Last Updated on: 5th March 2024, 08:28 pm

#1 top pick

Lake Como with Snowy Mountains

Day Trip from Milan to Lake Como & Bellagio

  • -> Scenic cruise on Lake Como to enjoy the views of the lakeside gardens and villas
  • -> Funicular ride to Brunate (only from November to March) / Visit to Bellagio (April – October)
  • -> Free time to explore the city of Como and to do some shopping
  • -> Professional guide, air conditioned vehicle, pickup available
  • -> Duration: 12 hours
  • -> Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (2076 reviews)

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#2 pick

chur arosa railway

Lake Como Cruise, St. Moritz & Bernina Red Train

  • -> Morning cruise by private boat on the calm waters of Lake Como
  • -> Enjoy the view of lake villages and villas: Bellagio, Varenna, Villa Balbianello
  • -> Bus journey along the Maloja route as it winds its way to St. Moritz
  • -> Ride aboard the scenic Bernina Red Train and travel across the Swiss Alps
  • -> Duration: 13 hours
  • -> Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (1853 reviews)

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#3 pick

Lake Como with Snowy Mountains

Day Trip from Milan to Lake Como, Bellagio & Lugano

  • -> Eliminate the need to choose between Lake Como, Lake Lugano and Bellagio
  • -> Enjoy a pleasant cruise around Lake Como, surrounded by the magnificent Italian Alps, rich gardens, and fabulous villas
  • -> Visit the beautiful town of Bellagio, known as “The Pearl of Lake Como”
  • -> Shop for chocolate and other specialty items in the charming lakeside town of Lugano
  • -> Duration: 10–11 hours
  • -> Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (954 reviews)

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Located in northern Italy by the border with Switzerland, Lake Como makes for an idyllic day trip from Milan. The glittering blue waters and charming lakeside towns are less than an hour away, perfect for a quick Italian getaway.

Looking to visit Lake Como on a hassle-free day tour from Milan? Joining a group tour takes the stress out of planning. Besides, you don’t have to worry about accommodation availability or price.

Lake Como with Snowy Mountains

Snowy mountains and blue waters make a nice contrast.

Here’s a list of some of the best Milan day trips to Lake Como:

1. Small Group Day Trip from Milano to Lake Como & Bellagio

There are many local travel agencies that organize such small group trips from Milan to Lake Como. Almost all of these trips include a visit to Bellagio, arguably the most beautiful Como lake shore villages.

Many of these tours include a boat trip or short cruise on Lake Como. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the scenic views of the villas and gardens along the lake shores.

You’ll need to have your valid passport with you to join these trips from Milan to Como, as they involve visiting places in Switzerland. A copy of your passport won’t do; you’ll need the original document.

Here are a few options of day trips from Milan to various places alongside Lake Como. Just tap on your desired trip to see more details and to book it at the price of today.

Lake Como Beautiful Landscapes – includes tour of Varenna; small group limited to 15 people; transport by train and minibus from Milan

Lake Como trip with private boat cruise included (Bellagio visit / Brunate funicular ride)

Day trip from Milan to Lake Como, Bellagio and Lugano

Both Bellagio and Lugano are charming little towns.

If you want to find out more about this area, check out my article about Lugano, Switzerland.

Santa Maria Degli Angeli Church in Lugano, Switzerland - view of the interior

2. Lake Como Highlights Private Group Day Trip

A perfect introduction to Lake Como, this luxury bus private group tour stops in Como town, Bellagio, and Monte del Ghisallo. In Monte del Ghisallo you’ll visit the Virgin Mary Church.

Take in the highlights with the commentary from a professional guide. Enjoy the ferryboat ride and take amazing photos of the lake.

Click here to see more details and to book this tour for your desired date.

3. Lake Como Trekking Private Tour

This trekking tour can start in Milan, Belaggio or Como.

You’ll walk to the top of San Primo mountain, at 1600 meters (5250 feet) above sea level to enjoy the panorama of lake Como, the forest of Como and the Alps.

Click here to book your tour now.

Lugano aerial view - The Tower of the Cathedral

Best Ideas for a Milan Day Trip to Lake Como

If you’re looking for the best Lake Como day trips from Milan, here are 10 destinations to take into consideration when you do your planning.


Perched on the eastern shores of Lake Como, Varenna is one of the most picturesque villages. Walk along the waterfront promenade, explore the narrow cobblestone lanes, and relax by the lakefront with stunning mountain views. Don’t miss Villa Monastero and its tranquil gardens.


Called the “Pearl of Lake Como”, Bellagio’s panoramic views and old-world charm make it a must-visit. Wander through the boutique shops and lakeside restaurants before catching a ferry to other towns. Be sure to see the Villa Melzi and its lush gardens.


The largest town on Lake Como’s western shore, Menaggio offers a lively resort atmosphere. Climb up to Piazza Garibaldi for amazing lake vistas, go for a swim at Lido di Menaggio beach, or embark on scenic hikes in the surrounding mountains.


Famed for Villa Carlotta and its botanic gardens, Tremezzo provides gorgeous Como views. Explore the art-filled villa, relax in Parco Mayer park, or stop for an Aperol spritz along the lakefront promenade. Don’t skip a boat tour to admire Tremezzo’s opulent villas.

Como Town

At the southern tip of Lake Como, the lively town of Como blends old and new. Marvel at the Gothic Como Cathedral, stroll the scenic lakeside promenade, browse the weekly markets, and ride the funicular up to Brunate for sublime vistas.


Home to two of Lake Como’s most famous villas, Lenno is another jewel on the shores. Tour the impressive Villa Balbianello and its lush gardens, then visit Villa del Balbianello across the lake. Enjoy lakeside dining and pretty coastal walks.


This chic resort town boasts grand 19th century villas, long lakeside promenades, and the swanky Villa d’Este luxury hotel. Don’t miss a scenic boat trip to admire Cernobbio’s Belle Époque villas before relaxing at a classy cafe or restaurant.


One of Lake Como’s hidden gems, Nesso lies at the mouth of a picturesque gorge with cascading waterfalls. Hike down the centuries-old stepping stone path for unforgettable views or enjoy a picnic lakeside surrounded by nature.


Nestled at the foot of the dramatic Grigna mountain range, Lecco provides access to great hiking and views. Walk along the lakefront path, explore narrow Medieval streets, or take the funicular up to enjoy panoramas and paragliding.


If you have time for more than a day trip, spend a night or two enjoying Como’s cafes, restaurants, and museums. Take the funicular up to Brunate and go for a hike, explore lakeside villas, visit the domed cathedral, and just soak up the romantic lake views.

Can you go from Milan to Como by public transport?

Yes, there are multiple trains per day departing from Milano Centrale Railway station or from Porta Garibaldi. The Milan to Como train ride takes between 39 minutes and one hour and it costs less than $6 US.

There are also buses that go from Milan to Como Town. You can find their schedule and book tickets online.

With its scenic coastal villages, stunning vistas, and historic attractions, Lake Como makes for one of the best day trips from Milan any time of year. Which town or attraction tops your Lake Como bucket list?

Have you visited Milan? Before you go, check out my article about a self-guided walking tour on Milan. You might want to replicate it.

Violeta Matei