Travel to Milan

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How to Get to Milan


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.

Getting Around Milan

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.

About Milan

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.

Quick Guide to Milan

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.

Eating in Milan

There's so much to love about Milan, and its culinary scene is definitely at the top of the list! Check out Pescaria, in Polignano a Mare, for the freshest seafood offerings. With a menu ranging from fisherman's baskets of shrimp to their signature octopus sandwich, Pescaria is always in demand - a testament to its quality. If you're looking for more traditional Milanese offerings (i.e. pasta), head on over to family-run Dongiò, where signature dishes include simple but authentic Italian meals like spaghettoni alla tamarro, or check out the 1960s inspired Riseolatte, where you'll find one-of-a-kind risotto. You can also try the pasta at De Pasajo Dal Marchigiano near the Navigli region - known for its fresh handmade pasta and Paco.  If you're looking for something off the beaten path, Gastronomia Yamamoto has authentic Japanese home cooking, offering dishes like stewed Hijiki and miso eggplant. Pizza options are abundant, of course, with the pizza at Spontini topping most "best pizzas" lists. For dessert, find Q.B. Gelato close to the Sant'Ambrogio Church, which offers handcrafted gelato made with local ingredients. There is so much food and variety on offer in Milan, you'll have no trouble finding a great meal.

Coffee Shops in Milan

Milan is as famous for its fashion as it is for its coffee. With a longstanding coffee culture and tradition, Bottega del caffé (coffee shops) are regular everywhere you look. If there is anywhere in the world to expect unforgettable coffee, this is it. Besides, Milan made the espresso machine popular. Boasting a thriving specialty coffee scene, the choice of coffee shops in Milan is endless. Orsonero is the new wave type featuring a sophisticated and modern design that is common in any major city. However, their ever-changing list of roasts keeps things exciting, as there is always a new flavor to try. Following the old Milanese tradition of combining a coffee shop and library is Moleskine Café in Brera. This coffee shop is a favorite among artists, writers, and designers and blends its beans from countries including Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Rwanda. The unconventional Out of the Box coffee shop cum gelaterie is the place to be to sample two of Milan's signature foods. Order their filter coffee and a side of gelato and experience Milan like never before. For a unique espresso blend, creamy dark cocoa, and soft caramel, head over to Taglio near Porta Geneva Station and prepare for the ultimate coffee treat.

Walking Around in Milan

Milan is a historic city with a number of stunning old buildings to explore when walking around the city center. The best place to start a walking tour is in front of the Il Duomo subway station. Step outside of the subway station and you will be standing in front of one of the largest places of worship in Europe, Il Duomo itself. This huge cathedral is a truly beautiful building and you will need to take the time to explore the interior to fully appreciate the scale and design of the church. Nearby, you will find the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is the oldest shopping mall in Italy. Spend time window shopping and stop for an espresso at one of the cafes under the glass dome. A short stroll away you will find the Via Dante which is a pedestrian-only street and home to some of the best gelato shops in Italy. Grab a gelato or two to enjoy while you explore the shops and restaurants along the Via Dante. Then, head to the Santa Maria della Grazzie to view Leonardo Da Vinci's famous painting, The Last Supper, which is among the most popular attractions in Milan.

Best Time to Visit Milan

Milan is a historic city and is one of the world's fashion, design, and art capitals. For fashion and festival lovers, spring (April and May) and fall (September and October) are the best months to visit Milan. In September, travellers have the Fall Fashion Week and the Milano Film Festival to look forward to, while November is the perfect time for music lovers, as the Milan Jazz Festival gets underway. For a burst of colors and culture, visit Milan in spring and the costume parties, parades, and merriment of Carnevale Ambrosiano - on the Sunday after Ash Wednesday - will leave you with lasting memories. Lined with beautiful boutiques, high-end fashion outlets, and famous luxury stores, Milan is every shopper's dream destination. While summer is always a good time to vacation with family, hot temperatures and large crowds are the norm, which is why April and May are the best times for travelling families. With summer winding down, there are fewer tourists and the temperatures are more bearable for kids. November through March have the least crowds, although these months tend to be colder than most. Aside from fashion events and festivals, with its collection of museums and art galleries, Milan is never short of attractions.

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