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How to get from Milan Airport to Lake Como

Lake Como is a popular tourist destination, located 90 km from Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), taking around 1 hour and 20 minutes by car. There are three modes of transport you can use to get from Milan Airport to Lake Como: taxi, private transfer, or train.

Taxis and private transfers provide the fastest and most convenient services, as the transfer is door-to-door. The price of a ride with a Milan Airport taxi will be approximately €160. If you’d prefer a cheaper option, you can also get there by train. However, there is no direct train line between the two locations, so the journey requires at least one change.

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How to get from Milan Airport to Lake Como by taxi

Travelling from Milan Airport to Lake Como by taxi is certainly the most convenient option, as the service is door-to-door. Whilst some routes from MXP Airport are calculated using fixed fares, this route will be calculated using a taximeter. Under normal traffic conditions, the journey will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

A windscreen sticker displaying “Taxi autorizzato per il servizio aeroportuale lombardo” shows that your taxi is a licensed one.

Taxi fare from Malpensa Airport to Lake Como

Milan Airport taxis use a taximeter to calculate the final fare, depending on the exact location of your destination. There are several towns in Lake Como, so the cost of the fare varies depending on where you’re staying and any additional surcharges.

With that being said, the average cost of a taxi from Milan Airport to Lake Como is €160. More specifically, for Lenno or Bellagio you can expect to pay between €160 and €200. Whereas if you’re staying in Laglio or Cernobbio, you’ll pay around €100-€160.

For a guaranteed fixed fare with no hidden fees, you can book a private transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups and take advantage of our trained English-speaking driver, 24/7 customer support and Mobile App.

Cost

€160

Trip Duration

80 Min

Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

You can always find a taxi at Malpensa Airport.

Where do I get it from?

You can easily locate the taxi stands just outside of Terminal 1 (Arrivals), near Gates 4 and 5.

Convenience

Even though taxi rides can be expensive, hiring a taxi is the best transfer option. Sit back and enjoy the 80-minute trip without having to worry about stops or losing your belongings. For a more seamless experience, you can pre-book a private transfer and hop straight into your pre-selected vehicle upon exiting the terminal.

Editor’s Note

If you do not want to wait around at the airport after a long flight, then take taxi. However, there are other cheaper modes of public transport that can provide decent services.

Useful Tips

Always pick a taxi from the official taxi stands.
Ask the driver if extra charges will be applied to your trip and why.
Let the driver know that you are aware of the average price.
Most taxis drivers in Milan accept credit cards, but it’s better to ask before getting in the taxi.
Tipping your taxi driver is not expected, although rounding up the fare to thank your driver for especially good service is always appreciated.

How to get from Milan Airport to Lake Como by train

Getting from Malpensa Airport to Lake Como by train is not the most convenient option, as the journey is long because there are no direct services connecting the two destinations. Nevertheless, you can use Trenord trains to get to Lake Como, as long as you don’t mind making at least one change.

There are two main routes when it comes to travelling via rail. You can take a train from the airport to “Saronno Station” (Stazione Ferroviaria di Saronno) and then catch a train to “Como Camerlata”. Or, you can get on a train to “Milan Porta Garibaldi Station” or “Milan Centrale” and change onto a Trenord service to “Como San Giovanni”.

Regardless of which route you take, you’ll get to Lake Como in around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Except if you make your change at Milan Central Station. In this case, the journey is over 2 hours long.

How much is the train from Milan Airport to Lake Como?

One-way regular tickets for the train from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lake Como start at €11. The cheapest route ends at Saronno Station. If you’re travelling through Milan Centrale or Porto Garibaldi, ticket prices start at €18.

At MXP Airport, train tickets can be bought from the automated ticket machines and ticket kiosks.
Once you arrive at your next station, check the timetables for the next available train to Lake Como and buy your ticket from the ticket desk.

Cost

€11

Trip Duration

80 Min

Malpensa express trains run from the airport to Saronno, Porto Garibaldi, and Milano Centrale daily every 20 minutes. Trenord trains to Lake Como operate every 30 minutes on average.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Malpensa Express train runs between 05:43 and 23:56. Trenord trains operate from 00:26 until 23:26.

Where do I get it from?

Milan Malpensa Airport has a train station in both Terminals 1 and 2. To find the train station from Terminal 1 follow the signs that say “Treni”. If you land at Terminal 2, head north of the Arrivals Hall and you will find the train station connected to the airport by a footbridge.

*Trains that travel towards Milan can follow different routes because the city has two major train stations (Cadorna station and Milan Centrale). However, you can take any train since all of them stop at Saronno Railway Station. For alternative routes from Porto Garibaldi and Milano Centrale, check the stops and make sure you’re boarding the correct service.

Convenience

After a long flight, the train journey can be long and inconvenient, especially as there is no direct route. Not only you will have to switch trains, but considering the waiting time, your trip from Milan Airport to Lake Como may be longer than two hours. If you’d rather get to your final destination without the hassle of getting on and off public transport, we recommend booking a private transfer in advance.

Editor’s Note

The fastest and cheapest route via train is the one that stops at Saronno Station.

Useful Tips

Do not forget to validate your ticket before you enter the train.
Children under the age of 4 travel for free.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Milan. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€205
NIGHTTIME
€205
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

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Frequently asked questions

How to get from Milan Airport to Lake Como?

There are three ways to get from Milan Malpensa to Lake Como: taxi, private transfer, or train. The fastest and easiest option is to take a taxi or private transfer, as the service is direct and door-to-door. For a more budget-friendly mode of transport, you can take the train. However, the journey is not direct and can take well over two hours.

How much is a taxi from Milan Airport to Lake Como?

The estimated cost of the taxi ride from Milan Airport to Como is €160. Under normal traffic conditions, the journey will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

How far is Milan Airport from Lake Como?

The distance between Milan Malpensa Airport and Lake Como is around 90 km, taking 1 hour and 20 minutes by car or taxi.

Which Milan Airport is closest to Lake Como?

Milan Malpensa Airport is the closest airport to Lake Como, specifically the towns on the western side of the lake.

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