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I'm looking to travel from Lugano, Switzerland to Menaggio, Italy in mid-October this year.

I understand the C12 bus is the most direct public transport option, after leaving central Lugano on the #2 bus. This TripAdvisor guide has fantastic detail and describes my preferred route. Also, I have found the C12 winter schedule and summer schedule in Italian at asfautolinee.it.

However, when I use the route finder at asfautolinee.it, the fastest route is ~2.5 hours using route #2 -> C16 -> C12.

I suspect the 2.5 hour result appears as the fastest C12 option because the route finder seems to simply use Google Transit (as I sometimes get the response "there are no data in Google Transit for these search criteria") - and Google Transit often doesn't have complete schedule data.

Two questions:

  • What dates define the winter and summer periods? Which schedule will apply in October?
  • Will I be able to do the trip in ~1 hour, as described in the TripAdvisor post (i.e. despite the route finder's results)?

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Rome2Rio shows the C12 route taking 57 minutes (and 15 stops), traveling more directly west-east. ASF Autolinee also shows an alternative route, the S10 train to a connection with the C10 bus in Como, which takes about 2 hours. Its C12 route that shows the numerous stops and includes towns that document the 1-hour route (such as Cima, Porlezza, Croce).

The ASF Autolinee summer schedule is in effect between 9 June to 11 September; winter schedule begins on 12 September (through 8 June).

To interpret the abbreviations used on the schedule: Scol are those that run on school days (scolastici), which include Saturdays. Fer6 means buses that run Monday-Saturday (all six feriale or working days); Fer5 are for buses that run Monday-Friday. Fest indicates Sunday and national holidays (festivo). Gior is every day or daily (giornaliero).

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  • Thank you! This is a fantastic help. In the winter schedule I have linked above, do you know the meaning behind the headings "Scol," "Fer5," "Fer6," etc?
    – Robbie
    Aug 30, 2016 at 0:04
  • @Robyn: Scol are those that run on school days (scolastici), which include Saturdays. Fer6 means buses that run Monday-Saturday (all six feriale or working days); Fer5 are for buses that run Monday-Friday. Fest indiates Sunday and holidays (festivo). Gior is every day or daily (giornaliero). I'll add them to the answer, too.
    – Giorgio
    Aug 30, 2016 at 0:27
  • To elaborate, now that I better understand the PDF schedules and know which one applies in October, I'm comfortable using it as my source of truth and plan to do the ~1 hour C12 journey.
    – Robbie
    Aug 30, 2016 at 0:47
  • @Robyn: and if you make a mistake, go with it; it's part of the adventure; how bad can it be, you're in Italy.
    – Giorgio
    Aug 30, 2016 at 0:50

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