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A city that is always on the move, Milan is big, fast-paced and creative. Milan’s love for fashion and soccer is legendary, while its awe-inspiring art and architecture draws tourists from all over the world. Spring months from April – May are a good time to visit the city before the summer crowds roll in. You can also avoid the large crowds in fall, from September – October. However, Milan Fashion Week for women commences in September, so try to book your accommodation in advance to get a choice of rooms at reasonable prices. November – March sees a dip in temperature as well as tourism. The weather is cold and wet, but this is a good time to score attractive deals and bargains on room rates and cheap flights to Milan. The peak tourist season is from June – August. Summers are hot and average temperatures range from 80 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Festivals such as Milan Food Week and Milan Film Festival also take place during this time.
From U.S. cities, you have direct international flights to Milan through Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Emirates, and Alitalia. Other airlines offering flights with 1 or more stops include, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Finnair, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Norwegian, Air France, SAS, Royal Air Maroc, KLM, Korean Air, Ukraine International, jetBlue, Virgin Atlantic, Iberia, TAP Air Portugal, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways, Vueling Airlines, Swissair, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, and many more.
MXP is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Milan city center and offers several options to travel from the airport to various parts of Milan.
The Malpensa Express train operates from both Terminal 1 and 2 of the airport and reaches Milano Centrale station in 50 – 60 minutes. Trains run every 30 minutes and a one-way adult ticket costs €13.00 EUR.
Terravision-operated coaches run between Milan Central station and Terminal 1 and 2 of the airport every 20 – 40 minutes. The journey time is approximately 50 – 60 minutes and one-way adult fare is €8.00 EUR. Coaches run by Autostradale also have similar frequency, journey time and fares. If you choose to travel by the Malpensa Shuttle, a one-way trip costs €10.00 EUR, and the journey time is 45 – 50 minutes.
Several taxi companies operate from MXP and offer rides to Milan city center for a flat rate of €95.00 EUR. Taxis are available from the ground floor exit gate #6 at Terminal 1 and exit gate #4 at Terminal 2.
E-Vai, Milan’s eco-friendly car sharing program offers a pool of over 100 vehicles. The tariff is €5.00 EUR with no additional mileage costs for electrical vehicles and €2.40 per hour plus €0.48 per kilometer for low impact endothermic vehicles. At MXP Terminal 1, there are 4 vehicle spots and 2 columns with 4 top-up payment stations.
Several car rental companies are present in the arrivals hall at Terminal 1 of the airport. At Terminal 2, all car rentals are located at the railway station, adjacent to the airport. You can also look for attractive deals on car rentals with momondo.
Milan is a large city with an efficient and inexpensive public transportation system operated by ATM. This includes subways, buses and trams that connect all of Milan and its surroundings. A single ticket costs €1.50 EUR and is valid for 90 minutes for a single journey on any of the ATM run transport systems. A 1-day ticket costs €4.50 EUR and allows unlimited use on all ATM transport for the day. Taxis are easily available at taxi ranks throughout the city as well as outside major attractions and central hotels. You cannot hail a taxi directly in the streets in Milan. If you are planning to explore the outskirts of the city or neighboring town, driving is a convenient option. However, try to avoid driving within the city, since parking is scarce and expensive, and large parts of the city are closed off to motor vehicles.
Milan is a gorgeous city with many hidden treasures. It’s chic neighborhoods offer kitschy vintage shops, creative street art, and some of the finest culinary creations in the world. Here are a few suggestions on what to see and do when you travel to Milan.
Indulge in Milan’s culinary offerings
Sample hearty meats and flavorful cheeses at the Eataly Milano Smeraldo. Enjoy a traditional Italian dining experience at Da Rita e Antonio. Checkout some creative pizzas at Dry Milano. Taste delicious seafood at the charming old-world trattoria, Da Giacomo. Head to Carlo e Camilla in Segheria, for a stylish ambience and seasonal tasting menus.
Bike around the city
Biking is a fun and unique way of exploring Milan and bike culture is also a growing trend amongst locals. Milan’s official bike share program, BikeMi offers access to over 3,650 traditional bikes and over 1,000 e-bikes, 365 days a year, from 7.00 a.m. – 1.00 a.m. at approximately 300 bike stations in the city. For traditional bikes, maximum consecutive free use is 30 minutes at a time, followed by a charge of €0.50 EUR for every additional half hour. E-Bikes can be picked up at €0.25 EUR for the first 30 minutes, followed by €0.50 EUR for the next 30 minutes, and a differential pricing for every half hour thereafter.