There are several schemes in Milan:
- the Milan - AR, an access regulation
- and the Milan province, the Low Emission Zones of the four provinces of Milan, Como, Varese and Lecco merge to give a 'paw print' shaped LEZ (see Milan Province).
- the Milan C is a combined Low Emission Zone and urban road charging scheme
- There are possible short term restrictions, particularly in the winter See the Milan LEZ page. To find out if scheme is operational go here .
- the Milan C now substitutes the Milan ecopass that is no longer in operation.
Dates and details
Hybrid electric vehicles are exempt until 15 October 2019.
Note that there are possible short term measures like the total ban for vehicles to operate on 28.12.-31.12.2015 from 10am and 4pm. See the Milan LEZ page
In addition, all vehicles wishing to enter the Area C must be shorter than 7.5m.
Public transport and P+R
Options to travel into the city without a car.
ATM Azienda Transporti Milano
Until October 14, 2017 coaches and minibuses (> 9 seats) are only allowed in specific areas and need to pay:
As of October 15, 2017 the city will guarantee five-hour layover in special areas outside the Area C to holders of the Coach ticket. They will have a reservation service and security guards, paid for by the increased cost.
As of October 15, 2017 the ticket will cost:
Public, school and educational transport are exempt from these charges.
Red dots = access points for public transport, not usable for Area C access.
Need to Register?
Yes, payment is required to enter the zone.
You need to buy and then activate the ticket the same day or at the latest the next day at midnight, after you entered Area C. If activated later (not later than seven days after the entry) the cost of the pass goes up to 15€.
The pass can be bought:
Online via the Milan website where you have to get registered: Milan Area C website “Servizi online” section (in Italian). The tickets can be paid by credit card or Paypal.
You can also buy prepaid cards for 30 € or 60 €, which can be recharged. At newsstands and parking meters. List of parking meters
At ATM points (Milan Transport Company) and ATMs of Intensa Sanpaolo (an Italian bank).
At participating car parks.
To activate the ticket:
Send an SMS to +39 339 994 0437 (always active)
Call +39 02 486 84001 (call center)
Or go directly to:
Via Friuli 30, from Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 16.00
Residents go to: via Beccaria 19 - ground floor, from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 16.00
The Milan C area can be entered by all holders of a Telepass whose vehicle meets the standards for accessing the area. Also Family Telepass and Telepass with Viacard (without having a telepass device on board) can use Telepass to enter the Milan C area. The necessary information is taken from your numberplate by the camera enforced system. The service needs to be be activated here. No additional charges apply.
Foreign vehicles affected?
Foreign vehicles are covered the same as national vehicles. They all have to pay.
Vehicle operators should contact their vehicle registration organisation in your country to confirm the Euro standard. Vehicles from a country outside Europe that does not have Euro standards are not required to meet the Euro standard requirement; but are still required to pay.
Hours of operation
Weekdays, from 07:30 - 19:30;
Payment is required for entry into the zone, the amount dependent on the vehicles emissions. You have until midnight the following day to pay. Penalty for non-payment is subject to a civil penalty €70-285. Police penalties are €70 plus a €11 investigation fee within 60 days.
This is the only scheme of its kind in Italy.
Milans Area C exemptions
Local name for the scheme
Zona a Traffico Limitato (ZTL) general name for road restriction, also used for LEZs. 'Area C' is the specific name for the Milan scheme.
Further information on Milans Area C in English
A summary of the impacts of the Milan LEZ and CS can be found with the impacts of low emission zones on Milan's low emission zone/charge air quality impacts page.
or with the impacts of congestion schemes Milan congestion charge impacts page.
To find out when the emergency scheme is in operation, see:
Lombardia real-time PM10 map
When the map area is red, then the restriction is in place.
Lombardia real-time air quality map
Lombardia real-time air quality list
Milan Area C website
Milan Area C website in Italian