Lake Como is readily accessible to visitors from all over the world, but getting there may require more than one form of transportation. 

Most overseas visitors flying into Italy with an agenda to visit Lake Como will choose to land at Milan's Malpensa airport.  This airport is roughly 25 miles south of Como town.  Many major airlines fly into Malpensa airport, including Continental, Delta, USAir, British Airways, KLM, Scandinavian and many more.  For a complete list, visit the airport’s home page on Malpensa).

After arriving at the airport, the options for getting to the Lake District are by train,  or rental car. 

There used to be a direct bus service from Malpensa to Como, but it was discontinued in Dec. 2007. There is a train service ( from the airport (it is the same train that goes to Milan). Get off at Saronno station, and connect to a train coming from Milan. The end of the line in Como is at Como Lago station which, as the name suggests, is smack on the lake front. Buses to Bellagio, Menaggio and other villages on the lake, stop outside the station, and also the ferry pier is a short walk from there.

Como can also be reached by train using the Trenitalia service from Milan's Central and Garibaldi stations. These trains arrive at Como San Giovanni station. Buses leave from there too, and the lake front is a 20 minute walk (or short taxi or bus ride) from there.

Varenna and other destinations on the Eastern shore of Lake Como can also be reached by train (Trenitalia) from Milan or Bergamo. Make sure to pay attention when approaching, as the Varenna stop is easy to miss.

Bellagio may be a little more complicated to reach, as it has no train link; there are however bus links from Lecco (www.lineelecco) and Como (, besides there are frequent ferry services -- notably a shuttle ferry link with Varenna, which is probably the best route: From Varenna train station to the ferry pier it is a 5-min. walk (slightly downhill).

If driving, the A8 motorway links Milan to Como, while the SS36 highway goes to Lecco and the Eastern shore of Lake Como.

If you decide to get private transportation you can simply get a taxi from the airport or contact a transfer company   and  arrange private pick up. It is a realy plus having someone waiting for you at the arrival especially after a long flight.