BUS SERVICE
around Lake Como

Most of the towns around Lake Como are well connected by the local bus service.

Bus service is a great way to move around Lake Como and save some money. Curious? Don’t worry, below I’ll give you some detailed information on routes, timetables and where to buy tickets 🙂

If you travel by public transport, you’ll be happy to know that bus stops are just outside the main train stations: there will always be a bus that will take you to your destination.

Get ready to learn everything about bus service around Lake Como!

BUSES ON THE WESTERN BRANCH

Read this if you are traveling to Como, Menaggio, Tremezzina, Argegno or one of the other towns of the western branch of Lake Como.

TRAVELING TO BELLAGIO?

You can get to Bellagio, located halfway between the two branches of the lake, both from Como and from Lecco.
Just choose one of the these two options, it’s basically the same!

BUSES ON THE EASTERN BRANCH

Read this if you are traveling to Lecco, Varenna, Abbadia Lariana, Bellano or one of the other towns of the eastern branch of Lake Como.

BUS SERVICE ON THE WESTERN BRANCH 
ASF Autolinee

ASF Autolinee provides urban and suburban transport services in the city of Como and its province, connecting the city to each corner of the western and the northwestern branch of Lake Como. Always remember to check the ASF bus schedule on the official website.

C10 Como-Menaggio-Colico

This route starts from Como (stops are outside the two main train stations, Como S. Giovanni and Como Nord Lago*) and gets to Colico (northern tip of the lake) in a couple of hours. The bus passes through each town on the left side of the western branch of Lake Como.

*Note: Due to road construction, the C10 line will not stop at Como Lago station until, at least, the end of May 2024; you will have to reach the stop at Como S. Giovanni train station, which is about a 15-minute walk away. Tap here to view service changes in the city of Como.

Travel times for the most common destinations:

Como – Cernobbio: 15’
Como – Argegno: 40’
Como – Tremezzo: 60’
Como – Menaggio: 1h 10’

 

Tip: if you arrive at Como Nord Lago from Milano Cadorna, look for “Como – Stazione Autolinee” bus stop on the timetables. If you get to Como S. Giovanni from Milano Centrale or Porta Garibaldi, the name of the bus stop will be “Como – Stazione S.Giovanni”.

C10 Como-Menaggio
C10 route from Como to Menaggio (picture: moovitapp.com)

⇒ Take me to the bus stopComo – Stazione S. Giovanni
⇒ Take me to the bus stopComo – Stazione Autolinee

C30 Como-Nesso-Bellagio

This route starts from the city of Como (stops are outside the two main train stations, Como S. Giovanni* and Como Nord Lago) and gets to Bellagio in 1h 10’. The bus passes through each town on the right side of the western branch of Lake Como.

*Note: Due to road construction, the C30 line will not stop at Como S. Giovanni station until, at least, the end of May 2024; you will have to reach the stop near Como Lago train station, which is about a 15-minute walk away. Tap here to view service changes in the city of Como.

Travel times for the most common destinations:

Como – Torno: 20’
Como – Faggeto: 25’
Como – Nesso: 40’
Como – Bellagio: 1h 10’

 

Tip: if you arrive at Como Nord Lago from Milan, the bus stop will be right outside the train station exit that faces Lake Como, to the left of a large roundabout. On the timetables, search for “Como – Lungo Lario Trieste”.

C30 Como-Bellagio
C30 route from Como to Bellagio (picture: moovitapp.com)

⇒ Take me to the bus stopComo – Stazione S. Giovanni
⇒ Take me to the bus stop
Como – Lungo Lario Trieste

Experiences & tours

Make your trip a unique experience!​

Venetian Limousine
2 hour boat tour with
Venetian Limousine
Como, Bellagio & 1 hour boat tour from Milan
Venetian Limousine
4 hour boat tour with stop
at a location of your choice
Cooking class in Bellagio
Cooking class experience
in Bellagio
Villa Monastero, Varenna
5 hour boat tour with visit to three villas

BUS SERVICE ON THE EASTERN BRANCH
Linee Lecco & Arriva

On the eastern branch of Lake Como, bus service is less frequent and is operated by two companies: Linee Lecco (which covers the metropolitan area of Lecco) and Arriva, which connects towns on the eastern side of this branch.

D10 Lecco-Bellagio

This route starts from the city of Lecco (bus stop is outside the train station) and gets to Bellagio in 45-50’.

The bus passes through most towns on the left side of the eastern branch of Lake Como. Always remember to check the Linee Lecco bus schedule on lineelecco.it.

Travel times for the most common destinations:

Lecco – Onno: 20’
Lecco – Limonta: 30’
Lecco – Bellagio: 50’

D10 Lecco-Bellagio
D10 route from Lecco to Bellagio (picture: moovitapp.com)

⇒ Take me to the bus stop: Lecco (Staz. F.S.)

D20 Lecco-Mandello & D21 Bellano-Varenna

There are a couple of minor routes that connect some of the most popular towns on the eastern side of Lake Como.

In this area, I would not recommend travelers to cover long distances by bus, since the most common way to move from town to town is definitely by train. However, if you want to move from Lecco to Mandello del Lario or from Varenna to Bellano, you can also do it by bus (check timetables below).

Travel times for the most common destinations:

Lecco – Mandello: 20’
Bellano – Varenna: 20’

D21 Varenna-Bellano
D21 route from Bellano to Esino (via Varenna) (picture: moovitapp.com)

⇒ Take me to the bus stopLecco (Staz. F.S.)
⇒ Take me to the bus stopVarenna (Staz. F.S.)

LAKE COMO BUS SERVICE
Tickets & Fares

Ticket prices generally vary depending on the length of your journey. You can buy tickets in most tobacco shops or newsstands.

Both ASF and Linee Lecco/Arriva give you the chance to find the nearest ticket office within the area in which they operate (click here to see where you can buy ASF tickets and here for the Linee Lecco tickets). Otherwise, for most popular routes you can purchase bus tickets through the Arriva My Pay app, available for Android and iOS devices.

Generally you can also buy tickets onboard but price will be a little higher and you can only pay them by cash. 

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This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Tanya R

    What useful information, thank you so much 🙂

    It will be my first time in Como Lake, how do I know on which side to stay?
    East or West?

    Grazie mille

  2. Simuzar

    Hello, when is the earliest time bus from Lecco to Bellagio, and the last bus from Bellagio to Lecco on Friday?

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hello Simuzar, please check the timetables here!

  3. Ayush

    Hello Alessandro, I plan to visit Menaggio on 24th June. I wish to travel from Como to Menaggio by C10 at 20.30 hrs. Although, the website doesn’t let me book it. Is this the correct timing ? If yes can you guide on rates and how to cook it?

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hello Ayush, summer schedules have yet to come out! But, in any case, I suggest you to check timetables and buy your ticket via the Arriva My Pay app (above you can find the links to download it).

  4. Ava

    Hi Alessandro – I am looking to get to Lezzeno from Lake Como on a Sunday (1st of July 2023). I have not been able to locate the summer schedule to confirm that the C30 is operating on this day. Are you able to advise if this trip will be possible? Or when the summer schedule will be available? Thank you in advance!

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hello Ava, summer timetables are out right now 🙂

  5. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

    Hi again Laetita, I’m really afraid that there are no buses from Bellagio to Lecco before 9 a.m. on Sundays, I have just checked the new timetables (see second page, the column under the cross). I think you’d better reserve a taxi in order to get to Lecco at that time of the day!

  6. Stuart

    Hi, is it possible to pay on board the bus?

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Yes, but only by cash. However I suggest you to download the Arriva MyPay app so you can purchase the ticket in advance.

  7. Alia

    Hi, are tickets sold all days? I can’t sign in to the app you mentioned

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi Alia, do you mean the Arriva MyPay app? I just tried it and it seems to be working.

  8. MeiLing

    Hi Alessandro,
    Aside to Arriva My Pay app, do you know any website/links to purchase the bus ticket from Lugano to Menaggio?
    I’m not able to register to Arriva My Pay unfortunately.
    Thanks.

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi, if you search for directions on Google Maps, below the list of directions you will find the websites from which to purchase tickets!

  9. Winnie

    Hi Alessandro, we want to travel by bus from Lecco to Bellagio then fast ferry from Bellagio to Como. Where can I buy bus ticket from Lecco to Bellagio? Where can I buy fast ferry ticket from Bellagio to Como? Can I buy one day in advance?
    Thank you
    Winnie

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hello, you can buy the bus ticket at one of the ticket offices in the area. As for the fast boat ticket, unfortunately you cannot do it online. You will have to go to the Bellagio ticket office and purchase it directly there. Try to arrive at least 20-25 minutes before boarding. I hope this will help!

  10. Antonella

    Hello good afternoon, thank you very much for all the fabulous information you gave. I tell you to enter the app that you said Arriva My Pay, but the D10 bus is not on the Lecco-Bellagio section and other not so good options appear. Do you think I looked for it on another page? Thank you very much again

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi Antonella, unfortunately not all lines are available for purchase on the app. I recommend that you purchase your ticket from one of the retailers.

  11. Antonella

    Thank you very much I will do so.

  12. Diane

    Good afternoon! We are visiting Villa del Balbianello on Sunday, October 8th at 11:15 am. from Menaggio. I’m seeing the bus schedule with only two early times Sunday morning, 7 am and 730 and then a 1 pm time. Are the bus schedules limited on Sunday. Additionally whatever date I select it shows the day earlier as departure date, but then off to the side us the correct date I’ve entered. I’d love to keep it easy and not require assistance for a simple bus schedule/route. Thank you so much!

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi, I’m seeing the C10 festive timetables and I see that there is a ride that departs at 10:35 from Menaggio and reaches Lenno at 10:50. I think you should take this!

  13. Kristi

    Can we take luggage on the C10 bus from Menaggio to Como?

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi Kristi, I quote what I found on the FAQ page of asfautolinee.it: “Only one piece of luggage can be carried free of charge as long as the size does not exceed 50x30x25 cm. For any additional luggage and luggage exceeding the above dimensions, a corresponding ticket must be purchased at the current fare”. For any additional information, please write to the company directly.

  14. Katie

    Hi, Im planning on arriving into the Como San Giovanno train station at 14:08pm and hope to catch a bus to Menaggio on the Monday 30th of Oct. Where do I buy tickets? Can I buy them on the bus?

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi Katie, I recommend that you download the Arriva MyPay app and purchase your ticket before boarding the bus 🙂

  15. Monica

    Hello, Maybe you can help me with something. Do you know if the busses to Bellagio are operational during winter? I am planning a visit for next week and I read that the ferry is not operational. Thanks in advance!

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi Monica, yes, buses are always operational in winter 🙂

  16. Huong Nguyen

    Hi, if I buy ticket on bus, can I pay by card or cash? Tks

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi, it is only possible to pay in cash. However I suggest you to download the Arriva MyPay app so you can purchase the ticket in advance. The app allows you to purchase bus tickets for most (though not all) routes.

  17. Fred

    Hi, Is it possible to register for the Arriva MyPay App in English?
    Thanks, Fred

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi Fred, the app is also available in English

  18. Susann

    Hi Alessandro, I have downloaded the timetable for bus C30 (Como-Bellagio) and there is no explanation what the abbreviations stand for. Like ‘Scol’ and ‘Fer6’. I want to catch the bus from Como on a Monday morning to Torno for a hike.
    Also – due to road works the bus stop has been moved to Stazione Autolinee, is it well sign-posted?
    Many thanks, Suzy

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi Susann, “Sco” means that the ride is scheduled on school days (Monday through Friday), “Fer6” means that the ride is scheduled on weekdays, including Saturdays. The C30 bus stop in Como is just outside the Como Lago train station!

  19. Allie

    Hi Alessandro, is it possible to buy day passes for the C10 bus? I will be traveling to Ossuccio and will need to use the bus several times throughout the day. I wasn’t sure if this was an option? Thank you in advance!

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi Allie, yes, the day ticket can be purchased through the Arriva MyPay app and costs €11.50. If you are unable to purchase it through the app, you can do so at tobacconists or newsstands 🙂

  20. Llio roberts

    Hi! We want to visit around lake como on sunday may 26th. Im anxious that transport will not be running often on a sunday, like the ferries and buses. I have looked at the timetables but cant make head or tail of them. Help would be appreciated thank you!

    1. Alessandro - Lake Como Travel

      Hi, I understand you very well… Unfortunately, public transportation on Lake Como does not present their schedules in an understandable way. Consider that the winter frequency of buses averages about one per hour, while that of boats is one every two hours. I recommend that you arrange your bus trips using the Arriva MyPay app, and for boats use the search form on navigazionelaghi.it.

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