How To Get to the
Italian and Swiss Lakes

By plan, by train and our suggestions

Click on the Map and view our position among Lombardy, Piedmont and Canton of Ticino.

By plane

From Milan Malpensa Airport (16 miles – 25 km as the crow flies far from town of Varese)
From Milan Linate Airport
From Milan Bergamo Airport

There’s a small airport in Lugano with flights from Geneva and Zurich.

By train

The area is well-integrated both into the Swiss rail network:
- via Gotthard Pass (in Swiss Alps) and via Bellinzona,
- via Simplon Pass (in Swiss Alps) and via Stresa on Lake Maggiore,
and into the Italian rail network via Milan and via Como.

The railways are operateded by several companies:
Trenitalia: National railway company of Italy
Trenord: an Italian regional company
SBB CFF FFS: National railway company of Switzerland
Tilo: a Swiss regional company

More info about travelling by train

Remember to validate your ticket in validating machine before getting on the train if you can't buy your ticket on line.

Extra charge for your bike. You needn't pay if the bike is packed in a bike bag. You must pay 3,00 euro if the bike is set up.
Click on Surcharges bicycles.

By shuttle service

Let us know your arrival time in Milan Malpensa Airport / or in Milan Linate Airport so we will arrange the transfer. The shuttle service has to pay directly to the driver by credit card.

From/to Malpensa to/from Varese. Van maximum 8 people: 90 euro in total. Car maximum 2 people (without bike bags): 70 euro in total.

From/to Malpensa to/from Colmegna. Van maximum 8 people: 160 euro in total. Car maximum 2 people (without bike bags): 140 euro in total.

By bus when you are in Varese

(On foot 1,6 km - 1 mile). Once arrived at “VARESE NORD” rail station (belonging to Trenord railway line) or at “VARESE” rail station (belonging to Trenitalia railway line) you take the bus line E in VIA ORRIGONI directed to BIZZOZERO, every 15 minutes approx (on the bus there is the sign “E – BIZZOZERO”). Look at: Bus line E
VARESE NORD” rail station is 650 meters away from bus stop, and there is a underground passage with steps. 
VARESE” rail station is 200 meters away from bus stop. 
The ticket is 1,40 euro. It’s possible to pay bus ticket on board with coins (only 1 Euro, 10 cents or 20 cents coins). 
Get off the bus at the fifth stop BORRI - BUENOS AIRES (approx 1300 metres - 1400 yards). It’s the next stop after a ENI-AGIP petrol station (on the right hand side), the Varese hospital (on the left hand side) and a traffic light. 
At the bus stop go straight for 100 metres. The hotel is on the right hand side.

Our suggestions about get to our hotels at Varese and Colmegna on Lake Maggiore

Departures from Malpensa Airport Terminal 2 to Varese:
Timetable
7.13 – 9.13 - 11.13 - 13.13 - 15.13 - 17.13 - 19.13 – 21.13. Timing 47 mim. (No change). The trains run at the same times every day. See the screenshot .
Take the train direction "COMO S.GIOVANNI", but you have to get off at VARESE. (Varese is the 5th stop after Malpensa Terminal 1).
On the dispaly of the station or on the display of the train you can see "S40 - COMO S.GIOVANNI".
The one way ticket is 13.00 euro (airport fee included). You can buy the ticket on-line. Click on (13.00 euro): see the screenshot (red circle).

Click on Malpensa-Varese connection - S40 Line.

Instructions for filling the on-line ticket: you needn't pay 3.00 Euro for your bike if the bike is packed in its own bike bag.
Ticket from dowtown Milano to Varese: 6.30 euro.

From Varese station to hotel is a 3km walk or you can take a taxi. Anyway we can arrange a shuttle service you all from/to Malpensa. It has to pay directly to the driver by credit card. Van maximum 8 people: 90 euro in total. Car maximum 2 people (without bike bags): 70 euro in total.

Departures from Varese to Malpensa Airport:
Timetable
8.00 - 10.00 - 12.00 - 14.00 - 16.00 - 18.00 - 20.00. Timing 47 mim. (No change). The trains run at the same times every day. See the screenshot.
On the dispaly of the station or on the display of the train you can see "S40 - MALPENSA AEROPORTO TERMINAL 2.
The one way ticket is 13.00 euro (airport fee included). You can buy the ticket on-line. Click on (13.00 euro): see the screenshot (red circle).

Click on Malpensa-Varese connection - S40 Line.

Departures from Colmegna to Malpensa Airport:
Timetable
Generally: 6.37 - 8.37 - 14.37 - 16.37 - 18.37. About 2 hours. See the screenshot.

Click on S30 Line Colmegna-Gallarate connection via Luino and on Gallarate-Malpensa connection - S40 Line.

Pay attention: this summer there will be men at work between Gallarate and Luino, so check better the timetable. Anyway feel you free to ask us info.

First section: take the train direction "LUINO or GALLARATE". Second section: take the train direction "S40 - MALPENSA AREOPORTO TERMINAL 2".

The one way ticket is 11.50 euro: 6.00 from Colmegna to Gallarate via Luino + 5,50 (airport fee included) from Gallarate to Malpensa Airport. You can't buy the ticket on line. You have to go to the ticket office.

Departures from Malpensa Airport T2 to Colmegna:
Timetable
Generally: 7.13 - 13.13 - 15.13 – 17.13 – 19.13. See the screenshot.

Click on S30 Line Colmegna-Gallarate connection via Luino and on Gallarate-Malpensa connection - S40 Line.

Pay attention: this summer there will be men at work between Gallarate and Luino, so check better the timetable. Anyway feel you free to ask us info.

First section: take the train direction "COMO S.GIOVANNI", but you have to get off at GALLARATE. (Gallarate is the 4th stop after Malpensa Terminal 1). On the dispaly of the station or on the display of the train you can see "S40 - COMO S.GIOVANNI".
Second section: take the train direction "LUINO or CADENAZZO", but you have to get off at COLMEGNA.

The one way ticket is 11.50 euro: 5,50 (airport fee included) from Malpensa Airport to Gallarate, 6.00 euro from Gallarate to Colmegna via Luino

Anyway we can arrage a shuttle service you all from/to Malpensa. It has to pay directly to the driver by credit card. Van maximum 8 people: 160 euro in total. Car maximum 2 people (without bike bags): 140 euro in total.

If you need any specific information ahead of your stay, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help you.