Getting around Milan by public transport

Getting around Milan by public transport

Milan, one of the best cities in Italy, has a solid public transportation infrastructure. However, for those unfamiliar with it, it can often be overwhelming. Fortunately, the Milan Transport Company (ATM), which is responsible for the city’s public transportation system, has done an excellent job of integrating all available modes of transportation.

You will be able to move easily from one part of the city to another thanks to convenient connections between all of Milan’s neighborhoods. In addition, Milan’s public transportation system is fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Types of public transportation in Milan

The Lombard capital has an incredibly extensive public transportation system. When walking is not an option, bus, streetcar and subway lines are well integrated to meet your needs.

Affordable prices

Of course, quality public transportation is not free. Unlike other costs you will have to bear living in the city, its price in Milan will not put you off.

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The following must be paid for public transportation:

Single ticket: 2 euros

Daily (valid 24 hours with no limit on the number of trips): 7 euros

3 days: 12 euros

Carnet 10 tickets: 18 euro

Where to buy tickets

  • Pay directly with contactless cards and devices on all subways, on the 73, 56 and 70 line
  • ATM App
  • By text message by sending “ATM” to the number 48444.
  • Buying tickets on the subway and at retail outlets

Milan’s bus system

There are 80 green bus routes in Milan. Except for holidays, buses run daily from 5:30 am until 1:45 am.

As it seems, bus lines act as a complement to subway lines and are the best option if you need to leave the city center quickly.

It is good to know that there are no traditional bus stops in Milan. They consist of a single metal pole that lists the buses passing through and the next stops. The name of the station you are at is underlined and the next stops are listed below it.

Using the bus in Milan takes initiative. Since the bus will not stop unless you call it or another passenger wants to get off at your stop, you will have to ask for permission as if it were a cab.

Some lines also operate at night as well as during the day.

To avoid a fine, never forget to validate your ticket immediately after entering the vehicle!

Milan’s streetcar system

There are 33 separate routes consisting of 18 lines, some of which reach the outskirts of the city. The extraordinary speed of the subway is the fastest way to get around the city, but the tram network comes in second place and is usually on time.

As with Milan’s buses, it is necessary to call the incoming streetcar to make it stop and get on, as well as to indicate that you want to get off.

Milan’s streetcars follow the same schedule as buses and subways, that is, from 5:30 am to 1:45 am. However, do not expect the wait to be short because some streetcars operate overnight.

Some “old school” streetcars are still in operation and represent the long history of the tram network, which dates back to 1873, although most of the fleet is modern. Of course, one should not expect modern air conditioning on 1920s streetcars. The historical experience compensates for the lack of modern amenities.

Subway travel times in Milan are fast

The Milan subway is the fastest means of transportation. The best way to find the more than 100 stops scattered throughout the city of Milan is to keep an eye out for square signs with a capital “M.” The city currently has four interconnected metro lines, and there are plans to expand the network in the future.

The subway runs from 5:30 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. each day. Since the schedules are compatible with those of buses and streetcars and the ticket is valid for all, you can expect to be able to combine them at will.

Alternatives to public transportation in Milan


Unlike other European cities, Milan does not allow cabs to be hailed on the street. Instead, it is necessary to hail a cab to a particular destination or go to one of the permitted cab stations.

Standard prices are as follows:

On weekdays and holidays, the minimum fare is €3.30 or €5.40.
Night rate: 6.50 euros
1.09 euros per kilometer.
28.32 euros is the cost per hour of parking.

Electric motorcycles

Another alternative to public transportation is Cityscoot. Like other ride-sharing companies, Cityscoot has a fleet of electrified mopeds deployed in strategic areas. Per-minute prices start at 0.29 euros. To use this service, simply download the app and register.

Bus, subway, cab and other transportation options. Now you know what to expect from Milan in terms of navigating without a personal vehicle.

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