Navigation on Lake Como: timetables and digital map

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Learn more: Official website Navigation Lake Como
Below you can find info:

  • about digital map, timetables (PDF) and timetables on-line
  • for crossing Lake Como by motorship or by car ferry with your own bike
  • for cycling Lake Como and surrounding.

The public navigation on Lake Como is run by Navigazionelaghi.it whose fleet basically consists of three types of boats: motorships, hydrofoils and ferries.

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Digital map and timetables

Here's: Lake Como digital map

Summer Timetables till 27th September 2020.

  1. from Colico to Como (PDF) - from North to South

  2. from Como to Colico (PDF) - from South to North

  3. car ferry (PDF) among Menaggio, Varenna, Cadenabbia and Bellagio around the central area of the lake (see red lines on the digital map).

  4. Middle lake shuttle

  5. from Bellagio to Lecco

Timetables online:

  1. Timetable on-line - Navigazionelaghi.it

Motorships and hydrofoils operate two main routes, Como-Colico and – only in summer – Lecco-Bellagio.
Ferries connect only the following towns located in the central part of the lake: Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio and Cadenabbia.

We suggest to visit the official website of Navigazione Laghi for more info about tickets, season pass, routes and cruises.

You can buy your ticket before getting on board. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office near the dock of almost any town (on board 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 10-15 minutes before the departure.

Crossing Lake Como with your bike

You can cross Lake Como by motorship or by car ferry (see red lines on the digital map).
This is not just to cut out stretches of riding that would otherwise get pretty samey, but also because the boats are a good way to see the lake: many of the grand lakeside villas were designed to be seen from the lake, and there may not be very much to see from the road. The car ferries have plenty of space for bikes, but on the smaller boats there’s a limited amount of deck space. Generally this should be fine unless you’re planning to travel in a big group.

Expecially during the summer period are garanteed frequent connections by motorships among the villages and towns on the shore of Lake Como. The transport of bikes and vehicles is garanteed for crossing the lake by ferry boat among the village of Menaggio, Varenna, Cadenabbia and Bellagio, where Madonna del Ghisallo climb starts between the two branches of Lake Como.

Cycling Lake Como and surrounding

Cycling around the perimeter of Lake Como is a classic ride that will give any cyclist a great sense of accomplishment. The ride around the lake is 160km long and is relatively flat. There are a few undulating sections and a few tunnels, but you can avoid them by going on back roads. The ride takes you through all of Lake Como's lakeside towns.

Probably the ideal time to cycle around Lake Como is in May, June, September and October outside the main tourist season when the lakeside roads should be quieter and the temperatures are better. Anyway the traffic is always a problem on the lakeside roads of Lake Como.
The quality of the roads around Lake Como are generally good. The main road that goes around the lake it's narrow and it can be quite busy with traffic, particularly around Como, Lecco, and Menaggio. However as soon as you get off the main road into the hills, the traffic reduces and you will find the roads to be quiet.
The lake road around Lake Como is typically narrower than around Lake Maggiore.

Lake Como navigation

A list of climbing segments on Strava around Lake Como

  1. Madonna del Ghisallo climb

  2. Muro di Sormano

  3. Colma di Sormano from Nesso

  4. Colma di Sormano from Asso

  5. Palanzo climb

  6. Bisbino climb

  7. San Fedele D'Intelvi from Argegno

  8. San Fedele D'Intelvi from Claino

  9. San Fedele d'Intevi - Pigra

  10. Alpe di Colonno from Pigra

  11. Schignano climb

  12. Selve - San Rocco

  13. Ramponio climb

  14. Ponna Superiore climb

  15. Lanzo D'Intelvi climb

  16. Lanzo D'Intelvi - Sighignola

  17. Val Mara from Maroggia

  18. Passo Agueglio from Varenna

  19. Passo Agueglio from Parlasco

  20. Dervio - Tremerico

  21. Tremenico Legnoncino

  22. Val Rezzo from Carlazzo

  23. Passo della Clava Climb

  24. Gera to Montalto

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