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Day Trip From Como to Lugano (and possibly Paradiso) ~ HELP!

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Day Trip From Como to Lugano (and possibly Paradiso) ~ HELP!

We'll be staying at the Barchetta Excelsior in Como in September and are planning a day trip to Lugano. We figured out that we need to take a bus/walk to the San Giovanni train station in Como to catch a train to Lugano. However, we're not clear on which stop to get off on in Lugano to most easily access the city center. We have been studying the SBB train schedules, so we almost have the hang of it.

We would also like to venture to Positano. We am not in tip top shape and consider anything over a half mile at a time walking too far.

Questions:

1. Is it easier to take a boat from Como to Lugano? Same for Lugano to Positano, and back to Como?

2. Which buses run near the Barchetta Excelsior to the San Giovanni train station?

3. If the train is the better option, which stop will put me closest to the city center in Lugano if traveling from Como?

Thank you for your input!

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1. Re: Day Trip From Como to Lugano (and possibly Paradiso) ~ HELP!

1) There are no boats. Lake Como and Lake Lugano are not linked by a navigable waterway.

Positano is 900 km further south. If you mean Paradiso, there are summer boats from Lugano lakelugano.ch/en/…timetable_summer_2011.aspx and lots of buses.

2) certainly C10 and C20, possibly local buses as well, ask your hotel

3) There is only one major train station in Lugano, called Lugano on Trenitalia, and Lugano Stazione on the SBB websites.

Edited: 07 August 2014, 19:38
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2. Re: Day Trip From Como to Lugano (and possibly Paradiso) ~ HELP!

Thank you for correcting me. Yes, I meant Paradiso. And thank you for the information that both lakes are not linked.

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