Funicolare Como-Brunate
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The_Coach55
Ruislip, UK832 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
The funicular is around a mile away from Como San Giovanni station on foot. Much of the walk is pleasant along the lake front.

I visited on a Monday afternoon and there is invariably a long queue and as a consequence, the carriages are pretty crowded.

The journey takes around about ten minutes up to Brunate.

There are sightseeing and eating/drinking opportunities in Brunate, but I did not have time to enjoy these.

There was another queue and a crowded return journey back to Como.

The return fare was €5.70 payable by card at the kiosk.
Written October 14, 2022
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Janet M
Cordova, TN636 contributions
Aug 2021
This funicular railway (cable car) goes from Como near the lake waterfront to the top of a hill in the village of Brunate. The line has operated since 1894, and is used by both tourists and local residents. Since this is one of the main attractions in the area, be prepared for long lines to purchase tickets and lots of people on the cable cars. The fare on the cable car up and back was 5.70 Euros per person. The ride time (one way) was about 7-10 minutes. Ensure you hold on to your ticket because you will need it to board the funicular to return to Como. The views of Como from Brunate are breathe-taking.
Written December 28, 2021
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Ash
Amersfoort, The Netherlands111 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Fun ride to the top of the mountain and to the little town of Brunate. Price is 5.70 Euro per person over 12 and cheaper for under 12 for a return trip. Most days it runs every 15 min. Be prepared to wait for your trip down. Great views from the top. You can go hiking as well. It starts with first trip 6am. Last trip down is 10pm, so make sure you’re in line early to go back down. Read the history when you are at the top!
Written March 6, 2022
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Jowen L
Singapore, Singapore79 contributions
Jan 2020
The views of the lake were beautiful and the children enjoyed the ride very much.
We paid 5.70 Euro per adult for a return ticket and 3.30 Euro for each child above 7 years old, so it was free for the toddler. The funicular was already pretty full, so our party of 8 waited for the next funicular, which we realised after waiting for half an hour, ran every 30 mins. But, that allowed us to secure the lowest carriage, which unblocked views of the lake. Arriving at the top, most of the shops were closed. We could have grabbed a drink at the cafe or restaurant that was open but we decided to just head back down since the sun was setting. If you drove to the funicular as we did, drive along the road in front of the station along the waterfront. Paid street parking is available though limited. If I recall correctly it was 4 Euro for 12 hours. Bring cash with you though the meter does not take credit. Take note of the signs when parking, the yellow parking lots nearest to the station is for residence only.
Written February 25, 2020
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Sumit Kasera
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India2,835 contributions
Feb 2020
So this was my first experience with a funicular railway system. Unlike a traditional rail that propels forward, a funicular railway has two vehicles that counterbalance one another rather than independently operated cars. Europe has a rich legacy of funicular systems with about 30 countries having one or more such systems.

The one in Como takes us to the small town of Brunate – very interestingly, this funicular system is there since late nineteenth century and more than 100 years old when it was operated using steam engine. Subsequently it has gone many refurbishments since then.

The entrance to the funicular was about 15 min walk from St Giovanni station and about few minutes form the jetty for the boat rides. A moderate queue was there that moved rapidly and we got our chance in about 30 min. The washrooms there though were dirty and possibly without any water. The ticket price was quite reasonable and a return ticket costing € 5,50. The train were rather crowded and the best views and maximum crowds. Coming down, it is recommended to have the first seat – though don’t be surprised if people gather in front of the first seats blocking the wonderful views.

The small ride goes up to the small town of Brunate. Number of café and restaurant allow you to sit in open where you can have coffee or lunch – though they may not reserve the table only for a drink. We had our lunch there at Brunate with wonderful views – see separate review.

The ride down provided even better views of Lake Como. For sure, when at Como don’t forget to take this ride – preferably in day time. This is particularly so if you have not been to some exotic funicular of the Swiss Alps.
Written March 14, 2020
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rdrubek
Juan-les-Pins, France90 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
It runs about every 10 minutes, now with Covid restrictions first you have to get a ticket from the machine inside on the left (one for each person) to give you a number indicating when can you buy your ticket (5-7€ head, not sure) and enter the inside of the station.

On the top there are bars and restaurants with amazing view. Just a word of warning, the Volta lighthouse is marked as a 15-20 minute walk, which is pretty accurate apart from the fact the is on the steepest uphill path we have seen in a while. The lighthouse is amazing and you have 360 view, but I'd suggest to walk up there in hiking booths. A few restaurants around the top, popular with locals, it's worth booking as we were shooed away, no free place inside.
Written October 8, 2020
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CALtravelmom
Vallejo, CA7 contributions
Sep 2022
We took the Funicolare for the view but found the most wonderful restaurant Ristorante Bellavista right at the top. Reservations are needed though we were able to be seated outdoors. The view was outstanding and the food delicious. It was the best restaurant we went to in the Lake Como area!
Written September 28, 2022
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Swell Traveller
Melbourne, Australia3,769 contributions
Oct 2019
Cost of the funicular is E5.50 return for an adult or E3 for children under 12 and there are group prices too. The funicular itself is the same style as on Capri. It is limited in seating space and you tend to have to stand and be squashed in peak times. It takes about 7minutes to the top and leaves every 15 - 30mins most days - check the timetable to be sure.

I recommend an end section for photo taking on the way up and down. You scan the tickets to enter at both terminals. Once you get to the top at Brunate there are shops, churches and walking trails for the fitter people. Those who have ailments there is a taxi you can wait for that takes you to the lighthouse and back [as it is uphill]. There are great views of Como once you get to the top and especially if you walk to the lighthouse. Please wear sturdy shoes, take water and a hat on hot days.

I spent about 2 hours there but some spent a whole day there. It depends if you do the lighthouse/church walks or not.
Written January 26, 2020
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Flyer704135
1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Business
Your ticket sales system is among the stupidest, most inefficient thing I've ever seen.  Even by Italian government standards of inefficiency.

Your ticket seller only sells tickets for the funicolare about to depart.  When it is full, he just sits there for ten minutes, while a hundred people are melting in the summer sun outside waiting to buy a ticket!  Why not sell all the tickets for all the rides at once?  One could buy a ticket for a journey a few hours later, and go sit in the shade, or do something else.  You are wasting thousands of peoples time, and wasting your own employee's labor.

In addition, you provide no shade, no explanation for the insane waiting time, and no enforcement of social distancing in the line.

Come on Italy, you should be smarter than that.
Written July 14, 2020
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Virginia Pollock
6 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
In the hot summer, early morning is the most comfortable. The funicular is not crowded, nor is there a long queue. The negative is that few places are open for a morning snack or early lunch.

From the top of the funicular, a short walk takes you to a piazza from where a shuttle bus is available for a trip further up to San Maurizio. It runs on a half hourly schedule on Sundays, so plan accordingly. It's an additional €1.30, and must be used within 75 minutes.

Spectacular views.
Written June 26, 2022
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