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Milan's Subway (Metropolitana)
Milan has 3 subway lines:
- M1 - red line going from Sesto to Rho Fiera and Bisceglie (splitting after Pagano station) and stopping to Cairoli, Cordusio, Duomo and S. Babila;
- M2 - green line going from Cologno Nord to Abbiategrasso and stopping to Stazione Centrale and S. Ambrogio;
- M3 - yellow line going from Maciachini to San Donato and stopping to Stazione Centrale, Montenapoleone and Duomo.
The 80km subway network is perfectly connecting all the important points of the town and is easily accessible.
The metro runs from 5:30 am until 11:30 pm (00:30 am on Saturdays) and all the stations are usually located close to tram and bus stops.
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Dead easy to use....
...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!
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!
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Getting your 24Hr ticket
You can get a 24-hour Metro ticket for 3 EURO from the metro station at Central Train Station.
Look out for the ticket counter beside the newspaper/magazine stall. The station was very crowded when I was there on a saturday and the queues at the ticket counters was long, and there seem to be 6 queues forming for only 2 counter, but the queue moves pretty fast.
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
How to get to San Siro
The best way to get to San Siro is for sure by the metro. Just take the red line, and stop at the station "Piazza Lotto". From there you'll take the shuttle-bus, that takes you right in front of the stadium (it's a normal, orange, bus, but it's written "sports centre) or something on in the front). From the Duomo it will take around 15-20 minutes by the metro to Piazza Lotto.
Or, you go there by foot, which always is nice. Just follow all the people from the metro, and you'll be at San Siro within 15-20 minutes.
You can also go there with the tram, going from the centralstation for example, or by bus (only to Piazza Lotto) number 90 or 91. Going for example from the Central Station. From there it will take around 40 minutes to go to Piazza Lotto, but don't forget the traffic... At some days it will be impossible to reach the stadium...
Also by car you can of course reach the stadium. It's situated in the south of the city, almost a bit outside the central parts. There are some parkingplaces around the stadium, but it cost quite much to stay there, and on big matchdays you also risk to be without a place.
Not to mention the traffic afterwards, when around 60-85 000 people are going home from the game, a lot of them by car...
So my advice is to take the metro.
On other nights than matchdays the San Siro-area (at least some parts of it) is quite rough, and you might see both female, male and shemale prostitutes there.
The easiest way to get around...
... in Milan is to use the metro. There are three different lines, with the colours red, yellow and green. Green goes from the centralstation and also from Cadorna and Garibaldi, the other two big trainstations in Milan. The red one goes to the Duomo, and Cadorna. You'll also use this one to go the shoppingstreets.
There are different tickets, but if you are in Milan for 2-5 days I suggest you buy a carnet with 10 tickets (9 euro). That way you don't have to buy new tickets all the time, which could be quite annoying. If you prefer to buy single-tickets they cost 1 euro each, and works for as many trips you can make during 70 minutes. Controlls are quite common on both metro and buses, so it might be quite risky to go without a ticket, even if it's easy to do so.
The metro closes around midnight-half past midnight. The bus-system works really fine too, and the buses also normaly goes a bit later than the metro. You can use the same ticket on metro, bus and tram.
One problem though, is that you can't buy a ticket on the bus, so make sure you have bought one earlier in one of the bars/newsstands that sell them.
Make sure too to controll that there are no strikes during the days you are in Milan. It seems like the people in charge of the "sindacato" loves to make trouble for the people who uses their metro, buses and trams... These bastards are the only bad thing about Milan...
Milan Transit System
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.
Getting around Milan
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.
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For Even The Most Digressive Whizzing!
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:
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Milan have a very good metro and tram system. Easy to reached most of the tourist place by this transport.
1. There are two type of ticket; one ticket cost you 1 euro, valid for one trip+ 70 mins for bus or tram. This 70 mins valid after you start stamping your ticket. Its can use for both, metro+tram and certain bus. Another ticket, cost you 3 euro; can use for metro and tram for 24 hours. But you MUST stamp a ticket every time you use a service. All tickets can be purchased from machine at every metro station.
2. For Metro; there are 3 main line for metro (MM1 red, MM2 green and MM3 yellow) and alos suburban loop (blue). All metro connected to major place like Duomo, Stazione Centrale, Cardorna and Loreto.
3. For Tram;normally run every 10 mins. For a bus or tram stop, there are yellow colour sign displaying a route and timetable.
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The easiest and cheapest way of moving around is by Subway. It works from 6 am to 1pm(2pm during weekends) and trains circulate quite often. Even if the security works efficaciouslyiot's a good thing checking always bags and backpack.
Tickets cost 1,00 euro. You can buy them in the newsagent immediately outside the station and downstairs at the beginning of the metro-station. If you have to stay in Milan for only a day maybe it's better if you buy a daily ticket that costs 3,00 euro. There are also the weekly card, the monthly card and the yearly card.
There are three routes:
THE RED LINE: It was the first one and was bulit in the years 60s;it takes to the main places as the trade fair, the San Siro Stadium,piazza Duomo, corso Buenos Aires, the Cadorna railway station and piazzale Loreto.http://www.rajatabla.it/milano/metropolitana_linea_rossa.htm
THE GREEN LINE: it reaches the main railway stations. Getting off Famagosta stop it's possible to take the bus going to Forum di Assago.http://www.rajatabla.it/milano/metropolitana_linea_verde.htm
THE YELLOW LINE: it was the last to be done.http://www.rajatabla.it/milano/metropolitana_linea_gialla.htm
In Milan, there are 3 subway lines: the red, the green and the yellow.
Red lines is the oldest and connect som of the main center city places.
The green connects all the train stations.
The yellow is the newest and connects some important city points.
It' s small, but works good from 5 a.m to 12 pm.
1 EUR for a ticket.
But you can buy daily ticket, or weekly carnet.
Fast and efficient
The metro system i Milan is easy to understand and a nice way of getting around quickly. Tickets are valid for 75 minutes after they have been perforated. Took the metro twice during my stay and paid two different prices €1 and €2 to the guy behind the counter. I didn't make a fuzz about it. Guess he was in need for a tip the second time.
Moving around Milan
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.
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