Getting around Milan

transport in Milan
Updated 2019-05-29 09:46

Every day hundreds of thousands of people move around Milan. Buses, trains, metro lines and taxis, the transport either public or private have never been so available anywhere else in Italy. Travelling to work can seem stressful, but it can be made accessible for those who are willing to search for ideas of organizing their mornings.

A great variety of transport

Traffic without a doubt is the number one enemy for the citizens of Milan. From the first light in the morning to the evenings, limited traffic areas and other traffic bans in the historic centre make driving a car too difficult. In addition to the traffic jam, there are limited parking lots that can make the commuting in the city a real nightmare. However, some solutions allow everyone to cross the city and arrive at work on time. These alternatives make getting around Milan faster and are also less expensive.

The most expensive mean of transport is without a doubt, the taxi. Taxis are available everywhere, and cost for the service varies according to the hour in which it is used, so during the daytime and weekdays, it is 3.30⬠per kilometre. These prices are higher on holidays from 5.40⬠during the day to 6.50⬠in the night time. It is possible to call for a taxi, take it on the street, or book it through an app like AppTaxi.

Public transportation

The Milanese public transport ATM includes the four metropolitan lines, bus, and trolleybus, that connect the whole city. They are open from 06.30 to 00.30. Besides, there are night lines, as well as the trolleybus 90 and 91 that circle the city all night long. According to the Moovit index, the average time people in Milan spend on public transport is 64 minutes. The average time spent waiting at a stop for public transport in Milan on weekdays is around 11 minutes.

Ticket prices vary between 1.50⬠to 2.50â¬, depending on the area and they are worth 90 minutes during which it is possible to take a trip on the subway and all the other means (buses, trams, trolley buses). It is possible to get an ATM card and charge it weekly (11.20â¬), or monthly (30â¬). The public service offers opportunity called Radiobus di Quartiere that allows passengers to request the bus service through a phone call. The passenger can be picked up directly and taken to his chosen destination.

The public transport service has launched an app called ATM Milano, which makes buying tickets and getting information regarding transportation fast and simple.

The sharing culture

In addition to the more convenient and traditional forms of transport like taxis or buses, it is possible to move around the city using alternative means of transportation such as car sharing. Milan is, in fact, the first Italian city that offered car sharing opportunities. Other than the fact that it is more sustainable, car sharing offers many advantages such as free parking, free access to limited areas, free refills, and free maintenance.

The activation cost of the services depends on the operator but is sometimes free as an advertisement bonus. The tariffs are timed, and the costs range from 30 cents per minute to around 50⬠for the whole day. Some operators offer the possibilities of purchasing minute-packages and other promotions. The most famous operators are DriveNow, Enjoy, Car2go, E-Vai, and Refeel.

There are possibilities for bike sharing that start from 0⬠(BikeMi and Ofo), from 0.69⬠or 0.99⬠(Mobike) and charge every additional 30 minutes. The monthly fee for BikeMi is 35â¬, while the others don't require a deposit. It is possible to use the bike sharing service by downloading the desired operator application. The application identifies the nearest bicycles, and allows the booking and returning.

A recent opportunity is the possibility to rent a motorcycle. Prices start around 20 cents per minute. This service is provided by operators like Ecooltra, Cityscoot, Govolt, and Mimoto.

Helbiz is another company that recently launched electric scooter sharing in the city. This is also expected to be of great use.

The most obvious way to avoid any traffic in Milan is, of course, finding a job close to work. This option sometimes means buying a house in the suburbs, where many companies are located and can allow walking or driving to work without larger interruptions. Choosing a home convenient enough for the trip to work is a crucial step for a well organised time.

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