around Lake Como

Boat trips and tours on Lake Como are something that I’d definitely recommend to anyone who wants to experience their holidays at its best.

Whether you are visiting Lake Como for a day or staying longer, jump aboard a boat, relax and reach your favourite destination: BellagioVarennaComo, or maybe one of the historical villas on the shores of the lake.

The first thing you have to know is that boat tours are basically of two types: public or private. You can choose the experience you prefer based on your needs, especially the time and budget you have available.

Public tours
Public boat tours on Lake Como

The local public navigation service (Navigazione Laghi) provides several routes that connect all of the most popular towns along Lake Como’s shores, at a convenient price.

Private tours
Private boat tours on Lake Como

With a driver at your disposal you have the chance to choose your favorite itinerary and the length of your cruise. The best to experience Lake Como at your own pace.

around Lake Como

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The public boat service is provided by Navigazione Laghi, whose fleet basically consists of three types of boats:

motorships (see the blue lines in the map): for those who want to take it easy and do a lot of pictures
hydrofoils (red): for travelers who have little time
ferries (yellow): to move around the central area of the lake

Public boat routes on Lake Como

Fleet, routes and timetables

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Motorship | Boat trips on Lake Como

Motorships operate two main routes, Como-Colico and – only in summer – Lecco-Bellagio. It is a very peaceful journey that gives you the chance to admire the surrounding coasts and take a lot of amazing pictures.

Tip: with a little advance planning, you will be able to visit at least two or three towns in a single day. You can start from Como in the morning and get to Bellagio in the early afternoon, then you can head to Tremezzo and travel back to Como in time for dinner.

Schedule and timetables (November 2019 – March 2020)

Como-Colico, Colico-Como
Lecco-Bellagio, Bellagio-Lecco

Remember to visit the official website of Navigazione Laghi for the most updated schedule and timetables.


Hydrofoil | Boat trips on Lake Como

Hydrofoils provide a fast service, for a slightly higher price. The journey includes fewer stops, although the major destinations are always guaranteed.

Tip: if you have little time, fast service could be the best choice. For example, you can hop on a hydrofoil from Como at 9 am and get to Bellagio at 9:46; a cool start of your tour that can also include a lunch in Varenna, where you can get by ferry.

Schedule and timetables (November 2019 – March 2020)

Como-Colico, Colico-Como (fast service is in red)

Remember to visit the official website of Navigazione Laghi for the most updated schedule and timetables.

In the Route Planner, always check the box “INCLUDE FAST SERVICE”


Ferries on Lake Como, Italy

Traveling by car? If so, ferry is a perfect choice.

Ferries are much bigger than normal motorships, and connect only the following towns located in the central part of the lake: BellagioVarennaMenaggio and Cadenabbia.

Schedule and timetables (November 2019 – March 2020)

Remember to visit the official website of Navigazione Laghi for the most updated schedule and timetables.

Tickets and fares

Remember to buy your ticket before getting on board. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office near the dock of almost any town (onboard purchase – with cash/credit card and without any additional cost – is allowed in case of towns with no ticket office). People with disabilities can always buy the ticket on board without extra charge.

You can buy one-way tickets online (payment by credit card only) on the official website of Navigazione Laghi. But if you are going to buy your ticket at the ticket office, just make sure you get there about 15-20 minutes before the departure.


To calculate the exact amount of a one-way ticket, click here and, in the table on the left, select your starting point and your desired destination; you will find a number that corresponds to the selected route, here called “strecht”; now, look at the upper table on the right – “One-way ticket prices” – and find out the corresponding fare.

Any examples?

  • One-way ticket Como-Bellagio (by motorship): €10.40
  • One-way ticket Como-Bellagio (by hydrofoil, the fast service): €14.80
  • One-way ticket Lecco-Bellagio (by motorship): €8.30



Holders of these tickets are entitled to an unlimited number of trips within the area of validity, including intermediate stops. Each pass is personal and non-transferable; both one-day and six-day tickets are valid on fast service runs – upon payment of the relative supplement – and are not valid on night cruises, except where otherwise not indicated.

Any examples?

  • One-day pass for the area Como-Bellagio€23.30
  • Six-day pass for the area Como-Bellagio€69.90
  • One-day pass for the area Lecco-Bellagio€19.40


The cost of a ferry ticket (excluding car) is €4.60 per person. Remember that ferries connect only Bellagio, Menaggio, Varenna and Cadenabbia. If you want to embark with your car, with a bike or other vehicles, find some detailed information about the vehicle transportation charges here.

Any examples?

  • One-way ticket Varenna-Bellagio for a couple with a regular car: between €12.60 and €15.50
  • One-way ticket Varenna-Tremezzina for 3 people with 3 motorbikes: between €19.20 and €25.80
  • One-way ticket Bellagio-Cadenabbia for 4 people with a camper€29.50

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around Lake Como

Most of the towns will give you the chance to take a boat tour on Lake Como with a driver at your disposal. The cost of this service is obviously higher, but doing so will let you choose your favorite itinerary and the length of your cruise. 

Lake Como boat tour

Private boat tours in the south-western area
from €180

Perfect if you want to admire towns of the Como branch and see popular attractions such as Villa Balbianello, George Clooney's villa and the Nesso gorge.

Private boat tours on Lake Como

Private boat tours in the central area
from €200

Perfect if you start from Bellagio, Varenna or Tremezzina, and don't want to miss the chance to see the pearls of Lake Como from a unique perspective.

Boat tours on Lake Como

Private boat tours in the northern area
from €180

Perfect if you are spending your holidays in Colico, Dervio or Dongo and want to see a different (and more peaceful) facet of the amazing Lake Como.

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