Want to spend some time exploring Italy’s third largest lake and need more information on how to travel from Milan to Lake Como by train? You’ve come to the right place!
Usually, the train from Milan to Lake Como takes 48m, but can take just 37m on the fastest Trenitalia services. With around 63 trains running on this popular route each day, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way. When travelling on this service, you’ll depart from either Milano Centrale or Milano Greco Pirelli station and arrive at Como San Giovanni station.
Whether you’re headed there for a weekend, short break or just a day trip, Lake Como is the perfect tonic to the hustle and bustle of Milan. In fact, with a journey time of just over half an hour, you can get there for breakfast and be back for lunch! Why not take a break from the fashion capital of Italy and spend some time in one of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders? Hop on a Trenitalia train and relax as you’re transported to the waterfront.
Once you’ve arrived at Como San Giovanni station, you can start exploring this elegant location. Start at Villa Carlotta – a suitably regal destination full of charming art and situated on the waterfront. Then, take a boat to Isola Comacina, an island located in the middle of the lake. Here you can head to Castello di Vezio and take in panoramic views of the lake. For more inspiration, check out our complete guide to taking the train from Milan to Lake Como.
Eager to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Milan to Lake Como in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, keep reading for a train timetable, FAQs and tips on how to find the cheaper fares.
It takes an average of 48m to travel from Milan to Como San Giovanni by train, over a distance of around 24 miles (39 km). There are normally 88 trains per day travelling from Milan to Como San Giovanni and tickets for this journey start from €5 when you book in advance.
Como San Giovanni
24 miles (39 km)
88 trains per day
Direct trains available
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Trenitalia, Flixbus, Trenord
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.
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 to Como San Giovanni 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!
Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
Children aged 0-4 travel for free on all Trenord trains if they don’t occupy a seat. Children aged 4-14 (or children under 4) that have a seat get 50% off the Ordinaria fare.
Women over 60 and men over 65 are entitled to travel with a discounted fare ticket on all Trenord trains. They can get up to 20% off Trenord’s Ordinaria fare tickets for the selected route.
Travellers with disabilities can apply for the annual "IO Viaggio" pass at a reduced price. They don’t need to pay for a ticket for their caretaker.
Groups of at least 10 people are entitled to travel at a discounted rate on all Trenord trains. The discount is 20% for adults and 50% for children under the age of 14. The discount applies to Second Class one-way tickets.
EuroCity’s Second Class offers plenty of amenities on board but at a cheaper price. From spacious armchairs to at-seat power sockets and reading lights, you’ve got everything you need to enjoy your journey.
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In addition to all the services available in Second Class, you’ll get to enjoy extra-wide and comfier seats, more legroom, and an at-seat catering service in EuroCity’s First Class:
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From food on board to luggage space, learn more about all the services you can find on EuroCity trains from Milan to Como San Giovanni.
Trenord trains departing from Milano Porta Garibaldi call at the following stations:
While EuroCity services don’t stop at any station along the way to Como, Trenord trains departing from Milan Central station call at the following stations:
Known for its world-famous Lake Como, the city of Como is a beautiful Italian gem you don’t want to miss! To help inspire your trip to this beautiful city, here are some ideas for things to do in Como:
The average journey time by train between Milan and Como San Giovanni is 48 minutes, with around 88 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Como San Giovanni is 37 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Milan to Como San Giovanni can start from as little as €5 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Como San Giovanni without having to change trains. There are 64 direct trains from Milan to Como San Giovanni each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Milan to Como San Giovanni leaves at 05:46. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Milan to Como San Giovanni leaves at 23:16. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Milan to Como San Giovanni cover a distance of around 24 miles (39 km) during the journey.