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Lugano to Lake Como

Doing the Best of Switzerland in 12 days in September. Logistically speaking, is there enough time to visit Lake Como and see a town or two instead of our “free day” in Lugano? Would it be worth the time/effort or would we be missing out on Lugano? Thoughts and opinions?

Posted by
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Lugano is worth a day. How many days do you have a available to see Lugano?

If you must absolutely see lake Como, you can take the bus to Menaggio (about 1 hr ride), which is a nice town, and maybe also take the ferry across to Bellagio or Varenna. Or you can take the train to the city of Como (a city not a town) and maybe see nearby Cernobbio, which is a nice town. I wouldn't bother to see the city of Como itself. I'd prefer to stay in Lugano than visit Como for sure.

Posted by
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Another option would be to go to Locarno, Switzerland for the day. Just a short 30-minute train ride from Lugano. We found it less crowded than Lugano and really like it.

Posted by
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Altho I usually find Roberto's input invaluable, I respectfully disagree with him on this. We were on this RS tour a few years back, and Lugano was our least favorite stop. And- having just returned from Lake Como, ( for our second visit), I would encourage you to visit Menaggio ( smaller) and Bellagio ( nice buzz, quality shops and food.)
Have a great trip!

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Our thought was exactly that, bus then ferry. Any tips of the logistics of tickets/transportation?

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Buy the ferry tickets once you're at the dock. 15€ for an all day pass on the middle lakes region.
Safe travels.

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If you do visit Como, take the funicular that’s close to the ferries and zoom up to Brunate for a Spectacular view of the city, the lake and the alps. The Funicolare run every 30 minutes and take 7 minutes to make the trip. Costs about €6.