Unless you have good reason for doing so, you should never need to use a taxi or Uber service during your stay. Instead, we beg you to consider buying a pass for the public transportation system. Buses, shuttles, and especially trains and metros, should be your new best friend.
A train ticket from Malpensa Airport to Cardona (a train station in the center of Milan) is only 12 euros. An Uber to cover the same distance ranges anywhere from 30 to 150 euros depending on the demand. There really isn’t a competition.
Pro tip: buses and trolleys use the tracks pictured here and the lines above them to maneuver throughout the city – prepare yourself for some mild turbulence.
Staying in Milan for More Than Just a Day or Two?
If so, consider buying a month-long pass; if you’re under 27 years old, it’s only 22 euros, and covers both metro and train lines within Milan. And, if you decide to do a day trip to somewhere nearby, the train is essentially the only viable way to travel, so you want to familiarize yourself with how the train system works, anyway.
CityMapper – The Best Way to Navigate Milan
Now that you’ve taken our invaluable, ingenious advice and bought some sort of pass for underground transportation, how do you know what train/metro to get on, where to get on, and where to get off?
You could use the free maps that can be provided to you upon request at every station’s info/help desk, if you’re trying to practice your land navigation skills, or you could just download an app that does all the calculations for you. We recommend CityMapper, an app that works just like Google or Apple Maps does, giving you different route options, the ETA’s for those options, and directions to the destination you chose, except it includes any and all forms of public transportation to get you there, including buses, shuttles and even cute little trolleys.
It gives you walking directions to the closest station or bus stop, then tells you exactly which line to get on, when the line arrives (and, if you miss it, every arrival time after that), what stop to get off on, whether or not you need to switch lines, and even which exit out of the station is most efficient to get to you final destination, before finally giving you walking directions from your arrival station to the place you’re trying to get to.
Seriously, whoever’s been paid to create this application, they weren’t paid enough.
Other Travel Options
But perhaps you chose not to take our invaluable, ingenious advice and instead are looking to take an Uber or taxi– we’re not mad, we’re just disappointed. But, if you’re going to order a taxi, at least download FreeNow, to help with all your taxi service needs.
And, if you’re trying to figure out what train to get on so you can visit surrounding areas–whether it’s Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, or even other cities across Italy–and cross-checking on Google is getting too confusing, try downloading Omio, an app to help navigate train tickets, lines, and times. Factor in some time to shop, though. if you’re leaving Milan out of its central station, there’s a ton of shopping.
Now you can keep your money where it belongs: in your wallet, or in the wallet of the man who just sold you your third gelato of the day. You’re welcome.