Milan is the capital city of the Italian region Lombardy, located in northern Italy and the second most populous city in Italy. Milan is the centre of industry and finance in Italy, with the headquarters for all the major banks located in the city. However, Milan is perhaps more famous for being a city of art and fashion, with one of the 4 fashion weeks being held in the city.
Must Know: The most popular way to travel around Milan is by using the good public transport system.
Must See: You shouldn’t leave Milan without going to visit the gothic styled Duomo di Milano cathedral.
Must Do: Visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie to see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,”
Did You Know: Milan is home to Europe’s largest opera house; the Teatro alla Scala.
Milan Airport, otherwise known as Milano Malpensa, is the second largest airport in Italy. The airport is a major hub for easyJet and Cargolux and is a focus city for Alitalia, Blue Panorama, Meridiana and Neos Air. There are several options available to access the city centre from Milan Airport. The Malpensa Express train from terminal 1 of the airport takes only 30-40 minutes to access the city centre. Buses are also available connecting both terminals to the central train station of Milan, Milano Centrale, in under an hour away and costs €10 for a one way ticket.
Milan Linate is the second airport for the city and is located just 7 km from the centre.. It offers domestic routes to the capital Rome, as well as Catania and Naples. Some of the most popular international routes include those to London, Paris and Amsterdam. The location of the airport means there are a great deal of public transport options for those wishing to access the city centre. Provided by ATM buses, the number 73 bus connects Linate to San Babila square, you can also take the X73 to the centre.
Milan Centrale is the main train station in Milan and offers regular, express and high-speed trains that connect the station to cities all around Italy including Turin, Venice, Rome and Naples. International destinations include Barcelona, Zurich, Geneva, Munich and Paris. The MM2 and MM3 lines of the metro can be found at Milan Central Station which will take you almost anywhere in the city. These trains depart every 2 minutes and take just 5 minutes to gain access to the city. Trams are also available on hand, and the number 90, 91 and 92 which are located close to the metro line.
Terminal Bus Lampugnano is located in Giulio Natta close to the MM1 Lampugnano subway station. The main bus providers servicing the areas include Autostrada, Eurolines, iDbus and Movibus. These providers connect Milan with other major Italian cities, as well as international destinations across continental Europe. Accessing the city centre from Lampugnano is best done by taking the MM1 metro line; trains leave the neighbouring station very frequently and only last a duration of 15 minutes.
The public transport system in Milan is provided by ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi). The services include the subway service which comprises of 3 lines; MM1, MM2 and MM3, buses, trams, bike sharing and tram sharing. The public transport is the most popular way to get around the city and can get you to all corners with ease; it has 4 zones, however for those visiting the area, you are not likely to leave zone 1.
Cycling is not the most common mode of transport around the city, and this is partially due to the limited availability of cycle lanes. However, cycling is constantly growing more and more popular within Milan. There are still currently 140 km of cycle lanes, mostly on the main roads with 20% being in parks and green areas, that are perfect for exploring the city by bike.
Taxis are an extremely popular way of getting around Milan and can be found outside most major attractions within the city centre or can be booked ahead of time very easily.
All the main attractions of Milan are within walking distance of each other and much of the centre is also pedestrianised. Problems may arise when you wish to walk further than the centre as the suburban area of the city is quite vast.