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Lugano to Lake Como

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Lugano to Lake Como

What is the best way to get from Lugano (we are staying near train station) for a day trip to Lake Como? We would like to take a boat tour on Lake Como. Also any suggestions for that? There are 4 of us traveling and we will have the Swiss Pass.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Lugano to Lake Como


if you already stay near the train station the easiest way to reach Como city is to take a direct train, the journey will take about 40 min. You can check the time table on http://www.sbb.ch/en

Your Swiss Pass will be valid until the border with Italy, the rest of the trip will cost less than 5.- Euro.

An other possibily is to take the C12 bus line to Menaggio, starting in Via Campo Marzio (http://map.search.ch/d/gvhzgjimt.html). As it is an Italian line the Swiss Pass will not be valid.

As follows you may find the schedule: sptlinea.it/Portals/…2012.pdf

Hope you will enjoy our region and send you best regards.

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2. Re: Lugano to Lake Como

I may add that from Como State Railways station (Como San Giovanni) you should take a bus or a taxi to get quickly to the boat pier.

You may even decide to go to Como by train, take a boat to the middle of the lake (up to Bellagio for example) then cross the lake and return by bus from Menaggio (or vice versa).

For the timetable of the Lake Como boats until mid-September, see


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3. Re: Lugano to Lake Como

Thank you both for your suggestions!

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4. Re: Lugano to Lake Como

When we were there a couple of years ago we did a round trip (paid in Swiss Francs) from Lugano which used the train to Como, bus from the station to the lakeside, boat up the lake to Menaggio , bus from Menaggio to Porlezza and boat from Porlezza back to Lugano. It's still showing on the Internet (link below), perhaps Lugano Turismo (first reply) could advise whether it's still available.


Edited: 5:59 am, September 15, 2013
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