Italy’s second largest city is located in Lombardy and is called Milan. The nine city areas that you should discover on a city trip to Milan are arranged in a circle around the historic city centre.
Milan Cathedral is the focal point for visitors to the city. From here you can reach the most important sights and the popular shopping streets.
Milan is not only the financial centre of Italy, but also one of the capitals of fashion. On the most expensive and exclusive shopping street, Via Monte Napoleone, you will find shops of the most famous fashion brands from Gucci to Cartier.
City trip Milan – Excursion tips
If you read up on Milan before a trip to the city, you will mainly find pictures of the Milan Cathedral. This imposing building is the landmark and the main attraction for all tourists. I think that's right - a visit to the cathedral is simply part of a visit to Milan.
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Milan travel information
There are two airports in the immediate vicinity of the city, which are served by many international and national airlines.
Linate airport is slightly smaller and closer to the city centre. From there you can take bus 73 or express bus X73 into the city. There are also shuttle buses that go to the main railway station.
Malapese airport is about 50 kilometres from the city centre. Shuttle buses run between Milan Central Station and the airport for a fee. There are several providers that charge the same price. In addition, there is the Malapese Express, a train connection from the station at Terminal 1 towards Milan Central Station. The ticket prices are slightly more expensive than the bus fares.
There is also the airport in Bergamo, which is served by Ryanair. From there you can easily get to Milan by bus.
There are some direct train connections to Milan from Germany and Switzerland.
The main train station is relatively central and there are some buses in the city that go to the station.
A ring road system runs around the city, the North Ring A52, the East Ring A51 and the West Ring A50. There are 45 junctions into the city in each direction. Parallel to the North Ring runs the A4 towards Venice and Rome.
There are also numerous other motorways and provincial roads leading into the region around Milan.
On the way in …
At first glance, the traffic in the city seems wild and disorderly. During rush hour, you should avoid the main roads.
The city zone, which is monitored by 187 cameras, is marked AreaB and covers over 70% of Milan’s territory. In the inner city area AreaC, an entry fee, city toll, is charged. This amounts to:
- Cars from Euro Diesel 5 and petrol pay 5 € for the day ticket.
- Methane and LPG vehicles pay €5 for the day ticket.
- Electric and hybrid vehicles are exempt.
The AreaC ticket is valid from Monday to Friday from 7.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. On weekends and public holidays, entry is free.
Have no entry into the city centre:
- Vehicles diesel Euro 0, 1, 2, 3 and Euro 4 without particle filter
- Vehicles petrol Euro 0
By public transport
Milan has a well-developed metro network, trams and buses. Tickets are available in many bars, newsstands, tobacco shops and at all metro stations.
The fare system has been somewhat simplified. You can use all means of public transport with one ticket: Metro, train, bus and Trenord suburban trains in 21 towns around Milan (fare zones M1 to M3). It is possible to interrupt the journey and make a return trip in the 90 minutes.
There are only a few public parking spaces in Milan. Blue marked parking spaces are timed parking spaces, yellow marked spaces are for residents.
It makes sense to park the car in public garages. These are marked with a large “G” and are usually located in the middle of the blocks.