One of the first things you need to do on arrival in Bellagio is to pick up a timetable for the lake ferry services.
There are different ferry services available. The most regular is the car ferry or Autotraghetto. Frequent services link Bellagio with Cadenabbia on the west shore and Varenna on the east shore. Tickets cost 4.60 euros for the one-way trip. The car ferry pier is a short walk from the passenger ferry pier.
The passenger ferry services comprise the mid-lake shuttle, which links Bellagio with Bellano to the north and Lenno to the south, also calling at Menaggio, Varenna, San Giovanni (occasional services only) and Tremezzo, and the longer-distance services to Como in the south and Colico in the north.
There are four ferries daily to Como, with a journey time of around 2 hours. Tickets (one way) cost €10.40. Alternatively, there is the high-speed service, which runs 8 times a day. The journey time is about an hour. A supplement of €4.40 is payable for this service. We found that taking the high-speed service one way and the slow boat the other worked well, as you can't really take photos very well from the enclosed cabin of the high-speed service. Both ferries run less frequently to Colico. If you take the slower boat, there's a particularly good seating area on the lower deck where you can sit on a comfy sofa with a view out of a panoramic window, and nip out on deck if you want to take a photo. We found this a very relaxing way to travel after a hard day's sightseeing in Como!
Note: Buy your ticket before boarding the ferry. There is a 1 euro surcharge for tickets purchased on board.
Once you have arrived at one of the many entry points to Lake Como (Como, Lecco, Varenna), you will find that each of them offer ferry services for travelling around Lake Como or for onward travel to your destination.
Ferry services offer many options for Bellagio, including a high-speed hydrofoil service to Como at the base of the westerly leg of the Lake.
We visited Bellagio whilst we were making good use of a one-day unlimited travel ferry pass (travelling there from Varenna) which we purchased for a cost of €15,00. This was our third ferry of the day and the pass is a great option if you want to spend the day visiting numerous locations around the lake with so many accessible using the ferry services. If you wish to use the hydrofoil or catamaran services when holding a day-pass, it is necessary to purchase a supplementary fare ticket.
Ferries to/from Bellagio require the use of multiple timetables (passenger and car ferries) as there are separate services operating to/from Bellagio, as well as multiple destination options. Ferries operate a summer and a winter timetable. During summer (in 2012 the timetable operates from 2 June to 2 September), ferries operated to/from Bellagio between 05:50 and 23:25.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Soon after arriving in Varenna, we (Hans & I, Kate & Jerry), walked over to the Ferry Ticket Office and bought our tickets for the FERRY TO BELLAGIO - Tickets were 4,60 Euros each one way. We bought two return fares and it came to 18,40 Euros. I asked about a senior fare reduction, but it was not offered.
Ferries run from early in the morning until late in the evening. Check out what pier you are leaving from and what time it leaves. Show your ticket to the official and then board the Ferry. Make sure you keep your ticket, as you will need it for the return trip back to Varenna.
Hans and I sat on top and had wonderful views of Varenna and the mountains. It was a little misty during the morning ride, but nice and sunny on the return trip. The trip lasts about 30 minutes.
Bellagio is the main Hub of water transportation on Lake Como. From here it's possible to visit all the major attractions of Lake Como, by water. You can choose between public ferries, as we did, or private motor launches.
We traveled to Bellagio from Milan and it was really an easy trip. We started out at Milano Centrale train station and took the train to Varenna. The trip takes about an hour and cost 5.10 Euros. You get off at the Varenna-Esino Station, where you will have to catch a ferry.
A 5 minute walk from the train station down to the pier and a 3.60 Euro fare and you'll find yourself on a ferry heading to Bellagio.
One of the best ways to get around Lake Como is by boat. There are fast and slow boats; boats that take only passengers and boats that take cars. Departures to Varenna, Mennagio and Cadenabbia leave Bellagio twice each hour.
Getting out onto the lake is an essential way to experience the area. The scenery is unbelieveably beautiful, the crew is friendly and helpful and the experience is fun.
When Staying anywhere On Lake Como you must at one point take a ride on the Lake via ferry. Your trip just wouldnt be complete. You can travel to some of the quiant towns on the lake or to the City of Como, which is the biggest on the lake. Check the Schedual but Ferry's leave Bellagio practially every hour until 9pm. There are three types of ferry's. The rapid , which is a hydrafoil and goes pretty fast, the normal passenger ferry and the big ferry to take cars. The lake is so picturesque that I am sure there is no narritvie i could give that would do it justice.
Just sit back and watch the Hills of roll by, and you can gaze upon mansions and castles and farms that are so scenic.
Bellagio can be reached by car or bus from Como or Lecco, and indeed if you have time and the weather's agreeable, it can be a pleasant trip (although the road is narrow and not for the faint-hearted) as you have a chance to discover some of the hidden corners of the lake.
However, if you prefer to go by water (and with car ferries you get the best of both worlds), Bellagio runs regular services to Cadenabbia and Menaggio on the western bank, and Varenna on the east.
Details can be found on the website detailed below, which is in both Italian and English. The telephone number is for the embarcation desk.
I took the train from Bergamo to Lecco and then the bus onto Bellagio.
This is all very easy, but do check for last buses back from Bellagio.
There are also trains on the east side of the lake. As an alternative you could get the ferry to Varenna and then a train back to Lecco.
Whatever you do - plan ahead!
If you want to discover the lake using a motorboat to drive by yourself (without any ship's passport) you can contact a rental company in Menaggio: AC BOAT , www.acboatrentals.com / email@example.com or from Easter to October at: (+39) 345/9010694.
This company has new 40Hp open and confortable motorboats with 2 wide sun decks to lie on the sun.
If you don't want to go to Menaggio, no problem, they bring you the boat in Bellagio with a little surcharge.
Credit cards are also accepted!! Unusual around here for this kind of service.
Consider taking a boat trip from Bellagio down to the town of Como. The ride is a little over two hours and on a nice sunny day you can't beat the views of the lakefront villas and towns along the way. The boat has both outside and inside seating, has a bar for drinks and snacks and, of course, the all important restrooms.
The price for the trip was only 8.20 Euros.
C30 - Bus from Como to Bellagio and return. Cost 2,75 one way - march 2009.
Buy the return tichet from Como. Bus nr. C30 start point in Como just in front of exit train station Como Nord Lago. Journey time from Como to Bellagio: 1 hr. one way in March.
Buying tickets in Como: exit from train station Como Nord Lago and go to right hand, see Biglietteria Autolinne, buy tickets and retur to bus station. Time spent: max. 3 minutes.
Near you can find Grand Mercato, next to Biglietteria Autolinne, to buy food and soft-drinks, water, etc. chep.
Enjoy the view !
The buses to Bellagio from Como are leaving from opposite the bus station, at Piazza Matteotti. You can’t buy the ticket on the bus so do it at the bus station. The price for the ticket was 2.75 Euro (February 2009) and the bus I took left at 8.50.
The road to Bellagio is a narrow winding road with beautiful views over the lake. During the hour the bus drive lasted we were driving in shadow as the sunrays had not reached over the mountain side jet. On the other side of the lake it was all sunny.
I had not intended to stay long in Bellagio so I looked at the timetable as I reached Bellagio to se when the returning buses were leaving. The next bus left 10.01(too early) and the next one after that at 12.36, so it had to be that one. I had read in a guidebook that buses left every hour, but that was not true. Maybe there are more frequent buses in summer though, when there are more visitors.
As I said you can’t buy the ticket on the bus and I could see no open place near the bus stop in Bellagio where to buy a ticket, so I was told to buy the ticket along the road. About halfway to Como the bus stopped and I ran to a building across the road to buy the ticket. It can be good to buy the return ticket already in Como if you know you are returning the same way.
The two airports which service Lake Como are located in Milan. The closest being Malpensa and Linate Airport being slightly further from Bellagio. Cars can be hired from Milan Airport, the normal car companies operate from both airports. Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar plus others.
If travelling by bus from Milan Airport you need to catch a bus to Menaggio and then a ferry to Bellagio.
For those who want to do Bellagio in style and luxury you can hire a limo to take in the sights of Bellagio and Lake Como.
All cars are air-conditioned and mostly are Mercedes. You can also have airport pick-up or organize a car for further distances.
Hotel Serbelloni also operates Limo service from their luxury hotel.
You can hire a car from Milan Railway Station to drive to Bellagio or hire a car at Bellagio.
The hire car companies are found on the ground level at Milan main central railway station. All major car companies operate from here. It was in the middle of renovation when we purchased our hire car and thrifty car office was difficult to find. Hopefully, the mess has now been completed.
For cars in Bellagio - Barindelli Rent A Car - www.barindelli.it - located in Bellagio.