Once you have arrived at one of the many entry points to Lake Como (Como, Lecco, Varenna), you will find that each of them offer ferry services for travelling around Lake Como or for onward travelling to your ultimate destination.
Menaggio was one of our stops during our visit to Lake Como whilst making use of the ferry service one-day pass (at a cost of €15,00). The one-day pass is a great option if you want to spend a day visiting numerous locations around the lake which are accessible using the ferry services. If you wish to use the hydrofoil or catamaran services when holding a day-pass, it is necessary to purchase a supplementary fare ticket.
Ferries to/from Menaggio require the use of two timetables (mid-lake shuttle and car ferry service) as there are two separate services operating to/from Menaggio. Ferries operate a summer and a winter timetable. During summer (in 2012 the timetable operates from 2 June to 2 September), ferries operated to/from Menaggio between 08:00 and 19:35. Sunday services operate less frequently.
I went to Menaggio from Milan first taking the train Milan-Como (about 8 euros for the fast train, 3 euros for the slow train). Faster train takes about 35 minutes and slow one about 50, so there´s not much of a difference... Milan trainsstation is nice thing to see too.
From Como I took a ferry to Menaggio.
Taking a bus to/from Como is cheaper and faster than the ferry, but the scenery isn´t as beautiful. Youhave to get tickets from the "tobacconist´s" , the busdrivers don´t sell them unless it´s sunday and t:s are closed, still you have to pay more for the ticket when purchasing in the bus. From Menaggio to Como ticket cost 2.50 euros and should take about 1 hour.
Taking a ferry from Como to Menaggio is a good way of getting there and seeing the lake at the same time. It takes about 2 hours and cost you 6 euros. When staying in menaggio you should buy a day-ticket, which cost 7.50E and takes you to the towns in the central-lake area. At least Varenna and Bellagio are really worth a visit, it took us all day to do the 2 of them. Towns in the north-side of the lake are suppose to be less touristic and one-way ticket there cost from 3 to 5 euros.