Transportation in Milan
Walking is often the quickest way of getting around the centre of Milan, with museums, galleries, shops and churches to be discovered en route. From the Duomo, the Brera, the Quad d'Oro and Castello Sforzesco can all be reached in around ten minutes.
The orange ATM buses and trams, plus the sleek green trams, run from 6am until midnight, when night buses take over for an occasional service. The stops are tall orange poles by the curb. Navigation is made easy by route maps at each stop. The same tickets are valid for the metro and can be bought at news-stands, vending machines, tabacchi (stores marked with "T") and bars.
Taxis are white and metered and can be flagged down in the street but drivers prefer to stop at taxi ranks. There is a huge rank in Piazza del Duomo, and taxis can always be found around the train stations. Hotels and restaurants are usually happy to organise taxis for you; you will be given a receipt to show to the driver. Expect extra charges for luggage and night-time travel.
Rent your car
If you're entering Milan's city centre, you'll need to buy an EcoPass, a daily charge of €2-€10, aimed to ease traffic pollution. Certain "green" vehicles are exempt. Parking can be difficult but options include scratch cards available from newsstands or secure car parks.
Using the ATM transport network is easy. Buy single tickets, or cheaper carnets often, giornaliero (daily) and two-day tickets. Validate the ticket at the start of your journey by punching it through the SITAM machines on board buses and at metro stations. Once validated, travel for up to 75 minutes on limitless trams and buses or once on the three-line metro. A single ticket costs one euro.