Lake Como, situated in Northern Italy, is notorious for its breath-taking scenery set against the foothills of the Alps. Lake Como boat rental is a perfect idea for small or large groups of people. This is because there is lots to explore, and you definitely don’t want to miss out on those idyllic shorelines. The shape of the lake resembles an upside-down Y, with three branches that meet together at the resort town of Bellagio. At the bottom of the southwest branch, you will find the city of Como, which is very well known for its architecture and access to the mountain town of Brunate.
The enchanting Lake Como is a boaters’ paradise. If you are wondering how to rent a boat for a week, with or without skipper, and the relative prices, then you are spoilt for choice. Motorboats are popular, favoured by the typical Como jet-set clientele. If you want to be part of the international glamour scene and experience the thrill of jetting around these exclusive and beguiling waters in a snazzy speedboat, then take advantage of Lake Como’s fuss-free rental facilities and book your boat for as long as you like. Most book for a week, and prices vary according to type and size of boat. Flexible date change or cancellation is available up to 15 days before check-in on selected vessels, so be sure to check with the individual boat owners what the conditions are for your chosen boat.
In order to experience the freedom of the water, a boat charter in Lake Como is imperative. Without a boat, it would be impossible to discover all the magical places around the lake. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views while a skipper guides you to all the best places! Or perhaps you would prefer to captain your own vessel? The choice is absolutely yours, either way, it’s certainly the experience of a lifetime. Who knows, you might even spot George Clooney!
There are many different factors that can affect the price of Lake Como boat rental. A few of these factors include the size and model of the boat, the season, the duration of your trip and the type of boat. If you want to rent a skippered Lake Como charter, this will also usually cost more as well. Below is a list of prices according to boat type:
The cost of your boat hire in the Lake Como will be included as a fixed price on our website. Hiring a skipper crew or equipment can sometimes be included in the overall price or added as an extra cost, so it is important to check this with the boat owner prior to your trip.
Fuel is not included and will be calculated at the end of your trip based on the type of boat you have rented and the distance you have travelled.
Motorboat: From €150 per day
RIB: From €240 per day
Jetski: From €800 per day
Yacht: From €1,899 per day
Sailboat: From €143 per day
Motorboat: From €865 for a weekend
RIB: From €742 for a weekend
Jetski: From €2,433 for a weekend
Yacht: From €7,464 for a weekend
Sailboat: From €721 for a weekend
Motorboat: From €1,991 for a week
RIB: From €1,709 for a week
Jetski: From €5,639 for a week
Yacht: From €17,364 for a week
Sailboat: From €2,237 for a week
The weather on Lake Como is subject to great seasonal variation. You will typically see the hottest temperatures for your Lake Como boat rental in July, when the temperature can get as high as 80°F (26.5°C). In contrast, January is the coldest month, with temperatures dipping as low as 29°F (-1.5°C).
May is the wettest month in Lake Como, which usually sees around 4.1 inches (10.4cm) of rain. On the other hand, if you go in January, which usually sees just 1.6 inches (4.1cm), you are guaranteed plenty of sun. April is the windiest month, with wind speeds getting as high as 4.5 mph (7.2 kph). August is usually the calmest month, with wind speeds reaching just 3.6 mph (5.8 kph).
The best time to go boating on Lake Como depends on what sort of holiday you’re looking for. If you want the best temperatures, you should go during the summer months. However, during this time, there will likely be a lot of tourists, and for people who aren’t used to the sticky summer heat in Italy, the temperatures may be a little overwhelming. May is the month when you will probably get the best mixture of slightly fewer tourists and more manageable temperatures, but you should be prepared for a little more rain this month (although this could help to cool you down a little). Generally speaking, we would recommend a Lake Como boat rental in either April or May, to avoid the crowds of tourists and take advantage of temperatures that are warm, but not too much so.
Majestic Alps, lush green vegetation and colourful villages, glorious historic villas like Villa d’Este, castles like Castello di Vezio, and the blue lake dotted with motorboats: this is your daily panorama. There are a wide variety of towns and villages on the shores of the lake, so a Lake Como charter truly is the best way to explore. Renting a boat gives you freedom of movement over the whole lake, and renting for a week will often get you price discounts. The larger towns, such as Lecco, Varenna, Bellagio and Como itself are magnificent lakeside towns, with ports or marinas that are well-equipped for the bustling lake traffic. You can pick up your Lake Como boat hire (with skipper or without) in Lecco or in Porto di Laglio, just north of Como.
Some say that Lake Como is a ‘shopper’s paradise’. It has a full range of services which you would expect to find in a large city centre. If you don’t feel like getting your ‘shop’ on, why not head to the historic centre and have a wander around the cathedral. The pedestrianized piazza has many cafes and restaurants for you to indulge. There are nice views, a faded pink church to visit and lots of walking trails for the more energetic.
Visit Isola Comacina
You will need to book a Lake Como boat rental to visit the lake’s only island. Renting for a week (with or without skipper) gives you plenty of time to visit this small island of ancient woods and gardens. Although practically uninhabited now (there are some tourist facilities including restaurants), it is truly fascinating and well worth a visit. You feel the touch of the island’s rich history here: Comacina has seen Roman legions and the armies of Frederico Barbarossa. It was a strategic centre until the middle-ages when it supported the wrong side in wars between Como and Milan. The people fled and since then it has been this half-wild, yet beautiful green dot in the centre of the lake.
There are 3 airports in Milan. Malpensa (40 mins), Linate (40 Mins) and Milan Bergamo (60-70 mins). They are all accessible by bus from the airport itself to Milano Centrale station and then by train direct to Como San Giovanni station, where you can pick up a bus to anywhere else on the Lake.
Yes, it is possible to go boating on Lake Como either with or without a skipper. However, to book a bareboat charter, you must make sure that you have the appropriate boating licence. If in doubt, check with the boat owner before booking the boat to ensure no nasty surprises when you get there.
A skippered charter on Lake Como is perfect for people who want to relax during their nautical adventure, without having to worry about the technicalities of sailing the boat. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a trip that’s full of adventure and spontaneity, you should book up a bareboat charter and take your Lake Como boat hire wherever you please, stopping off whenever you want.
In Lake Como, privately owned boats are available for charter. See other boats in the area.