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.

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.

Boat to Villa Carlotta, Lake Como
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.

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The public boat service is provided by Navigazione Laghi, whose fleet basically consists of three types of boats, each with its own routes:

Motorship routes (Corse Battello)
  • Motorships connect all the towns along the shores of Lake Como (always remember to check timetables of your desired route)
  • They offer a slow service, and are perfect for those who want to enjoy the trip and take many photographs
Hydrofoil routes (Corse Rapide)
  • Hydrofoils connect the major towns along the shores of Lake Como (except for the southeastern branch)
  • They offer a fast service, and are perfect for those who have little time and want to get the most out of their trip
Ferry routes (Corse Traghetto)
  • They connect only the towns in the central part of the lake
  • They are the only type of boat that allows the transport of cars
Public boat routes on Lake Como

Routes and timetables

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Motorship routes | Slow service

Motorship | Boat trips on Lake Como

Motorships operate two main routes:

  • Como-Colico: this route stops at each town from southwest to the north (including Argegno, Tremezzo, Bellagio and Varenna)
  • Lecco-Bellagio (only in summer): this route only serves towns in the southeastern branch of the lake

Motorships provide a very peaceful journey that gives you the chance to admire the surrounding coasts and take a lot of amazing pictures.

Schedule & timetables

Como-Colico, Colico-Como (pdf)

Lecco-Bellagio-Lecco (pdf)

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

Travel times

  • Como - Argegno: 1h 05 min / 1h 15 min
  • Como - Tremezzo: 1h 10 min / 1h 50 min
  • Como - Bellagio: 1h 30 min / 2h

Travel 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.

Hydrofoil routes | Fast service

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.

Remember that this route does not serve towns in the southeastern branch of the lake.

Schedule & timetables

Como-Colico, Colico-Como (pdf) - 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”

Travel times

  • Como - Argegno: 20/25 min
  • Como - Tremezzo: 40/45 min
  • Como - Bellagio: 45 min / 1h
  • Como - Varenna: 1h 15

Travel 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 in approx. 45-50 minutes; a cool start of your tour that can also include a lunch in Varenna, where you can get by ferry in 15 minutes.

Ferry routes

Ferries on Lake Como, Italy

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

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

Schedule & timetables

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

Travel times

  • Bellagio - Varenna: 15 min
  • Bellagio - Cadenabbia: 10 min
  • Bellagio - Menaggio: 15 min

Tickets and fares

Remember to buy your ticket before getting on board!

Fares of Lake Como’s public boat service

You can buy different types of tickets (fares change according to the ticket that you want to buy):

  • One-way / round tickets: buy this ticket if you want to travel to a specific destination, without intermediate stops.
  • One-day / six-day pass: holders of these tickets are entitled to an unlimited number of trips within the area of validity, including intermediate stops.
  • Ferry tickets: the cost of a ferry ticket  is €4.60 per person, car excluded. Remember that ferries (the only boat type that allows vehicle transport) connect only Bellagio, Menaggio, Varenna and Cadenabbia. 


Some 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

To calculate the exact amount of the 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.


Some 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

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.

Each pass is personal and non-transferable.


Some 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

If you want to embark with your car, with a bike or other vehicles, find some detailed information about the vehicle transportation charges here.

Where to buy tickets

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.

At the moment, it seems like you can not buy tickets online on the official website of Navigazione Laghi. So, if you are going to buy your ticket at the ticket office, just make sure you get there about 20-25 minutes before the departure.

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Private boat tours Lake Como

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Most of the towns will give you the chance to take a private boat tour on Lake Como at your own pace, maybe at sunset and with a fine bottle of prosecco.

If you are looking for a private tour with a driver at your disposal, here are some options that may be right for you!

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