Do not miss the chance to take the ferry to or from Bellagio! You can go to Varenna, Como, Lecco and other places on the lake, the trip is so beautiful and unforgettable! Ferries are going every 10-15 minutes, and they have deck seats, on the open air and in the cabin.
As everywhere in Italy, especially in very touristy area, it's impossible to park. I mean, in theory it is possible, but there is never the space! And the prices are hideous of course, even if you are super lucky to find a space for parking! If you're thinking to park in the downtown Bellagio, you're a great optimist! Instead of being stuck in the que and trapped in the mess, try parking somewhere along the way on the descent, although that might be a trouble as well... Good luck!!!
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.
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 best way to get around Bellagio and Lake Como is by ferry. The ferry service runs from Bellagio on a daily basis to direct ports within the region.
You can obtain a ferry ticket which lasts 6 days for approx 28Euro's or you can purchase a daily ticket for 10euro's a day.
The Bellagio ferry is located opposite Hotel Florence and next door to Hotel Metropole on the waterfront. There is a ticket operator box which is just near the entrance gate to the ferry.
Car tickets can also be brought from here. Timetables are listed on a large board just near the ticket operator.
Car Ferries run twice a day from Bellagio up to Verenna, Cadenabbia and Menaggio.
Passenger ferries run regularly.
There's a regular bus service (about every hour) running from Bellagio to Como which is cheaper than the hydrofoil, and takes about the same time (50 mins) I think. The roads are a bit scary, but the drivers all seemed pretty cool about blind corners and precipitous drops towards the lake far below! Avoid journeying at peak hours as we had to stand with all the local commuters one afternoon.
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!
There are regular services from the lakeside promenade at Bellagio to other towns around Lake Como (it's one advantage of its central position on the Lake)... there's a choice of normal ferry, car ferry or hydrofoil. We rarely had to wait longer than half an hour for the next service (might be more if you're limited to the car ferry). One of the best ways to see the scenery, as well as get from one place to another.
What I could suggest u if u come from Como (check back the map) is to drive along the external side of the lake (through Cernobbio, Argegno ...) and take a ferry at Cadenabbia. The "internal" way from Como is not impossible but longer.
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.
Parking is extremely difficult in Bellagio, especially through the summer months. There are a few car-parks. One just opposite Bellagio Wharf and one next door to Hotel Metropole. However, you do need to pay on an hourly rate if you are lucky enough to snap a car space up.
The other alternative is to park your car up the hill, there are numerous spots around the outskirts of the town to park.
Milan to Bellagio by car 75 kilometres from Milan.
Just use the autobahn and don't miss the turn-off, if you do its better to go back than attempt the road along the lake from Lake Como to Bellagio. Its takes approx 1hour and is very hairy with tight bends and curves although the scenery is spectacular.
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.
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.
Closest train station is actually on the opposite east coast of the lake at Varenna (a little town worthy of visiting in its own right) which offers connections north to Bellano/Tirano, or south to Lecco. Trains were pretty regular, and punctual, running along the east coast of Lake Como, with some great views en route. You have to get the ferry to Varenna first though. All our journeys seemed reasonably priced too (eg 1.95 Euros from Lecco to Varenna Esino)