Lake Maggiore Cruises - Ticino

Leisurely cruises in beautiful surroundings

Brissago Islands, Lake Maggiore
About Lake Maggiore Cruises

Available: all year round (limited timetable in winter).

Example travel costs

Swiss Travel Pass: FREE travel on the Swiss part of the lake (Locarno, Ascona and Brissago).

Half Fare Card: pay 50% of the fare for the Swiss part of the lake (Locarno, Ascona and Brissago).  

Please note that the Swiss Travel Pass and Half Fare Card are not valid for the Italian side of the lake.

Ticino Ticket: 20% discount on all tickets between Locarno, Ascona and Brissago (Apr-Oct). FREE boat ride Locarno-Tenero-Magadino.

This beautiful lake offers a number of enjoyable cruises, ranging from a trip along the shoreline between Brissago and Ascona or visiting Italy either for a trip to the market at Cannobio or down to the beautiful Italian town of Stresa. Cruising to the Brissago Islands is highly recommended.

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A range of delightful cruises

A Lake Maggiore cruise will make your holiday in the region unforgettable. Stay in the Swiss section of the lake for discounted travel, and from the boat you can enjoy the blue lake with the reflection of the surrounding mountains. There are many pretty villages to see along the shore and you may like to stop at the Brissago Islands - a sub-tropical botanical paradise. If you would like to explore further, you will find that the lake stretches miles and miles southwards into Italy. 


A wonderful way to enjoy the lake. 

Some cruises offer a lunch service, which you may like to book locally in advance or you are permitted to bring a picnic. A bar service operates throughout the day.

For an onshore meal pre or post cruise, the Ristorante Debarcadero is located just beside the boat station in Locarno. 

Lago Maggiore Express

Why not stay on the boat into Italian waters, all way down to the end of the lake. Then enjoy a train ride through the Italian countryside to Domodossola, and a trip on the Centovalli Line back to Locarno. More details...

This is a full day trip, which must be booked locally in Locarno.


There are boat stations in the town centres of Locarno and Ascona and another in Porto Ronco. 

There is a full complement of sightseeing boats travelling across the lake. 

Please remember to bring your passport if you are crossing into the Italian part of the lake. 

Please check before travel for maintenance closures. 


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Lago Maggiore Express at Ascona

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