Como Italy transportation includes a variety of options for getting around the region, from the boat rentals and cruises to taking public transportation or even renting a car. As many travelers to Northern Italy arrive at the airport in Milan, they will be looking for transportation options to the lake, and taking the train from Milan to Lake Como is a scenic way to see the countryside and mountain ranges as you make your way to the popular destination location. However, while trains are a comfortable way to travel, the number of destinations available is limited—the trains run primarily along the eastern portion of the lake from the cities of Lecco on to Colico. On the western side of the lake, the train will take you to the city of Como, but you may need to rely on local buses to get around and visit the region’s smaller towns.
As an example of travel by train options, after a day of sightseeing or boating on Lake Como, to make the return trip, via Manzoni, visitors use the Ferrovia Nord Milano train line for direct Como Italy transportation back to Milan. The schedule for the train from Milan to Lake Como has trains leaving either the Milan Centrale or Porta Garibaldi stations to Lake Como’s San Giovanni station several times each hour. The return schedule from Lake Como to Milan is much the same.
A train from Milan to Lake Como takes approximately half an hour, but it can take more than an hour, depending on which train you choose; as with other parts of Europe, the slower trains are typically cheaper, which can be a good way to save some money on your vacation. Once you arrive in the city of Como, a visit to the local tourist office in Piazza Cavour can provide you with information on how to get to Lake Como as well as information of boating excursions and available transportation.
Those wondering how to get to Lake Como aside from the train will find that the fastest way possible is by boat or ferry. Both options work equally as well for commuting between towns. You will have your choice in the type of boat, including a high-speed express boat, slow boats designed for relaxing rides, and boats specifically for the tourist that include a full restaurant onboard. Ferries navigate between the major villages providing an excellent way to visit the villages for shopping, sightseeing, and dining.
On land, visitors can use the local taxi service or public bus system to maneuver through the streets of Como and surrounding villages and towns. Both provide opportunities for sightseeing. Other choices for traveling around the Lake Como area include private chauffeur, local car rentals, or making arrangements prior to arriving with Hertz Car Rental located in Como; do keep in mind that you will likely need an international driver’s license to rent a car, however.
A fun and unusual way to get a bird’s-eye view of Lake Como, the villages and surrounding mountains is to take a funicular ride. From the Piazza de Gasperi, the funicular leaves approximately every half-hour taking riders on a steep ride up the side of a hill to the village of Brunate. The cable railway system opened in 1894 and remains a favorite tourist attraction, along with providing convenient transportation to local residents. From Brunate, there are several areas of interest including the Pissarottino Fountain, walking paths with panoramic views of the lake, and the lighthouse of San Maurizio.