The Malpensa Shuttle is a good, efficient and cheap way to get into Milan Central.
I specifically choose the Malpensa Shuttle for it's ease and comfort as well as the convenience that it would leave me at Central Station where I would leave my luggage at the "left luggage" to explore some of Milan before taking a train to Como that night.
I arrived on an international flight at Terminal 1 where I easily found the kiosk that sold one way, roundtrips or multiple tickets. As you exit the terminal the bus stop is located directly outside.
The buses are new and clean and service starts at 5:20 am and after 6:20 am they depart every 20 mins. They do make a stop at Terminal 2 if there are seats left. From here the ride to Milan Central Station is about an hour. The bus leaves you directly outside of Milan Central Staion.
Prices for a one way are 7.50 Euro and the roundtrip is 12 Euro.
I'd recommend anyone taking a train out of Milan Central Station to take the Malpensa Shuttle for it's ease, price and comfort.
Comfortable public transport! Most of places cam be reached by public transport, so it's simple, fast & cheap way.
Metro in Milano has 3 lines: Red line --> North East & West; Green line --> North East & South West; Yellow line --> North & South. There is also Blue line, which goes to suburb and throught 3 stops in a center.
Trams are usually orange colour.
All tickets You can easily buy in kiosks, shops, metro stations, tobacco shops...
Single way ticket - 1 euro.
1 day ticket - 3 euros.
2 days ticket - 5,5 euros.
Week ticket - ~9 euros.
It's nearly impossible to catch a cab on a street. They just don't stop. It's better to go to taxi stop. When You call to taxi, they start counting from the call start :))) Business people!!!
The city tram connects all parts of the town and it is the best organized public transportation in Milano. The ticket cost 1 euro but there are also other options which are more convinient in price in case you're staying some time in the city.
If you are visiting Milano by car, I strongly recommend you to put it in some garage in the outskirts of the town and use city tram to get in the city centre.
Actually I can't tell you much about this tourist tram, from where it starts (I guess from Largo Cairoli), what is the route or how much it costs, because I din't use it. I saw it only by chance when approaching by foot to Castello Sforzesco.
It is an old tram, nice coloured and looks just great. In theoccasion of my next visit to the town I'll take a ride with.
The bus-system works over a bigger area than the metro and have a lot of different numbers and lines. Note that you can’t buy a ticket onboard on the bus, you’ll have to buy that in advance in a tobacco- or newspaper-shop. Could also be found in the metrostations or in cafés. Just ask for a “biglietto per il metro”.
Also the buses starts going early in the morning. The last buses on “normal time” goes around 2am.
There is a time table for every bus and tram, but seeing how the traffic is in Milan it's not so strange that they rarely comes and goes in time. Two minutes late, five minutes early, 20 minutes late... But they go often on most lines, so just go out and catch one when it comes. And if you really have to get somewhere in time, make sure to be at the bus stop at least 10 minutes in advance.
Also remember to hold out your arm, as a sign that you want to get onboard. Otherwise the bus driver might just drive past you.
The tram-system isn’t as good as the bus or metro, but still useful. As with the bus and metro you can’t buy a ticket on the tram, so make sure you buy one before in a shop, café or a metrostation.
The trams mostly goes in the central parts of town.
ATM has set up a new kind of service to fulfil the clients’ requirements. Such a service covers the area where the night life in Milan takes place (the internal perimeter limited by via de Amicis, via Torino, piazza Cordusio, piazza S. Babila, via Visconti di Modrone, via Larga, corso Italia, piazzale di Porta Lodovica, via Col di Lana, piazzale XXIV Maggio) and then joins the established Famagosta and Barona area.
The "bus on request" service picks you up and takes you where you want within the area served, without letting you wait. It is accessible only on request by calling the telephone number 02-48034803 in order to communicate the time and travel desired
A 1 euro ticket will give you 75 minutes unlimted access to Milan's bus and tram network. Plus one trip on the metro.
Remember to stamp your ticket when you get on the bus/tram.
Buy your tickets from the machines in the metro which have the option to change language and buy a whole bunch at a time, or from newspaper kiosks or tabachis.
You can also buy a 10 journey ticket, known as a rnet for about 9.60.
The first thing, if you are not tired, you should do on arriwing into the city to take the Tram Turistico. This is a restored real 1920's old tram and you can take your first trip in the city. I think it is a great way to get acquainted the town a little better.
For 20 € you can get a city-tour of about an hour and a half. You have a headset on board and get comments in the language of your choice. The tram route includes traveling past the Piazza Duomo, the columns of San Lorenzo, Navigli, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Piazza Fontana, Venezia, Centrale, Repubblica, Via Montenapoleone, Piazza della Scala.
The ride is a bit expensive, but interesting enough to recommend for first time visitors.
Address: The tour starts in Piazza Castello, (corner with Via Beltrami, MM1 Cairoli), at 11.00 and 13.00 (and at 15.00 from April to October); it lasts about one hour and 45 minutes. It does not include visits to the various monuments. No heating/air conditioning on board. Tickets sold on tram.
Peter Witt was a Cleveland Railway commissioner, who designed a model of streetcar, which is known by his name, and was used in many North American cities, most notably in Toronto and Cleveland. Peter Witt cars were also built in Italy and used in several Italian cities, including Milan, where 200 Ventotto (‘twenty-eight’) vehicles (introduced in 1928) are still in use up to this day. Additionally eleven ex-Milan cars can be seen today on the streets of San Francisco, where they operate on the F Market & Wharves streetcar line.
Here at the Central Station we can see a very old and a very new tram (aka streetcar) standing side by side on adjacent tracks.
Milan has an extensive tram and bus system as well as three underground railway lines (aka subways), so there is actually no need for most of the automobiles that continue to befoul the city.
Second photo: In Milan the initials ATM do not only mean Automatic Teller Machine, but also "Azienda Trasporti Milanesi", an organization which was established in 1931 and which now is a Public Limited Company belonging to the Municipality of Milan. The ATM now manages the public transport system in the urban area and in 87 municipalities in the province, so altogether they serve a territory with a population of about 3 million people.
ATMosfera: the new Tram-Restaurant with the ATM number where you will be able to enjoy an exclusive dinner in a very unusual setting; and where class, sophistication and elegance will accompany you on your discovery tour of the enchanting Milan by night.
An Orient Express- style colonial atmosphere provides the background for a romantic dinner, a business meal or just an evening with a difference where you can taste particular dishes, some of which belonging to Milan tradition, prepared by internationally renowned chefs
A handy alternative to the Metro is the Tram system. They rattle through Milan and serve most tourist spots as well as the main stations. Tickets must be purchased before you board, at the tabacci stalls, and stamped with the date and time when you board, using the stamping machine on the tram. The ticket stamp machine is usually at the back of the tram. The ticket is then valid for 75 mins, and must be retained for inspection.
New Milan-Trams are called "Eurotram", in services on line 14 to Lorenteggio headline (south-west) and in Orefici street in services on line 14 to "Cimitero Maggiore" headline (south-west).
Series 7001/7026 are building between 1999 and 2002 by AdTranz constructor raicars. Today are in services 20 units on line 14
Milan also has one of the most extensive tramway systems in the world, with more than 286km of track and 20 lines, while the 93 bus lines cover over 1,070 km.
It is quite easy to use both the trams and busses in Milan and the direction and the next stops are mentioned on a board placed on the stop.
Some of the stops have also electronic boards offering information about the arrival of the following buss or tram, direction, etc.