Thinking about taking a trip to Lake Como? Join a raft of A-listers, including George Clooney, who like to call this beautiful location their second home. The journey from Milan to Varenna-Esino station (located on the edge of the lake in Perledo village) only takes an hour, so you’ll be sunbathing on nearby Bau Bau beach in no time.
Trenitalia – the main train operator in Italy – run around 17 Trenord regional services a day between Milan’s central station to Varenna-Esino, so you have plenty of flexibility when it comes to the time you'd like to travel.
Read on to find out all the information you need about the journey from Milan central to Varenna-Esino by train, including times, tickets and FAQs.
It takes an average of 2h 10m to travel from Milan Central Station to Varenna-Esino by train, over a distance of around 37 miles (59 km). There are normally 24 trains per day travelling from Milan Central Station to Varenna-Esino and tickets for this journey start from £6.66 when you book in advance.
Milan Central Station
From 1h 4m
37 miles (59 km)
24 trains per day
Direct trains available
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Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.
Founded by Trenitalia and FNM (Ferrovie Nord Milano), Trenord run suburban and regional trains in Lombardy and from Lombardy to Ticino, the Italian-speaking region in Switzerland. With Trenord, you can travel between Milan, Bergamo, Como, Varese, Pavia, Brescia, Chiasso, Milan Malpensa Airport and Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport in total comfort. All Trenord trains have First and Second Class and offer special discounts to travellers under 14, over 60 and groups.
Explore Lombardy and its neighbouring regions at an affordable price. You don't need to reserve a seat – just sit back and enjoy the views around you.
You can travel in Trenord's First Class only if you have a First Class ticket. Store your luggage in the dedicated luggage racks, sit back and enjoy your journey.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Milan Central Station to Varenna-Esino by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.