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Christmas in Como - how to reach the city centre

Data:  30 Nov 2017

Practical information to avoid traffic

With the arrival of the Christmas period and in particular with the beginning of the Christmas Festiva: City of Toys (“Città dei Balocchi”), Como is preparing to welcome thousands of people concentrated on holidays and pre-holidays.
Please read the suggestions below to avoid using cars to reach the city centre. 

Please read these suggested routes to reach the centre without getting caught into traffic.

Route 1 - Motorway & Boat
Arriving by car via the A9 Motorway exit “Lago di Como” motorway exit (if coming from South) or exit “Como Nord” (if coming from North/Switzerland), descent from Via Asiago, park for free at Villa Erba or at Tavernola. Take the boat from Tavernola or from Cernobbio to Como (single ticket from Tavernola €1,30, single ticket from Cernobbio  €2,50).
Boat Times available here. Last boat from Como at 7.45 pm (after this time there are still buses of the ASF line).

Route 2 - Motorway & Train
Arriving by car via the A9 Motorway exit “Como centro” motorway exit and reach the Grandate parking lot by the Trenord railway station Grandate Breccia (Free at weekend, 1€ all day from Mon to Fri) take the train from the Grandate-Breccia station to Como Lago (single ticket to Como €1,80).

Please see the Motorway & Boat and the Motorway & Train toutes here PDF (in Italian) with two alternative routes to reach Como centre - boat times, train times and map

Route 3 - Parking & Bus - Reach the Parking Lot "Autosilo Valmulini" (link to Google Maps)  without entering the city centre and then take the bus to the centre, with only 1€ you can park all day and get 2 free bus retun-tickets to reach the city centre (service NOT available on Dec 25th and Dec 31st). This offer is valid until January 7th 2018. (Note that buses run either every 15 or every 30 minutes) (Buses maplive timetable in Italian Buses reaching the Valmulini Bus stop: 1, 8, C50, C70)


Parking lots in Como - live availability

In case you wish to reach the centre by car (note that during December weekends traffic can get really bad around the city pedestrian area) there are : autosilo Auguadri (740 spaces, via Auguadri 1), autosilo Valduce (515 spaces, viale Lecco 9), parcheggio Centro Lago (357 spaces, via Sant’Elia 6), parcheggio Como San Giovanni (182 spaces, via Venini), parcheggio Quarto Ponte (156 spaces, viale Innocenzo 75), parcheggio via Sirtori (70 spaces, via Sirtori 92), parcheggio via Castelnuovo (440 spaces, via Castelnuovo) and Autosilo Valmulini.

You can monitor the live availability of the city Parking Lots online (via the free COVADIS APP downloas for IOS or download for Android)


Information material (PDF in Italian)

(PDF in Italian) Boats and trains timetable and map of alternative routes to Como centre

 (PDF in Italian) Boat times, Trenord railway timetable, cost of Como parking lots.

 Buses from Valmulini Parking lot and from Tavernola (PDF in Italian of ASF Buses services)

 Orari autobus dal parcheggio di Tavernola

 Orari autobus dall'autosilo Valmulini

 Map of buses in and around Como (PDF)