Boat trips and tours are something that I’d definitely recommend to anyone who wants to experience Lake Como 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: Bellagio, Varenna, Como, 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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. 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.
- 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.
- 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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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.
Private boat tours in the south-western area
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 in the central area
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.
Private boat tours in the northern area
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.
The best experiences around Lake Como
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