BikeMi – try out Milan’s city bikes for both grown-ups and kids.

BikeMi is a bike sharing service a bit like Boris-bikes in London. It’s a great feature in public transport, but beware Italian traffic habits.

BikeMi is part of the public transport system, you must register at ATM IMG_6615(Milan’s municipal transport agency) and to do that you need to have a valid credit card (so they have security for the bike and possible damages) read about the legal and practical issues here. You can get a card for either 1 week, it’s €6, or for a single day, €2,50.

For general information see here

Cycling Italian Style
Cycling in Milan is a risky business. Milan is a car city, and cyclists are not respected as equals in the traffic.

So remember to signal your intentions in the traffic clearly, so the drivers have time to give you space. Take it easy and don’t insist too much.

Two important tips: Keep an extra eye on the tram rails (believe you us; it is the voice of experience telling you this) and remember that the cobble stones get extra slippery when it rains.

Short trips are the cheapest
BikeMi is meant to be used for short trips and it becomes proportionally more expensive the longer you use them If you change bicycles frequently the trips can end up being totally free of charge. If you forget to deliver the bike within 24 hours, there’s a stiff fee.IMG_8095

  • 0 – ½ hour: €0,00
  • ½ – 2 hours: €0,50  every half hour.
  • 2 – 24 hours: €2,00  every started hour
  • Over 24 hours: €150 fee

Summer operating hours.
April 1st-November 2nd the service will run
Sunday-Thursday 7 am.-2 a.m.
Friday and Saturday the service will operate 24 hrs a day.

IMG_8960Junior BikeMi.
The municipality of Milan has now added a bicycle service for kids aged 6-10, you’ll find the junior bikes near some of Milan’s parks Parco Sempione/Piazza Castello (find on map), Giardini pubblici Indro Montenelli (find on map), Parco delle Basiliche (find on map),Parco Don Giussani (find on map) and Parco Ravizza (find on map) the bicycles are available between 7 a.m.-1 p.m. and helmets are mandatory Read more here.

 

MoBike.and OFO.

2 bike sharing services Mobike (orange bikes) og OFO (gule bikes) – also known as Uber for bikes – have come to Milan as an alternative to the municipal bicycles. It is a dockless or free flow system where you need to download their apps in order to set up an account and then find the bike nearest your position Mobike charges €0.30 for every half hour and OFO is free to use until the beginning of October when they are going to reveal the charge. Find the links for the app downloads here.

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Insider tip no. 2; good apps for your trip to Milan.

Who wants to carry round a guide book if you can have it all on your smartphone (which, on the other hand, is indispensable).

Milan Tourism has published a comprehensive list of apps made especially for visitors. Here are the most important ones:

APP: Guida MilanoGuida Milano
A classic city-guide full of all the normal tourist attractions and it links text and maps.
Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Chinese
(Download for Android | iPhone)

 

 

 

 

Duomo di Milano
The official app for the museum “Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano” so you can be your own guide.
(Download for Android | iPhone)

 

 

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A great app for visiting Milan with information on Public transport, exhibitions, concerts etc, a little simpler than Guida Milano above

(Download for Android ! iPhone)

 

 

 

 

 

Car2Go
the popular international car sharing service is also present in Milan.
(Download til Android | iPhone)

DriveNow
The new car sharing service is now also in Milan.

Languages: English, German and Italian
(Download til Android | iPhone)

 

 

Milano Gay Life
All the bars, restaurants, clubs, shops and special events for the LGBT visitors.
Languages: English and Italian.

(Download for Android | iPhone)

ATM Milano Official App
This is a great app for public transport, it tells you which bus and metro stops are near you, you can plan your trips and you can also use it to find the BikeMi hubs (See the article on public transport).

(Download for Android | iPhone)

imageATM City Tour Milano.
The app for the sightseeing services provided by the city´s public trasnport agency ATM. It gives your the departure times for the trams and doubledecker buses.
(Download for Android | iPhone)

 

 

 

 

 

MyTaxi
If you need to call for a taxi and don’t speak Italian the easiest thing is to use the official app myTaxi.
(Download Android | iPhone)

Uber
The worldùs msot famous ride sharing service is legal in Milan and works fine so if you cannot get a taxi or you have to wait too ling this is a good alternative.

(Download Android | iPhone)

Mobike
A bike sharing service, where you can find a bicycle near you. The price is €0,30 for every half hour.
(Download Android | iPhone)

OFO
A bike sharing service, where you can find a bicycle near you. At the moment free of charge, in October the price will be revealed.

(Download Android | iPhone)

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Public transport – from the airport and round in Milan.

20151213_184934Milan has an excellent, well-organized system of public transport, which we want to tell you about here, but let’s first take a look at what you do when you have just arrived at the airport.

If you’ve come to Milan by plane you’ve landed in either Linate, Malpensa or Orio al Serio. There are good connections with public transport from all three.

Hvis man blot rører ved skærmen får man mulighed for at vælge sprog i billetautomaterne. En standardbillet koster 1,50 €. (Foto: Ernst Poulsen)Remember to buy your tickets before getting on either bus, tram or metro, they don’t sell tickets on board. Tickets can be purchased at either the Edicola (newsstand) or at coffee shops. In some airports there are automatic ticket dispensers at the bus stop. 1 ticket is  €1,50 and is valid for 75 minutes. You can also buy a carnet with 10 tickets at €13,20, but you need one carnet per. person. Each adult with a valid ticket can bring 2 children under 11 for free.

 

Linate is the airport closest to the city.The easiest is to take Bus 73 (which is a regular city bus that makes many stops underway and doesn’t have a lot of space for luggage) or X73 which goes to Piazza Diaz behind Piazza Duomo, so get off (or on) at Duomo metro station with very few stops underway and is specifically for travelers. Currently a metro from Linate is under construction but there is no precise information on when it will be ready. We’ll update here once we know something more.

Malpensa is Milan’s “new” airport which is about a 1-hour drive from Milan. You can either take the train (Malpensa Express) which goes to Cadorna in the center of  Milan, One way tickets are €13 foma both terminal 1 and 2, a return ticket is only €20, if you purchase it online , or you can take the Malpensa Shuttle, which brings you to the central station (Milano Centrale) one way tickets are €10 – return tickets are €16. We recommend that you take the shuttle at the weekend but the train during the week, because you risk getting stuck in traffic jams with the bus.

Orio al Serio is actually closer to Bergamo than Milan and it’ll take you about  50 minutes to get to Milan. There is a shuttle service which goes to Milan’s central station (Milano centrale). Tickets are €5 one way and €9 return. You can also take a the public transport bus (ATB) , which gets you to Bergamo central station in about 10 minutes and here you can get the train to Milan. The trip takes about 40 minutes and one way tickets are between €4-9. Here you must also consider that it’s a better idea to take the train during the week, because of possible traffic jams.

If you want to book train tickets from home you do that here

As in every big city in the world you must keep an eye on backpacks and bags when in the metro, there are many pickpockets that operate there, taking advantage of the fact that it’s crowded. Don’t keep your backpack on your back. Hold it in front of you.

The Central station is another place to be extra vigilant; lots of pickpockets take advantage of visitors’ distraction; one trick, they often use, is to ask if you need help when buying tickets. Refuse politely, but firmly

2015-06-04 16.10.07Get the official app for Milan’s public transport (ATM Milano Official App) – read more about it and find the link to download here.

Taxis with fixed fares
Of course you could also take a taxi.There are fixed fares from the airports:

  • Malpensa: €90
  • Orio al Serio: €130-150
  • Linate: €13-15 (normal city rates)

IMPORTANT: Watch out for illegal taxis – the legal ones are white and have the Comune di Milano coat of arms on their front doors.

If you need to call for a taxi and don’t speak Italian the easiest thing is to use the official app myTaxi.
(Download Android | iPhone)

If you speak Italian the phone number is: 024040

If, for some reason,  you can’t get a taxi or just want a chauffeur in uniform you know is there when you arrive or need to be driven around town you can contact Autonoleggio CAPRIOTTI, mobile number +393482819594 or email address autonoleggio.capriotti@yahoo.it. Transport from the airport is the same rate as the fixed fares above.

MilanoCard
If you’re in Milan for 72 hours or less and want to visit a lot of museums while here it is a good idea to buy the Milan city pass MilanoCard which allows you to use all public transport for free and gives a lot of discounts to museums and restaurants. You must order it online here and then you can pick it up at the airport or central station at the specific MilanoCard points upon your arrival

Milan has 4 metro lines, and a fifth is on the way, plus a lot of buses and trams. Other than the tickets mentioned above you can also buy a 1-day ticket for €4,50 or a 2-day ticket for €8,25.

It’s important to know that although tickets are valid 75 minutes you can only access the metro once with a ticket. If you need to take the metro again you have to buy another ticket..

Metro tickets to the Fiera area cost €2,50 one way and €5,00 return.

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Insider tip no. 4: Open WiFi Milano and public chargers for your smart devices.

Milano_Wifi_Hoejkant Milan’s municipality offers free outdoor WiFi to residents and visitors – It is continuously evolving and the areas that are covered (hotspots) are getting larger and larger.

You get 300mb free outdoor broad band access for  per person per day, if you use up all 300mb. you”ll get a slower connection, but it’s more than enough to check emails, read the news, get some tourist information and upload a couple of photos to Instagram.(And why not tag your photos with our hashtags that you can read about here)

In order to register (if you have a sim card) go to one of the Open WiFi Milano hotspots and fill in your phone number with country code, you get a free sms with your password and you’re good to go.

If you haven’t got a sim card, in order to register you must go to an ATM Point (see the list below). Remember to bring valid picture ID (e.g. passport).

You can read all about the service here, the app GuidaMilano, tracks when you are within range of a WiFi hotspot, but please note that the information on the app about how to register are outdated.

ATM Points (at metro stations) and their opening hours (if you want to avoid the mother of queues, go in the morning, before 11 a.m.):

  • Duomo M1-M3, Monday-Saturday, 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m., Sunday 10.15 a.m. -1.15 p.m. and 2.00 a.m.-5.30  p.m.
  • Centrale M2-M3, Monday-Saturday, 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m., Sunday 10.15 a.m. -1.15 p.m. and 2.00 a.m.-5.30  p.m.
  • Cadorna M1-M2, Monday-Saturday, 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m., Sunday 10.15 a.m. -1.15 p.m. and 2.00 a.m.-5.30  p.m.
  • Garibaldi M2, Monday-Saturday 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m.
  • Loreto M1-M2, Monday-Saturday 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m.
  • Romolo M2, Monday-Saturday 7.45 a.m.-8.00 p.m.

Besdes this network many shops and cafés have their own open WiFi networks you can access.

You can now charge your smartphone completely for free here in Milan at the public isole lillalocations for charging batteries. Some have been set up by A2A (Milan’s power company) and others by the municipality.So far Phase 1 has been completed with 15 purple so-called open living rooms, where Milanese and tourists can sit down, relax and charge their smartphones. Find the nearest points here.

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Insider tip no. 7: New Year’s 2017 in Milan.

Happy 2017 everybody and thanks for an amazing year. We will be back with updates in December 🙂

New Year’s in Milan? There’s something for everyone whether you want to celebrate the night together with the Milanese on one of the squares of the city or go clubbing.

img_7142There-s a huge free New Year’s show in Piazza Duomo (find on map) starting at 8.30 p.m. with Italian sing Annalisa followed by internationally acclaimed Mario Biondi and at midnight there are fireworks  – you may not understand everything being said but the Italian New Year’s atmosphere doesn’t need any translating.

Free concert in Piazza del Cannone between the Sforza Castle and Parco Sempione (find on map) starts at 8.30 p.m., perhaps one of the most beautiful places in the city to celebrate the arrival of the new year. There will be fireworks afterwards.

Piazza della Scala

These 2 squares are within walking distance from each other so if it’s cold  – and it probably will be  – you can circulate between them,

These arrangements end shortly after midnight after we have made a toast for the New Year together. For those who go on into the city the metro runs until 1.30 a.m. but the BikeSharing service runs all night.

 

Of course Milan’s hottest clubs celebrate New Year’s with and without supper. Find the list with the various arrangements here

You can also choose a package with hotel, restaurant and party here.

For ballet lovers there is a special performance of Romeo and Juliet on at 6 p.m. on December 31st at Teatro alla Scala.:Book your tickets here.

For Gospel lovers there is a gospel concert with the Angels of Harlem with supper at legendary Blue Note. Book tickets here you can also skip supper and just come for a glass of champagne and the concert – book here.

New Year’s supper on the Tram ATMosfera at 7 p.m. €70 per person. Book here.

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