Insider tip no. 9: Milan bike tour rentals and bike sharing.

See Milan from a different perspective with bike tour rentals. You can also rent a bike for the entire time you spend here.

IMG_8199We have already spoken of the city’s Bike sharing system BikeMI elsewhere but if you’d like to have your “own” bike during your stay you can rent it at the historical bike shop Rossignoli which you find here:

71, Corso Garibaldi.(find on map)
open Monday 2.30-7 pm
Tuesday-Saurday 9 am.-12.30 pm/2.30 -7 pm

40, Via Solari (find on map)
open Monday 3.-7.30 pm
Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-12.30 p.m./3-7.30 pm
Saturday 9-12.30 p.m.

Cost
1 day €12
2 days €24
3 days €34
4 days €43
5 days €52
6 days €59

1 week €65
Deposit €100,00

Rossignoli also organize tours of the city on bicycle in Italian and English and to book and get information call +3902804960 some days in advance.

Mobike (on the left in the photo) and OFO.

2 operators in the dockless or free flow bike sharing service, also called Uber for bicycles, have arrived in Milan, you need to download the apps for the services in order to begin to use it. Find the links for the app download here.

The first one is Mobike, the orange and black bicycles you have probably seen around the city,  The price is €0.30 for every half hour.

The second is OFO with the characteristic yellow bicycles that technically are of a slightly better quality and at the moment they are free of charge probably until the beginning of October where the price will be revealed.

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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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Insider tip no. 10: outlets near Milan.

If you’re into incredible bargains in clothes, shoes, bags and accessories it is actually worth your while to visit one of the many fashion outlets near Milan. Be prepared to spend a full day on it but most of the places are little villages with restaurants and cafés so you can get a fun day out of it. Fares are around €10,00 roundtrip and most of the companies give you vouchers to either the restaurants or some of the shops on top. 

Scalo Milano
Visit this newly opened shopping center in Locate di Triulzi (find on map) just 30 minutes from Piazza Reppubblica in the city center by the railroad link S13 (passante) and a 2/minute walk from the station. There are great brands like Karl Lagerfeld G-Star Raw, Twinset, Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Kartell, Alessi and many others at outlet prices. You can also get there by shuttle service from Largo Ciroli three times a day. The center is open Mondays-Wednesdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Thursday-Sundays 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Vicolungo
Shopping tour from Piazza CairoliIMG_8249

Foxtown
Shuttle
from Foro Buonaparte

Franciacorta Outlet Village
Shuttle from Largo Cairoli

Fidenza Village
Shuttle from Largo Cairoli

Serravalle
Shuttle
from Foro Buonaparte

Mantova Outlet Village
Go by train and then bus from Mantova Station

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