Air – Malpensa
Situated 50 km from Milan, Malpensa Airport is well connected to the city centre. The Malpensa Express takes 50 minutes to reach Milano Centrale, with 1 or 2 trains per hour (05:25–23:25 daily). The Malpensa Shuttle bus to Milano Centrale takes 50 minutes and departs every 20 minutes (06:20–01:20). Taxis are readily available and take around an hour to reach the city. Fares are fixed at EUR 95 to anywhere in Milan city.
Air – Linate Airport
Milan’s second airport, Linate is about 8 km from the city. The quickest link is by shuttle bus, which takes around 25 minutes to reach Centrale Station (06:30–23:30 daily). Several companies are available, all charging EUR 5 each way. Alternatively, the Urban Line 73 bus to Piazza San Babila costs EUR 1.50 (4 times an hour from 06:00–20:00, less frequently until 01:07). Taxis wait outside Arrivals, take 15–20 minutes and cost about EUR 25, depending on the traffic.
Milan’s ‘Stazione Centrale’ – considered one of Europe’s most beautiful – connects Milan with domestic and international locations. If you’re arriving from an airport, connections can easily be made with metro and bus services. Given Milan’s compact size, trains are not ideal for travel within the city. If you’d like to take a day trip, buy a special return day-trip ticket to the lake regions of Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como.
Most parts of Milan can be reached by bus. Buy tickets at machines, ATM point service centres and newsagents inside most stations. Make sure you validate your ticket as you get on board. When you want to get off, press the button before getting to your stop to alert the driver. Bus 94 circles the centre and includes many tourist sites. Night buses are also available from 02:00 – 06:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
While convenient, Milan’s taxis are not particularly cheap. The efficient public transport is often quicker and cheaper. If you do need a taxi, they are available at all main train stations or simply by hailing one from the street. There is a fixed minimum tariff plus charges for time and distance travelled. There are also surcharges for travel late at night, on Sundays and public holidays. Advance bookings are also possible.
Milan’s efficient metro system is the fastest and most convenient way to get around the city. Look for the red and white ‘M’ lampposts. Purchase tickets at machines inside stations, newsagents and tobacconists – choose one-day, 24-hour, weekly or monthly tickets. The Metro usually runs from 06:00 to 01:00, with some variation depending on the line. Clear maps are displayed at stations or available online.
City bikes are an easy way to see this compact city – look for the yellow and white bicycles at stands throughout the city. Buy a temporary subscription (daily or weekly) via the BikeMi website or tickets from machines and ATM point service centres. There are separate bike lanes in most parts of Milan. For the adventurous, gather in Piazza Mercanti to cycle the city with hundreds of cyclists on Thursday evenings at 22:00.