Funicular Railway, Como

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Address: Piazza Alcide de Gasperi, Como, Italy

Ticket Price: 6 EUR

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Time Required: 00:30 Mins

Timings: 06:00 am - 10:30 pm Details

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About Funicular Railway, Como

The Funicular Railway has linked Lake Como and Brunate since 1894 and is still the quickest way of travelling between these two towns. A trip on the railway offers stunning views and an opportunity to see panoramic views of rural Como, all whilst having an enjoyable jaunt on a train!

The Funicular Railway marked the start of an industrial tourism revolution in Como, as it was built at a time when many transport links in the area were expanding to create a network between local towns. In 1911 the traction system changed from steam to electricity and the canon which makes a daily salute at noon possible was installed in 1912. Today the railway is run by ATM and is accords to all environmental and safety regulations despite its age!

As you glide along the cliff sides on the railway you will be able to see for miles, glancing over the epic azure lake, clusters of traditional Italian houses and sweeping mountainsides. The journey itself lasts just over ten minutes and once you reach Brunate you have the choice of sitting down with a drink from the little bar to take in the glorious views or alternatively you can go for a bit of an explore.

There are some great walks with the Pissarottino Spring just a few minutes away, a spot from which you can see Lake Como, Villa d’Este and Monte Rosa. It’s actually possible to walk back down to Como from the spring, either following the railway or you can adapt your route to pass by the fifteenth century former convent Eremo di San Donato. A lovely lighthouse stands at about a mile’s walk away from the station too if you fancy something nautical. You can also climb even higher up the mountains; take a bus to visit San Maurizio and Cao or take a wander to Monte Piatto and down to Torno where you can make a day of it and catch a boat back to Como. A combination of mountain and ocean travel will ensure you see Como from every possible angle, all of which are pretty wonderful. Just make sure that you check boat departure times!

Funicular Railway Information

  • Don’t forget to carry your camera.

Funicular Railway Ticket Prices

  • The ticket mentioned above are of the return journey.
  • Tickets include -Railroads Nord Milano Esercizio s.p.a.
  • Bus from Faro A. Volta and CAO.

Funicular Railway Opening and Closing Hours

  • On Saturdays, the service is available till 12.00 am.
  • In summer, the service is available till 12.00 everyday.
  • In summer and on Christmas day, the service is available for every 30 minutes.
  • You can check the timetable of the train on their website.

Restaurants Near Funicular Railway

  • Ristorante Bar Giuliani Di Carmine Giuliani- Como
  • Trattoria del cacciatore- Brunate

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Funicular Railway, Como Reviews

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  • Great daily transport for me. Good hours and good resident prices. Obviously the view is also spectacular! The only downside is Sundays: it becomes VERY unfriendly for my stroller. My kid is 1 so it's impossible to go out without a stroller, but they close the lower gate forcing you to enter through the upper entry which requires me to do some 60-80 steps ALONE WITH MY STROLLER. Then even if I make it up there, I can't fit through the upper entrance turnstiles and I certainly cannot lift my stroller and baby alone. Thank God there's always someone there to help... someone or more like some million. Sunday is also super packed. Please, make an option for pushchairs!!!!!!

  • Really nice view from top. There are some paths up on the hill - recommend to spend 1-1.5 hours there at least. Couple of panoramic places. The funiculare itself is really busy from time to time. Be ready to wait a little in the cue.

  • Nice experience. Kids below five are free. The view on the top is nice. Try to arrive early to avoid the crowds.

  • Go here early in the morning. Not so crowded and very good scenery overlooking the lakes and city of como.

  • Regular ticket for an adult costs 3 euro. There and return 5.50 euro. Great views from above. Brunate is beautiful small old city typical of Italy. You can visit FARO VOLTANO a nearby lighthouse - breathtaking panorama.

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