Headed to Como from one of the picturesque lake-side villages? There are a couple of options, including train from a few, bus, or a speedy ferry. We chose the slow way - the "slow boat to Como," we called it. It takes several hours and stops at a number of villages to take on or drop off passengers.
If you're not on a demanding, tight schedule, and your visit to Italy and Lake Como is more about relaxation and enjoying your surroundings, the slow boat is the option.
[Note - it can get breezy and cool, even if it is a "slow" boat, during the early spring and fall, so plan accordingly.]
The accompanying photos are only from the portion of the ride as we arrived in the harbor at Como.
Como is one the main entry points to Lake Como and offers ferry services for travelling around Lake Como or for onward travelling to your ultimate destination.
Both ordinary (slow) and fast (hydrofoils) ferries operate from Como. One of the popular hydrofoil services is from Como to Bellagio.
Further information on the lake ferry services can be found at the website below.
One of the most unforgettable scenic experiences a traveler can have in this beautiful region of Italy is to see the Lago di Como area by water. Don't miss the opportunity to take a lake ferry either as a tour around the lake or to a specific destination.
Of course, we might consider it a rather romantic way to see the Lago di Como area, but for Italians who live here, of course, it's everyday life. These ferries are reasonably priced, timely and a way to experience another form of travel in Italy. At the lakefront, hop aboard one of the several ferries which will take you to some of the larger towns around Lake Como
such as Bellagio, Varenna, Tremezzo, Menaggio, Caddenabbia, Lecco, etc. Fares vary according to destination, day of the week, age of traveler, and sometimes even the purpose of travel.
A sample fare: Como to Bellagio for 1 adult, one-way fare is 8,30 Euros (2011 prices). The same trip for an adult over 65 yrs. old would be 1,20 Euros.
They also offer cruise tours of the lake, and special events such as a New Year's Eve Cruise. The 7-hour cruise for 2011 New Year's Eve includes a 4-course meal including dessert, wine & beverages, with music on board and costs 140 Euro pp.
For more details about lake ferries, schedule and prices visit the website closer to your visit as schedules may change. (Further afield, ferries also operate on Lakes Maggiore and Garda.)
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(NOTE: while we did not avail ourselves of ferry service while in Como, conference organizers arranged for a charter boat day trip around a good deal of Lago di Como. While my trip had already been filled with superlatives, this lake cruise was the epitome!)
each town and village around Lake Como and the other major lakes in the area have transport by boat available to ferry people where they want to go around the lake - this would certainly save a lot of congestion on the roads as most roads here are only one lane in each direction and when traffic becomes busy getting about by road can become very slow.
I saw them being used a lot when I was there one Easter time by many people that did look like locals coming to and from the large market at Iseo for example.
The map I have in my DK Eyewitness guidebook shows the routes of the ferries which criss cross the full length of the lake, including which ones are car ferries which cross from Griante across the lake to Varenna and across to the cusp of Lake Como's southern arm at beautiful and popular Bellagio.
There are regular boat & ferry services on the lake, and from Como you can reach other parts of the lake, such as Bellagio, Tremezzo, Varenna... I suggest boat as the most exciting transportation if you're going to Bellagio or Varenna, but for Tremezzo I'd suggest road by the lake, as you'll be passing through some truly lovely towns.
Here is the ferry schedule website.
There are several boats and ferries connecting the towns and villages around Lake Como with each other. To take a boat is a good way to explore them. In Como the ticket office for the boats is by the lake, near Piazza Cavour. Together with VT-member Firas I took the passenger ferry for an hour. It travelled Como - Tavernola - Cernobbio - Blevio - Moltrasio - Torno, and then back the same way.