A funicular connects Como and Brunate. Hundreds of tourists per day use this cable car to get to the little village in the mountains.
Como has always been important throughout its history due to its geographical location between Italy and northern Europe.
Tourism in this area has been growing since the 19th century and more and more people came here to relax. A fleet of steamships began taking visitors across the lake. Later, after the opening of the St. Gottardo railway tunnel, the region became even more popular.
The Como – Brunate funicular was opened in 1894. It started with a steam engine but in 1911 the traction system was swapped over to electricity. After a few changes of ownership and technical reworking, the funicular is still in service today and run by the company Azienda Trasporti Milanesi.
You get a nice view of the railway line on a walk along the embankment. Especially at dusk, when the tracks and the train are illuminated, it is really quite beautiful.
Of course we, too, had to go on a ride on the funicular when we were in Como. The cable car runs between 8.00 am and midnight (in the summer). There is an official time table but we got the impression that this is handled with quite some flexibility. When it was less busy the train remained in the station for a little while longer.
he first and the last carriage are the most popular ones. Those have big windows with an unobstructed view. Unfortunately, that makes those two carriages a little bit more crowded but it is only a five-minute ride.
For our ride down into the valley, we quickly got into the first carriage and enjoyed the ride down with an exquisite view. The camera was running during the ride and you are welcome to experience it with us.
This was really worthwhile for us and our excursion to Brunate was great as well.
Please have a look at the latest prices on the Funicolare website as it changes seasonally.
In 2015, we paid 5,50€ per person for a return journey.