Options for public transportation in Milan include the subway – popularly called metro here, bus, BikeMi (bike sharing system), and tram. There are different options for you, which depends largely on how many times you may need to use public transportation in Milan as a tourist or visitor. As a resident, you have better choices. So if you just recently moved to Milan and you are looking for the best options for you, then read on.
There are four options for you to buy a ticket for public transportation in Milan:
- Biglieterria: find a Biglieterria (ticket shop). These are mainly newspaper stands.
- Machines: find a ticket machine at a metro station.
- ATM App: you can download the ATM app and pay with your credit card. You just have to click “validate ticket” on the app once you get on the bus or tram or before taking the metro. If you want to take the Metro/train, you will need to scan the QR code by the checkpoint for access.
- Contactless Card: you can pay if you have a contactless card quickly and easily. Find more information on paying with your contactless card here in English.
How much do you pay as a tourist for public transportation in Milan?
- Ordinary ticket Mi1 – Mi3: the time validity from the first validation varies with the number of zones purchased: 75 minutes for two zones + 15 minutes for each additional zone. In Milan, the minimum fare that can be purchased is 3 zones and is valid from the first validation for 90 minutes
- 10 trip tickets: only blocks of 10 tickets of 3 zones Mi1 – Mi3 fare, each valid for 90 minutes, are on sale. The trips cannot be used on road services managed by operators other than ATM and Trenord; it cannot be used by more than one person at the same time
- Daily ticket: is valid for 24 hours from the first validation, without limit to the number of journeys within the territory defined by the zones purchased
- 3-day ticket: is valid for 3 consecutive days from the day of the first validation until the end of the service on the third day, without limit to the number of journeys within the territory defined by the zones purchased
How much do you pay as a resident for public transportation in Milan?
All travel options must be loaded onto the electronic card which is valid for 4 years and costs €10.00 upon issuance.
- Weekly travel card: valid from Monday to Sunday of the same week until the end of the service of Sunday, without limit to the number of journeys within the territory defined by the zones purchased
- Monthly travel card: valid for one calendar month for an unlimited number of journeys within the territory defined by the zones purchased
- Annual travel card: valid for twelve consecutive calendar months for an unlimited number of journeys within the territory defined by the zones purchased
Subsidised travel cards in Milan for residents
- People under the age of 26: 25% discount on the ordinary fare of the monthly and annual travel cards
- Seniors aged over 65: 25% discount on the ordinary fare of the monthly and annual travel cards
- People belonging to families with a valid ISEE certificate not exceeding €6.000,00: 85% discount on the ordinary fare of the annual travel card (requestable only at the authorized CAFs).
Public Transportation in Milan for Children
Free for children between the ages of 11 and 14. The Under 14 card can be obtained only from the reserved area of the ATM site by a parent or guardian.
Travel card for senior residents in Milan, valid for residents aged 65 years or over, or pensioners aged over 60:
- Monthly “Off-Peak” travel card €16.00
- Annual “Off-Peak” travel card €170.00
- Annual travel card €300.00
“Off-Peak” travel cards are valid with no time limits on the Metro lines and on Trenord – they are valid from 9:30 am on Monday to Friday and the whole day Saturday, holidays, and pre-holidays.
Travel card for seniors over 65, for all residents starting from their 65th birthday:
- Monthly travel card €32.50
- Annual travel card €300.00
Find more information in English on ticket costs and types on the official website of the ATM.