I do love a good Metro and the one here in Milan has become one of my favourites. With only three lines this is a very easy Metro to navigate and the way the lines bend, loop and cross each other means that the whole city centre is comprehensively covered with nowhere being more than a couple of minutes walk from one of the stations.
Trains are frequent - I don't recall waiting more three minutes for one - the stations are well-signed externally and inside there are plenty of simple direction arrows indicating what's where with network maps in the stations and on the trains. It is a busy system but I never found it overcrowded, the trains were clean and modern and it also felt perfectly safe (plus if you're lucky you'll get a bit of entertainment from a happy and talented busker).
The main day I used it was to whizz round the various city gates (and their bars) to which it was directly connected - I bought a "Abbonamento Giornaliero Urbano" which is a 24 hour pass but you don't have to worry about what it is in Italian because the ticket machines have an English option. For 4.50 Euros for the 24 hours this was excellent value for money and I timed my purchase the evening before I left so that I could maximise its use.
The Metro is run by the ATM company which also runs the tram and bus network and so tickets are valid on all of these plus suburban and regional railway services. There are a variety of ticket options with a single ticket costing 1.50 Euros (June 2012) which is valid for 90 minutes from validation (in the machines on the vehicles or at the barriers in the Metro). My 24 hour ticket was 4.50, a 48 hour ticket is 8.25 and other options include a "2 x 6" ticket for 8 Euros which allows two 90 minute journeys per day for six consecutive days.
All the info, including network maps and timetables is on the comprehensive, and as easy to navigate as the system itself, website below:
Milan's metro is very easy to use, as there are only three lines, and the ticket system is very practical. You can either buy a single ticket which is valid from one station to another station and can only be used once, the cost of this is 1,50€. The other option is a day ticket which is €4,50 and is valid for one day on the whole metro system within the city - it is valid for twenty-four hours after stamping, to be exact. I think that €4,50 is a very good price for such a day ticket, and if you make three journeys or more, it is very good value.
There are several more ticket option, such as evening tickets, weekly passes etc., you can check them all here.
The Metro only has three lines - green, red and yellow - and this makes it very easy to use it. It is a fast and efficient service, and the ticket machines are very easy to use as well, and display the instructions in several languages.
We used the metro everyday we spent in Milan, and the only problem we had was that sometimes the barriers wouldn't accept the tickets (this happened three times), but there is always staff attending and they let you through if you show your ticket to them. They were always very friendly.
To find a Metro station, just look out for the big "M" on red background!
There excist subway in Milano which is the cheapest way for travelling inside the city area, and most probably the quickiest too. If visiting Milano by car, the best is to reach one of the starting subway stations at the outskirts of the town and leave it there at the huge parking areas. There are three city lines which could take you to any of major city sights:
M1 Rossa (Red), from Sesto 1. Maggio to Bisceglie
M2 Verde (Green), from Abbiategrasso to Gessate
M3 Gialla (Yellow), from San Donato to Maciachini.
The price is very convinient:
- one way ticket cost euro 1
- city carnet for 10 rides cost euro 9,20
- daily ticket cost euro 3
Metro tickets have now a cost of 1,50 Euros per single destination and 4,50 Euros for an 24 hour urban destination purchase.
In general Milan metro system is reliable, quick and not overcrowded.
Maybe a bit more shops had to stay open during Sundays, because it is difficult to find anything that day.
The Milan Metro is pretty efficient and quite cheap. You can purchase a one way Metro ticket for € 1.00 or buy a one day pass for € 3.00. There are also 2 Day and Weekly passes that allow you to save more.
Getting to the Duomo from Centrale Station is fairly simple. It is only a few stops away, and it is pretty cheap. You can also walk to the Duomo in good weather.
Milan's metro is clean, cheap and efficient. It has three principal lines - MM1 (the red line), MM2 (green) and MM3 (yellow) - that all meet at the hub stations of Stazione Centrale, Duomo, Cadorna and Lima. Tickets are as follows:
Single - valid on the whole network for 75 minutes from validation but for only one journey. Cost = € 1,00.
1 day travelcard - valid for 24 hours from stamping on the whole Milan network. Cost = € 3,00. A 2 day travelcard costs € 5,50.
Milan has a fast and safety subway transportation. Subways are usefull to travell in Milan and around Milan. The cost is 1 euro and the ticket can be used for 75 minutes.
The different line of metro can be recognize by the different colours.
The most famous stop is called Duomo because you stop in the Duomo square in front of the "DUOMO DI MILANO".
For more informations go to:
I always use the metro in Milan rather than buses or trams, guess it is faster.
The metro here is quiet efficient, there are only 3 main lines: the Red line, the Green one and the Yellow one
I suggest using it if you are tourists or business men to avoid expensive taxies
Milan has an extensive and very good value for money transit system in the ATM. You can travel as far as you want on a single one euro ticket, as long as you end your journey within 75 minutes. Even better value are the tourist daily tickets, which give you unlimited travel within central Milan and covering pretty much everything you would want to see there, and only costs €3 for 24 hours and €5.50 for 48. The tourist cards can be bought from all over Milan, in tourist offices, bars, tobacconists, and in the central station. The system itself is a little complex, and the website doesn't help much. I was thankful to have a local to lead me. The underground system is clean, quick and not all that crowded.
The Metro is to me the best way to get around town. Trams are great fun as well, but are subject to getting caught in traffic. Tickets are sold in the machines in tube stations, but it is more convenient to buy them at news agents. The ticketing system is transitioning to an electronic system, so you will probably see machines for both kinds of tickets at stations.
There are different types of tickets: one-day tickets, 2-day tickets, carnets (10 trips) and weekly carnets. Tickets are valid for busses, the tube and trams.
If you get the one-day ticket, it is valid for 24 hours. Meaning that if you validate it for the first time at 12.00 pm Saturday, it is valid until 12.00 pm Sunday.
More information on routes and time-tables can be found on the website below.
Also, be warned that strikes take place fairly frequently with a few days' warning. Often there are announcements in the tube station itself, but they're usually in Italian. So do check with hotel staff if you're visiting, they should be able to find out for you.
...and very pleasant, for a Metro (I'm not fond of them).
There are 3 main lines, which will get you pretty much anywhere within the city centre speedily and efficiently. I didn't use them at commuter times (I imagine, like all Metros, they can get very crowded and I hate crowds) but found the Milan Metro to be entirely bearable even if you are slightly claustrophobic.
No hassle from anyone, and I felt perfectly safe. The only busker I came across was a girl who played her violin whilst the train was in motion...classical music, and I was really rather impressed by the way she kept her balance and stayed in tune!
Ticket machines are exceptionally easy to use as they have English language options (and several other languages as well). So say a firm 'No, grazie' to those who offer to assist you....especially at Milan Centrale (I suspect it's a distraction ploy whilst their mates pickpocket you).
You can get single journey tickets (1 euro at the time of writing), or day tickets (3 euro, ditto) or passes for longer periods. Tickets are validated (date-stamped) as you pass through the entrance barriers.
The official website has good explanations and information in English.
Use the Milan Metro to explore a city which has more to offer than you might expect!
The Metro is a good, reliable way to get around Milano. There are only three main lines, the red, green, and yellow, so it's hard to get lost.
Buy a day pass for 3 euros from a ticket machine - there don't seem to be ticket offices anymore - and explore the city. You need your ticket to get into the station but not to get out...the reverse of metros I've used in other places.
To find a station, look for the Milan Metro symbol: a white "M" on a red square.
During my entire trip across Europe, many countries, multiple subways I was never once checked or asked to be checked for a ticket. However in Milan within 1/2 a day I experience 5 different check for tickets on the subway. I had purchased a 24 hr pass it worked out very well.
1. Remember NEVER travel without a ticket.
2. NEVER forget to validate the ticket on the Platform ( this offence is just like you not having a ticket).
As a tourist (in europe) we sometimes forget to validate our tickets as we have no such system back home (US). In fact in Venice once I had to get off the train and validate the ticket and and take the next trains as I had forgotten to validate.
I was luck because the train ticket conductor was on board the train before it left the train and seeing a lot of tourist he kept shouting "DO NOT FORGET TO VALIDAT YOUR TICKET".
So do remember this or this will cost you in Euros.. ouch.
The easiest and fastest way to move within Milan is undoubtfully the metro (or subway).
Milan metro system consists of three lines, two of which are formed by two branches:
- line 1 or Rossa ("Red") was the first to be built: its first strech was opened in 1964. Now, it connects the Sesto San Giovanni railway station (Sesto FS - 1° Maggio) to Bisceglie and, most important, to the new Fair in Rho (Rho Fiera), via Loreto (interchange with line 2), Duomo (interchange with line 3) and Cadorna (another interchange with line 2);
- line 2 or Verde ("Green") is the longest line: it connects Cologno and Gessate, North-East of Milan, to the South of the city (Abbiategrasso) via the railway stations of Lambrate, Centrale, Cadorna (interchange with line 1) and Porta Genova;
- line 3 or Gialla ("Yellow") connects the North-Western part of Milan to the South-Eastern part with important stops at Centrale (main railway station and interchange with line 2), Duomo and Rogoredo station.
Line 4 is planned and will travel eastwards to the Linate airport. Line 5 (see the official website) is under construction and will go from Garibaldi railway station northwards to Monza, in order to relieve congestion from line 1.
There are several tickets to move across Milan and they are valid on the metro, tram and bus lines. The basic 1-hour ticket costs 1 euro, but you may find it more convenient to buy a 24-hour ticket for 3.30 euro or a 48-hour one for 5.70 euro.
You can find a map and more information about the metro system here.
More information about the tram and bus lines, as well as timetables can be found on the official ATM website.
Metro and tram are the best option to moving in Milán, they are efectives, fast and cleans. Metro starts service about 5 in the morning and finish about midnight or 1 am. We bought the ticket for 48 hours and costs 5.50 euros.
El metro y el tranvia es lo mejor para moverse por Milan, son efectivos, eficaces, rápidos y muy limpios. El metro comienza sobre las 5 de la mañana y acaba sobre media noche o la 1 de la mañana. Compramos el billete de 48 horas y nos costó 5.50 euros.