Milan introduces contactless swipes on metro

First city in Italy for credit-card payment.

Milan’s transport authority ATM has introduced “swipeable” turnstiles in all 113 metro stations, which accept credit cards for payment of the fare.

Just like in London, Chicago and Singapore, ATM says its passengers will enjoy faster access and the guarantee that they pay the most convenient tariff.  If customers use the same card for all journeys on the same day, the system will debit the cheapest available ticket price to the cardholder’s account.

For the moment, the system is available only for journeys starting with a metro ride. The passenger can then also proceed with a bus ride during the 90-minute validity of the virtual “ticket”.  Once the 5G network is rolled out across the city, swipe-card services will be available for trips starting on surface transport, too.

Passengers should look for the bright orange turnstiles both on entering and leaving the metro network. All cards recognised by the EMV (Europay Mastercard Visa) circuit are accepted.

Since ATM introduced electronic ticketing via SMS or their smartphone app in 2015, over 8 million journeys have been made without paper tickets.