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Milano is located in the centre of Europe and is one of the easiest cities to reach.
A highly developed rail network connects Milano to other major Italian cities like Rome, Florence, Venice, Turin and to several European cities. Three rail companies operate in Milano: Trenitalia (high-speed trains for the main connections) for national and international routes, Italo for high-speed national routes and Trenord for local transportation.
Central Railway Station is the main railway station. The imposing and majestic complex is a crucial hub for the city’s services and shopping district and the main departure point for the high-speed trains and rail connections with the rest of Europe. The station is in the city centre.
Cadorna Railway Station is the main departure point for local trains. It connects Milano to Malpensa Airport in 40 minutes and to many tourist destinations including Lake Como. The station is located northeast of the city centre.
Garibaldi Railway Station is the busiest railway station in the city for commuter traffic. Thanks to the important restyling and enhancement projects carried out, it is a multi-purpose structure in the heart of Milano, capable of attracting tens of thousands of citizens, travelers and tourists.
Milano is in a very favorable geographic position. The highway network from all directions makes the city extremely accessible by car from the main European and Italian cities. The city's ring road (the eastern Tangenziale Est and the western Tangenziale Ovest) is the end point of the main highways:
- A1 Milano-Florence-Rome-Naples
- A4 Milano- Turin-Venice
- A7 Milano-Genoa-Cinque Terre
- A8/A9 Milano-Lakes Como and Maggiore and Switzerland
Restricted Traffic Zone
Area C (www.comune.milano.it/areac) is the city centre area, with traffic restrictions in effect Monday–Friday (07:30–19:30). Admittance to Area C for one day can be purchased for €5 by midnight of the previous day, or €15 for deferred payments. Register online or call the Area C offices at (+39) 02 48 68 40 01. Violations will be fined.
Every day, 800 direct flights connect Milano to over 200 destinations around the world. Malpensa airport is the most important intercontinental hub in southern Europe and is well connected to the city center thanks to the high-speed Malpensa Express train. Two other international airports serve the city: Linate, just 7 km from the Duomo, and Orio al Serio, where the low-cost companies land.
Malpensa airport is in a strategic position in the financial and productive heart of Europe. It is located just over 50 kilometers from Milano and is quickly reachable by car, train, bus or taxi. It is one of the most important airports in Europe, offering more than 2,500 direct flights each week and numerous intercontinental and long-haul destinations. It is also the leading Italian airport in terms of freight transport.
From/To Malpensa Airport:
- Malpensa Express Train: the airport can be easily reached from the center of Milano with the Malpensa Express train from Milano Cadorna, Milano Centrale, and Milano Porta Garibaldi stations. Malpensa Express train stops at Malpensa Terminals 1 and 2. Trains are scheduled every 30 minutes. Travel Time: Cadorna (43 minutes) – Central Station (53 min) – Porta Garibaldi (41 minutes).
- By Coach: bus connections between Milano Central Station and the two terminals of Malpensa Airport are operated by three bus lines: Terravision, Malpensa Bus Express (Autostradale) and Malpensa Shuttle (Air Pullman). Average travel time: 45 minutes.
- By Car: Milano Malpensa airport is easily reachable by car using the A8 / A9 motorway if you are coming from Milano or located to the North and East of the airport, the A4 motorway if you are coming from the West or the South.
- By Taxi: various several radiotaxi services are available at both Milano Malpensa Airport Terminals. The taxi ranks are located at the ARRIVALS, at on the ground floor, at gate 6 of Terminal 1 and at gate 4 at Terminal 2. Fixed taxi fare from/to Malpensa to/from Milano: 95 €.
Milano Linate Airport is the second-largest airport serving the city and is an inner-city airport, located just 7 km from central Milano.
From/To Linate Airport:
- By train: it is possible to reach Milano Linate airport by train arriving at the Milano Forlanini station, directly connected to the airport through the urban bus line 73 (7 stops for a journey of about 10 minutes).
- By metro: Linate is now reachable from Milano in a few minutes thanks to the first section of the new M4 underground line. With the Blue line it is possible to arrive at the airport in 8 minutes from Dateo, with intermediate stops at Susa, Argonne, Forlanini station and Repetti.
- By coach: the bus connections between the city of Milano and the neighboring municipalities and Linate Airport are operated by various bus lines: ATM, Airbus, Starfly, Autoguidovie, and Air Pullman. Travel time: to/from Milano City Centre (Duomo): 60 minutes – to/from Milano Central Station: 25 minutes.
- By car: Milano Linate airport can be easily reached by car from the North (A4/A51), from the West (Viale Forlanini) and from the East (A35-Brebemi) via the Rivoltana provicial road.
- By taxi: several radiotaxi services are available at Milano Linate. The taxi ranks are located at the ARRIVALS, at the ground floor, at gate 5.
Milano Bergamo Airport
Milano Bergamo Airport is the third busiest international airport in Italy. The airport is 45 km north-east of Milano and is mainly operated by low cost companies.
From/To Milano Bergamo Airport:
- By train: you can arrive by train to Bergamo train station and use the convenient bus service ATB which in just 10 minutes will bring you to Milano Bergamo airport (departures every 15 minutes).
- By coach: the bus connections to the centre of Milano are operated by different bus companies: Terravision, Autostradale, Orio Shuttle, Flixibus. Travel time to Milano Central Station: 50 minutes.
- By car: for those coming on the A4 from Milano it is recommended to exit at Bergamo and follow for Milano Bergamo Airport. For those coming on the A4 from Brescia, the recommended exit is Seriate.
- By taxi: at the arrivals exit you will find the taxi zone.
Local transport in Milano
Milano is well served by Lombardy’s transport network, one of most widespread and efficient in Europe, with train, bus, metro and trolleybus networks. The city boasts 4,700 surface public transport stops, efficiently serving the 1,3 million residents of the city, with 800,000 journeys a day as standard and an additional 250,000 journeys a day during international fairs and other major events.
Milano has five metro lines, with more than 100 stations, and more than 130 bus and tram routes. Compared with major European capitals, Milano has competitive public-transport rates. The five underground lines cross the city from one end to the other. Each line is identified by a color: MM1 (red), MM2 (green), MM3 (yellow), MM4 (blue), and MM5 (purple), in addition to the Milan railway bypass (Passante Ferroviario). The MM4 line is still partially under construction and the first operating section connects Linate Airport to Piazzale Susa. Services run from 5.30 am to 12.30 am, and the frequency is every 2 minutes during peak hours and every 4–5 minutes the rest of the day. Download a map of Milano's underground.
Bus and Tram Network
Milano is equipped with an integrated surface transport network made up of around 120 lines including trams, trolleybuses and buses. A night-bus service is also available for booking on request. Services run from 4 am to 1.45 am, and the frequency is every 3 minutes during peak hours and every 6 minutes the rest of the day.
Milano has around 5,000 taxis. The white vehicles are distinguished by a sign on the roof which will light up when the cab is available. Services run 24 hours a day.
BikeMi is Milano’s Bike Sharing service, a real public bicycle transport system to be used for short trips. It is an easy, practical and ecological system that helps to improve the quality of the environment and your physical well-being. BikeMi is the first example in the world of an integrated Bike sharing system between 3,650 traditional bicycles and 1,150 e-bikes (150 with child seat), unique in terms of size, complexity and innovation. The service runs 365 days a year, from 7 am to 1 am. Download a map of bike sharing locations.
Useful general information
Time: Current time in Italy is GMT/UTC +1.
Climate: The weather in Milano in July has average daily maximum temperatures of 30°C and lows around 20°C, as well as long hours of sunshine.
Currency: Euro is the official currency.
Credit cards: Credit cards (mostly Visa and Mastercard) are widely accepted.
Electricity: Electricity in Italy runs on a 230-volt, 50-hertz AC current. Italy uses Type C, F and L plugs. If you bring electrical appliances, you might need a plug adapter. You may also require a transformer, although today most major appliances have one built in.