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There are 4 ways to get from Geneva to Lago di Como by train, bus, ferry, car ferry, night bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, bus, Lake Shuttle  •  8h 50m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Gallarate Ec
  2. Take the train from Gallarate to Varese S5 / ...
  3. Take the train from Varese to Como S.Giovanni S40
  4. Take the bus from Como San Giovanni Stazione FS to Tremezzo Piazza Trieste C10
  5. Take the Lake Shuttle from Tremezzo to Varenna 902 / ...

100€ - 178€

Cheapest option

Bus, car ferry  •  10h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Milan, Milan 405 / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Bellagio to Varenna

17€ - 34€

2 alternative options

Night bus, train, ferry  •  9h 35m

  1. Take the night bus from Geneva to Milan, Milan
  2. Take the train from Milano Cadorna to Como Lago R17
  3. Take the ferry from Como to Varenna 10 / ...

33€ - 41€

Drive  •  4h 23m

  1. Drive from Geneva to Lago di Como 384.6 km

45€ - 75€

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Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Italy is currently allowed from Switzerland.

The COVID-19 helpline number in Lago di Como is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lago di Como is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lago di Como is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus hotline on 1500.

Exceptions may apply, for full details: European Union.
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Lago di Como is to bus and car ferry which costs SFr 18 - SFr 40 and takes 10h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Lago di Como is to drive which costs SFr 50 - SFr 80 and takes 4h 23m.

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The distance between Geneva and Lago di Como is 241 km. The road distance is 384.6 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Lago di Como without a car is to train and bus and Lake Shuttle which takes 8h 50m and costs SFr 100 - SFr 200.

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It takes approximately 8h 50m to get from Geneva to Lago di Como, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Lago di Como is 385 km. It takes approximately 4h 23m to drive from Geneva to Lago di Como.

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There are 3726+ hotels available in Lago di Como. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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  • Distance: 241.1 km
  • Duration: 8h 50m

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Lago di Como, Italy?

There is no direct connection from Geneva to Lago di Como. However, you can take the train to Gallarate, take the train to Varese, take the train to Como S.Giovanni, take the walk to Como San Giovanni Stazione FS, take the bus to Tremezzo Piazza Trieste, take the walk to Tremezzo, then take the Lake Shuttle to Varenna. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Geneva to Lago di Como via Milan, Milan, Como San Giovanni Stazione FS, Bellagio Lido, and Bellagio in around 10h 3m.

Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Gallarate
Ave. Duration
3h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
90€ - 170€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Gallarate to Varese
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
2€ - 4€
Website
Trenord
Train from Varese to Como S.Giovanni
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
1€ - 3€
Website
Trenord
Train from Milano Cadorna to Como Lago
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
4€ - 5€
Website
Trenord
Bus operators
ASF Autolinee srl
Phone
031 247 249
Website
asfautolinee.it
Bus from Como San Giovanni Stazione FS to Tremezzo Piazza Trieste
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
1€ - 3€
Schedules at
asfautolinee.it
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Geneva to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
17€ - 21€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Geneva - Bus station to Milan
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
12€ - 16€
Website
Blablabus
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Geneva to Milan Lampugnano
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
22€ - 40€
Book at
eurolines.ch
Ferry operators
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Italia
Phone
800 551801
Email
navicomo@navigazionelaghi.it
Website
navigazionelaghi.it
Ferry from Tremezzo to Varenna
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
3€ - 4€
Website
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Italia
Car ferry from Bellagio to Varenna
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€ - 4€
Website
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Italia
Ferry from Como to Varenna
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
Website
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Italia

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