Bus - Tram, Milan
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.
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!!!
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.
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
After midnight Metro shuts down in Milano. If you don't want to use taxi and pay a lot of money, but you could only find your way referencing Metro stations, you can use the night bus following the Metro routes above ground. At that time they don't also check for tickets so it is free.
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.
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.
We bought one day travel card which is valid in Buses , trams & metro. This cost only 3 Euros.Worth it.