From Milan to Stresa
By Train (1hour – 1hour 30min, 5 – 14€)
Stresa is on the main railway Milano - Simplon - Geneva - Paris. There are 21 trains a day from the two main railway stations in Milan which stop at Stresa. From Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station, take one of the 10 regional trains heading for Domodossola (1hour 30min, 5€). From Milano Centrale railway station, take one of the 6 regional trains heading for Domodossola (1hour 10min, 5€) or one of the 5 international trains heading for Geneva/Basle (55min, 14€). Timetable and tickets available at:
Tickets bought online do not need to be validated. Tickets purchased at the sale offices at the station are to be validated in one of the punching machines located at the beginning of the platforms before boarding the train. Tickets purchased on board, or not properly validated, can be subjected to an extra fee up to 50 Euros. Please note: some international train to Switzerland do not stop at Stresa. Check before booking.
By Car (1hour 20min, 90 km)
Take the A8 motorway North West towards Laghi-Sesto Calende-Varese, then the A26 motorway towards Gravellona Toce to the Baveno exit. At Baveno follow the signs for Stresa.
Transportation in Stresa and Lake Maggiore Area
You do not need to have a car in Stresa. The main attractions can be reached by other means. The Borromean Islands are well connected by boat; Mottarone and the Alpinia garden are served by a cableway while Villa Pallavicino can be reached on foot. The other places around Lake Maggiore are connected to each other by boat. A car is useful if you want to explore inland and you can easily hire one at the airports, at Milano Centrale railway station and at Stresa. If you want to hire a car at Stresa it is advisable to book in advance.
Stresa is connected to the major tourist resorts on Lake Maggiore by the public service and by private companies. You can buy single tickets or daily tickets which allow you to make an unlimited number of stops. At Stresa the main landing stage is in Piazza Marconi, attached to the tourist office. You can get to the Borromean Islands from a second landing stage in Lido di Stresa. If you want personalised services (for example for evening trips), a taxi-boat can be hired from either of the two landing stages in Stresa.
The railway line goes only partly around the lake. However, of noteworthy
interest is the Lake Maggiore Express which connects Domodossola with
Locarno along a panoramic railway through the mountains.
Taxi Cab Services
Taxis stands can be found in front of the Stresa railway station and the main boat landing stage. A taxi cab can be reserved by calling one of the following numbers:
- Piazzale Stazione – Phone: +39-0323-30394, +39-0323-31226
- Piazza Marconi – Phone: +39-0323-31226