Your Personal Guide to Milan's green M2 Metro Line:
|Nice image of the Navigli Grande canal going by Porta Genova Station on Bing Maps (with the accompanying M2 Metro station underground). The green M2 is the only Metro line that serves the popular entertainment district of Navigli with its Metro station under the Porta Genova railway station. You can also go to the original interactive map on Bing Maps.|
The M2 Metro line (green) is Milan's longest metro line by a large margin: leading far to the south of Milan, and even further to the northeast of Milan.
It was the second metro line to be built in Milan, first opened in 1969, about five years after the opening of the red M1 line.
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Cadorna, Garibaldi, Centrale, Loreto
The M2 heads into the built-up area of Milan from the south, but by the time it leaves for the further and sparser suburbs, it is already taking a changed northeasterly course. Its bent path through the centre of Milan crosses the red M1 line twice.
The first interchange with the M1 Line is at Cadorna (an important terminal station for regional and suburban S1 & S4 services to the north, including being one terminus for the direct airport Malpensa Express service) - which is not far to the northwest of Duomo.
As it continues heading towards the northern edge of Milan's built-up area, it begins to turn east and does the very important job of making connections with the important railway stations of Porta Garibaldi (now also an interchange with the M5 Metro Line) and then Milano Centrale (now also an interchange with M3 Metro Line), ranking second and first in importance for Milan. Porta Garibaldi railway station is the central heart of Milan's suburban train "S" network, as well as hosting a number of national and international services, and has Milan's famous leisure and entertainment street, the Corso Como, at its doorstep; while Milano Centrale railway station is Milan's largest and most important gateway (regardless of mode of transport) for national and international visitors.
After leaving the Centrale Metro Station and passing through the intermediate station of Caiazzo, the M2 line intersects once again with the red M1 line at Loreto under the extremely busy Piazzale Loreto (one of the busiest traffic circles in Milan) which is at the northern end of the very long and famous shopping strip of Corso Buenos Aires.
Cadorna and Loreto were the first Metro stations to have interchanges (Duomo, despite being the heart of the city, had no interchange until the yellow M3 came down from Centrale in 1990, 12 years after the last Cadorna M1-M2 interchange was opened), which goes to show how busy and important the Cadorna and Loreto Metro stations are; and also how important the stations of Milano Centrale and Porta Garibaldi have been.
South to the Navigli area near Porta Genova, then far south
South of Cadorna Station, the M2 metro stations are the historical Sant'Ambrogio, and then Sant'Agostino in the southwest of the inner ring road. Next is an important station for access to the Navigli leisure and entertainment area: Porta Genova Station.
After this, the M2 line continues southwards to its furthest extent being Assago Milanofiori Forum, which gets its name from the place Assago Milanofiori, and the indoor stadium nearby, Mediolanum Forum, which holds important games for basketball, music & entertainment events etc.
First west to Citta Studi at Piola Station, then Lambrate FS, then all the way far northeast to Cologno Monzese and Gessate
Proceeding from Loreto Metro Station, the green M2 Metro Line reaches Piola Station at the Piazzale Piola, the one and only Metro stop that serves the important Citta Studi quarter, so named because of the presence of the Politecnico di Milano and many of the newer branches of the University of Milan.
After Piola Metro Station, line M2 crosses the thick knotted cord of railway tracks embracing the entire eastern side of Milan city - which come from the direction of Genoa, Bologna and Venice - at the M2 Lambrate FS Station. This Metro station is under the Milano Lambrate railway station (which also serves as a station for the S9 suburban commuter line), and Lambrate Station is also the focus for other transport lines, such as Tram 23 and Tram 33.
After the Lambrate FS Metro Station, line M2 then continues on its long journey to the northeastern suburbs: Cologno Monzese, and its furthest northeastern point, Gessate.
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For further information, click to SEE the detailed articles:
- Milan's public transport system - Tickets; what to buy, how to buy, how to use on ATM's network of Metro trains, trams and buses
- Red M1 Metro Line - Milan's "Shopping Line"
- Green M2 Metro Line - the only Metro line for the Navigli area at Porta Genova (this page)
- Yellow M3 Metro Line - the only Metro line to Porta Romana
- Lilac M5 Metro Line - the newest and most convenient way to get to the San Siro Stadium
- Tram routes through central downtown - there are circular routes too
- Tram 16, the traditional way to reach San Siro Stadium
- Milano Centrale Station & transport connections
- Best restaurants to try and the worst to avoid, inside Milano Centrale
- Porta Garibaldi Station with famous Corso Como - transport connections to Milan's second most important train station and the most important one for suburban commuter traffic
- Milan's Outer West and the San Siro Stadium - Metro, trams and the four bus routes that connect to San Siro Stadium