You have several options to reach Lake Como by train: it all depends on the town you would like to visit.
If you look at the map below, you will immediately understand how it works – the train routes correspond roughly to the red lines – but I will try to help you as much as I can.
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OR ANOTHER TOWN OF THE WESTERN BRANCH?
OR ANOTHER TOWN OF THE EASTERN BRANCH?
Map of train stations around Lake Como
On the western branch of the lake, the city of Como is the only one to have train stations.
Como S. Giovanni and Como Nord Lago are the two main stations: both are very close to the city center and connect Como to Milan in about one hour. Outside the stations you will find bus and taxi services, so you can easily reach your accommodation.
If you want to reach other towns of the western branch by public transportation, you will have to continue your journey by bus or by boat.
The bus will take you to Cernobbio in 15 minutes, to Argegno in 40′ and to Tremezzina in 60′.
If you’re traveling to a town on the right side (Faggeto, Pognana Lario or Nesso), take the C30 bus just out of the two main train stations. This bus will also take you to Bellagio in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
If you choose this option, I suggest you to arrive by train at the Como Nord Lago station, just 5 minutes walk from the pier which is located in Piazza Cavour.
Traveling by train to the eastern branch of Lake Como is much easier.
For this reason, if you are in Milan and want to reach Lake Como by train, this branch offers a lot of choices.
Also, Lecco (40′ by train from Milan) is an important interchange point for those who are traveling to Oliveto Lario or Bellagio: just out of the station, you will find a bus that will take you to the Pearl of Lake Como in 50′.
Bellagio does not have a train station, but to reach the village you have several options:
The bus will take you to Bellagio in 1 hour and 10 minutes and passes through other amazing and typical towns (such as Torno, Faggeto Lario, Nesso and Lezzeno).
You can reach Bellagio by boat from most of the towns around Lake Como. Consider that boat trips are slower and, obviously, more expensive.
If you’re traveling from Milan to Bellagio and prefer this option, I’d suggest you to get off at Como Nord Lago and reach the pier which is located in Piazza Cavour, Como (a 5 minute walk from the train station).
Or, you can take the train to Varenna and, from there, the ferry to Bellagio.
Note that if you want to take the boat from Lecco instead, the boat service on the eastern branch operates only in summer.