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Exploring Italy: Milan to Lake Como Train Travel Guide

Milan to Lake Como train

Lake Como or Lago di Como is located in the northern part of Italy and is the third-largest lake from the country.

It is a glacial waterhole located right near the Italian Alps and has wonderful sceneries and very beautiful colour of the water.


It is the playground for wealthy people and is a popular place among tourists thanks to its beauty.

Lago di Como is located just 50 kilometres away from Milan and it is very easy to reach by train and by car.

If you choose to rent a car, then you should know that you can pick it up directly from the airport and in less than an hour you reach the lake.

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This is the best way to explore the area if you don’t want to depend on public transport, fixed schedulers and sharing space with strangers.

Renting a car gives you the mobility and freedom you need to discover new places and see another face of Italy.

If you don’t want to complicate yourself with car renting and driving on your own then Milan to Lake Como train is the best option for you.

Italy Train from Milan to Lake Como train to Milan

Italy Train from Milan to Lake Como to Milan


There are direct trains from Milano Centrale to Como town.

In about 40 minutes to one hour, you reach the waterhole from Milan.

The main downside if you travel by train is that the railway line is not very developed around the water.

To get to most of the villages and resorts spread around the water you need to take the bus or the ferry from the town.

In Milan there are three major railway stations from where you can reach the main town from the lake:

  • Milano Nord Cadonia
  • Milano Centrale
  • Milano Porta Garibaldi

All the trains arrive in Como town train station.

Most Milan to Lake Como train are direct trains and you don’t have to worry about anything; you just hop on the train and get off when you reach the lake.

The train station from Como town is called San Giovanni and is located just 10 minutes walk from the lake.

The price of the tickets vary depending on class and type of train and starts from 5 euro per person one-way ticket.

The first train leaves from Milan to Lago di Como at 5.46 in the morning and the last train departs at 11.16 in the evening.

Once you reach the main town near the waterhole you can choose to sleep here and take the ferry to explore the area.

From Como harbour leaves ferries which cruise all along with the 3 strips of the lake.

Where to sleep

We recommend you sleep at Vista Palazzo Como .

It is a wonderful 5 stars hotel located right on the shore, just 100 metres away from the ferry terminal.

Vista Palazzo Hotel in Lake Como

Vista Palazzo Hotel in Lake Como


The room, the view and the services are first class!

Everything is within a walking distance of the hotel!

Vista Palazzo room interior Lake Como

Vista Palazzo room interior


So, to sum up how to use Milan to Lake Como train!

Once you reach the airport, take the train from the airport to one of the three stations from the town!

From there take a train which goes to the lake! Validate your ticket before you hop on the train and let the adventure begin!

I am sure you will spend many wonderful moments on Lake Como!

It is one of the best places to visit in the northern part of the country!


Sunday 5th of July 2020

Wow this train looks amazing! And what a beautiful place too! Thanks for sharing all these travel tips!