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Metro

There are 3 lines: red, green and yellow. The price of one ticket is 1€ but if you buy a book of 10 you will pay 8€. You will get 5 tickets, each is usable on both side (shown by numbers 1 or 2). You buy them in newsagents, stations and you can buy weekly and monthly tickets.

Metro/Train: http://www.trenitalia.com/
Metro/Train: http://www.ferrovienord.it/

Train

Tickets can be purchased in train stations or in travel agencies. For Eurocity, Intercity, Eurostar Italia trains, where you must book your seat, you will have to pay an additional amount. Anyway, it's always better to book a seat, especially on Friday.

Specific reduce rate are applicable for groups, elderly people (>60), young (<26), families, etc. You can get information by calling 147-888088. After checking, the ticket must be used within 6 hours.

"Treno+auto" service is available in main stations.

Taxis

City taxis are equipped with officially sealed meters. The initial charge is 2.5€. and surcharges apply for extra luggage. These are clearly posted in the cab.

Coach

You can find international coach travels at:
Eurolines Via Lucca Beltrami

Airports

You've got 2 airports:

- Malpensa (mainly Alitalia). You can go there by train using the Malpensa Express from the station Cadorna. It cost 12.39 € for a return ticket or 6.71€ for a single ticket and it take 40 min.

- Linate (charters, Go, Easyjet…). It's closer to Milan and you can go there by cab (15€) or by bus from the city centre.

National services are managed by Alitalia and other associated companies. You can book tickets with travel agencies and Alitalia booking departments. Alicard is the Alitalia's card that gives personal advantages to frequent travellers. Specific rates are offered for elderly people, groups and families and during weekends. For more information you can call 800-050350.

Alitalia head quarter is in Rome, viale Alessandro Marchetti 111, tel.0665621; to book national flies, call 147-865641; for international flies, 147-865642.

Cars

Italy has an excellent network of roads and highways that is one of the most extensive in Europe, comprising nearly 4000mi/6400km of express highways or "autostrade" ("autostrada" is the singular form) and 180,000mi/288,000km of secondary roads.

These toll roads are supported by an excellent network of secondary roads, classified into different categories of national highways ("strade statali"), provincial roads ("strade provinciali") and municipal roads ("strade communali").Toll cards can be purchased at banks or at Automoblie Club d'Italia (ACI) offices.

To rent a car, you must be 21 years old and have held your license for 1 year. Seatbelts are mandatory and children under 12 must wear an age-appropriate restraint. The blood-alcohol limit for driving is .08.

Speed limits in Italy are as follows: City 50km/h (30mph), National Roads 110km/h(66mph) and 90 km/h on Secondary Roads (called: Strada Provinciale "SP"), Highways (Autostrade) 130km/h (81mph). Traffic travels on the right and the center lane of a three lane road is for passing. If you are stopped for a traffic violation, police are empowered to collect fines on the spot!

Insurance
Insurance or Green Car (at least third party liability insurance) is compulsory in Italy.Car insurance policies are issued for one year and you will have to give a notice to cancel a policy. There is a "bonus-malus" rating index (similar to a no-claims bonus) based on the driving record of the insured motorist. The ratings are from one to eighteen, with a one-rated driver paying 50% of a normal premium, a thirteen-rated driver paying 100% and an eighteen-rated driver paying 200%.

Emergency breakdown services
They are run by ACI (Automobile Club d'Italia). The service phone number 116 operates 24 hours a day throughout the road network. On the motorway breakdown services can be called through the yellow emergency posts located approximately every 2 km. Information about breakdown services is provided by the 18 ACI representatives at the frontier posts for entry to Italy. News about motorway traffic conditions: (055) 2697. ACI also provides motorists technical assistance with a Centro Assistenza Telefonica (CAT; Phone Service Center 06 4477); this center has a multilingual staff that can answer in English.

Web sites
Automoble Club D'Italia (ACI:http://www.aci.it)
Official website of people travelling in Italy, it gives information and services in Italian. ACI is very similar to American Automobile Club or Automobile Association in the UK.

City Map: http://www.multimap.com/
Road Map: http://www.viamichelin.com/

Update 11/08/2005





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 Comments

 explorer848

30/09/2009

If you planning to drive arround?
If you are planning to drive around you can take milan car hire here.
http://www.decodecarhire.co.uk/car-hire/italy/milan.html

 Guardian Angel

12/11/2006

Low Cost train service in Italy
Hi everybody,

are you planning to come to Italy and thinking about taking a train?
There are low-cost train services with Eurostar in Italy (between Rome and Milan and also between Rome and Bari): fares from 9 € one way.
If you're interested you can have more information (in italian language only) on: www.trenok.com (it's Trenitalia's official low cost website).
Have a nice day!

Tiziana

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