You can purchase the transport tickets in the various metro stations, in the off-licenses and in any of Milan’s parking meters. From 2020 you'll have to load tickets onto an electronic card, RicaricaMi, of personal use.
Most useful tickets for tourists
A single ticket covers areas Mi1, Mi2 and Mi3 and is valid for 90 minutes since it is first punched into the validating machine. You can change metro lines during this time, but you cannot leave the metro station and then come back and use the same ticket. The price of a single urban ticket costs € 2 (US$ 2.10).
24-hour travel card
The one-day travel card is valid for 24 hours since it is first punched into a validating machine. This means that if you validate your travel pass at 1:30 pm you can use the transport until 1:30 pm the next day. It covers areas Mi1, Mi2 and Mi3 and costs € 4.50 (US$ 4.70).
48-hour travel card
The two-day travel card permits unlimited travel and is valid for 48-hours since it is first validated, costing € 8.25 (US$ 8.60).
Ticket for your luggage
You will sometimes have to buy a separate ticket for your luggage, depending on its size and note that if you have more than one suitcase, you might not be allowed to get on the metro, tram or bus. A ticket for your luggage costs €1.50, and within the Milan city network a standard Milan ticket can be used in place of a specific luggage ticket.
The suitcases which can be carried onboard are very similar to the dimensions of the ones allowed on an aeroplane. The small ones (50 centimetres) are allowed on for free and the larger ones (50 x 90 centimetres) must have their own Luggage ticket. Suitcases over 90 cm are not allowed on Milan’s public transport, so you might want to think about taking another means of transport because you could be fined if your luggage is large.
Other tickets and travel cards
10 standard tickets
The price of 10 standard tickets is € 13.80 (US$ 14.50), which saves you a little money compared to if you were to purchase 10 separate single tickets. This ticket can only be used by one person.
BI4 – 4-ride ticket
The BI4 ticket costs € 6 (US$ 6.30) and includes 4 journeys of 90 minutes each. The advantage of this ticket is that if you validate it after 8 pm, you can use it as many times as you want to until the end of the service on the same day. On Sundays and bank holidays, the same applies, but only if you validate it before 1 pm and only until 1 pm on the same day.
Weekly 2x6 ticket
This travel card is not very useful for visitors. It allows you to travel twice a day for 6 days during the same week for € 8.40 (US$ 8.80).
This ticket gives you unlimited access from 8 pm until the end of the service. The price of the ticket costs € 3 (US$ 3.10).
Special tickets for the Fiera Milano (Rho Fiera)
A ticket to the Fiera Milano on Milan Metro’s line 1 costs € 2.55 (US$ 2.70) per journey. This ticket will allow you to change lines and take other means of transport for 105 minutes after first validating it.
As well as the already mentioned tickets, Milan’s public transport system also has weekly, monthly and annual travel cards. These cards are not so useful for tourists unless you are planning on staying in Milan for over a week, as the card itself costs € 10 (US$ 10.50).
For more detailed information on the prices and types of ticket available on the Milan public transport network click here.