>> We are holding the Swiss TravelPass and would like to do a day trip to Lake Como from Lugano … Research shows Postbus leaving Autosilo Balestra at 11.45am to Menaggio … We are staying at International au Lac hotel … Which bus do we take to reach Autosilo Balestra from the hotel?
This is the Palm Express bus. If you are catching the Palm Express, the best place to catch it is from Stazione Nord, one of several bus stops outside Lugano railway station. Standing with your back to the station, it is about 200 metres to your left.
To get to Lugano station from your hotel, walk to the bottom station of the funicular (Lugano Città TPL) and get the funicular up to the railway station. Google Maps can show you the way.
>> Alternative is the C12 bus - casserate bus terminal departure- any suggestion on the schedule and how to rech the bus stop in Lugano?
If you are catching this bus, look up “Lugano cassarate - terminal bus, Lugano, Switzerland” on Google Maps, and see where it is. It is about a 15 minute walk from your hotel, and Google can give you walking directions. If you want to get there by bus, use the Swiss Timetable: from Lugano, Piazza Luini (which is near your hotel) to Lugano, palazzo studi (which is a local bus stop close to the Lugano cassarate bus terminal).
Postbus Palm Express (bus 631)
If you decide to take this bus, your Swiss Travel Pass is valid, but reservations are compulsory (and free).
There is only one departure each day in each direction: leaving Lugano, Stazione Nord at 12:05, arriving Menaggio, Via Mazzini at 12:55. The only return trip leaves from Menaggio, Via Lusardi at 15:05. Note that this is a different bus stop from where you get dropped off. Both bus stops are marked on Google Maps, and are about 150 metres apart. Make sure you are waiting on the correct side of the road!
Reservations (compulsory and free) can be made by following the link on this page:
This bus is run by an Italian company, and your Swiss Travel Pass is not valid, but they have many departures througout the day in both directions.
The timetables (orario) and route details (schema) are here:
The current timetable is only valid until 11 September.
There don’t seem to be any timetables in English. I’m not familiar with the conventions of Italian bus timetables, but from what I know of Italian, my guess about the notations on the timetable is as follows:
Fer6 – working days Mon-Sat
Fer5 – working days Mon-Fri
Fest – public holidays (and probably Sundays as well)
1 – Monday to Friday
3 – only Saturdays, but not if the Saturday is a public holiday
4 – not running 29 Jul to 26 Aug
5 – only running 29 Jul to 26 Aug
6 – only Saturdays
General information in English about the Italian buses in Menaggio is here: