Getting Around Milan
The best way to get around Milan is by the efficient (and inexpensive) public transportation system called the ATM. This system of subway, buses and trams is far-reaching and very cheap. Metered taxis are another good option, though they can get expensive if you use them as your sole form of transportation. If your hotel is near the Duomo, which is considered the city's center, you might just want to walk, as lots of other attractions and amenities can be found blocks away. Driving, as in other major European cities, is not recommended because of traffic and parking that is both expensive and limited.
Two airports serve Milan: The Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) is a little more than 30 miles northeast, and it welcomes in most international flights; the Milan Linate Airport (LIN) is only about 5 miles from the city center, but it handles fewer flights (some European, but mostly domestic). To get to the city center from Milan Malpensa, you can take the Malpensa Express for 20 euros, or about $24 (for a roundtrip ticket). From Linate, there isn't a train that goes into the city. Instead, take the No. 73 bus to get into the city. Taxis are another option, but an expensive one. Expect to pay between 40 to 80 euros (about $47.85 to $95.70) from Linate (depending on your destination) and 90 euros (about $107.75) from Malpensa to get to the city center.
Milan's subway, bus and tram system makes getting around Milan very easy and inexpensive. A single journey urban ticket, which covers travel in urban Milan (not outer city suburbs) is 1.50 euros (about $1.80). Ticket prices are the same on the subway, bus and tram and are only valid for 90 minutes after purchase. If you plan on using the ATM often during your stay, it's best to get a book of 10 tickets, which costs 13.80 euros (about $16.55). Don't bother yourself with trams and buses, as the subway drops passengers off right in front of many top attractions, including The Duomo and the Santa Maria delle Grazie, where the Last Supper painting is housed. The subway is open all night but for tickets to be valid during that time they must be purchased after midnight. There are also a series of night buses that run Friday and Saturdays as well as Sundays during midweek holidays. You can purchase tickets for all ATM transportation methods at subway stations.
Cabs are abundant in this city, and you'll also find that they're reasonably priced for a journey here or there, but using them in abundance could add up quickly. You can expect to pay around 3.20 euros (about $3.85) for the base fare, then 1.06 euros ($1.30) after every mile traveled. You can find taxis at taxi stands spread throughout the city, especially around top attractions and central hotels. It's important to note that you cannot hail a taxi from the street here.
Florence is about three and a half hours away by car and Rome is only six – so you might very well be thinking about driving to Milan. Still, inside the city, driving tends to be a headache. Parts of the city are closed-off to motor vehicles, gas is expensive (more than $5 per gallon) and parking is difficult. If you must, you can rent cars at both LIN and MXP airports.
Milan is about 70 square miles in area, so you can't walk the entire city. But as with many European cities, walking is the best way to really see Milan. If you are at or near the Duomo, it's best to stick to walking. Here, popular attractions are at most a mile apart. Plus, you'll run into plenty of restaurants and shops that you'll likely want to take a peak in.
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