use a standard ‘people’ ticket for your bag.
There are also cumulative tickets and passes for those heading out into the suburbs, plus electronic weekly, monthly and annual passes.
Children up to the age of 10 travel free on ATM transport when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Ensure they have ID with proof of age. Remember to stamp your ticket at the start of every journey and every time you change vehicles.
There are plenty of taxi ranks and most shops and restaurants will be happy to call one for you, you can also try flagging them down in the street. If you need to call one for yourself, try Autoradiotaxi 02 85 85, Taxi Blu 02 40 40 or Yellow Taxi 02 69 69. They all work on meters, so the fare is standardised.
The Radiobus is an extraordinary phenomenon – an on-call minibus that will pick you up from designated stops and take you right to your door. It operates from 8pm–2am and it must be booked in advance (up to three days ahead or by 6pm on the evening). Telephone 02 4803 4803; the price is just three euros.
There is a limited night bus service on Friday and Saturday nights only, hourly from 2am to 5.10am; details of routes on the ATM website.
Milan now has a bike-sharing scheme, BikeMi, with cycle ranks scattered through the city centre. Bikes may be hired daily from 7am–11pm (until 2am in summer) and further details and cycle maps are available on the website. You can subscribe by the day or the week in a number of ways:
• go to WAP message to wap.bikemi.it, or send an SMS to +39 348 683 2679 to receive the link directly on your mobile phone
• call the free number 800 80 81 81
• ATM Point (Duomo, Cadorna, Centrale FS, Garibaldi FS, Romolo, Loreto)
• visit the website www.bikemi.it .
Price: for seven days is six euros, daily (24 hours) 2.50 euros. Payment is by credit card only.