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Lago di Como

Getting there & around

The Como-based Società Pubblica Trasporti (SPT; 031 24 72 47; www.sptcomo.it in Italian) operates regular buses around the lake, which depart from the bus station. Key routes include Como–Colico (1½ hours, three to five daily), via all the villages on the western shore mentioned in this section (some with a change of bus in Menaggio); Menaggio–Lugano (one hour, hourly), via Lago di Piano; Como–Bellagio (one hour, hourly); and Como–Erba–Lecco (one hour, almost hourly). Further afield, buses link Como and Bergamo (€6, 2¼ hours, around six daily) and Como and Malpensa airport (€13, one hour, three daily). Updated schedules are posted online.

Como’s main train station (usually listed as Como San Giovanni on train timetables) is the lake’s main point of arrival and departure. Trains from Milan’s Stazione Centrale (€3.40, one hour, at least hourly) stop here and continue on into Switzerland. Trains from Milan’s Stazione Nord (€3.40, one hour, hourly) use Como’s lakeside Stazione FNM (listed on timetables as Como Nord Lago). From Lecco, local trains run the length of the eastern shore.

Ferries and hydrofoils operated by Como-based company Navigazione Lago di Como (031 57 92 11, 800 55 18 01; www.navigazionelaghi.it; Piazza Cavour) crisscross the lake, departing year-round from the jetty at the northern end of Piazza Cavour. Single fares range from €1.80 (Como–Cernobbio) to €9.50 (Como–Lecco). A whole host of other tickets are available, including those for day cruises with lunch and those that include admission to various lakeside villas. Como’s tourist office has a free map marking all ferry departure points, and also has schedules.

Motorists can cross the lake with a car ferry on the western shore at Cadenabbia and on the eastern shore at Varenna. There are also car ferries from Bellagio to Cadenabbia, Menaggio and Varenna approximately every half-hour in summer and leaving approximately every hour in winter.