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Is there a direct train from Linate Airport to Lake Como? Have luggages and we 60 years young

by /bio/funtraveler »

Thank you all so much in advance for all your help!

So here goes!

We want to see Lake Como. We have from Sept.24-29th.  We will land at Milan Linate Airport with 2 check in and 2 carry ons.  We are 60 yrs young.

Don't want to drive because we are not good at it!  So trains trains trains might be our best option.  What hotel is the closest to train station that will take us to Lake Como.  We don't want to walk uphill to train stations.  Which part of Lake Como is the easiest for us so we don't have to transfer from one train to another?  We would like to see either Bellagio or Varenna only if there is a train station direct from Moxy Milan Linate Airport hotel.  Or another option since we arrive around 9 in morning we can train directly from Linate Airport to Lake Como with 2 50LB check ins and 2 carry ons. I can look for airbnb's in Bellagio or Varenna or any town near Lake Como.   Any ideas?  Also is it less expensive buying online or just buying train ticket same day. 

Oh!  Is it worth our time to visit Parma and Bologna.  I am interested in visiting their Parma ham food tour and Bologna food tour.  Maybe stay a night in Parma or Bologna.  Huge thanks again.


RE: Is there a direct train from Linate Airport to Lake Como? Have luggages and we 60 years young

by /bio/awinegeek »

First of all: why are you traveling with 2 - 50lb bags plus carry-ons? I imagine that you think you actually need ALL of that stuff, but please believe me that you don't. You don't need half of the stuff you are planning to lug around.


Believe me, you will find it liberating to travel with a light load.


My wife and I are able to travel to Europe for usually about 2 weeks at a time, with only a 20 inch carry-on and a small messenger bag each. Makes train travel a lot easier if you can carry your own load. (there will be no porters to help you at the regional train stations.) Just need to pack smart.


There is no train station at Linate airport so you will have to travel to Milano Centrale by taxi, private car transfer, or there is a shuttle bus. From Milano you can get a train to Varenna (I'm not sure about Bellagio)


The Trenitalia web site is pretty easy to use. Note that even on the English site you need to use the Italian city names. (Milano is pretty much the same in both languages so no problem.)  This is a "regional" train so there is no need to purchase ahead, you don't need to reserve a specific seat for this train, they run about every hour.

If you are booking high speed trains, aka "freccia", then it is advantageous to book in advance. you can find good discounts 90 days before your trip. On these trains you reserve a specific seat on a specific train.

Parma and Bologna are definitely worth a visit. Best pasta in the world! (And ham and cheese too) and more!


RE: Is there a direct train from Linate Airport to Lake Como? Have luggages and we 60 years young

by /bio/mushroom »

Hi funtraveler


A Wine Geek has told you correctly that Linate Airport does not have a train station.  However, it is an easy, short, inexpensive ride to take the shuttle bus from the airport to Milano Centrale train station (or a taxi), where you can catch a train to Varenna-Esino, which is right on the lake.  The train you take is a regional train, not a Freccia or IC train, and it is quite inexpensive and does not require any changes of train. (You cannot reach Bellagio by train alone.)  The Varenna-Esino train station is uphill from the lake shore, so if you don't want to carry your lugguage uphill when you leave, pick a hotel near the train station.


Please remember that if you land in Italy at 9 o'clock in the morning, you probably will not be able to get into a hotel room until at least 1pm or 3pm.  You can go to a hotel and leave your bags, but your room will not be ready.  That being the case, you might want to give strong consideration to immediately going to Varenna.  Even if you arrive in Varenna before your room is ready, it will be pleasant to stroll by the lake for a bit and sit at a cafe for a lunch or drink --- whereas hanging around a distant airport hotel waiting hours for your room to be ready would be not be pleasant at all.


Food tours or cheese factory tours start very early in the morning, so you will need to spend the night before in either Bologna or Parma if you want to take a tour.   If you are coming from Lago di Como, it might be simplest if you booked a tour that begins in Bologna so you can spend the night there.  If you take the train from Varenna to Bologna, you only need to change trains once in Milano Centrale, and there are no stairs inside the station between the tracks.   (If you go to Parma, you will need to change trains twice, and carry your luggage up stairs in both Bologna and Parma.). 


Food tours last all day, and they stuff you with food, so you probably will not want to eat dinner when it is over.  So if you leave your luggage at the hotel where you stayed in Bologna while you take the tour, you can pick it up and go right to Bologna train station and get a fast train back to Milano to spend your last night at the Moxy at Linate. 


Hope it all works out for you!  I will second A Wine Geek's advice to pare down your luggage.  No one dresses up at Lago di Como (not even George Clooney), and if you take a food tour, you will be walking around farms and talking with workers who are dressed for dirty work, not fashion. So only bring very comfortable clothes.  If you have zip-up fleece jackets, they are terrific for that time of year, and pack a waterproof plastic windbreaker plus a hat if your outerwear doesn't have a hood. Otherwise just pack whatever you would wear to a Thanksgiving weekend with your relatives. You won't need more clothes than that, and it might still be warm in Bologna, so don't weigh yourselves down with sweaters. 









RE: Is there a direct train from Linate Airport to Lake Como? Have luggages and we 60 years young

by /bio/mushroom »



By the way, if you refuse to pare down your luggage (or are traveling to other destinations in Europe as part of this trip that you didn't mention), you can use taxi services in Varenna to get you to the train station.   Pick a hotel that you like and has everything you need, and if it is not near the train station, add to your budget the cost of one or two taxi rides.  Might be about 15 euros for each ride, depending on the location of the hotel.