Milan is elegant, embellished and spans across an impressive 181km. Day dream through the windows of high street fashion labels like Chanel and Gucci, see Leonardo da Vinci’s mural of The Last Supper, or even get out of the city and day trip to one of the many beautiful nearby towns on Milan’s doorstep.
How to get there
Milan is one of the most connected cities in wider Europe. High-speed trains pass through Milan regularly, and most rail and bus services offer direct routes from almost all neighbouring countries. See Go Euro for scheduling information and to help determine whether train or bus is a better option for you. Milan’s also has 3 airports, which offer some of the best routes around Europe for the cheapest prices. See Google Flights for scheduling information.
Milan Linate is the closest airport to the city centre and services short-haul destinations. You can take bus X73 and 73 straight to Linate, just with a normal €1.50 ticket.
Milan Malpensa is Milan’s largest airport, servicing long-haul flights and low cost airlines including It has two terminals; Terminal 2 is Easyjet and Wizzair, Terminal 1 is for everything else. Buses run 24 hours a day from the right hand-side of Centrale station – there are two companies offering the same price (€10 one way, €16 return). Trains travel to Terminal 1 from Centrale, take 45 and cost €10).
Milan Bergamo technically isn’t even in Milan – 50km east to be specific. However many low-cost airlines connect here for cheaper than the central airports. Buses to Bergamo run 24 hours and cost €5 one-way, €8 return, departing from the right-hand side of Centrale station.
How to get around
Milan has an excellent metro service, connecting all corners of the city, the train stations, bus station and airport. Tickets cost €1.50 for unlimited journeys within 90 minutes, or €4.50 for 24hr. As always, walking is also the best mode of transport to see the city, but due to Milan’s sheer size, you will need to utilize the metro during your stay. Trams and buses also run in the outer neighbourhoods, schedules can be found on Google Maps.
Where to eat
Keep your eyes peeled for food stalls over the city selling fresh authentic tapas-style bites, from bruschetta to aranchini balls.
Stare through the window at the endless chocolate fountain, then cave in and grab something decadent at this indulgent dessert shop.
Sushi, Chinese & Indian…?
Some of the best international cuisines I’ve ever had were in Milan. After all, it is a capital city of one of Europe’s most prominent countries and attracts an array of cultures! Keep an eye out for all-you-can-eat Sushi restaurants who run great deals for lunch and dinner (as low as €8!)
Where to stay
Hostels are aplenty in Milan, however expect to pay around €35+ during the busier periods. If you are watching your budget, stay in a hostel such as Koala Hostel which is a little further out of the city but still well-connected via the Metro.
Alternatively, AirBnBs are abundant through the city and often a cheaper option than hostels! Monica’s perfect studio apartment is stocked full with all the necessities and located a short metro trip from the city centre.
Example budget for one day in Milan
€53 per day
– Hostel: €30 per night
– Free hostel breakfast
– Bruchetta from Street Vendor: €5
– Chocolate treat from Cioccolatitaliani: €5
– Meal at Chinese Restaurant: €13
How long to spend in Milan
As one of the most famous cities of Europe, Milan can sometimes fall into the same category as Rome, Madrid, Paris or Athens: expensive, busy and overpopulated with tourists.
Two full days of sightseeing will be enough here, but add on a couple extra if you plan to do day trips to neighbouring towns.
What to see and do
Milan’s Duomo is undoubtedly the most impressive structure in Milan. This behemoth cathedral boasts 35 spires and 3400 statues, and stands proud overlooking Piazza del Duomo. Admission is only €3 or €9 to access the roof (via stairs) however it is swarmed daily by tourists with lines wrapping around the building and into the piazza, so make sure you head here early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Mall
Stroll through Italy’s oldest active shopping mall, housed in a glass-covered 19th century arcade, and you’ll find luxury clothing brands and upscale dining. Window shopping at its finest!
Day Trips to Neighbouring Towns
Some of Italy’s most beautiful sights lay just a few hours away from this major city, and are easily accessed by train. Towns such as Lake Como, Bolonga and even over the boarder to Lugano which displays a colourful blend of Swiss and Italian culture, and is as picturesque as you can imagine. Pack yourself a lunch and get to the station as early as possible to make the most of the day.