Spring-summer Timetables (PDF) till 13th October 2019. We are going to update the timetables by 13th October 2019.
The navigation on Lake Maggiore is run by two companies: the Italian company Navigazionelaghi.it and the Swiss company Lakelocarno.ch in Swiss area of the lake only.
Timetables and digital map
Here's: Lake Maggiore Map
Spring-Summer Timetables (PDF) till 13th October 2019.
from Locarno to Arona (North-South)
from Arona to Locarno (South-North)
from Laveno to Intra (car ferry)
from Carciano to Isola Bella
from Locarno to Brissago (North-South Swiss area)
from Brissago to Locarno (South-North Swiss area)
Once at the lake, there is a boat service taking you around all the beautiful towns and villages on the Lake Maggiore . Boats are frequent but the timetable does change depending on the time of year. Each local tourist information office will be able to give holiday makers a copy of the timetable and provide you with any additional travel information. Scheduled services up, down and across the lake are run by Navigazione Lago Maggiore or Lake Locarno.
You can cross Lake Maggioreand visit the Borromean Islands (Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, Isola Madre) by motorship or by car ferry with your own bike. Expecially in the spring/summer period are garanteed frequent connections among the villages and towns on the shores of the lake.
The transport of vehicles is always garanteed for crossing the lake by car ferry between Intra (West) and Laveno (East).
Crossing Lake Maggiore by bike
You can use of the car ferry (between Intra and Laveno) or of the boat to cross the lake. The car ferries have plenty of space for bikes, but on the the other boats there’s a limited amount of deck space . Generally this should be fine unless you’re planning to travel in a big group. Maximum 4 or 5 bikes should be fine. Anyway you must first ask permission before getting on. There aren't rules: the capitan decides.I mean, it depends on the weather, on wind, on how many people are on the boat and so on.
The car ferry starts every 20 minutes. It takes 30 minutes to cross between Intra and Laveno.
Cycling Lake Maggiore and surrounding
Resources for the travelling cyclists who want to explore the lake, the mountains and the valleys: bike maps, routes, road cycling climbs.
Cycling all around Lake Maggiore
Cycling the upper Lake Maggiore
What's Lake Maggiore like
Lake Maggiore is Italy’s second largest lake and set against the resplendent backdrop of the Monte Rosa Massif. The lake road typically wider than around Lake Como, and quieter than Lake Garda. Lake Maggiore has tectonic-glacial origins. The lake has a surface area of about 213 square kilometres (82 sqare mi), a maximum length of 66 km. (41 mi.) on a straight line and, at its widest, is 12 km. (7 mi.). Max depth 370 m. (1,214 feet). Average depth 175 m. (574 feet). Lake circumference 170 km. (105 mi.) The lake looks to West towards Piedmont, to East towards Lombardy penetrating into Switzerland to the North.
Tourist Information about Lake Maggiore
To help you make the most of your stay on Lake Maggiore we have put together a guide, packed full of information, about all the
tourist attractions to see during your cycling holiday in Northern Italy's Lake District.
Learn more about Itineraries on Lake Maggiore (from page 21 till page 47)
Itinerary Laveno - Intra - Isola Madre - Isola Pescatori - Isola Bella
Daily itinerary from 7th April to 13th October 2019
Departing from Laveno, ferry to Intra and then boat to the islands.
Laveno depart. 09.50 to Intra arr. 10.10;
depart. 10.20 to Isola Madre arr. 10.45 (pause for visit);
depart. 13.00 to Isola Pescatori arr. 13.15 (pause for lunch);
depart. 15.05 to Isola Bella arr. 15.10 (pause for visit);
depart. 17.10 to Intra arr. 18.00;
depart. 18.20 to Laveno arr. 18.40.
Cost of the free circulation ticket:
€ 26,30 a person for adults
€ 13,20 a person for children (4/11)
Cost of the free circulation ticket for groups of minimum 15 people:
€ 21,10 a person for adults
€ 13,20 a person for children (4/11).
One free ticket each 25 paying people.
Learn more Itinerary Laveno - Intra - Isole
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