Lake Como, made famous by the famous Alessandro Manzoni - who has set the "Promessi Sposi" in these places - is not far from Milan (about 80 km) and is dotted with ancient villages and fantastic places like Bellagio, Menaggio, Varenna and Tramezzo, which have made the area not only famous and renowned but also a central point of elite tourism. Lake Como, the third largest in Italy after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, is over 46 km long and extends over 146 square kilometers between the Italian Alps and the Po Valley. It is considered by many to be "the most beautiful lake in the world" for the varied and enchanting landscapes that open along the shores of the lake: from Valchiavenna to Bellagio ("the pearl of the Lario"), it will be possible to appreciate breathtaking scenery that make this enchanting and truly unique place.
It is advisable to book a rental service with driver (NCC) or TAXI in advance. A professional, licensed for public transport, will pick you up at the airport arrivals hall and take you to your destination. Using a private transfer is definitely the most comfortable and safe solution that will save you time and effort, especially if you travel with lots of luggage, in a group with friends or with your family; in this way, in fact, you will arrive loads and rested to enjoy a wonderful day on the shores of Lake Como. The cost of the route, depending on the vehicle category, luggage and the number of passengers can vary from € 15 to € 90 (per person): you can reach Lake Como in about 90 minutes. The rental service with driver is the choice in any case recommended for groups of friends / family (four or more people), who want to comfortably (and quickly) Lake Como directly from the center of Milan. In fact, special rates are provided for mini-groups of people. For more information, see the Bravodriver.com website.
From the city of Milan it is possible to reach Lake Como with different alternative solutions. The fastest and most comfortable connection remains the rental service with driver (NCC), which will pick you up directly from the chosen location and will take you directly to your destination. As an alternative, it is possible to reach Lake Como with several bus companies or through the railway transport service from the Milano Centrale and Milano Porta Garibaldi stations.
To reach the western side of the lake it is necessary to take the train from the Milano Porta Garibaldi station or from the Central Station towards Como San Giovanni. Alternatively, from the Milano Cadorna station you can use the connection to the Como Lago train station. Once you reach the Como station, you can continue by city bus or use the navigation system on the lake (hydrofoil or boat). The choice of boat is definitely recommended for those who want to appreciate the surrounding landscape and have the opportunity to take magnificent photo-memories.
Reaching the shores of Lake Como by car from the city of Milan is the quickest and easiest choice as it allows you not to be bound by the timetables of public transport and to fully enjoy moments of relaxation in an enchanting place. To reach the western side of the lake from the city of Milan, take the A8 motorway and then continue along the E35 / A9 towards Como / Chiasso, exit "Lago di Como", which is the exit before the border with Switzerland . Then continue on the SS36 (Milan-Lecco), exit for Menaggio.