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How to get from Interlaken to Menaggio

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We are a family of 4 travelling on Swiss Passes (2 adults,2 youth) in 1 day from Interlaken Switzerland to Varenna Italy on Lake Como. Can get trains leaving 9.20 a.m. Interlaken-Spiez-Domodossola, then on the scenic Centovalli train at 12.05 to Locarno (arr.13.47).
1) I believe we cannot book, so how easy will it be for 4 of us to get on each of the trains, especially the Centovalli train in the middle of July (2nd class)& also considering our train from Spiez only gives us 15 mins to get on the Centovalli train?
2) What is the best way to get to Menaggio once we get to Locarno? The Centovalli train (FART!)gets us to Locarno (not clear if it goes on to Bellinzona?). Would it be better to get to Como (via/changing at Bellinzona?)& get a hydrofoil to Varenna?(also,what does the hydrofoil cost?) OR would it be better to get the train from Locarno to Lugano (think we have to go via Giubiasco and change trains there) and then bus to Menaggio, then ferry to Varenna? (also,what does the ferry Menaggio-Varenna cost?)
3) Luggage: Anyone know if we can send it (1 sm/med case on wheels each) from Interlaken to Como and collect it next day?... what does it cost and is it safe to leave overnight at Como station if it hasnt arrived by the time we leave Como to go to Varenna (if we go that route)?
4) Is the bus stop for the Italian Lugano-Menaggio bus near the train station?
5) If &when we collect our luggage from the Como train station, will we manage to pull cases on wheels from the station to the ferry departure point?
Hope someone can help!! Can't get info on these details easily in Australia! Are we crazy to undertake so many train changes, etc in one day? We only have 2 nights in Switzerland in Interlaken, then 2 nights in Varenna and cannot change any dates. Only alternative is to drive and this would mean we go the easiest route Interlaken-Lucerne-Lugano (would have to drop the car in Lugano), missing the more scenic Centovalli pass and possibly finding we hit heavy traffic mid July, also the driver won't be able to relax and enjoy the scenery much, especially since we are not used to driving on the right side of the road as well!!

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