Getting around Lake Como
The lake of our dreams….with beautiful landscapes, tranquil lake atmosphere, alpine scenery, and historical towns like Bellagio, Domaso, Colico, Vercana, Griante, Tremezzina and many others.
” Let’s go there one Sunday.. ” -as the Milanese families would say!
There are three main public transportation options at Lake Como: train, boat and bus.
From Milan there are trains leaving from Lake Como from the main stations of – Cadorna, Porta Garibaldi and Central Station.
Como is on Italy’s main railway network, and trains run from Milan to Como frequently, taking around 40 minutes. They depart from Milan’s Stazione Centrale and Stazione Porta Garibaldi, arriving at San Giovanni, Como’s main station.
Direct trains run from Milan Centrale every two hours and stop in all the major villages of the eastern branch of the Lake area: Lecco, Abbadia Lariana, Mandello Lario, Lierna, Varenna, Bellano and Colico. You can get a return ticket that includes underground and bus travel for just €15 for the day.
The train N 2566 (Tirano direction) offers spectacular views from Lecco all the way to Colico: large panoramic windows, views of mountains, and turquoise coloured lake framed by the majesty of the Alps.
Then every so often you would hear the clicks of tourists’ cameras recording images as the train goes by.. and sounds of astonishment that escape from their lips…”Magnificient!” one would exclaim…..or “It’s more beautiful than I imagined!” another one would say!
In every season, all year round, the train line Milan – Tirano / Sondrio offers an efficient fast service bringing passengers to discover the hidden beauties of Lake Como.
There are also bus services going out of town all along the western lake shore. The C30 bus service runs between Como and Bellagio, while the C10 bus follows the ‘panoramic’ route from Como town right up to Colico (leaving both from Como Lago station and from Como San Giovanni). The last bus leaves from Como San Giovanni at 8.20 pm. Generally all bus tickets are purchased prior to boarding and are sold at the tabacconist, bars and newsagents. The current C10 timetable is posted at all bus stops.
A great alternative to explore the lake area is by boat. The public ferry systems (Navigazione Laghi) links well the major towns of Lake Como. There are basically three types of boats: slow boat (battello) — great for taking photos (outside deck), leisurely travel; rapid-service by hydrofoil (aliscafo); and car ferry (traghetto) service in the central lake area, which also takes pedestrian passengers and runs the latest (usually until 10 or 11 p.m., with a later run on Saturday nights in peak season).
For an unforgettable day out step aboard the luxury Yacht Endurance 41 for an unforgettable charter experience at Lake Como. The company Vacanze Lago based in Colico and Menaggio offers customized experience tailored just for you and your party that you won’t forget!
With its amazing landscapes and its wonderful villas of old charm, lush green gardens that smell like heaven and sparkling water stretching off into the distance, Lake Como provides the perfect summer holiday destination. There are fabulous villas dotted along the lake, with magnificent architecture and traditional Italian gardens to visit. Villa Carlotta, Villa d’Este, Villa Balbianello, Villa Melzi, Villa Monastero, Villa Olmo are a must to see!