If you want to explore other parts of Lake Garda during your holiday, then you can get a ferry around the lake pretty easily. We’ve put together all the information you need to make the most of the ferry system in Lake Garda.
Lake Garda Ferry Timetables (2023)
The below ferry timetables cover the whole of Lake Garda, so it doesn’t matter if you are staying in Sirmione, Garda, Malcesine, or Limone – these timetables will have all the information you will need.
If you are looking to travel to Lake Garda in the summer, then you can see the summer 2022 timetables at the bottom of the page to understand what the timetables will be like when you’re there.
Lake Garda 2023 Timetables
Winter 22/23 Ferry Timetable
The below timetables are from the 3rd of October 2022 – 1st of November 2022 and from the 11th of March 2023 – the 31st of March 2023.
The first two timetables are the full timetables, with all timings and destinations in between Desenzano del Garda & Riva del Garda.
Desenzano del Garda to Riva del Garda full timetable
Riva del Garda to Desenzano del Garda full timetable
Car Ferry Timetable Winter 22/23
Maderno – Torri car ferry timetable below is from the 3rd of October 2022 – the 31st of March 2023. The ferry runs every day apart from 25th December 2022 (Christmas Day).
The ferry takes half an hour to get from Maderno to Torri, and first leaves Maderno at 8:15 in the morning.
Maderno – Torri Car Ferry Times
The ferry leaves Maderno at the following times:
Torri – Maderno Car Ferry Times
The ferry leaves Torri at the following times:
You can find the full timetable at https://www.navigazionelaghi.it/risultati?lake=Garda
Sirmione Ferry Timetable
Sirmione To Garda Ferry Timetable
Ferries leave from Sirmione that stop at Garda at the following times;
Sirmione To Riva Ferry Timetable
Ferries leave from Sirmione that stop at Garda at the following times;
Sirmione To Bardolino Ferry Timetable
Ferries leave from Sirmione that stop at Bardolino at the following times;
Sirmione To Limone Sul Garda Ferry Timetable
Ferries leave from Sirmione that stop at Limone at the following times;
Lake Garda Ferry Routes Map
Below you will find a map of all the locations the ferry in Lake Garda stops at. Make sure you check out the timetable above to work out where each ferry from each location travels to.
Buying Lake Garda Ferry Tickets
Italy Travel Tip: You need to purchase your ferry tickets beforehand.
You can purchase tickets either online or at the ticket office in the harbour of wherever you are setting sail from. These ticket offices accept credit/debit cards. You should be able to get tickets for the ferry beforehand, but we would recommend getting them as early as possible so you’re not rushing before the ferry leaves.
You can purchase tickets that go directly to a certain place, or you can purchase tickets that allow you to travel across certain parts of the lake (or even all of the lake).
Lake Garda Ferry Price
The price of the ferry depends on where you are travelling to and from.
As an example, the ferry from Malcesine to Limone (20-minute duration) costs €6.50 for adults and €3.60 for juniors (4 – 12 years).
Lake Garda Ferry Day Pass
You can get a day pass for the entire lake for €34.40 for an adult ticket. Reduced tickets are €28 per day and children (4-11 years old) for €17.60.
If you’re planning on spending more days using the ferry, you can get an entire lake 3-day pass for €68.60 for an adult ticket, €56.00 for a reduced ticket, and €35.20 for a children’s ticket.
You can also make some extra savings by purchasing a ‘happy family ticket’, which is two adult tickets and two children’s tickets. For a one-day ticket for the entire lake, the cost is just €68.60, which is a pretty big saving compared to buying those four tickets separately.
You can also purchase a ticket for the following specific zones, which reduces the area you can travel on the ferry, but it can save you money;
- Alto Lago region (anywhere north of Maderno & Torri)
- Basso Lago region (anywhere south of Gargnano & Torri)
- Northern region (anywhere north of Campione & Assenzo)
- Centro region (the area between Limone to Malcesine and Maderno to Torri)
- Ovest region (anywhere to the west of Maderno to Sirmione)
- Est region (anywhere to the east of Torri to Sirmione)
For full-day pass prices by ticket type and region type, see the full table below.
|Validity Zone||Days of validity||Adults||Reduced price||Children||Happy Family|
|Entire Lake||1||34,30 €||28,00 €||17,60 €||68,60 €|
|Entire Lake||3||68,60 €||56,00 €||35,20 €|
|Alto Lago region (anywhere north of Maderno & Torri)||1||23,40 €||19,00 €||12,40 €||46,80 €|
|Alto Lago region (anywhere north of Maderno & Torri)||3||46,80 €||38,00 €||24,80 €|
|Basso Lago region (anywhere south of Gargnano & Torri)||1||23,40 €||19,00 €||12,40 €||46,80 €|
|Basso Lago region (anywhere south of Gargnano & Torri)||3||46,80 €||38,00 €||24,80 €|
|Northern region (anywhere north of Campione & Assenzo)||1|
|Centro region (the area between Limone to Malcesine and Maderno to Torri)||1||20,50 €||16,90 €||11,00 €||41,00 €|
|Ovest region (anywhere to the west of Maderno to Sirmione)||1|
|Est region (anywhere to the east of Torri to Sirmione)||1|
Why Get A Ferry In Lake Garda?
As mentioned before, getting the ferry around Lake Garda is a great way to see more of this beautiful part of Italy.
It’s also a great thing to do if you’re visiting Lake Garda with kids. We would also recommend getting the ferry whilst in Malcesine or Limone as it’s a great way to see Malcesine Castle.
If you would prefer to explore the waters of Lake Garda on your own, then you can always hire a boat and take things at your own pace.
Lake Garda Ferry FAQs
How long is the ferry from Malcesine to Limone?
The ferry from Malcesine to Limone (and vice versa) is between 20-25 minutes. There is a less frequent faster ferry which takes you across in 15 minutes. The ferry across is enjoyable as you can take in the views of the northern parts of the lake, and you get fantastic views of Malcesine castle from the lake.
How long does it take to boat across Lake Garda?
This depends on where you cross the lake from. From Malcesine to Limone it takes 20 minutes, and from Maderno to Torri del Benaco it takes 30 minutes.
When is the earliest ferry on Lake Garda?
The earliest ferry leaves at 8:00 am. In the northern part of the lake, this is from Riva del Garda, whilst on the southern part of the lake, this is from Peschiera del Garda & Desenzano del Garda.
When is the latest ferry on Lake Garda?
The last ferry of the day leaves from Sirmione at 19:45 pm, where it goes to Desenzano del Garda (arrival time at 20:05 pm).
How else can I get around Lake Garda?
Another great way to get around Lake Garda is by bus. Lake Garda is served by two local bus services, which run along the east and west coast of the lake. There are also regional bus services that enter Lake Garda from cities such as Brescia & Verona.
When does the ferry timetable change from winter to summer?
The winter ferry usually changes at the end of March, and the summer timetable begins in April, which is typically when tourism begins to pick back up in Lake Garda.