Ferries, hydrofoils, and cruises on Lake Como

Ferries are my favorite way to get around Lake Como. You get to see all the gardens and villas—high walls block the views from the road when you are driving.

From Como, the lake ferries stop first at Bellagio: by ferry 2 hours; by hydrofoil 35 to 45 minutes.

They continue on to Menaggio: by ferry another 15 minutes; by hydrofoil, another 5 minutes.

About half the boats then stop in Varenna as well (plus there are about two dozen short-haul ferries each from Bellagio and Menaggio to Varenna): by ferry another 10 minutes; by hydrofoil, another 5 minutes.

You can also get day passes good for just the central lake or for the whole lake.

Many of the ferries carry cars for an additional fee.

Ferry schedules vary with the season, but from Easter through September a ferry or hydrofoil makes the trip from Como to Bellagio and other towns along the lake at least hourly. 

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