Getting Around in Milan
Milan has a highly developed transportation infrastructure with an integrated ticketing system. Options include the metro, trains, buses and trams. Tickets are relatively cheap compared to the rest of Europe, and it’s possible to get discount rates for bulk purchases.
Public transport in Milan
Milanese public transport has an integrated ticketing system, meaning that tickets are universal and can be used on the metro, train, tram or bus regardless of where they were purchased.
Tickets can't be bought onboard, so expats should purchase tickets before embarking on a journey at stations or from newsstands, boutiques, convenience stores and various other places around the city.
The metro in Milan is quick and efficient and at 59 miles (95km), it's the longest metro network in Italy. It serves over 100 stations throughout the city.
The suburban train is not as popular as the metro but isn't necessarily slower and has the added benefit of being less crowded than the metro. A route called the Passante railway connects Milan to the rest of the Lombardy region.
Milan's tram network mainly operates within the city centre with main-route trams arriving at various intervals during peak (every three to nine minutes) and off-peak hours (every five to 11 minutes).
Bus service is limited to a few routes and the city has no plans to significantly expand its bus network. However, the night bus service is a useful option for travelling after hours.
Taxis in Milan
Taxis are available throughout the city and are often the most convenient way to get around. They can be expensive, but have fixed rates and are metered. Most expats will find taxis best for travelling short distances or when returning home late at night.
Otherwise, rideshare applications such as Uber and MyTaxi operate in Milan, which allow expats to order lift services through their smartphones.
Driving in Milan
Besides the fact that it isn't necessary to drive in Milan, it's also a harrowing experience and is not recommended. Local driving culture can be aggressive, the city’s old roads are often congested and parking is expensive and hard to come by.
Cycling in Milan
Milan is a very cycle-friendly city, and many locals get around solely on two wheels. There is a popular bicycle-sharing scheme, with rental stations dotted throughout the city centre as well as tourist areas. Expats should note, however, that there aren’t many dedicated lanes for cyclists, so they should exercise caution on public roads.
Walking in Milan
Parts of the city lend themselves well to travel by foot, while others make this an impractical scenario. It is generally safe to walk around, although, as in any other big city, expats should be on the lookout to avoid becoming victims of opportunistic crime.