Public transit in Milan includes a network of bus routes, metro, tram and trolleybus lines. The network uses a unified ticket format that allows usage on any type of transit. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes after validating/stamping, unless stated otherwise. Metro in Milan has 3 lines (green, yellow and red) intersecting with 11 suburban train lines, for which extra fare is required.
Metro starts running at 6 am and continues till approximately 00:30. Buses operate from 5.30 - 6.00 am to 0.30 - 1.45 am. Trams run from 4.00 - 4.30 am to 2.15 - 2.45 am. Trolleybus lines (90/91) stay in operation 24/7. On December 25 and May 1 all buses, trams, trolleybuses run from 7 am to 8 pm, and Milan metro operates from 7 am to 7:30 pm.
Ticket costs for 90-minutes rides within Milan are as follows:
One ticket - 1.50 в‚¬
10 standard tickets - 13.80 в‚¬
Unlimited one-day ticket, valid for 24 hours after validation - 4.50 в‚¬
Unlimited evening ticket, valid from 8 pm to close - 3.00 в‚¬
Unlimited two-day ticket, valid for 48 hours after validation - 8.25 в‚¬
Weekly 2x6 pass (2 journeys per day for 6 days/week) - 8.40 в‚¬
Weekly Travel Card - 11.30 в‚¬
Milan Transportation Agency (ATM) also offers affordable night bus services that are an excellent alternative to expensive taxis. Bus by Night runs on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 am to 5 am, departing from several nightlife spots to anywhere you need to go within Milan. The service is run by ATM and the city of Milan jointly, using ATM's minibuses. The cost is 1,50 в‚¬ per person.
The Bus by Night timetable is as follows:
Via Valtellina - corner of via Stelvio, departs at 4 am, 5 am
Viale Milton - corner of via Pagano, departs at 2 am, 3 am, 4 am
Viale Sturzo - corner of corso Como, departs at 2 am, 3 am, 4 am, 5 am
Piazza XXIV Maggio, departs at 2 am, 3 am
Viale Umbria - corner of via Tito Livio, departs at 4 am, 5 am
Viale Umbria - corner of corso XXII Marzo, departs at 4.10 am, 5.10 am
Via Castelbarco - corner of via Tantardini, departs at 4 am, 5 am (Saturdays only)
Via Ripamonti - corner of via Pietrasanta departs at 4.10 am, 5.10 am (Saturdays only)
Another option for travellers wanting to avoid taxis at night is Radiobus, Milan's on request bus service that operates from 8 pm to 2 am all year long, except for Christmas day and May 1. The bus will pick you up at a designated pick-up area and drop you off wherever you need to be in Milan for a meager cost of 2.50 в‚¬ (2.00 в‚¬ if purchased in advance) plus the cost of a valid ATM ticket that you need to have on you already. Radiobus requires reservations ahead of time (from 3 days to a couple of hours before travel), and you will need to know the exact time of departure, the arrival address and the number of people travelling.
Taxi in Milan is not cheap, and cabs are far and few between in the city. Taxi cannot be hailed on the street, as the only way to get a cab is either to call in advance or walk to a taxi stand. If you request a taxi over the phone, the cab will arrive with the meter already on, and the charge may surprise you unpleasantly. Taxis waiting for passengers in taxi parks are free; that is, you pay only when you get in. The seating charge is 3в‚¬ (5в‚¬ on Sundays and holidays, 6в‚¬ in the evening), and every km is approximately 1в‚¬. When the total charge on the meter reaches 12-13в‚¬, the meter will speed up, making taxis in Milan an expensive travel option that many travellers use only as a last resort.
As most European cities, Milan also has its own self-service bicycle program that allows visitors to borrow a bicycle for up to 2,5 hours from many stations around the city. The program, called Bikemi, is operated by ATM. In order to use the service, you have to register in advance, either online, over the phone or at one of the ATM kiosks around the city. First 30 minutes are free to ride, after which every 30 minutes cost 0.50 в‚¬. If you do not return the bike within 2,5 hours after taking it from the station, a charge of 2в‚¬ per hour will apply. Exceeding the limit of two hours three times will block your subscription.
The following subscriptions are available, for which the activation fees are as follows:
Daily subscription вЂ“ 2,50 в‚¬
Weekly subscription вЂ“ 6 в‚¬
Annual subscription вЂ“ 36 в‚¬.