Milan is a robust mix of old and new with the second largest population in Italy.
Many tourists flock here for the food, fashion, sports, entertainment, and to see the art and culture that multiple centuries have left behind, including cathedrals and such artwork as Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”
With all these amazing things to do, there is always one thing on the tourist’s mind when visiting Milan: what is the best and easiest way to get around Milan as a traveler?
There are many options to consider when you are visiting and we will give you six different ways to get you to your destination.
Public Transportation in Milan
A great way to get around Milan if you are quite adventurous is commuting with the locals. While it is not as independent and organized as making your own schedule with a taxi service, it might allow you to mingle and maybe meet other like-minded travelers.
The main types of public transportation are the bus, tram, metro rail, and suburban network. The good thing about this service is the Public Transportation Company (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi-ATM) allows you to buy one ticket that can be used for all the public transport services in a given amount of time.
The bus service in Milan is quite extensive and can go places that the rail does not. However, it will not stop at every stop and you have to let the driver know where you are going by pressing a button.
Also, it might not be the best approach if you will be out later during the night, especially if you are a solo traveler.
The Tram is quite interesting as the lines date back to around 1876 and some cars from around 1920s are still in use today. The network is the most extensive in Italy and can go more places than the bus system.
The tram is quite the same as the bus system as you need to let the driver know when you want to get off by pressing a button or pulling a cord. If you don’t know how, observe how the locals do it!
The Metro Rail system consists of four different lines and runs underground like most rail systems you might find around the world. The operation is quite consistent with other underground Subway Rail systems as once you get on a train then you are off to that destination with no stops.
The Suburban Rail has twelve different lines and was built in 2004. It is an alternative to the Metro in order to get to places that are not accessible by other means available. While the ticket system is not the ATM, the tickets are integrated and used with both systems within the city.
Cycling Around Milan
Getting around by bike has been gaining speed in most cities across the globe. Milan introduced a bike sharing system in 2008 and has not looked back. The beauty of this approach to travel is you can pick up a bike on one of the 200 stations and drop it off at another location.
What’s great about cycling in Milan, according to The Crowded Planet, is that Milan is flat. There are no hills, making biking around the city quite easy. The weather is also rarely extreme. The city usually doesn’t suffer from heavy rain or strong winds, making it the perfect place for biking.
Taxi in Milan
For the solo traveler, though, taking the taxi is the most convenient and the safest way to go around Milan. A taxi service is indeed a “must do” when getting from the airport to your hotel or even from destination to destination.
Taking a taxi allows not only for ultimate independence in scheduling your trip but also a safety net with people knowing where you will be and when. According to the website Book Taxi Milan where scheduling can be done online, you should always look for cabs with licensed drivers for your safety. That way, you can have your independence and a stress free trip as well.
Have you ever been to Milan? What’s your preferred way of going around the city?