How To Get to the
Swiss-Italian Lakes

By plane, by train, by shuttle service

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We are located on the southern most end of the Alps, in the area among Lombardy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy) and Canton of Ticino (Italian speaking part of Switzerland).

By plane

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

By train

The area is well-integrated both into the Swiss railway network:

  1. via Gotthard Pass (through Swiss Alps) and via Bellinzona and Como,
  2. via Simplon Pass (through Swiss Alps) and via Stresa on Lake Maggiore and Gallarate.

and into the Italian railway network via Milan and via Como.

Timetables

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 Cross-border lines between Switzerland and Italy.

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

Travelling by train with your bike

You can take your bike on the train with you, but pay attention to transport conditions of the railway companies.

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:

  1. From/to Malpensa to/from Varese. Van maximum 8 people: 2022 prices to be confirmed.
  2. From/to Malpensa to/from Colmegna. Van maximum 8 people: 2022 prices to be confirmed.

By bus when you are in Varese

(On foot 2 km - 1.2 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. 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 for getting here on your own:

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.
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Varese

How to get to Varese from Malpensa Airport (Terminals 1 and 2):

Timetable Trenord
The S50 cross-border line allows you to get to Varese (43 min.) from the international airport of Milan Malpensa (Terminals 1 and 2) with connections every hour. (No change).
See the route on Malpensa-Varese connection - S50 Line. It's the brown line.

The one way ticket is 13.00 euro (airport fee included). You can buy the ticket on-line.
Take the train direction "MENDRISIO-BELLINZONA", 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 "S50 - BELLINZONA/BIASCA".

The one way ticket is 13.00 euro (airport fee included). You can buy the ticket on-line.

From Varese station to hotel is a 2km walk.

How to get to Malpensa Airport from Varese:

Timetable Trenord
The S50 cross-border line allows you to get to the international airport of Milan Malpensa (Terminals 1 and 2) from Varese with connections every hour. (No change).
See the route on Malpensa-Varese connection - S50 Line. It's the brown line.

The one way ticket is 13.00 euro (airport fee included). You can buy the ticket on-line.
On the dispaly of the station or on the display of the train you can see "S50 - MALPENSA AEROPORTO.

Colmegna on Lake Maggiore

How to get to Colmegna from Malpensa Airport (Terminals 1 and 2):

Timetable TILO
Connections: 7.13 - 13.13 - 15.13 – 17.13 – 19.13. Timing 2 h. 10 mim. (1 change in Gallarate).
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S50 line - brown (direction Bellinzona/Biasca), change Gallarate (Gallarate is the 4th stop after Malpensa Terminal 1), S30 line - green (direction Cadenazzo).

How to get to Malpensa Airport from Colmegna:

Timetable TILO
Connections: 6.37 - 8.37 - 14.37 - 16.37 - 18.37. Timing 2 h. 10 mim. (1 change in Gallarate).
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S30 line - green (direction Gallarate), change Gallarate, S50 line - brown (direction Malpensa Aeroporto).