To find the location of the holiday homes on sites such as www.multimap.com or www.viamichelin.com, enter the country as Italy, and the location as follows.
|La Calla, Orchidea, L'Isola, Giove, Venere||Orta San Giulio|
|Casa Bartula||Bolzano Novarese|
The closest airport to Lake Orta is Milan Malpensa airport, just 24 miles (40 km) from the lake, but three others, Milan Linate airport, Milan Bergamo (Orio al Serio) airport and Turin Caselle airport are all within 2 hours drive. For full details of scheduled and low cost flights from the UK, Ireland, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Finland, see our table of flights to Lake Orta.
We recommend you pick up a hire car at the airport. See this page for links to the main car hire companies. A hire car is the easiest way of doing the transfer, can be cheaper than return taxi transfers, and will help you get more out of the area (even if you don't use the hire car on some days).
Arriving by public transport from any of the airports is possible, but needs several changes, and there are connections only at certain times of the day. See below for trains from Malpensa airport.
The best train route, which takes just 2 hours at best, is from the airport via Busto Arsizio Nord (9 minutes), and from there to Novara Nord. From Novara Nord station it's a few minutes walk via an underpass to the main train station (just "Novara"), from where there are direct trains to Orta-Miasino. For the first part from Malpensa to Novara Nord there are trains hourly, but from Novara to Orta Miasino the trains are only every 2 hours, and with a big gap mid-morning.
The train from Malpensa Airport is currently from Terminal 1, with the extension to Terminal 2 under construction. Completion was scheduled for Autumn 2016.
Here is the Timetable from Malpensa to Orta-Miasino (correct August 2016). Mon-Sun means the trains run every day. Mon-Sat means the trains run every day except Sunday. Mon-Fri means the trains run on weekdays only. Always check the times of your chosen train on www.trenitalia.com for the actual day of your journey.
|Busto Arsizio Nord||arrive||1103||1203||1403||1503||1603||1703||1803|
|Busto Arsizio Nord||depart||1120||1220||1420||1520||1620||1720||1820|
There are sometimes taxis at Orta-Miasino station, or ask in the station bar to book you at taxi.
· It's walkable from Orta-Miasino station to Orta San Giulio in about 20 minutes if you have light luggage. Left out the station. Left at the end. Pass under the railway bridge and walk down to the roundabout (cross on the right at the zebra). Straight over the roundabout. Turn left after the Villa Crespi, and keep going (as you round the corner, this is the nicest bit and by far the best way to arrive in Orta!).
· It's also walkable from Orta-Miasino station to Casa Miralago in about 20 minutes. Right out the station, and follow the road up the hill. See Walk 1 in your location pack for full details.
· It's also possible to walk from Orta-Miasino to Villa Gelsomina in about 35 minutes. Right out the station and follow the road up the hill, see Walk 2 in your location pack for full details.
And here is the Timetable from Orta-Miasino to Malpensa (correct August 2016). Mon-Sun means the trains run every day. Mon-Sat means the trains run every day except Sunday. Mon-Fri means the trains run on weekdays only. Always check the times of your chosen train on www.trenitalia.com for the actual day of your journey.
|Busto Arsizio Nord||arrive||0838||0938||1038||1538||1638||1838||2038||2138|
|Busto Arsizio Nord||depart||0855||0955||1055||1555||1655||1855||2055||2155|
The holiday homes are very easily reached by road, and detailed directions are supplied in your location pack.
You may find the directions available from the Michelin online route finder useful. Wherever you are driving from, a choice of routes is available, and as well as an overall map, the itinerary now shows smaller maps for each junction and even the speed cameras! Enter the destination location as detailed above.
To sail through Italian motorway tolls almost without stopping, Italian Telepass boxes or VIACards can now be bought online at www.tolltickets.com. Any feedback on the services provided by this website would be appreciated.
Lake Orta is just 670 miles from Calais (just two thirds of the distance to Tuscany!) so it's an easy two day drive.
We have two route suggestions:
If you don't fancy driving on the alpine passes, you can book a place on the train that goes right through from Kandersteg to Iselle. Book at www.bls.ch/e/autoverlad/iselle.php.
If you take an early morning ferry across the channel and follow either of the above routes, a wonderful hotel to break the drive is Husseren Les Chateux in Alsace. It's about 6 hours drive from Calais, and 5 hours from Lake Orta.
To avoid any delays at the motorway tolls or at the Swiss border, French Liber-T boxes, Swiss Vignettes, and Italian Telepass devices and VIACards can all be bought online at www.tolltickets.com. Any feedback on the services provided by this website would be appreciated.
And if you need real-time traffic reports for UK motorways, try www.frixo.com
You can arrive at the main-line station of Arona and take a taxi (about 40 euros).
Alternatively, there is a very scenic branch-line between Domodossola and Novara, with 5 or 6 trains a day in each direction. The nearest station is Orta-Miasino (the station is in Legro about half a mile from Orta San Giulio, so walkable with light luggage. It's also about half a mile from Casa Miralago (in the other direction), so again, just walkable (but uphill!) with light luggage. It's slightly further from our other holiday homes, you'll need a taxi). This local train service cannot be booked in advance, you must buy the ticket in Italy.
From the U.K., taking advantage of the Eurostar service through the Channel Tunnel, the journey time from St. Pancras International to Orta-Miasino, including changes, is just 10 to 12 hours if you travel during the day, longer for sleepers. Two routes are possible: Paris-Lausanne-Domodossola; or Paris-Turin-Novara. The timing works well if you want to stay overnight in Paris: a TGV service runs from Paris (Gare de Lyon station) to Milan, it works well to change at Turin (Porta Susa station) so that you do not have to switch stations like you do if you change at Milan, to then get a train that stops at Novara. From there, you can then pick up the local train to Orta-Miasino.
There are now several web sites for booking Italian and European train tickets, including www.trenitalia.com (mainly for Italian trains) and Deutsche Bahn (bahn.hafas.de). Another good web site for European train travel is www.seat61.com
Note: for some of these we sites you need to type in the station Orta-Miasino in full and with the hyphen! And don't forget to validate ("convalidare") local train tickets in the yellow machines before you get on the train!
If you need a taxi from a nearby station, see list below.
The local bus company is Comazzi, their web site www.comazzibus.com lists a number of local services. Phone number 0322-844862 (+39-0322-844862 from outside Italy).
STN - Società Trasporti Novaresi - operates a bus service between Malpensa airport and Novara every one to two hours, timetable at www.stnnet.it/novaramalpensa.html.
A bus runs from Malpensa airport to and from Novara every one to two hours, this bus is provided by STN (Società Trasporti Novaresi), the timetable is at www.stnnet.it/novaramalpensa.html, cost 7. From Novara, take the train to Orta-Miasino (details above).
The following local firms operate taxis in the area:
For a hire car or minibus with driver, contact Gilardetti at Borgomanero. Telephone +39-0322-844.744 Web site www.gilardetti.net
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