For Como city and Lake Como west-side destinations, the nearest airport is Milan Malpensa.
From Malpensa Airport you can get the Malpensa Express train to Saronno and then take a train from Saronno to Como Nord Lago. Journey time: about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
For Como city, follow the A9 motorway from Milan to Como (one hour, 52km), or from Switzerland to Italy, and take the exit Como Centro.
For west-side destinations, follow the A9 motorway from Milan to Como (one hour, 52km), or from Switzerland to Italy, and take the exit Lago di Como. At the roundabout follow the sign for Menaggio and connect with the SS340 which follows the lake’s western shore.
Even though the Lake Como coastal road, known as “via Regina”, was named one of the best summer drive in Europe in 2016 (click here to read the post), thanks to its stunning views of the lake and mountains, driving on the lake’s western shore can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially during the crowded summer months.
For east-side destinations, take the SS36 from Milan to Lecco (one hour, 56km). The SS36 continues up the east side of the lake.