Do you like shopping, beautiful buildings, and good food? Go to Milan, Italy! In this Milan travel guide, I’ll share some practical tips, the best sights, and tips for day trips.
How to get to Milan?
Milan is located in the northern part of Italy, and easily accessible from Europe by train, plane, or bus.
Going on a city trip by train is so much fun and it’s also good for the environment! Milan has multiple stations and is easily reachable from France, Switzerland, and Germany. It might take a while, but there will be plenty to see during the trip. Check the Rail Europe website for international train tickets in Europe.
Tip: if you’d like to see more of Italy besides Milan, I can highly recommend this Northern Italy by train itinerary.
Traveling by plane is probably the fastest way to get to Milan. Milan has multiple airports and there are many low-cost carriers flying to Milan. Check Skyscanner for all the possibilities and prices.
You can reach Milan by Flixbus, which is one of the cheapest ways to travel in Europe. I used Flixbus to travel to Milan from Interlaken and although it was two hours late, it still was a pleasant journey.Check the website of Flixbus for prices and schedules.
Public transport in Milan
Milan is a large city with about 1.4 million inhabitants and there is a large public transport network that many people use.
Metro, tram & bus
As one of the few cities in Italy, Milan has an excellent metro network, with which you can actually get to many places very easily. The metro is also the fastest form of public transport. In addition, there are a lot of trams and buses that you can take. I always look for the timetable on Google Maps, but usually, there’s a metro or tram every couple of minutes. You can buy a ticket (€ 2 for 90 minutes) at one of the machines at the metro station or via the app (even easier!) ATM Milano .
Travel by train in Italy
Do you want to make day trips from Milan? That is very easy to do by train. There are several stations in Milan and Milano Centrale and Milano Porta Garibaldi stations are closest to the center. The easiest way to buy a ticket online is via Omio, you will immediately receive an e-ticket in your mailbox. Please note that there are different types of trains and each has its own prices and tickets. So make sure that you board the right train (at the right time).
Of course, you can also buy a ticket at one of the machines at the station. Make sure to validate the ticket by inserting it into one of the yellow machines on the platform. They don’t all work correctly, so make sure it has a date stamp on it.
What is the best time to travel to Milan?
If you would like good weather during your Milan city trip, it is best to visit the city between mid-April and the end of June or in September. The temperatures are then very pleasant during those months. In July and August, it can get very hot, and it also can get really crowded in the city center.
Accommodation in Milan
Milan is gigantic, so there are also many places to stay overnight. Because public transport is well organized, you can actually stay pretty much in all areas around the center, but some are of course more fun than others. I personally found the neighborhoods of San Marco, Brera, Isolo, Porta Nuova, and Zona Risorgimento very pleasant to walk around. There are also many cozy restaurants here. Check Booking.com for all the possibilities and prices.
Do you want to stay a little longer or do you prefer to sleep in an apartment? Then there are also many good options on VBRO or Airbnb. Have you never booked through this website? Use this link for a great discount on your first reservation.
The best sights in Milan
What should you really have seen during a city trip in Milan? In any case, these three sights:
The Duomo in Milan is world-famous and with good reason: it is beautiful! It is a gothic masterpiece and you will be amazed at all the beautiful details you can discover. Both on the outside and on the inside. It is also nice to climb on the roof, from above you have a nice view of the city.
The Last Supper
Leonardo Da Vinci’s mural The Last Supper is arguably one of the most famous works of art in the world. You can admire it in the dining room of the Monastery of Santa Maria Delle Grazie. This room is hermetically sealed and only a limited number of people are allowed in per 15 minutes. You often have to reserve a time slot months in advance, which you can do on this website or by phone. Is it not possible or are you too late? Then you can often last minute (for a higher price) reserve a tour with Get Your Guide.
Galleria Vittoria Emanuele
Even if you don’t like shopping, you should take a look at this richly decorated covered shopping street. The dome in the middle is almost 50 meters high and there are so many beautiful details to discover!
Day trips from Milan
Due to the many train connections, Milan is also a very suitable city for a day trip by train. A few of my favorites:
Bergamo is a city east of Milan and is known for its beautiful historic center. It is wonderful to stroll through the super narrow streets, taste the local dishes in the cozy restaurants, take a walk on the castle wall or visit the beautiful churches. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever visited.
Como is a town on the shore of Lake Como. There are so many parks, which makes it a very nice place to escape the busy city. You can take lovely walks along the lake and marvel at the large villas, take a boat trip on the lake or go for a hike into the mountains.
This is my Milan travel guide! Do you have any questions? Ask them by leaving a message below this article.
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