Public transport in Milan: how to get around the city without polluting

Moving to Milan is increasingly a superhero business. But only if you do it in the car. Because let’s be honest, Milan is chaotic and busy, especially at peak times, but public transport works and serves the urban and extra-urban area fairly evenly. Perhaps we Milanese should learn to move to the city using more public transport by promoting sustainable mobility that would give us back a much less polluted city. So let’s see what public transport can convince us to leave the car in the garage and get us to the office in a good mood.

Move to Milan by public transport
1.On the subway
2.With the Lines S
3.By bus, trolleybus and tram
4.With the neighborhood Radiobus
5.By bike
6.Airport management
On the subway

In Milan, the subway , operated by the ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi), travels on four lines: the M1 (red line), the M2 (green line), the M3 (yellow line) and the M5 (lilac line), but it is under construction a fifth line that will take the name of M4 (blue line) and that will cross Milan for about 15 km, connecting S. Cristoforo FS (to the west) with Linate Airport (to the east), and passing through Old Town.

The service is active throughout the year, with two hourly regimes: the winter and the summer in July and August. In principle the first ride from the various terminals is at 5.45 am while the last is at 00.30, except for the lilac line (M5) in service from 5.40 am to midnight.

With the Lines S
A little ‘train and a bit’ subway, the S lines or loops Railways are suburban rail lines that provide the connection between the center of Milan with municipalities hinterland and neighboring provinces taking advantage of the Railway that connects the city to the north east (Certosa and Bovisa) to the south-east (Rogoredo) and along the surface railway lines. The service of the S lines is guaranteed every day from 6 am to midnight, with runs every 30 minutes, whose arrival and departure times are indicated on specific luminous panels in each station of the railway bypass.

By bus, trolleybus and tram
Eighteen tram lines (one of which is long distance), 4 trolleybus lines and over 110 bus linesurban and suburban: surface transport in Milan is a valid alternative to the use of cars. Not only because public transport generally respect timetables, but because traveling on a tram or a bus can turn into a daily routine, even pleasant, allowing you to live and see the city without the stress that pervades the average motorist blocked by traffic. As for the subway, also buses, trolleybuses and trams have two regimes of time, winter and summer; the trams come into service from 4.30 am to 6.00 am until 1.00 am – 2.30 am, the buses start the service at 5.30 am / 6.00 am, until 0.30 am – 1.45 am, trolley buses 90/91 instead do continuous service.

With the neighborhood Radiobus
Every day from 10 pm to 2 am, in the various districts of Milan. the Radiobus service is active . How does it work? in each district there is a terminus for the Radiobus. It is sufficient to book the service by calling 02 48034803 (you can call the same day starting at 13) and communicate the time, the point of departure and arrival, as long as it is obviously in the same neighborhood. If you happen to not have made a reservation, but to see a Radiobus pass by on the street, you can ask him to stop with a wave of the hand, like a taxi, and once on board, you can communicate your destination to the driver. The ticket can be purchased on board, at the cost of the usual urban ticket.

By bike

By now bike sharing is becoming a bit popular everywhere and a city like Milan could not be deprived of it. Managed by ATM, BikeMI is the bicycle sharing service born in Milan in 2008. The service is active 365 days a year, from 7.00 am to 1.00 am and the time is extended in the spring and summer season (with days that get longer!) and at special events. By subscribing to the service it is possible to take advantage of both traditional bicycles and pedal assisted bicycles and the costs are limited: an annual pass costs € 36, weekly € 9, daily € 4.50. For all the Frequently Asked Questions at this link you will find the answer to all the questions about the service.

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