Overview of Hostel
The Lake Como Hostel La Primula II (Lake Como Peace Lodge) it is the perfect location to overnight when the main hostel is full. It is also extremely peaceful and ideal for couples, families or not-so-young travelers who want to enjoy an affordable and quiet place, while enjoying all the services pr
Lake Como Hostel La Primula II is the extension of Lake Como Hostel 'La Primula' the main reception is at the main hostel. After checking in guests can walk 8 minutes uphill to the Lodge. Heavy luggage can be hauled up, if needed.
(see gps instructions in the By Car Bottom Section ).
Menaggio is on the Western shores of Lake Como; about 30km north of Como and 26km east of Lugano (Switzerland).
The Hostel is only a 2-minute walk South (to your left) from the TOTAL ERG Gas Station opposite the ferry port when you arrive in Menaggio. You will see our sign on the main road as you leave the ferry square.
Sundays and Holidays Schedule (Festivo) may be at the end of the work day schedule (Feriale). Busses do run (with less frequency, but well spread throughout the day) on Sundays. With good weather
between April and September and if you arrive in Como before 3 pm, you may want to try the pleasant slow ferry option (see below) to enjoy the day even on your day of arrival.
b. From Milano to Como or Varenna : (approx 2 hours, unless you decide to try the slow ferry option below) : From Milano Central Station or Porta Garibaldi (local trains) to Como S.Giovanni then C10 Bus (see above for time table), or
from Milano Central Station to Varenna-Esino (local trains) then Ferry to Menaggio (see www.trenitalia.com for long distance train schedules or www.trenord.it for local trains, see below par. c. for Ferry Schedule) or from Milano Nord Cadorna (downtown Milano) to Como Nord Lago (see www.trenord.it) then C10 Bus (see above). If you want to try the
slow Ferry Option (See below) from Milan you must go to Como, if you decide to travel from Milan to Varenna-Esino, (on the Eastern shores of the Lake see the next paragraph for Ferry Schedule) you will in any case enjoy a 15 minutes Ferry
to cross the Lake to reach Menaggio from Varenna. With the proper connections this option can be much faster, as the train to Varenna from Milan Central takes 1h,15 minutes and the ferry across just 15 minutes). See below for Ferry
schedule. From the Ferry walk to the Total Erg Gas Station opposite the Ferry square, from there to your left a path brings in 3 minutes to the Hostel. See www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/c_orari.asp (find pdf timetables to the right bottom:
Car Ferry Service, even if you don’t have a car)
c. From Milan Bergamo Airport (approx. 2 hrs): Take the airport bus to Bergamo Train Station (Euro 1.70), then take the train to Varenna-Esino via Lecco (2nd class Euros 5.50) (www.trenord.it for train schedules), (careful from Bergamo
Station the train to Lecco leaves from an END track to the right as you enter the trains area). From Varenna-Esino get the ferry across the lake to Menaggio (Euro 4.60) (Ferry take 15 minutes, leaves about every hour, last ferry to Menaggio
leaves at 7.55 pm (7.40 pm on Sundays), there are later ferries at 9.00 or 10.35 pm to Cadenabbia (9.40 pm on Sundays), which is 2.5 km South of the Hostel; a taxi can be arranged, but call us at +39-0344-32356 if you are late).
See www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/c_orari.asp (find pdf timetables to the right bottom: Car Ferry Service, even if you don’t have a car)
d. From Milan Malpensa or Linate airports (approx. 2 hrs): From Malpensa Take the Malpensa Express form the airport to Saronno (20 min. train direction Milan, make sure stops in Saronno) then from Saronno to Como Nord Lago (40
min., ticket from Malpensa to Como approx. Euro 9.00) see www.trenord.it then click on the + sign (Dettaglio) for the Saronno connection. Then take the bus C10 (see above Euro 4.10 - 1h) or consider the Slow Ferry Option (see below) to
Menaggio if you arrive in Como well before 3 pm. From Linate take the Bus to Milan Central Station then train to Como S.Giovanni (see www.trenord.it) then C10 bus (see par. a. above or Slow Ferry Option see below) to Menaggio. From
Milan Central Station you may want to choose the option to Varenna-Esino (see paragraph c. above and www.trenord.it and the car ferry (also if you don’t have a car) across the Lake to Menaggio, you will be skipping Como, with the proper connections it can be faster, as the train to Varenna from Milan takes 1h,15 minutes and the ferry across just 15 minutes).
e. From Lugano (Switzerland): (Careful few busses on Sunday, if you expect to arrive to Lugano later than 6 pm better proceed to Como and take the C10 Bus, see directions above.) Take the Funicular to downtown, walk South 20 minutes
to the Cassarate Lido, in front of the Swimming Pool (Piscina) a kiosk sells the tickets to Menaggio (7 Chf) with C12 Bus (same www and time table abbreviations of C10 from Como bus above). The Blue bus stops behind the Kiosk on the
other side of the parking Lot. Beware the sign is small, Last bus is at 6.40 pm. Stop at Menaggio Centro walk South to ERG Gas station, see par.A. above, then path to Hostel). If you can arrive to Como well before 3 pm, you may want to
try the slow Ferry option described below, so you may want to travel all the way to Como. SLOW FERRY OPTION TO ENJOY THE LAKE EVEN ON YOUR ARRIVAL DAY (please read thoroughly above how to get to Como, as the slow Ferry may not be your option if you arrive from Switzerland or from Milan Central
Station, and it is definitely not your option if you arrive from Bergamo Airport). Slow Ferries run only between April and September, and to take the slow ferry you must arrive in Como before 3 pm. If the weather is good, we highly
recommend to start enjoying the Lake by taking the slow ferry from Como to Menaggio, there are about 3 slow ferries a day, it costs about € 10.40 (reduction for children). The slow ferry takes about 2 hours but it is the best way to enjoy the
Lake (some times they even show where Clooney’s Villa is). You can relax and have a café or even a meal if you take the lunch time boat. If the weather is not so good and you arrive later than the last Slow Ferry (at about 3.20 pm, from
the Ferry Docks) don’t bother and just take the cheaper Bus C10 (see above paragraph a.) for €4.10. You will have plenty of time to take boats the next days to go to Varenna or Bellagio. Please do not consider the slow ferry as a mean
of transportation, we normally use the bus, it is simply a very relaxing way to start enjoying the Lake particularly if you just stay at the hostel for one or 2 days, and if you have the time on your arrival day before getting to the hostel, which is
anyway closed for check in between 2 and 5 pm. Don’t worry if by taking the slow ferry you arrive between 2 and 5, you can leave the luggage and go to our beach under the hostel or to town. The € 6.30 extra charge and extra time of the
slow ferry vs. the bus it is really well spent to enjoy the Lake even on a long travel day. Travelling on a slow Ferry brings you back in time when life was going at a slower pace, you are on holiday isn’t it? On the day you leave if you need to go
back to Como you will presumably take the cheaper and quicker bus as everyone does. For the slow ferry timetable see www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/c_orari.asp (find pdf timetables to the right bottom: See Ferry Service Como-Colico-Como,
notes are in English, some ferries don’t make it all the way to Menaggio, so just follow the arrows to Menaggio on the time table). If you miss the Slow Ferry from the Ferry Dock just walk 5 minutes to the right, by looking at the Lake, to the
small Bus Station and take the C10 Bus, see paragraph a. above). To go to the Ferry Dock if you arrive to Como Nord Lago (from Malpensa or Downtown Milan), just walk 5 minutes to your left as you walk out the station towards the Lake, if
you arrive in Como S.Giovanni (Como Central) walk down the stairs in front of the Station, walk 5 minutes to your left (at the 2nd traffic light there is a Carrefour Supermarket to your right, walk right about 5-10 minutes along the Lakeshore
Park, until your reach the Lake and the Ferry dock) see also Como on Google maps.
a. From the airports it takes approx. 90-120 minutes. From Linate or Malpensa A8 to Saronno then A9 (see below). From Bergamo Better A4 to Milano then A8 then A9 (see below).
b. From Switzerland (Gotthard, Lugano Sud exit, then go to Centro, and follow signs to Gandria, ST. Moritz), Menaggio is at approx. 20km from the Border. When in Menaggio at Lake level there is a traffic light. Go straight after 200 m there is an TOTAL ERG gas station, after 200 meters there is a parking lot on the left, look back above the road and you will see the Hostel.
c. From Milan, airports and other regions in Italy take the A8 then A9, take the Lago di Como Exit (3rd exit after Como Toll Barrier) on the autostrada (motorway) A9. Menaggio is 30km north of Como. After the MENAGGIO sign, there is a
short tunnel, the hostel is above the 3rd parking on the right after the short tunnel.
GPS ADDRESS: Main Hostel Reception: Via 4 Novembre 106 - Menaggio, Italy
if arivign after midnighht go directly up to the lodge In Via Monsignor Poletti 71 - Menaggio .(absolutely choose the NO FERRY option, Via Como, unless you intentionally want to go to Varenna (last car ferry at about 7.55 pm, 7.40 on Sundays) or to Bellagio (last car Ferry to Cadenabbia about 11. pm). You can find your self stuck on the other side of the Lake with no Car Ferry Service which in general ends at 8 or 9 pm..
Lake Como Hostel La Primula II is located in Menaggio. Menaggio is on the Western shores of Lake Como; about 30km north of Como and 26km east of Lugano (Switzerland). Conveniently situated at the centre of the lake, 10 minute ferry ride from Varenna, Bellagio and Tremezzo. Easy to reach by train and bus from Milan, Como, Bergamo and Lugano (Switzerland).
Conditions & Policy
Lake Como Hostel La Primula II Policies & Conditions: Check in from 17:00 to 23:00 . Check out before 10:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards. Taxes included. (This property may pre-authorise your card before arrival). Cancellation policy:7 days before arrival. Breakfast included. General: No curfew. Pet friendly. Child friendly. Non smoking. The Reception is closed between 2 and 5 pm, but once checked in guests can enter the Lodge as they wish. It is ideal for children, families with pets, disabled and elderly travelers. Guests must bring their own towel or they can rent it. Breakfast and sheets are included. Alcohol can not be brought into the hostel, alcohol consumption is limited to the wine and beer sold at the reception in order to avoid excessive noise and respect other guests. Spirits are sold at the bar at the main hostel.