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Lake Garda Ferries

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Lake Garda Ferries2018-06-19T10:33:57+00:00

Although Lake Garda is over 50km long and 15km wide it doesn’t mean that you wont be able to explore all of it’s beautiful and historic lakeside towns in just one holiday. There is a a fantastic fleet of Lake Garda ferries that provides a service to most of the towns on the lake, making it possible to travel all of Lake Garda if you plan carefully.

As a foot passenger you can choose between the ferry boat and rapid hydrofoil service. The service is very flexible , you can book tickets direct to a destination or you can book a day tickets that cover either half, top or bottom, or the entire lake. Drop in to the ticket office in the Lake Garda town nearest to where you are staying and you will find pre-planned routes or you can ask the ticket officer for advice in getting the most out of your day out.

If you prefer to drive but don’t want to drive the whole way round the lake there is a car ferry service between Maderno and Torri del Benaco and another between Limone and Malcesine.

Click here for the ferry boat and rapid service timetable

Click here for the Maderno to Torri car ferry timetable

Click here for the Limone to Malcesine car ferry timetable (NB:This service is available June 1st to September 28th)

Click here for the ferry boat and rapid service fares

Click here for information about luggage allowance, cycles etc.

Click here for more terms and conditions.

Visit the Navlaghi website for more information and to check the Lake Garda Ferry fare prices.

Navigada’s Smartphone App for Navigating Lake Garda

Navigarda have produced a smartphone app with the timetables and lots more information including resorts info, fare prices, public notices and charter costs. You can download the App by clicking the images below.

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68 Comments

  1. Neil Cameron October 13, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

    When can I view a timetable for April/May 2017?
    Many thanks

    • admin January 9, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Neil, I believe the winter time table ends in March so at that time they will produce the spring timetable. This is a copy of a previous years spring timetable…..it will probably be very similar.

  2. Tina February 17, 2017 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Hello

    Is it possible to get a ferry from Lake Garda to the Amalfi Coast? We are staying in Lake Garda for 4 days but fancy the remaining part of our holiday in the South! We will have a car.

    Kind regards

    Tina

    • admin February 21, 2017 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Tina,

      Thanks for your comments on Love Lake Garda.
      Lake Garda is a land locked lake so you will need to take your car.
      Hope you have a great holiday
      Roy

  3. Tereza April 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    we are travelling to the lake Garde in a week and we wanna travel by ferry from Malcesine to Limone Sul Garda. Please could you tell me if we can use the ferry because there is the note: NB:This service is available June 1st to September 28th.

    Best wishes,

    Tereza

    • admin April 10, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Tereza, yes you can use the ferry, it is the car that doesn’t run until the high season.

  4. Jill Turley April 6, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Hi there,

    We are currently planning our holiday to Lake Garda and only have the 15th and 16th June available. Should we stay in Sirmione or Desenzano in order to see as much on the Lake as possible and when would the summer timetable be advertised as currently it only goes till the 31st March, 2017.
    I have downloaded your timetable but I can’t seem to find a direct ferry service from Sirmione to Riva. We would love to cruise around or north/south of the Lake and get off and look at the different towns and then come back on the same day to where we started. Is this possible or is the Lake too big?
    Thanks
    Jill

    • admin April 10, 2017 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Jill, I have just updated the page with the spring timetable which does give the option to travel up to Riva on the rapid service. I would however say that the lake is too big to cover too much in one day. You can get some ideas for itineraries here. Hope this helps. Roy

    • Bill September 14, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

      we had 4 days in Garda last week and covered a good bit of the south end of the lake in one day, part regular ferry and part rapid, would recommend the latter although a but pricier. Would also recommend staying on bordelino, a beautiful town and with more to it that the others.

  5. Merle Russell April 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    I am seeking a timetable for ferries on Lake Garda,going from Desenzano to Gargnano at the end of July 2017 and returning at the beginning of August.The relevant web pages for Lake Garda ferries only give timetables as far as May this year. Can anyone help or inform me when the timetable will be available.

    • admin April 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Merle,

      The summer timetable will be released early to mid may….you can get an indication of what it will be like from this blog post about the 2014 Lake Garda Ferries summer timetable.

      Hope this helps
      Roy

  6. Jackie April 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Iam staying at barbarano de salo from May 4 and would like timetable and be able book trips on ferries never been to Lake Garda before

    • admin April 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Jackie,

      You will find a link to the timetable on this page above. You can book tickets directly at the port in Salò or Gardone either on the day or in the days before.

  7. Jackie April 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Hi we are staying at salo 4th May for 1 week. We would like to go on leisurely cruises around the lake stopping off at towns/Villages do we have to book in advance,
    Thank you Jackie

    • admin April 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Jackie,

      You can but tickets at the port, either go down the day before you want to travel and speak to the ticket office who will advise on itineraries, or just go down earlier than the ferry you want to catch.

  8. Luke Boughton May 2, 2017 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Is it possible to hire a water taxi for around 50 people from Riva Del Garda to Castelletto? Leaving at around 6pm and coming back at 11pm?

    • admin May 2, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Luke,

      My partners only operate in the lower half of the lake otherwise the cost would be too much.I suggest you try contacting this company. Good luck. Roy

  9. sunku guptha May 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Hi
    We are staying in torri del benaco in july. Is there a ferry service from peschiera to torri del benaco?
    thanks

    • admin May 27, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Sunku, yes there is a service from Peschiera to Torri…..I have just added the summer timetable so click the link to check the ferry times.

      • Ronald August 1, 2017 at 11:38 pm - Reply

        Hello
        Is iT possibel To take the carferry from Torri – Toscolano with the Car and caravan!!!
        Thanks ronsld

        • admin August 12, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

          Hi Ronald, sorry for the late response…the answer is yes, it is OK to tow a caravan on the Torri-Toscolano ferry. Ciao Roy

  10. DawnR June 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Hi, Very helpful info!
    I understand there are no reservations for the car ferry. So, in early September, how early would we need to arrive to be sure to make a car ferry?
    And, if the car ferry times are best for our schedule, can we get on with no problem, just as passengers?

    • admin June 12, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Dawn, the ferries always run to schedule and shouldn’t be over capacity, especially in December. You need to arrive early enough (10-15 mins) to park in the queue and go and buy your ticket from the office…….hope this helps. Roy

  11. Sue June 17, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Hi, we are traveling by car and willbe staying around Lake Garda and want to take the car across on the ferry from Limone to Malcesine. Can you advise whether the ferry is suitable for very low profile cars? We would not wish to have a difficulty and would rather change our plans than encounter a problem.
    Thankyou

    • admin June 19, 2017 at 11:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Sue, I’m sure the ferry is fine for all types of cars…..I’m intrigued to know what a very low profile car is:-).

  12. Peter June 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Lake Garda Ferries for the disabled,
    Dear Sir,
    My wife is disabled and I push her round in a wheelchair.
    Can you please tell me how much it costs to use Lake Garda Ferries for the disabled.
    Many thanks Peter

  13. chris June 27, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    We are staying in Bardolino and will be visiting friends for the day in Riva. We have a hire car but are going 15th July so no doubt the roads will be busy. Can you suggest the best way to make this return trip so we get the best out of the day.

    • admin July 1, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Hi Chris, the best way to travel would be by car as ferries wouldn’t give you much time to spend with your friends. The best advice I can give is to leave early morning and come back late in the evening. Hope this helps. Roy

  14. W Lilico August 2, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    My parents are looking at going to Lake Garda on our recommendation but my dad using a motorised wheelchair- do you know if the ferries will allow these wheelchairs on board?

    • admin August 9, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Hi Wendy, sorry for the late response, I hope I’m not too late. I’m almost certain that it won’t be a problem for your Dad to take on board his motorised wheelchair. In fact I’m almost certain he will get a concession on his fare and as much help as he needs from the crew.

  15. Mir August 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Hi, we plan to take the Limone to Malcesine ferry for a day trip to Malcesine, but are wondering where we can park our car in Limone. Are there any parking lots nearby? Many thanks in advance.

    • admin August 9, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      Hi, I believe that there is ample parking in Limone, if the car park down by the port is too busy there is parking up the hill off the main Gardesana road.

  16. John August 10, 2017 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Hi, we want to take a ferry from gargnano to castelletto to go to Osteria al Pescatore restaurant in late August. we’re staying near Tignale on the other side of the lake. I have found a ferry that goes over, but there seems to be nothing coming back late in the evening. Do all ferries stop running after a certain time? Many thanks, John

    • admin August 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Hi John, yes I’m afraid the last ferry from Castelletto is around 6.15pm.

  17. Bogi August 16, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Hi…Is it possible to take a ferry from Southern part of the lake like Desenzano to Riva del Garda or Malcesine…where can I find info about it.Thanks

  18. James Taylor August 26, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Hi
    We are staying in Malcesine 2nd to 9th September and are quite keen to go to Limone on the 3rd September for the fireworks.I,ve been trying to make sense of the ferry timetables. Is it possible to get a ferry at night to get us back to our hotel in Malcesine
    Many Thanks

    • admin September 17, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Hi James, I’m so sorry I missed your comment….in any case the last ferry was at 7.15pm…..I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

  19. Kenneth Micallef August 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Hi
    We are planning to visit Gardaland for the Halloween festivities on 31.10 and 01.11 and will leave the area on Sunday 05.11.
    Do the ferries operate at that time of year? If yes, which ports do they stop at please?

    • admin September 17, 2017 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Kenneth, yes the ferries do operate all year round, although for the winter timetable the ferries run less frequently and finish earlier, I don’t think they will be running after 5pm. You need to check back on this page after October 8 to see the winter timetable.

  20. Christine grenham August 28, 2017 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Hello, have been looking at your website and found it very informative and interesting for a newbie coming to the lake,we are actually coming 6th of October for a week staying in decenzano, it looks from the ferry timetables that they stop October 8th , does that mean we are not going to be able to see the rest of the beautiful lakes ?
    Chris

    • admin September 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      Hi Christine, sorry for the late response. you’ll be pleased to know that the ferries run all year round but less frequently and finishing earlier during the winter. Check back on this page or click the link for the Navigarda website nearer the time for the winter timetable.

  21. Heather Cook August 29, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Hi! We are staying in Malcesine the last week in September and would like to visit Bardolino… we don’t have a car…what is the best mode of transport please?thanks!

  22. Alan Donovan September 1, 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Hi, I am going to Lake Garda on 7th October, but can’t find the “winter” ferry timetable. Do you have a ink please? Thanks. Alan

    • admin September 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Alan, the winter timetable will change on October 8, please check back to this page nearer the time or follow the link to the Navigarda website.

  23. Amrit September 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Thinking about visiting Lake Garda between 28 Oct and 5 Nov this year. Is that too late and would you advise us to postpone the trip to April? Many thanks for any advice in this regard.

    • admin September 17, 2017 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Amrit, Lake Garda is beautiful all year round, it’s never too late or too early to visit…..it would most likely be a lot cooler in November that April.

  24. Cindy September 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Hi, We will be making a day trip to lake Garda on sat. October 14,2017.

    Will there be ferries still running or lake /boat tours avail. this late in the season?
    What would be your recommendation for the day?

    • admin September 17, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Hi Cindy, the ferries run all year although for the winter timetable the bats stop running much earlier. Let me know where you are staying an I may be able to make recommendations or help you with a boat tour.

  25. Miguel October 7, 2017 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    I am planning a day trip to lake Garda from Verona on December 2nd. I would like to visit both Sirmione and the northern part of the lake (e.g. Limone or Malcesine). What would be the best way to go from one place to the other? Are there any ferries available during that month? Or is a bus the only option? What would you recommend?

    Many thanks,

    Miguel

    • admin October 8, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Hi Miguel,

      You could get to the North of the lake by bus or ferry but I don’t think it would be a good idea if you are only visiting for the day as the traveling time would take too much out of your day. I would suggest you visit Sirmione and say Bardolino….that way you’ll get to see two lovely Lake Garda towns and have plenty of time for lunch, aperitivo and sightseeing. Next time you could visit the north. I hope this helps. Roy

  26. Daniel November 7, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Hello there,
    I am travelling to Lake Garda on the 18th November until the 20th November for a short stay.
    I will be staying in Desenzano del Garda and hoping to do a day trip to Garda or Malcesine.
    The timetable you have attached says it only runs until 8th November. Is this correct or are the ferries running throughout November?
    Any other suggestions on beautiful towns to visit easily accessible from Desenzano del Garda

    • admin November 16, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Daniel,

      Sorry for the late response, I was investigating ax I thought a reduced service ran all winter. But this year it seems that the ferries stop between November 6th and March 11, except for the car ferry service between Torri and Maderno….sorry. There is a good bus service that will take you all around the lake.I believe the bus route from Desenzano to Peschiera is LN026.From there you can pick up the Verona bus routes around the east coast. I hope this helps.

  27. Val T November 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I’m wanting to travel from Desenzano to Sirmione and back on Monday 8th January, is this possible? And if so to what frequency? Thanks

    • admin November 16, 2017 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Val,

      You will need to take the bus on route LN026, I don’t believe the ferries will be running.

  28. […] we like to take a break from all the driving and hop on a FERRY!  Lago di Garda has many ferries that criss cross the lake from all directions… some even take cars, […]

  29. Wayne March 21, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Hi, We’re looking at visiting Lake Garda in June or July this year, after flying into and spending a couple of nights in Venice. Could you please confirm if there is a direct ferry service from the south of the lake (one of the lakeside towns that is easily reachable via train from Venice) up to Riva Del Garda? Many thanks, Wayne

    • admin March 21, 2018 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Wayne, yes the train stops in Peschiera and you can catch the ferry to Riva, but please be aware it takes 3-4 hours depending on which boat you catch. You need to check this page for the ferry timetables which change during the seasons throughout the year.

  30. Julia Ludvik April 25, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Hi, could you please confirm if there is direct ferry service from Sirmione to Riva in June.

    • admin April 25, 2018 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Julia, yes there will be. The rapid service (hydrofoil takes about 2.5hrs and the cheaper ferry service takes around 4.5 hrs.You will need to click the link above for the timetable. The June Timetable will go on near the end of May….it will be an improved service on the spring timetable.

  31. KazG June 14, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Hello, we are hoping to take the ferry from Desenzano to Bardolino on 22nd June – is there a ticket office at Desenzano?

    • admin June 17, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Hi Kaz, yes I believe there are ticket offices or kiosks in all the towns where the ferry stops, definitely in the major towns like Desenzano.

  32. Alistair Mcgregor July 29, 2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Hi, hoping to book ahead online for the firework night cruise on the 25th August.
    Can you please help me with information for online booking address in English , to book on the 11th August.
    Arrive Bardolino 22nd ,tickets may have sold out before we can go to the Navigarda Ticket Office.

    • admin August 7, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Alistair, unfortunately it doesn’t seem possible to purchase tickets on line before or after August 11. They must be purchased for the ticket office from what I’ve found out. Sorry about that. If I find out anything different I’ll let you know. Roy

  33. Jenny Riddoch September 6, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Hi we’ve just been to lake garda and travelled about on lots of different ferries. So easy to do. We were wondering where do all the ferries get built?

    • admin September 9, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Jenny, thanks for your comment, I don’t know 🤔. I’ll try to find out and post back here. Ciao Roy

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