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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.

Emissions Standards required

From 16 October 2017 the Minimum Emissions Standard is:

  • Diesel light duty vehicles must have a particulate filter:
    • Euro 4 with a factory fitted or
    • Euro 0, 1, 2, 3 with a retrofitted filter that reaches at least Euro 4
    • Euro 4 vehicles without a standards filter must register using Milan website, (enclosing the log book, receipt of the filter retrofit with the vehicles license plate, model and filter details).


From 1st October 2018 the Minimum Emissions Standard is:

  • Diesel heavy duty goods vehicles and buses (over 9 seats) must have a particulate filter

From 1st October 2019:

  • Light and heavy duty vehicles retrofitted diesel particulate filters for Euro 0, 1, 2, 3 are no longer allowed

From 1st October 2020:

  • Euro 4 light and heavy duty vehicles with a retrofitted diesel particulate filters are no longer allowed

All vehicles.
In addition, all vehicles wishing to enter the Area C must be shorter than 7.5m.


Daily charges:

  • Petrol, diesel, LPG, CNG, bi-fuel and dualfuel: €5
  • For residents vehicles: €2 (need to register)
  • For 'service vehicles': €3 (need to register)
  • For 'service vehicles': €5 (available only from parking meters)
  • Multiple day charges are also available

Free access:

  • Electric vehicles.
  • Hybrid electric vehicles are exempt until 15 October 2019.

Coaches and minibuses:

As of October 15, 2017 the coach ticket will cost:

  • vehicles up to 8 meters (generally up to 30 people), 40€;
  • vehicles between 8.01 and 10.50 meters (generally up to 50 seats), 65€;
  • vehicles over 10.50 meters (generally more than 50 seats), 100€.

Vehicles used solely for transporting primary and middle school children to school-related activities pay:

  • vehicles up to 8 meters (generally up to 30 people), 15€;
  • vehicles between 8.01 and 10.50 meters (generally up to 50 seats), 25€;
  • vehicles over 10.50 meters (generally more than 50 seats), 40€.


As of 30 September 2018, the exemptions to the hourly delivery window from 8 am to 10 am daily from Monday to Friday, continues:


  • Vehicles registered as refrigerated or insulated vehicles;
  • hearses;
  • vehicles destined for the transport of perishable foodstuffs for destinations that open or start after 9:00;
  • vehicles to transport and deliver drinks to restaurants that require a supply in the early morning band;
  • vehicles used by florists for the organization of ceremonies and events;
  • vehicles for the transport of urgent medicines;
  • Vehicles registered as “Service vehicles” for firms located in the Area C
  • Vehicles registered as “Service vehicles” for urgent, essential, non-planned reasons


The procedures for requesting derogations remain unchanged.

WARNING : Exemptions expiring on 14 October 2017 will NOT be extended by office.

Options to travel into the city without a car.
ATM Azienda Transporti Milano

IT Milan Area C map.jpg
Red dots = access points for public transport, not usable for Area C access.

    Road Sign
Has signs similar to this, a banned vehicle sign with the requirements below:
road sign Italy road sign Italy

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 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.

Weekdays, from 07:30 - 19:30;
Thursdays from 07:30 - 18:00.
Does not operate at weekends or bank holidays.
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


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.


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

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