Lago Maggiore Express 2023: panoramic cruise by boat and route by train.

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The tour of the "Lago Maggiore Express"

Is finally back again in 2023, ready to let you discover all the beauties of the Verbano area, with its variation of suggestive itineraries on board the Centovalli train and the largest boat of the Navigazione Lago Maggiore, the Verbania motor ship.


From April 2nd to October 8th 2023, during all weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and public holidays, with a single ticket at a special rate it is possible to explore, through an unforgettable tour, the best known destinations located between Lake Maggiore, Ticino and Val d’Ossola.

The itinerary begins in the morning and can be developed in two ways:

  • Leaving by boat from the chosen wharf on the Lake Maggiore (Arona, Stresa or Baveno) to reach Locarno and then on board the Centovalli train to arrive to Domodossola.
    • In Domodossola it is necessary to purchase, a train line ticket at the railway station ticket office to return to the original destination on Lake Maggiore;
  • Leaving by train from Domodossola to reach Locarno, and then by boat to continue the visit of the Lake Maggiore.
    • At the railway station ticket office of the arrival wharf on the Lake Maggiore it is necessary to purchase a train line ticket to return to Domodossola.

The route aboard the “Centovalli train” foresees the possibility of passing through Val Vigezzo, Centovalli and Val d’Ossola, thus allowing you to explore the wonderful landscapes of these territories.

While sailing by boat, however, you will enjoy watching the many attractions that make Verbano a suggestive destination, rich in culture and beauty: the Borromean Islands stand out among all (made up of Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Bella), the Hermitage of Santa Caterina, the Rocca of Angera, but also the Castle of Cannero or the Brissago islands.


With such a rich and full-day itinerary, for sure you will get hungry, but don’t worry, because even in this case there is certainly no shortage of alternatives!

In fact, there is the possibility of having lunch on board with your own bag lunch or, if you prefer to fully enjoy a relaxing day, it is also possible to taste an appetizing menu while sailing, consisting of:

 – Two tasty and freshly prepared first courses;

– A choice between meat and fish with vegetables;

– A choice between some cheese or dessert

All prepared with fresh ingredients and at a cost of 17 euros per adult, with a half-litre bottle of water included.

There is also a junior menu (up to 12 years not turned yet) at the special price of 11 euros, which includes pasta with tomato sauce, a Milanese cutlet with fries and a soft drink of your choice.

Don’t miss the opportunity to taste this special menu and book your table by sending an email to, every 25 booked menus,  you are entitled to one free meal!


Tickets for the Lago Maggiore Express tour can be purchased directly the same day of departure at the chosen leaving point: at the Domodossola train station for those who choose to start the journey by train or, for those who leave by boat, at the ticket office at the wharf of boarding which you decide to leave from (Arona, Stresa or Baveno).

The cost of the ticket is €30 for adults and €15 for children (up to 12 years of age not turned yet).

The route by Ferrovie dello Stato trains between Domodossola and the starting point on Lake Maggiore (Arona, Stresa, Baveno) or vice versa is excluded from the ticket

Due to the limited seats on board the Centovalli train, groups of more than 8 people must communicate the reservation to, in order to guarantee places for everyone.

Lastly, every 20 tickets purchased at full fare, a free ticket is granted


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