Travelling throughout Milan is relatively simple and cheap, due to Milan's extensive transport network. This network consists of several metro lines, and numerous bus and tram lines. Buses, trams and trains (underground) are all operated in Milan by the same company, ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi). Additionally, there is an underground rail line that runs through Milan, which also connects the city with the outerlying cities of Lombardy and greater Italy. 

Tickets for the transport system are relatively cheap, and students are able to take advantage of the fixed-cost Urban Travel Card, which can be purchased in installments of a single month or one year. This card allows for unlimited travel throughout Milan, and greatly assists in cutting down transportation costs. 

Students can apply for monthly passes, that allow travel on all forms of transport within the city of limits of Milan, including trams, buses, metro’s and the underground railway. A monthly pass costs €22 (Under 27 years) or €35 per month (27 years and above).


MIP is on the urban railway line (blue line, also called S line or Passante Ferroviario). The nearest stops are Bovisa and Villapizzone, served respectively by the S-train line S1, S2, S13 and S5, S6. They are both 2 minutes-walk away from our building. This makes MIP easy to reach within 30/40 minutes by public transportation from several districts in Milan.

Buses: With more than 50 urban routes, the bus system sometimes offers a more direct route than the underground.

Milan Metro: The metro system consists of 4 lines: M1 (red), M2 (green), M3 (yellow) and M5 (Purple).
Trains run from 5.40 to 24.00 with replacement bus services during the night . 

Underground: The “passante ferroviario” travels through the city of Milan, connecting suburban stations in Milan with regional track lines to outlying towns and cities. 

Night Buses: From 12.30 a.m. to 6.00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, there are a series of ‘Night-Time’ bus lines operating. These operate across a number of main bus routes, including the 4 metro lines which are closed during this period. There are also a number of bus and tram lines that operate 24 hours a day.

District Radiobus: The Distrcit Radiobus service provides evening and late night travel between the centre and the outer districts of milan from 10.00 p.m. as the outer travel services decrease in frequency.

BikeMI is Milan’s bike sharing system with bike stations located in strategic points all over the city, starting downtown: train stations and universities, hospitals and tourist attractions, underground stations, administrative offices, malls and parking lots. It allows all registered users to pick up a bike, ride it and leave it at the station closest to their destination.

Visit the BikeMi website to learn about subscription, fares and locations.

Travel Lines and Main Stations

In Milan there two different railways companies that pass through Milan and connect the city with other cities and regions close to Milan.

Additionally, the railways allow convenient and cheap travel to many of the important cities and touristic locations across Italy and other countries within Europe.

  • TRENORD (Lombardy Railways) – Operating in the greater Milan region and Lombard. Visit the Trenord website.
  • TRENITALIA  – For travel throughout Italy. Visit the Trenitalia website.

Important Stations

The most important stations in Milan are Cadorna, Centrale Station and Porta Garibalid, which act as transport hubs for the city and region, as well as national and international travel. Other important stations include Lambrate, Porta Romana and Porta Genova. The two stations closest to MIP are Bovisa and Villapizzone, accessible on most north-bound lines from the city.

Milan is served by three different airports. Each airport can be accessed by either train, coach or public transport. 

  • Linate Airport: situated within the city limit of Milan, Linate is accessibile by public transport leaving from San Babila and by shuttle at Central Station.
  • Malpensa Airport: accessible by express train from Cadorna and Centrale, as well as frequent coach services from Centrale.
  • Orio al Serio Airport: accessible by frequent coach services from Centrale Station.
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