Malpensa Airport, Milan has good train connections to Lake Como with a train station located at Terminal 1. There is a free shuttle bus that runs between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (approx every 15 mins through the day and every 30 mins through the night.)
Travel Option 1 – Malpensa – Como Lago Nord (changeover at Saronno)
From Terminal 1 take the ‘Malpensa Express train‘ for Milan disembark at Saronno. From Saronno take the train to Como Lago Nord station. The journey time in total is approximately two hours. This route is probably the best as it is less complicated and slightly quicker than the others. Please remember to purchase your train tickets prior to boarding the train; ticket machines or ticket booths located at Terminal 1.
Travel Option 2 – Malpensa – Milan Central Station – Como San Giovanni Station
Take the ‘Malpensa Shuttle Bus’ to Milan Central Station (journey is approximately 30 minutes). Board the train for Como San Giovanni Station which takes around 40 minutes. Directly outside the San Giovanni Train Station in Como you can find taxis and buses. The C10 bus will take you to destinations on the westside of the lake; Argegno, Tremezzo, Menaggio etc).
Travel Option 3 – Malpensa – Milan Central Station (eastside; Lecco, Mandello del Lario, Varenna, Bellano, Colico) Take the Malpensa Shuttle Bus to Milan Central Station (shuttle buses depart around every 20 minutes, journey time approx 50 minutes.) From Milan Central Station take the train bound for Sondrio or Tirano which stops at the following places on the way; Lecco, Mandello del Lario, Varenna, Bellano and Colico. The train journey takes approximatey 40 minutes to reach Lecco, one hour to Varenna and one hour and thirty minutes to reach Colico (the furthest point on the east side of the lake from Milan). There are also trains running between Lecco and Colico and stopping at a number of less well known stations along the east side of the lake. It is possible to purchase your train ticket to Varenna Esio Station at Malpensa Airport in order to avoid queuing at Milan Central Station. There is a regular train service to Varenna.
The ticket office at Milan Central Station is located on ground level while train platforms are on the upper level.
Please remember to punch your ticket in one of the yellow date and time stamp machines before boarding the train. Failure to do so could result in a heavy fine.