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WAYS TO GET TO LAKE COMO FROM MILAN

Traveling to Lake Como from Milan is comfortable and easy, thanks to Italy’s well-developed road and railway infrastructure. Here are some different ways you can travel to Lake Como from Milan:

By Train

Train crossing a bridge in Lecco.
Cross the iconic Lecco bridge that spans the path from Milan's metro bustle to lakeside serenity in charming Como via train.

The most popular and convenient way to travel from Milan to Lake Como is by train. Renowned for their punctuality and efficiency, high-speed trains complete the route within 45 minutes to one hour. But if you want to save some bucks (approximately half the price), you can opt for slower trains too. Trains depart regularly from Milano Cadorna in Milan and arrive at Como Nord Lago or Como San Giovanni stations. Regional (regionale) trains also make this journey and cost less but take slightly longer. 

Pro tips:

  • If you have the time, travel during the off-peak hours (mid-morning or early afternoon) for potential discounted fares and a more peaceful journey.
  • Try to secure a window seat on the left aisle to enjoy the view of Lake Como as you approach.
  • If you purchase your ticket online, use trusted platforms like Trenitalia, a part-government-owned company.
  • If you want to arrive in the heart of Como town, opt for a train that goes to the Como San Giovanni station. If you want to stop closer to the lake, choose a train that arrives at Como Nord Lago station.

By Bus

A pitched road that leads to Lake Como.
If you crave some camaraderie with the locals and fellow tourists as you travel to Lake Como from Milan, then hopping on a bus is the best option.

Taking a bus from Milan to Lake Como is the most cost-effective way of traveling, and it allows you to enjoy the picturesque route. There is a direct bus service from Milano, Autostazione Lampugnano, to Como. Buses depart four times a day, and the journey takes approximately 45 minutes in normal traffic conditions.

Pro tips:

  • For the best views of the Lombardy countryside and Lake Como, book a seat on the left side of the bus when departing from Milan. While the views are spectacular all around, sitting on the left offers excellent opportunities for fantastic panoramic photographs.
  • If you have the time, consider taking a local bus that stops in smaller towns along the lake. While direct buses from Milan to Como are much quicker, a local bus allows you to explore charming villages and hidden gems off the beaten path.
  • As departure delays are frequent in Milan, we suggest you check the Flixbus website for the latest departure times.

By Car, Taxi, or Private Transfer

Moving vehicles on a highway in Milan.
Escape the crowded city of Milan renting a car to the serene nature of Lake Como where a single skyscraper will not be in sight.

Traveling to Lake Como from Milan by car allows you to take your time and explore some of Italy’s most beautiful landscapes. You can rent a car in Milan, take a taxi, or enjoy a rideshare with friends. The easiest way to drive from Milan to Como is via the A8 and A9/E35 toll highways. A journey from Milan to Como without any stops takes less than an hour via the A9/E35. But if you have the time, we suggest that you head off the main highway to explore lesser-known places where there are no public transport services.

Pro tips:

  • Remember that Milan and Como have a Zona a Traffico Limitato (ZTL). You will be ticketed if you drive in the ZTL without official permission.
  • Plan to leave Milan during off-peak hours to avoid heavy traffic congestion, especially during weekends and holidays. Head out early or late in the evening for more relaxed driving conditions.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility of traveling by car to explore scenic detours along the way to Lake Como. Consider deviating from the main highway to discover charming villages, vineyards, and panoramic viewpoints.
  • Parking can be limited and expensive in Lake Como, especially during the holiday season. Research parking options in advance, look for public parking lots or garages with reasonable rates, and consider using park-and-ride facilities if available.
  • While taxi fares may be higher than other modes of transport, splitting the cost among multiple passengers can make it more budget-friendly. Service providers like Radio Taxi Como ensure reliable and professional service.
Mode Time Cost Why Choose This?
Train Approx. 45 minutes Around USD 5.44 Fast, efficient, and comfortable
Bus Direct: 30 to 60 minutes Around USD 4.34 Cheapest
Car Direct: 1 hour 10 minutes Self-drive: USD 22 to USD 44
Taxi: USD 141.5 to USD 174
Flexibility to venture off the beaten track

*Note: The prices mentioned are as of 2024 and are subject to change.

MILAN TO LAKE COMO ITINERARY

The beautiful Milan Cathedral on an evening.
In Milan, behold the Duomo di Milano, an exquisite Gothic marvel whose ornate marbles beckon awestruck visitors.
Distant view of Villa del Balbianello that sits atop on Lake Como.
Visit Villa del Balbianello a Renaissance beauty perched dramatically on Lake Como's waters.

 A three-day itinerary is ideal to take in the rich culture, history, and natural beauty of these two iconic destinations in northern Italy. However, if you’re short on time, you can squeeze the best of both into a three- or four-day vacation.

A two-day trip to Milan is more than enough to sightsee this bustling fashion capital. Marvel at iconic landmarks like the magnificent Duomo di Milano, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world, and the historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade. Wander around world-class museums like the Pinacoteca di Brera, which houses masterpieces by renowned artists such as Caravaggio and Raphael. Shop until you drop in designer boutiques along the famous Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga.

Escape the hustle and bustle of Milan for the tranquility of Lake Como on a day trip. Nestled amidst the picturesque foothills of the Alps, Lake Como is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, serene waters, and charming lakeside villages. Explore historic towns like Bellagio, known as the ‘Pearl of Lake Como,’ with its cobbled streets, colorful houses, and lush gardens. Admire luxurious lakeside villas like Villa del Balbianello and Villa Carlotta, with their rich architectural heritage and beautiful botanical gardens. Enjoy outdoor activities like boating, sailing, and hiking along scenic trails, offering panoramic views of the mountains and quaint villages.

Please complete our customized Italy trip form so our experts can craft your itinerary. To ensure you make the most of your trip to Italy, read our Italy guide and our article on the best time to visit Italy.

Published by Supriya Rayamajhi, updated on March 22, 2024

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