I am new to this part of the world. I am in Munich now and want to visit Italy. Lake Como or Bellagio seemed like a good choice as I prefer the quiet countryside to the busy cities. What is the easiest way to get there? I was considering driving most of the way and figuring out somewhere to catch a ferry, rather than drive over the hills? Any suggestions on a more expeditious route? I am open to anything. (ie, Is going to Milan via train or air, then driving up from there a better way to go?) I only have 2 or 3 days to spend in Italy. Thanks!
There are no direct flights from Munich to Milan on either national carriers or budget airlines. With connection time, flying won't be all that much faster than taking the train.
You can take the train from Munich to Como without going through Milan. If you want to end up in Bellagio, you can take either a ferry or a bus from Como.
To see your train choices, go to www.bahn.de and click on the flag drop-down menu for English. Enter Muenchen as your departure point and Como S. Giovanni as your arrival point. After you get summary timetables, click on the arrow to the left of each departure time to see the connecting points. You can also click on a map link for each route.
I did the reverse train froM lake Como to Munich and did the overnight train. I splurged and booked an overnight compartment, and the porter took care of the passports when we go to the checkpoints.
Die Bahn had showers on board, and a complimentary "light" breakfast.