Getting there & around
Buses run by APTV (045 805 79 11; www.aptv.it) connect Desenzano del Garda train station with Riva del Garda (two hours, up to six daily) along the western shore. Peschiera del Garda train station (10km southeast of Sirmione) is on the Riva del Garda–Malcesine–Garda–Verona APTV bus route, with hourly buses to both Riva (1½ hours) and Verona (20 minutes). Buses also run to/from Mantua (1¼ hours, up to eight daily) from Peschiera del Garda train station. The Riva del Garda-Milan (3¾ hours, three daily) bus route operated by Società Italiana Autoservizi (SIA; 030 377 42 37; www.sia-autoservizi.it in Italian) also connects the western shore with Brescia. Atesina (046455 23 85; www.atesina.it in Italian) runs hourly buses from Riva del Garda to/from Arco (20 minutes), Rovereto (45 minutes) and Trento (1¾ hours). Schedules and fares for all three bus companies are posted online.
Navigazione sul Lago di Garda (030 914 95 11, 800 55 18 01; www.navigazionelaghi.it in Italian; Piazza Matteotti 2, Desenzano del Garda) operates numerous passenger ferries year-round. Motorists can cross the lake using the car ferry that yo-yos between Toscolano-Maderno (on the western shore) and Torri del Benaco (on the eastern shore), or seasonally between Limone (11km south of Riva del Garda on the western shore) and Malcesine (15km south of Riva on the eastern side). Lakeside ticketing booths and tourist offices have timetables. Transporting a small car/bicycle on either ferry route costs €7.40/5.30 one way. Passenger one-way fares on a ferry/hydrofoil range from €1, up to €7 for the longest stretch. A one-day ticket allowing unlimited travel costs €24.60/13.30 per adult/child, with cheaper day tickets for smaller zones available.