Lake Como by boat, an activity not to be missed, ferry or private boat?

Exploring the lake by boat is a must-do experience during your stay in Lake Como. You will have unforgettable views of the surrounding mountains and majestic villas in the middle of the lake, and above all you will be able to swim away from the crowds.

Lake Como is less than an hour from Milan, so it’s a great place to include in your stay for an immediate change of scenery.

We’ve listed the various options for visiting this sublime lake by boat below, including one that might surprise you.

Where to take the boat to visit Lake Como?

You can take the ferries or rent a boat or canoe from the main towns on the lake: Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Lecco, Mennagio….


Lake Como by boat all options


Departure from Milan

Everything from transportation from Milan to Lake Como towns such as Bellagio and Varenna is included. You can also cross the lake by boat. You’ll be able to see a condensed view of the lake and its main sights. With round-trip bus transport from Milan and a cruise on the lake, every detail is designed to maximize your time on site.

No need to worry about organization or transport. What’s more, having a guide helps you grasp the history and anecdotes of the places you visit. However, you’ll obviously have less freedom to explore at your own pace.

Boat rental

Of course, the best thing to do is hire a private boat, so you can explore the lake at your own pace and swim in peace.

Don’t panic if you are new to sailing, you can rent a boat with or without a license and with or without a skipper. In short, you’re bound to find a formula to suit your needs.

To rent your boat, we recommend that you use the Samboat platform. It’s very simple, they have the most complete offer of boat rental and their website is very easy to use!

You enter your location“Lake Como“,“Como“,“Lecco“, then your dates, then you can filter by boat type (motorboats, houseboats, small boats…), with or without a license, with or without a skipper: in short, you’re spoilt for choice.



Another very good option is to take the ferry that connects the main cities of Lake Como, Como, Bellagio, Varenna, Mennagio….

You can buy a day ticket to get on and off whenever you want and stop to discover the incredible villages that surround Lake Como (about 15€ per day).

You can find all the information you need about the schedules and prices of the boats on the website of the Navigazion Lago Como.


By kayak

This original activity is possible from Bellagio, you will be able to explore the coast around Bellagio during 1h30 with a guide, you will know more about the area and you will have beautiful pictures to share!


Where to sleep on Lake Como?

Looking for a place to stay on Lake Como? To make your visit easier, we’ve included an article detailing the most interesting villages to stay in on Lake Como, along with our best hotel addresses.

★ Notre top 3 ★

1. Coup de coeur : Suite Menaggio, localisation idéale, en plein centre de Menaggio avec une belle vue sur le lac. Appartement charmants avec une cuisine tout équipé, bref foncez-y.

2. Petit prix : Albergo Frirenze, à coté de à côté du port de Côme, idéal pour prendre un bateau qui fait le tour du lac, en plein centre-ville, avec parking à proximité. Un excellent rapport qualité / prix pour la ville de Côme.

3. Avec vue : Hotel Bellagio, en plein centre de Bellagio, hôtel confortable avec un excellent petit-déjeuner généreux, servit sous une charmante tonnelle avec au loin la vue sur la rive en face avec la Villa Carlotta.

We wish you an excellent trip! Feel free to drop us a note below to let us know if you’re planning this trip, ask any questions you may have here or on Instagram, we’ll get back to you with great pleasure.

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Je m'appelle Floriane, aventurière et passionnée de voyages depuis mon plus jeune âge. J'aime plus que tout partager nos récits et astuces de voyage avec vous. Nous aimons les escapades courtes ainsi que les voyages longs. Ce blog est né après notre Tour du Monde en sac à dos. Nous avons également réalisé un tour d'Europe en famille.

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