By Plane -- Both of Milan’s major airports are operated by SEA (www.seamilano.eu; (tel) 02-232-323). Milan Malpensa, 45km (28 miles) northwest of the center, is Milan’s major international airport. The Malpensa Express train (www.malpensaexpress.it; (tel) 02-7249-4494), costs 10€ and leaves from Terminal 1 with a 30-minute run half-hourly to Cadorna train station, or hourly to Stazione Centrale (45 min). Buses also run directly to Stazione Centrale in 50 minutes five times per hour— Malpensa Shuttle (www.malpensashuttle.it; (tel) 02-5858-3185) or Autostradale (www.autostradale.it; (tel) 02-5858-7304)—and both cost 10€ per single journey or 16€ roundtrip. By taxi, the trip into town costs a wallet-stripping 90€ and takes about 50 minutes. It’s the only option after midnight.
Milan Linate, 7km (4.5 miles) east of the center, handles European and domestic flights. Air Bus (www.atm-mi.it; (tel) 800-80-81-81) makes the 25-minute trip by bus every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight from Linate to Milan’s Stazione Centrale for 5€. City bus no. 73 leaves every 10 minutes for the San Babila Metro stop downtown (1.50€ for a ticket bought inside the airport, 2€ onboard, exact change required) and takes 25 minutes. The express no. 73X is faster and departs every 20 minutes between 7am and 8pm, with tickets costing 1.50€. The trip into town by taxi costs roughly 20€.
Malpensa Shuttle buses also connect Malpensa and Linate airports with five daily services between 9:30am and 6:20pm. The trip takes 90 minutes and costs 13€ (roundrip 26€).
By Train -- Milan is one of Europe’s busiest rail hubs. Trains travel every half-hour to Bergamo (1 hr.), Mantua (2 hr.), and Turin (1 hr. by AV [high-speed train]). Stazione Centrale is a half-hour walk northeast of the center, with easy connections to Piazza del Duomo by Metro, tram, and bus. The station stop on the Metro is Centrale F.S. The multilingual automatic ticket machines (ATMs) take cash and credit cards but not debit cards. Always validate your ticket in the yellow machine in front of the train before travel.
Stazione Centrale is Milan’s major station, but trains also serve Cadorna (Como and Malpensa airport), and Porta Garibaldi (Lecco and the north). All these stations are on the green Metro Linea 2. The TGV service from Paris Gare de Lyons to Milan Porta Garibaldi runs five trains a day (7 hrs.; tickets start at 98€).
By Bus -- Long-distance buses are useful for reaching the ski resorts in Valle d’Aosta. Most bus services depart from Lampugnano bus terminal (Metro: Lampugnano) although some originate in Piazza Castello (Metro: Cairoli). Autostradale (www.autostradale.it; (tel) 02-5858-7304) operates most of the bus lines and has ticket offices in front of Castello Sforzesco on Piazza Castello, open daily 8:30am to 6pm, and on Via Paleocapa 1, outside Cadorna train station, open daily 7am to 7pm. Savda (www.savda.it; 0165-367-011) runs five daily buses (more in the winter) between Milan Lampugnano, Aosta (2 1/2 hr.; 16.50€), and Courmayeur (3 1/2 hr.; 19€).
By Car -- Milan is well served by Italy’s autostrada network. The A1 links Milan with Florence (3 hr.) and Rome (6 hr.), and the A4 connects Milan with Verona (2 hr.) and Venice (2 1/2 hr.) to the east and Turin (1 hr.) to the west.
By Train -- Milan’s most famous sights are within walking distance of each other, but the public transport system, an integrated sytem of Metro, trams, and buses, run by ATM, is a cheap and effective alternative to walking. The Metro closes at midnight (Sat at 1am), but buses and trams run all night. Metro stations are well signposted; trains are speedy, clean, safe, and frequent—they run every couple of minutes during the day and about every 5 minutes after 9pm. Tickets for 90 minutes of travel travel on Metro, trams, or buses cost 1.50€. A 24-hour unlimited travel ticket is a better value at 4.50€ and a 2-day ticket goes for 8.25€. Tickets are available at Metro stations (all machines have English-language options; the 24-hr. ticket option is listed under “Urban”) and newsstands. Stamp your ticket when you board a bus or tram—there is a 10€ fine if you don’t. For more information, visit the ATM information offices in the Duomo Metro, Stazione Centrale, and Cadorna, all open Monday to Saturday, 7:45am to 7:15pm (www.atm.it; (tel) 800-808-181).
Lines 1 (red, with stops at Cairoli for Castello Sforzesco and Duomo for Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Duomo) and 3 (yellow, with a stop at Via Montenapoleone) are the most useful for sightseeing.
By Car -- Driving and parking in Milan are not experiences to be relished, and the Area C congestion charge of 5€ is payable to enter the centro storico Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 7:30pm. The one-way system is complicated; some streets are the sole preserve of public transport, and there are many pedestrianized areas. Hotels will make parking arrangements for guests.
By Taxi -- Taxis are located in major piazze and by major Metro stops. There is a taxi stand in Piazza del Duomo and outside Castello Sforzesco; a journey between the two will cost around 7€. Hotel reception staff can organize taxis or a reliable company is Taxiblu at (tel) 02-4040. Meters start at 4.70€ and prices increase by 1.03€ per kilometer. Expect surcharges for waiting time, luggage, late-night travel, and Sunday journeys.
By Bike -- The streets of the centro storico are largely pedestrianized so are suitable for cycling. Milan’s bike-sharing program, BikeMi, is a great way to explore the city. The tariff for the pass is typically convoluted: For 2.50€ a day or 6€ a week, you can buy a pass that allows 30 minutes of free travel. The next 2 hours are charged at 0.50€ per 30 minutes (or fraction of it) up until 2 hours, and thereafter your time is charged at 2€ per hour or fraction of it. Pick up one of the distinctive custard-yellow bikes at racks from outside Castello Sfozesco and the Duomo as well as at tram, bus, and metro stops. Buy your pass online (www.bikemi.com); at the ATM Points at Centrale, Cadorna, Garibaldi, and Duomo stations from 7:45am to 7:15pm; or by calling toll-free (tel) 800-80-81-81.
On Foot -- The attractions of the centro storico are all accessible on foot. From Piazza del Duomo, Via Montenapoleone is a 10-minute walk through Piazza della Scala and along Via Manzoni, and it is a 15-minute walk to Castello Sforzesco. Santa Maria delle Grazie and “The Last Supper” are a 30-minute stroll from Piazza del Duomo on Corso Magenta.
The main Azienda di Promozione Turistica (APT) tourist office is at Piazza Castello 1 (www.visitamilano.it; (tel) 02-7740-4343). It’s open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 1:30pm and 2 to 6pm, and Sunday 9am to 1:30pm and 2 to 5pm. There is an office in Stazione Centrale ((tel) 02-7740-4318), in front of tracks 13 and 14, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sun from 9am to 12:30pm.
Milan developed as a series of circles radiating out from the central hub, Piazza del Duomo. Within the inner circle are most of the churches, museums, and shops of the centro storico. Parco Sempione and Leonardo’s “The Last Supper”are in the well-heeled neighborhood of Magenta. The slightly grungy cafe-filled districts of Porta Ticinese and Navigli lie directly south, with genteel Brera and its classy stores and restaurants to the north. The Quadrilatero d'Oro (Golden Rectangle) is the mecca of Milanese fashion shoppers and is northeast of the Duomo, with Via Tortona near the Navigli fast catching up in terms of fashion cachet. The mini-Dubai of the burgeoning new financial district is growing up between Porta Garibaldi and Centrale stations, while the towers of CityLife mark the Expo 2015 Exposition Center in Rho.
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