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Hop on Hop off Bus Tours in Milan

Touring Milan by tourist bus can be a great option: whether you have little time in the city or what you are looking for is to take a pleasant walk through its streets while you rest and continue enjoying the views, don't rule it out!

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

4 min read

Hop on Hop off Bus Tours in Milan

Detail of the decoration of the Duomo of Milan | ©Gary Campbell-Hall

Milan is the second-largest city in Italy, after Rome, although its urban core and where its main places of interest are located do not exceed 1.3 million inhabitants. Its tourist bus is an ideal means of transport to move around all its monuments, museums and most important sites comfortably.

1. Sightseeing bus with free stops to discover Milan

Travelers on top of a tourist bus in Milan | ©David Davies
Travelers on top of a tourist bus in Milan | ©David Davies

The most practical way to visit Milan, especially if you have little time or it is your first trip to this industrial city, is with this Milan sightseeing bus From $ 26.

Thanks to it, you will be able to see the elegant Milan comfortably seated and from the heights of a double-decker bus with an open roof. You can take its complete tour or use the tourist bus as means of transport that, through 3 different routes and more than 30 stops, will take you in the fastest and easiest way to all the tourist sites of the city.

What's included in your ticket

  • 3 differentiated but connected bus routes with more than 30 combined stops
  • Unlimited boarding and alighting
  • 24 or 48-hour ticket option
  • Discounts at some restaurants and attractions in Milan.
  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus
  • Free mobile application "Sightseeing Experience"
  • Adapted for wheelchair users
  • Accessible for baby strollers
  • Payment flexibility and free cancellation if made at least 24 hours before the bus booking date

Vicky's Top Traveller's Tip

Pick up the 24-hour sightseeing bus ticket and do one of their full non-stop routes.

2. Line A (red) of the Milan tourist bus

Castello Sforzesco | ©Daniel
Castello Sforzesco | ©Daniel

The duration of the full circuit is 90 minutes from Monday to Thursday and 35 minutes from Friday to Sunday. Some of its main points of interest are:

Duomo of Milan (the Cathedral)

The main point of interest of the city of Milan is this imposing Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of the city and which is one of the largest Catholic temples in the world.

Castello Sforzesco

This castle-fortress of the 14th century is one of the most emblematic buildings in Milan and houses a large number of museums, including some of the best in the city, such as its art gallery with over 1,500 works, its Egyptian gallery, or the gallery of ancient art and prehistory.

Teatro alla Scala

Scala is one of the most famous theaters in the world for having served as a stage for the premiere of some of the most famous operas in history, such as Otello and Nabucco by Verdi and Madame Butterfly by Puccini. Its sober facade hides a theater of great beauty, with a museum inside that can be visited.

3. Milan tourist bus line B (blue)

Fresco of
Fresco of "The Last Supper" by Leonardo Da Vinci, convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie | ©Dimitris Kamaras

The duration of the complete circuit is 90 minutes from Monday to Friday and 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. Some of its main points of interest are:

Palazzo Lombardia skyscraper

This is the most important viewpoint of Milan, located in the 161.3-meter high skyscraper that is part of this complex of public buildings that serves as the headquarters of the Regional Government of Lombardy.

Porta Venezia

It is one of the historic gates of the city that gives entrance to this district of Milan where the Museo Civico of Natural History of Milan and its collection of fossils and minerals and the Galleria d'Arte Moderna, an eighteenth-century palace that exhibits European art are located.

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

One of the must-see places on a trip to Milan is the Dominican convent where you can see the famous fresco of 'The Last Supper' by the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci. If you want to dedicate more time to this visit (in my opinion, you should), I recommend you check out my article on Da Vinci’s The Last Supper Tickets and Tours with everything you need to know to organize it.

4. Milan tourist bus line C (green)

San Siro soccer stadium | ©Daniel
San Siro soccer stadium | ©Daniel

Some of its main points of interest are:

San Siro soccer stadium

A must-see for football lovers, this stadium inaugurated in 1926 with capacity for 80,018 spectators is the largest in all of Italy and is classified as an "elite stadium" by UEFA, which allows it to host European finals.

Monumental Cemetery

This is one of the most surprising places in Milan and a highly recommended visit. An authentic open-air museum of more than 250,000 square meters where the remains of illustrious historical figures rest among Italian sculptures, obelisks, Greek temples, and even a small-scale replica of Trajan's Column.

5. Other places of interest that the Milan sightseeing bus travels through

Porta Venezia | ©Bernt Rostad
Porta Venezia | ©Bernt Rostad

What you've seen above is not all. If you open your eyes wide, you can see almost all of Milan from the bus, including points of interest such as:

  • Duomo di Milano
  • Teatro Alla Scala
  • Porta Venezia
  • Brera District
  • Monumental Cemetery
  • Castello Sforzesco
  • Porta Ticinese
  • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)
  • The Cenacolo
  • La Triennale di Milano
  • Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio
  • Piazza San Babila Fountain
  • Parco Papa Giovanni Paolo II (Park of the Basilicas)
  • Sempione Park
  • Milano Centrale
  • MiCo Milano Congressi
  • Civic Aquarium
  • Corso Buenos Aires
  • Corso Como

6. Other activities of interest

Facade of Milan's Duomo at sunset | ©Marco Nürnberger
Facade of Milan's Duomo at sunset | ©Marco Nürnberger

If you are organizing your trip to Milan, one of the main recommendations I can give you is to book in advance the tickets to visit the Duomo. Being one of the most emblematic places in the city, there are usually very long queues at the entrance, which will make you desperate and you will arrive already tired to the climb to the roof. I leave here an article about Milan Duomo Tickets and Tours so you can organize your visit in time.