Not too many believe that the Ecopass - a relatively recent entry in the Milanese city-style - is an ecological move. Certainly, from January 2, 2008 driving
a pre-Euro 4 car inside the central area enclosed by the ’Viali’ or ‘Bastioni’
is a costly
The single-day ticket
is currently Euro 5
, with no exceptions for foreing vehicles. It can be paid online, also through PayPal, at the
, though online payment is currently available in Italian only.
No ticket, instead, before 7:30am or after 7:30pm, and no ticket on Saturdays and Sundays.
Since January 16, 2012, the rules have been updated, with residents enjoying less exceptions. The involved area inside the Bastioni has been called Area C
, where C stands for Congestion Charge.
The Area C congestion charge is usually not enforced
in August and for the New Year festivities.
Motorbikes and scooters do not need any tickets, and do not pay
to enter the Area C. (Keep in mind, however, that you are not allowed to drive any Euro 0 motorbikes anywhere in Milan.)
Don't drive in the central area anyway! The "Sosta Milano
" parking system - tickets to be bought at newstands and placed in
your car after "scratching" day and time, now gradually being replaced by parking meters
- is so
complicated and expensive
that if you really want to take the car, the best solution is to leave
it in one of the twenty or so guarded parking lots
in the downtown area.
Among the most central are
.:. Garage Meravigli
(Castello district), Via Camperio 4
.:. Garage Velasca
(Duomo district), Via Pantano 4
.:. Garage Rinascente
(Duomo district), Via Agnello
.:. Garage Augusto
(Duomo district), Corso Europa 2
.:. Garage Diaz
(Duomo district), Piazza Armando Diaz
Just in case, the phone number of the city police tow-away
service is 02 77031,
then digit 2.