How to get to Milano by car

Milano represents one of the main motorway crossroads connecting it to the rest of Italy and Europe.

It is possible to reach the city by car from five different motorway routes connected by the Milanese system of ring roads (tangenziali).




  • A4 Torino-Trieste
  • A1 Milano-Napoli
  • A7 Milano-Genova
  • A8 Milano-Varese (Milano-Laghi)
  • A9 Lainate-Como 



When entering the motorway the driver has to pick up  a receipt, except Telepass owners who have dedicated lanes.

When driving out of the motorway signs will indicate the right entrance for the driver and the ways to pay already when approaching the station. The choices are:


  • cash
  • credit cards, debit cards and pre-paid cards
  • Viacard


In case of non-payment, there are several ways to proceed: click here for info.


The so-called Punto Blu (Blue Points, present on the whole motorway network, in service areas and in the city) are a selling and assistance point  and help solve all payment problems.



The tangenziali (ring roads) form a ring around the city and its hinterland, about 180 km long. Almost entirely free of charge, payment is required only on small portions of the whole network: info here.

The tangenziali are:

  • A50 Tangenziale Ovest (West) (map)  
  • A51 Tangenziale Est (East) (map)
  • A52 Tangenziale Nord (North) (map)

Cars driving into the city centre from Monday to Friday from 7.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. must activate the Area C pass.

The pass purchased in tobacco shops or newspaper stands must be activated by sending an sms. If your sms is not followed by an activation confirmation with this message: Ticket Area C seguito da codice PIN e nr di targa, it is necessary to phone the number + 39.0248684001 (everyday, 7.30 a.m. - 00.00 a.m.) and ask an operator to activate your Area C.



Emergency call boxes are located along the emergency lanes, about one every 2 km. They generate a mechanical and/or health emergency call when you push the corresponding button.

Info here.



  • CCISS Viaggiare Informati: 1518 (Italian only)
  • Autostrade per l’Italia S.p.A
    Call Center safety and mobility h24: 840 042 121 (Italian only)
  • Serravalle - Milano Tangenziali 
    Centralino: +39 02575941
    Centro Radio Informativo (Radio Info Center) - Emergency signaling: +39 02 52855500