Boat Tour on Lake Como
Boat tour on Lake Como are something that it’s definitely recommend to anyone who wants to experience their holidays at its best. No matter if 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. We select the following as the best possibilities you have.
You can choose between public and private excursions, which both offer a fantastic way to see the beautiful towns located along the lake’s shores even if the Private Tour can definitely offer you an unforgettable experiences at affordable price.
We suggest to book directly by the link you will find in the Experiences page to get the best prices.
Private Boat Tour
A private boat tour on Lake Como will provide you with a driver who is at your disposable. This allows you to choose your itinerary and destinations, as well as the length of your boat tour. There are a number of private boat tour companies to choose from in the lake’s south-western, central, and northern areas.
We selected for you the best tour at affordable prices:
In Bellagio don’t miss the Sailing Private tour on board of a 38ft sailing yacht and discover amazing coves, villas and towns of Lake Como.
In Tremezzina or Varenna enjoy a deluxe experience of day trip on a Venetian-style Boat.
Public Lake Como Transportation
Lake Como’s public navigation system is called Navigazione Laghi, which provides a number of boat routes that connect popular towns like Como, Bellagio, Varenna, and Menaggio with motorships, hydrofoils, and ferries. You can choose between one-way, full-day, and six-day tickets depending on how long you plan to stay in the area.
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.
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.
There are three types of boats, each with its own routes:
Motorship routes (Corse Battello):
Motorships connect all the towns along the shores of Lake Como. They offer a slow service, and are perfect for those who want to enjoy the trip and take many photographs. 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.
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.
Hydrofoil routes (Corse Rapide): Also hydrofoils connect all the 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. The journey includes fewer stops, although most destinations are always guaranteed. Remember that this route does not serve towns in the southeastern branch of the lake.
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 (Corse Traghetto): They connect only the towns in the central part of the lakE and only type of boat that allows the transport of cars. Ferries are bigger than normal motorships, and connect only the following towns located in the central part of the lake: Bellagio, Varenna, Bellagio and Cadenabbia.