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We're flying into Milan and staying in Como and then want to travel to Venice.  We will not have a car.  Can you recommend a train route or bus that can get us from Como to Venice? Thanks

Hello Lorraine,

Sounds like a lovely trip!  Train will be the best option to get to Venice from Como, though you will have to pass back through Milan and change there for a train to Venice.  The trains run from Como S. Giovani to Milano Centrale almost every hour and the direct train is only 45 minutes.  Trains from Milan to Venezia S. Lucia leave just about every half hour and the length of the trip can range from 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on whether you are on a Eurostar or regional train.  You can book the trip in it's entirety though:, or  However, it is not really necessary to book in advance.  (When traveling our plans sometimes change don't they?!) You can buy the tickets at electronic machines in Como, Milan and Venice and be on your way within the hour.

I hope that's helpful to you and that you'll enjoy your time in Italy!




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I can answer many types of questions about travel in Venice Italy including questions on the topics of transportation, wireless communications, restaurants and/or shopping for food, bars and nightlife, shopping for locally produced souvenirs, where to acquire personal necessities, how to do laundry, the Lido di Venezia, excursions to the outlying islands, and how to rent apartments for short terms stays. Unfortunately I am unable to answer questions about hotels in Venice and I do not hold myself forth as an expert on the historical sites of the city. But I can, of course, recommend my personal favorite museums!


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