Menaggio sits on the western shores of Lake Como, about 30 km north of Como and about 27km east of Lugano (Switzerland).
It is perfectly located in the Centro di Lago region. Its central position is ideal for visiting other towns on the Lake either by boat or bus.
If you fancy a day trip to Switzerland, you can reach Lugano in less than an hour.
Menaggio can be easily reached from four local airports:
For C10 bus times go to www.sptlinea.it Click on 'ORARI',then 'estivo 2010', scroll to C10.
For Varenna ferry times go to www.navigazionelaghi.it
From down town Milano
From the Central Station or Porta Garibaldi Station you can either take the train (see www.trenitalia.com) to Como San Giovanni Station then the C10 bus to Menaggio, or the train to Varenna and then the ferry across to Menaggio. From Milano Cadorna Nord Station take the train to Como Lago Station, then the C10 bus to Menaggio (see www.lenord.it).
From Como (approx. 55 mins)
You can take the C10 bus from either Como Lago or Como San Giovanni train stations (€3.60). Ask the driver to stop outside the Grand Hotel Menaggio. Opposite the Grand Hotel Menaggio there is an Erg gas station, the Hostel is about 200m up the hill from here. If you are leaving from Como Lago station you need to buy the ticket at the bus station. If you are leaving from Como San Giovanni (Central Station), you need to buy the ticket at the news stand or at the station bar. The last bus leaves at 8.20pm.
From Lugano train station get the funicular to down town. Then walk about 1 mile north past the Park of Villa Ciani until you reach the CASSARATE car park in front of the Lido di Lugano Swimming Pool. In front of the Lido there is a small Kiosk (soft drinks and Sandwich vendor) where you find the tickets to Menaggio. Behind the Kiosk there is a car park called Campo Marzio. At the far end, behind the kiosk, there will be a bus stop. The bus is blue and numbered C12. Ask at the kiosk to make sure where the right stop is, in case the bus is not there.
Get off the bus in Menaggio Centro. You will recognise it becasue it's by a little harbor with sail boats. Walk South and in one minute you will reach the traffic light at the south end of town. Continue and after about 1/8 of a mile you will find an ERG petrol station to your right. From there a little paved path leads up to the Hostel (3 minutes)
For the bus time tables from Como or Lugano please go to their website: www.sptlinea.it. Click on ORARIO EXTRAURBANO DELLA PROVINCIA DI COMO
(Fer 6 means 6 days a week Mon-Sat, for other notes please use Google Translator) Como - Staz. Autolinee is the Bus Station at Como Lago (where you arive with Lenord). Como Station FS is Como S. Giovanni, or Como Central Station where you arrive from Milano Centrale or Milano Porta Garibaldi or From Switzerland.
Milan Bergamo Airport (approx. 2 hrs)
Take the airport bus to Bergamo Train Station (€2.00), you can buy the ticket from a stand as you leave the airport. From the train station, take the train to Varenna. You will need to change at Lecco (2nd class €4.20) (see www.trenitalia.com for train times). At Varenna take the ferry across the lake to Menaggio (€3.60). There is an information desk behind the station where you can ask directions to the port area. The ferry take 15 mins and leaves about once an hour. The last ferry to Menaggio leaves at 7.55pm. If you miss this, there is a 9.40pm ferry to Cadenabbia, which is 3km south of the Hostel. A taxi can be arranged from here. (For ferries schedule see link above)
Milan Malpensa and Linate Airport (approx. 2 hrs)
From Malpensa Airport take the Malpensa Express to Saronno (20 mins). Then from Saronno take the train to Como Nord Lago (30 mins). A ticket from Malpensa to Como is €8. From Como Lago take the C10 bus to Menaggio (as above) or you can take the hydrofoil to Menaggio. There are also direct buses (C250) running from Malpensa to Como three times a day (8.30 am, 1.30 pm, 7.30 pm) from Terminal 1. From Linate Airport take the shuttle bus to Milano Central Station. Then take a train to Como San Giovanni station or to Varenna. From Como you can take the C10 bus to Menaggio or from Varenna you can take the ferry.
Take the A8 to 'The Lakes', then take the A9 branch to Como. After the Como toll booth, take the third exit sign posted 'Como Nord'. Go down the ramp from the motorway exit, turn left at the round about towards Menaggio and follow the lake north for 30km. Before entering Menaggio there is a short tunnel. The hostel is on the left above the road after the third parking lot on the right.
Take the A4 all the way to Milan, then the A8 and A9 as above.
From Malpensa Airport
Take the A8 towards Milan, then the A9 towards Como (see above).