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Visa and documents

Incoming EU, EEA and CH citizens are required to produce an identity card valid for expatriation or a passport. Based on their nationality, country of residence, travel reasons and length of stay, citizens from countries outside the EU, EEA and CH must apply for an entry visa for Italy. Submitting the necessary documentation is no guarantee of being issued a visa. To check whether a foreign citizen needs a visa to enter Italy, please visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The Euro is the sole currency of Italy. For daily exchange rates, please visit the website of the Bank of Italy. You can exchange currency in banks, exchange offices, airports, and some hotels.

There are three airports in the city: Malpensa (MXP), Linate (LIN), and Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY). Domestic and international connections are also available from main train stations, like Milan’s Central Station (Milano Centrale). Learn how to reach the city here:

By Plane

Milan’s three airports ensure frequent domestic and international connections.

Milano Malpensa airport, has two terminals and is well connected to the city. To move from the airport to Milan you can take the Malpensa Express train (the fastest way)several buses, or drive (around one hour along the A8 motorway (Milano-Laghi, Varese direction, Busto Arsizio-Malpensa junction).
Click here for information about car rentals in Malpensa.
Click here for information about taxi cabs from Malpensa to Milan. Please be aware that for cabs there is a fixed fare (Malpensa Airport – Milan or viceversa) of 104,00 €

The Milano Linate airport is closer to the city and is connected by the new Metro line (underground line M5) and by the public bus no. 73 (Via Gonzaga/Duomo). Moreover, private shuttle buses connect the airport to the city’s Central Railway Station (Stazione Centrale) and Malpensa.
Taxi cabs are also available at the Arrivals (please, take the official taxis that are located outside the Arrivals).

Orio al Serio, near the city of Bergamo, is around an hour away from Milan and also well connected to the city center by buses.

All airports have tourist information offices, car rental services, shops, and restaurants.

By Train

Trenord manages the suburban and regional train service, the Malpensa Express airport connection service, and the cross-border Lombardy-Canton Ticino service through the Swiss company TILO.

The company offers several regional and national routes, as well as high-speed international routes (France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria).

The company offers several national high-speed routes.

Learn more about getting around the city here:

Public transport

Milan has 5 metro (underground) lines: M1 Rossa (Red), M2 Verde (Green), M3 Gialla (Yellow), M5 Lilla (Purple), and M4 Blu (Blue – which is still partially under construction). Besides the metro, you can take the Passante Ferroviario (suburban train) to move around Milan.

The trains as well as all trams and buses in the city are managed by ATM.

You can download a map of Milan’s underground map here.

You can download a map of Milan’s suburban train map here.

Main public transport stops near the Design Campus

If you arrive by metro, you will have to take the yellow line (M3 – Gialla), get down on the Dergano stop, and then walk around 10 minutes to arrive to the campus.

If you arrive by suburban train, you can take the S1, S2, S3, S4, S12, and S13 trains, get down on the Bovisa stop, and walk around 5 minutes to arrive to the campus.

Buses 90 and 92, and Tram 2 stop near Piazzale Bausan, which is a 5 minute walk away from the campus.

Operating hours

The service on underground lines M1, M2 and M3 starts around 05.30 a.m. and ends around 12.30 a.m.; the M5 starts at 05.40 a.m. and stops at midnight.

Ticket costs

There are several types of tickets available:
– Single ticket, valid for 90 minutes € 2,20
– 24-hour pass € 7,60
– Pass for 3 consecutive days € 13,00
– 10-ticket pass € 19,50

Please note that tickets cannot be used by more than one person at a time. All tickets can be used on buses, trams, underground lines, and on the city tracks of the suburban trains.

Where to buy your tickets

  1. In the bars, newspaper stands, and tobacco shops that are located inside the underground stations.
  2. In the automatic ticketing machines located in all underground stations.
  3. Through the ATM Mobile App.
  4. Via SMS (only available for mobile phones with an Italian sim card).
  5. Paying contactless with your credit card. You can find info here.

Special tickets

If you plan to also enjoy tourism around Milan, you can consider purchasing the Io Viaggio Ovunque in Lombardia travel card. The card serves as an integrated ticket for 1, 2, 3 or 7 days to travel at affordable costs on all public transport in Milan plus all over Lombardy, including ferries serving the lakes.

Bike sharing

Milan is a completely flat city that offers around 144 kilometers of cycling routes and lanes. Adults do not need to wear a helmet when biking.


The BikeMi service by ATM and the Milan Municipality allows bike rental via App and Online. Please note that payment is not possible with pre-paid cards.

The service offers traditional bikes, pedal-assistance bikes, and child-seat bikes. Bike rental is allowed from 16 y/os onwards and operates every day of the year from 06.00 a.m. to midnight.

Car sharing

Several companies offer car sharing services (electric and petrol) for the city. Depending on the company, you can access services with fixed pick-up and drop-off stations or free-floating parking mode. When using these services, parking on blue and yellow stripes and access to the city’s Area C are free.

Please go here to learn more about Car Sharing options in the city.

Below you can find a list of available accommodations for your Milan stay. To be walking distance to the main congress venue (building B2 of Politecnico’s Design Campus in the Bovisa neighborhood), you should stay in the Bovisa neighborhood.

Other city areas that are closer to the city center and well connected by train and metro to the main congress venue are Garibaldi, Cadorna, Corso Sempione, Centro, and Cenisio.

Below, you will find a range of establishments we recommend for your stay in these different city areas, a large part, offering discounted fees for IASDR 2023 participants. Please note we are currently working to obtain special prices in other selected hotels – and will keep you posted on news!


Bovisa Area

Acca Palace
A 15-minute walk from the congress venue. The hotel offers individual and double rooms with and without breakfast included.
5% discount by using the code POLIMI2023IASDR when booking on their website.

Hotel Blaise & Francis
16 minutes away from the congress venue by taking the Tram 2. For stays from Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th (checkout on Saturday morning), the hotel offers a discounted price of €120 per night on their single rooms and €140 per night on their twin rooms (breakfast included for both) for IASDR Congress participants.
To book, please write to with the email subject: 2023 IASDR Congress.

Sunflower Hotel
An 11-minute walk from the congress venue. The hotel offers double single rooms with breakfast included.


Centro Area

Ostello Bello

Nominated the Best Hostel in Italy by Hostelworld, it is also a watering hole for the Milanese. A few blocks away from the Duomo, this hostel offers single beds in 8 and 6 person dorms, as well as private double rooms.
10% discount by using the code when booking on their website.
If you are staying more than 6 nights, you can get a 25% discount on your stay by first writing to with the email subject: 2023 IASDR Congress – convention.

To arrive to the main congress venue, you can take the Tram 2 or the yellow underground (M3 – Gialla).

Ostello Bello Grande

Just 100 meters away from Milan Central Train Station (Milano Centrale), this hostel offers single, double, and triple rooms, and well as single beds in 8 and 6 person dorms, and family rooms.
10% discount by using the code when booking on their website.
If you are staying more than 6 nights, you can get a 25% discount on your stay by first writing to with the email subject: 2023 IASDR Congress – convention.

To arrive to the main congress venue, you can take the 92 bus or the yellow underground (M3 – Gialla).

Corvetto Area

Madama Hotel & Bistrot

Madama Hostel is 5 minutes walk from the Lodi underground station (M3 – Gialla). Piazza Duomo, is only 4 metro stops away, and the congress venue is on the same underground line (38 minutes away).
10% discount by writing the code POLI22MADA in the NOTES when making the reservation on their website.