Trams and Busses, Milan
Malpensa Shuttle Bus connects Malpensa International Airport, both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, with the Central Station.
The shuttle bus is leaving every 20min and in the occasion of fairs, it stops also to Milan Fair.
The busses are all equipped with air conditioning and hi-fi system and it takes 50min from the airport to the station.
The tickets can be bought from the Airport 2000 and Travelex stands located in Terminal 1 or from the Central Station.
The departure from Terminal 1 is right in from of the exit and from the Central Station on the right side (looking at the station) near the parking place for taxis.
The ticket costs EUR 5- one way and EUR 9- two-ways.
I rode on Milan’s historic tourist tram towards the end of my visit to the city, as my feet were aching from all the walking I’d done and I wanted to sit down for a while! The tram ran along its route with an accompanying commentary on headphones, which was available in several languages. I enjoyed the journey but, in fact, I had already seen most of the places it went past and read quite a bit about them in the guide book, so although the commentary gave one or two interesting points that I hadn’t known, I wished that I had taken the tram tour at the beginning of my holiday, rather than at the end. I think it would have been a good way to become familiar with the layout of the city and how close together the different areas were and would also have helped me to plan what I wanted to visit.
I think the trip then cost about fifteen Euros but the price stated on the website now is twenty Euros. There is a map of the stops covered by the service on the website listed below.
Buses are quiet efficient in Milan, the only thing is, since they are "Italian" buses, they are never punctual!! Milan's public transport is surprisingly good and pretty cheap compared to other major cities in Europe. You can buy a ticket for €1 (at a news stand or bar, not in a tram or bus!) that will take you as far as you can go within 75 minutes by metro, tram or bus.
Just be aware that when you change from tram or bus to metro you'll need a new ticket while when you change from metro to tram or bus you don't. If you have to travel every day you're better off buying a "carnet" (a booklet of 10 tickets) for €9.20, or a weekly or monthly pass.
Oh and ticket checks on busses and trams are rare, but when you get caught without a valid ticket it'll set you back €34 (€33 + the price of one ticket).
Milan's iconic trams can be spotted more or less everywhere. The city's traffic planners were smart enough not to do away with the tram tracks in the early 70s. In that period, the high cost of electricity and the fact that space on the streets seemed plentiful for the few cars that circulated at that time prompted almost every council, from Rome to Catania, to remove the tracks and get rid of trams.
Milan has proudly kept its trams, and they can be heard clonking in almost every corner. While the tracks are hazardous if you cycle (Milanese do!), trams are an invaluable and picturesque way to go around the city.
The standard fare is one euro for a single trip.
This is a nice way of travelling around Milan. It gives you an idea of the traffic scene as well since you're above the surface contrary to the metro.
The public transportation system in Milan is well developed and rapid. However I found it difficult to find ticket vending machines around. I took the tramway several times without paying since the driver could sell me a ticket or the stations had any vending machines. Luckily I didn't run into any trouble. Tickets are to be bought at Tabacchi's around the city.
Despite of the traffic and of the efficient subway net, trams in Milan are very used.
Being a tourist therefore having no need to rush it's amusing to take a tram and to go around the city...just to discover some corners sitting and looking aoutside the window
A Shuttle Bus goes from Malpensa Airport to the City Center. Buy your Ticket (8,50 Euro per way) at the Counter in the Airport and make sure to take a plan for departure times!
The ride takes 1 hour - use it to get into italian mood!
This tram may be very efficient to move around Milano... if you know well the map of Milano and if you luckily do not face frequent strikes... It seems like everyone gets on it without payment. Employees should consider the collection system once before coming out !
We traveled from Malpensa into Milan prior to going on to Bellagio and once returning from Bellagio. The second time we took the Malpensa Shuttle Bus into Milan and it was just as convenient as the train, if not more so and slightly cheaper. Signs in the airport will help you find the loading area for the Malpensa Shuttle Bus (this will be printed on the side of the bus). You buy your ticket (biglietto), which is 4,50 Euros each way, directly from the driver as you get on the bus. The bus is very comfortable and was not crowded when going or returning from Milan. The bus will drop you off at Stazione Centrale which also connects with the Metro or subway. When returning to Malpensa Airport, the Malpensa Shuttle will be located where you were let off also.
The first thing we decided to do when we got into town was to hop on the Tram Turistico. This is a restored tramcar that gives you a tour around town. I guess we have a tradition for this because we have taken similar trips in Cape Town, London, Paris and so on. I think it is a great way to get to know the town a little better. For 20€ we got a tour of the city that took us about 1 hour and 30 minutes. You get a headset on board and you can get comments in several languages. The tram route includes going past the Duomo, Scala, Santa Maria della Grazie and so on others. Having risen at 5 am the rocking motion of the tram only contributed to our drowsiness :-) probably not the best thing to do on our first day. The tram ride also gave a great feel for the city's main attractions.
Public transport is quite good in Milan. the daily travelcard, or "giornaliero" is good value, for €3 it lasts 24 hours from when you first stamp it (you MUST do this!) and can be used on buses, trams and the metro within the city of Milan. However the metro finishes just after midnight and buses around 1am, and there is NO night transport (only taxis which are expensive!), hence many Italians *do* drink and drive (and crash, which won't surprise you once you see their driving).
A useful website is www.atm-mi.it, in both in English and Italian.
We arrived by plane (basiq Air) at the ariport of Bergamo. I had read here on VT that you could take the bus to Central Station of Milan. I have to say that it worked very well. After landing, we could immediately get on the bus to Milan and within 50 minutes we arrived in Milan. And a ticket only costs 6 euro's per person. Great tip from ....... sorry I forgot who wrote the tip!!
For a first-time visitor to Milan, don't forget to hop onto a typical Milanese tram called CiaoMilano for a wonderful sightseeing experience.
The tram departs daily, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm from Piazza Castello.
(Note: From November to March = No tram rides at 3pm).
The tour should last approximately 2 hours and this very same ticket also allows you to get off the tram for a walk and then get on the next one.
Tickets? No worries, you can buy them as you board the tram.
Local transport information, route maps and timetables including night services, are available from : www.atm-mi.it
Tram stops have route maps but list street names rather than tourist sites. They don't always follow the same route on return !
Any mean of transport will get you to and fro Milan (except for ship, of course: Milan isn't a seaport!).
There are two airports, three important rail station and many coach lines. The latter are useful if you plan to go to the mountains.
The best way to get around Milan are the public transportation and the underground (metropolitana, or metro', as the locals call it). The prices are very cheaper, compared to other cities: a ticket enables you to use all bus and tram lines for 75 minutes, at the bargain price of 1 euro. Only one voyage in metro' is allowed with the same ticket.
The public transportation agency (ATM) has it own website (in Italian and English) with timetables for all lines and some tips: www.atm-mi.it