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Area around main train station

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Area around main train station

Is the area around the Main Train Station a decent area to stay for a few days? Any pubs and restaurants etc.

We just don't want to end up in a dodgy area.

Any info would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Area around main train station

If you mean stazione Centrale, then i would say that it would be fine for one night if you want / need to be near the station to catch a train the next day.

However, while i wouldn’t go so far as to say its dangerous, it does have the typical problems of a big station in a big city. Also, the area is not particularly interesting and, despite its name, it’s not actually ‘central’, you would need to get the metro into the Duomo which is the true city centre.

Would look to stay in the Piazza Duomo area to be close to the sights and have a better choice of bars and restaurants.

Other areas to consider would be the Brera, Navigli or Cosro Como / Porta Nuova (his is actually near the Garibladi station, but though not far away, is a very different area to Centrale)

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2. Re: Area around main train station

I stayed near the Centrale station for a few nights. The train station area is a bit dicey with vagrants but there are police/army patrols at the train station. We had to walk to the train station at about 4:00 am to catch the airport bus.

The area around the hotel which was about 10 minutes walk away was ok, it was the main road that led to the Corso Buenos Aires, one of the main shopping streets in Milan.

There are bars and restaurants around the area.

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3. Re: Area around main train station

You may or may not be reassured to hear that there is no other area in Milan than around Stazione Centrale with a greater density of hotels - so, for thousands of people every week, it is a decent area to stay. Having said that... of all the many popular hotel areas of Milan, if any is to receive the title of "dodgy", then it would be none other than just this one district, the area around Milano Centrale Station. This is often the case with areas around the main city railway station of many large cities around the world which are set a little apart from the heart of city activities.

"Any pubs and restaurants" - There are good collections of restaurants and bars in certain corners and along certain streets. For example, there is a collection of fairly good restaurants, roughly southwest of the station, along Via Fara, and the parallel streets of Via Cornalia and Via Filzi. You can check out these highlighted select restaurants, plus info on some local amenities around there, on an interactive map with provided link on this page I have about the Milano Centrale neighborhood [ tinyurl.com/milano-centrale-around-station ].

If you are going to stay for "a few days" (rather than needing a quick getaway the next morning, or having day trips one after the other by train), there is no need to stay around Milan Central Station - in fact, to improve your Milan experience, it would be best to stay in one of a number of other convenient accommodation districts (with much more by way of restaurants, cafes etc.) depending on your interests and what you can find available for your dates and within your budget. It is possible to be within 15 minutes (by public transport) of the center of Milan/Duomo and be in a nice lively neighborhood with many amenities. As an example of the many forum threads on this topic, you could read, out of the many hundreds of similar threads, the following forum thread from just last year, entitled "Good clean central location hotel" [ https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18784… ], and follow all the links provided there. Or here is one from earlier just this year where someone simply asked "where is the best place to stay" [ https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18784… ]. To help you out while you are reading about Milan hotel districts, here is a Google Map with all the colored Metro lines marked [ https://goo.gl/maps/1qywFTVQ3eL2 ].

Many answers to common Milan travel questions can be found by using the search box on the forum page.

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