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There are 7 ways to get from Lyon to Lago di Como by train, ferry, bus, car ferry, night bus, car or plane

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Train, line 35 ferry  •  8h 33m

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  2. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bellano Tartavalle Terme
  4. Take the line 35 ferry from Bellano to Varenna 35 / ...

74€ - 134€

Cheapest option

Bus, car ferry  •  11h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Milan, Milan 729 / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Bellagio to Varenna

20€ - 49€

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Night bus, train, ferry  •  10h 6m

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

35€ - 44€

Drive  •  5h 25m

  1. Drive from Lyon to Lago di Como 504.8 km

60€ - 95€

Fly Lyon to Milan Malpensa, train, line 35 ferry  •  8h 2m

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) LYS - MXP
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bellano Tartavalle Terme
  3. Take the line 35 ferry from Bellano to Varenna

96€ - 365€

Train to Geneva, fly to Milan Linate, train, line 35 ferry  •  8h 28m

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Linate (LIN) GVA - LIN
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bellano Tartavalle Terme
  4. Take the line 35 ferry from Bellano to Varenna

106€ - 626€

Fly Lyon to Zurich, train, car ferry  •  9h 22m

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Zurich (ZRH) LYS - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
  3. Take the car ferry from Menaggio to Varenna

152€ - 438€

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

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

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Lago di Como is to bus and car ferry which costs 20€ - 50€ and takes 11h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Lago di Como is to drive which costs 60€ - 95€ and takes 5h 25m.

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The distance between Lyon and Lago di Como is 343 km. The road distance is 504.8 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Lago di Como without a car is to train and line 35 ferry which takes 8h 33m and costs 70€ - 140€.

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It takes approximately 8h 33m to get from Lyon to Lago di Como, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Lyon Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Lago di Como is 505 km. It takes approximately 5h 25m to drive from Lyon to Lago di Como.

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Air France offers flights from Lyon Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 3721+ hotels available in Lago di Como. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Lyon Airport is to Rhonexpress which takes 29 min and costs 14€ - 17€.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Lago di Como.
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  • Distance: 342.9 km
  • Duration: 8h 33m

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Lago di Como, Italy?

There is no direct connection from Lyon to Lago di Como. However, you can take the train to Torino Porta Susa, take the train to Milano Centrale, take the train to Bellano Tartavalle Terme, take the walk to Bellano, then take the line 35 ferry to Varenna. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Lyon to Lago di Como via Milan, Milan, Como San Giovanni Stazione FS, Bellagio Lido, and Bellagio in around 11h 7m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Lyon to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 390€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Lyon to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
16€ - 230€
Train operators
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
55€ - 70€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
55€ - 65€
1st Class
55€ - 70€
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 55€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
14€ - 19€
Base Standard
30€ - 40€
Base Premium
35€ - 55€
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
18€ - 20€
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
10€ - 14€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
10€ - 14€
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 Milano Centrale to Bellano Tartavalle Terme
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
6€ - 7€
Website
Trenord
Train from Milano Cadorna to Como Lago
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
4€ - 5€
Website
Trenord
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
20€ - 45€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
20€ - 29€
Rail 1st Class
30€ - 45€
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 Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 90€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50€ - 95€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Bus operators
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
22€ - 27€
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 Lyon - Perrache Bus Station to Milan
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Website
Blablabus
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Lyon, Perrache to Milano - Lampugnano
Ave. Duration
8h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
25€ - 40€
Website
Eurolines FR
Ferry operators
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Italia
Phone
800 551801
Email
navicomo@navigazionelaghi.it
Website
navigazionelaghi.it
Ferry from Bellano to Varenna
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
2€ - 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
Car ferry from Menaggio to Varenna
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€ - 4€
Website
Gestione Navigazione Laghi Italia

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