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Public transports in Milano


Buses, trams and metro

Milano’s main public transportation system is run by ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi). It consists of buses, trams and an underground metro system. Visit www.atm-mi.it to create personalized itineraries. Simply click on “GiroMilano” and choose your starting point and destination.

An urban network ticket costs €1.50 and is valid for 90 minutes on all lines included in the urban network of Milano. It can not be used twice on the underground metro and urban rail lines. Once you have left the underground metro station you must have a new ticket for the next metro trip.

All students under age 27 can purchase a student monthly travel card at a reduced price.

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More info about the student monthly travel card

Student travel cards are charged onto an electronic card that costs €10.00, it’s valid for 4 years, and can be purchased in one of the official ATM points located inside the following underground stations: Duomo, Cadorna, Loreto, Centrale, Romolo, Garibaldi (opening hours: from Monday to Saturday 7:45 am to 7:15 pm). You’ll need: a passport-sized photo (in colour); your matriculation letter, also indicating your date of birth; ID; tax code (codice fiscale).

The card is usually prepared as you wait from January to July: if you request it from September to December, please allow up to 15 days in order to collect it, and keep the receipt of your “Domanda di rilascio della tessera elettronica” in order to collect it. Please check that the word “STUDENTE” is written in the lower left-hand corner. When released the card is empty: it must be activated with your student profile and with the kind of monthly pass chosen.

The cost for the Student monthly pass (valid for the Milano area only) is €17.00, valid for 1 calendar month, from the 1st to the last day of the month. The student travel card can be used all week, 24 hours a day, on the entire Milano urban area transportation system. Alternatively, you can choose Extra-Urban (with a zone-based pricing system) or Cumulative travel cards (for travel on both the Milano urban and extra-urban networks, including SITAM and Trenord/Passante ferroviario).

Please note:

  • All tickets must be validated at the start of every journey.
  • Remember to keep the ticket with you for as long as it is valid.
  • Validate your ticket every time you change vehicle on the overground network (bus or tram).
  • On the urban railway network of Trenord and Passante Ferroviario tickets are valid for only one journey.
  • Urban tickets are priced at a flat rate. Extra-urban and cumulative tickets are priced progressively depending on the distance travelled between the departure point and the final destination (e.g. a round trip ticket to Rho Fiera is €5.00).

If you don’t follow these rules, you may be charged with a fine ranging from 25 to 200.

If you want to enjoy the nightlife in Milan and make sure you will get home safely, the City of Milan and ATM offer a service running every Saturday and Sunday night, hourly from 2:00 am to 5:10 am. ATM offers fifteen different lines covering areas daily served by M1 M2 M3 subways. Timetables vary for each of the terminals located in the areas with the highest concentration of nightspots.

Consider the possibility to download from your application store on your smartphone the ATM mobile app to ensure easy and fast public transport use.

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Bike sharing

Looking for an eco-friendly, cheap and alternative mode of transportation? Then look no further: Milano boasts an extensive network of bike paths. You can use your own bicycle or rent one. Rent  a bike through ATM’s BikeMi Bike Sharing service using a daily, weekly or annual pass that can be purchased from the ATM Points Duomo, Cadorna, Loreto, Centrale, Garibaldi and Romolo or online. A map of bicycle collection stations is available at www.bikemi.com. Bike rental is available only to persons over 16 and credit card holders. The pass will be delivered directly to your house. ATM offers all cyclists who enjoy travelling around Milano by bike the opportunity to use public transport and take their bike on the underground. Annual subscription is € 36, weekly subscription is € 6, daily subscription is € 2,5. Available for free for 30 minutes.

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Car sharing

If you’re planning a weekend out with your new friends and you need a car, just rent one with GuidaMi. This is a self-service car rental available from garages all over Milan 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can check if it suit your own needs on https://giraci.com/it/milano/. Car sharing is even available for the promotion of sustainable mobility: www.campus-sostenibile.polimi.it.

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