Riding the bus in Milan isn’t a challenge if you’ve ever ridden a bus in another city. The thing that sometimes makes the bus less appealing to tourists is that if you’re not familiar with a city you may not know when to get off the bus you’re on.
The Metro stops at every station – buses don’t pull over at every stop on their route.
There are 79 bus lines in Milan, so if your hotel or the attraction you want to see isn’t near a Metro station or a tram stop then it’s likely there’s a bus stop nearby. Like the trams in Milan, bus lines have numbers and names, and the names correspond to the two stations at either end of that line. After you determine the bus line you need, you’ll need to trace the route to the end of the line to see what the direction you need is called.
Bus stops in Milan aren’t always easy to spot, because they don’t tend to be shelters the same way that many tram stops are sheltered. Keep an eye out and you’ll start to notice poles with signs that have bus numbers and stops listed for each line that stops there. The name of the stop you’re standing in front of will typically be highlighted or outlined on the list of stops.
Buses only stop if there’s someone waiting to board that bus, or someone on the bus who needs to get off. If you’re at a stop that’s served by multiple bus lines, look for the number of the line you want at the top of the bus. When you see your line, step toward the curb to indicate to the driver that you’re waiting for that bus. If you’re on the bus, press one of the buttons on board to request that the bus stop at the next point on the route.