Trams and Busses, Milan
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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
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 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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
The transportation in the city by public transport service is very difficult. The bus is busy by traffic. Underground is little good . Pay attention, there is a lot of musicians in trains and stations , woman with children who ask money and more....
If you plan to use Buses, Tram and Underground to get around, be sure to buy a weekly or monthly pass. They recently rised the 'single' ticket to 1 Euro and lowered all the passes. E.g. 1 week pass will cost you 9 Euro. For more info: click here