• Monte San Salvatore, Funicular
  • Monte San Salvatore, Funicular
  • Monte San Salvatore, Restaurant
  • Monte San Salvatore from Parco Ciani
  • Monte San Salvatore
  • Monte San Salvatore
  • Monte San Salvatore, View
  • Monte San Salvatore, View

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Given the ever-changing situation, we would advise you to always check opening times in advance as well as any restrictions applying to the event directly with the contact people indicated.

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Monte San Salvatore

Just a few steps away from the bustling city, Monte San Salvatore rises majestically to the skies and gives you the opportunity to enjoy a moment of peace while facing the seemingly endless horizon.

The Sugarloaf Mountain of Switzerland.

It is a destination that can satisfy everybody’s needs and desires: gourmets, sports enthusiasts, culture and nature lovers will live on the Monte San Salvatore unique and unforgettable emotions.
Various hiking trails offer the opportunity to discover unspoiled nature and it is possible to experience the thrills of climbing on the “Via Ferrata”.

On Monte San Salvatore there is even space for culture: the Museum San Salvatore hosts a precious collection of rare religious art, illustrating the history of the Confraternity over the centuries, an exhibition dedicated to rocks, minerals, fossils and speleology of the region and the history of the lightening research centre with the historical significance of storms. There is also the possibility to combine work and relaxation. The two multi-use rooms can host from 6 to 100 people.

The cable railway

The cable railway is at 500 metres form the Lugano-Sud motorway exit and 5 minutes away from the Paradiso railroad station; it has a convenient car park and you can reach the summit in just 10 minutes. It runs from morning to late afternoon, from March to November, with trips every 30 minutes. In summer the last trip is at 11.00 p.m.

Dining with a View

Ristorante Vetta offers a beautiful panoramic terrace, the ideal place to sit down and dine surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and its cuisine, mostly Mediterranean, is perfect for warm summer days: Vetta truly is an oasis of peace only a stone throw away from downtown Lugano.


From the summit you can descend on foot, along a path leading to Ciona (Carona). Moreover, taking the excursionist paths of the area, you can enjoy all the peculiarities of mountain slopes walking through uncontaminated and regenerating areas.

Via Ferrata

You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the via ferrata on Monte San Salvatore. The route takes you across the north west rock face, with an elevation gain of around 150 metres. The via ferrata is over 250 meters long and is quite challenging: those who decide to try it need to be in good shape. The climb is fun and varied and its exceptional position offers amazing views.


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  1. Contact

    Funicolare Monte San Salvatore
    Via delle Scuole 7
    6902 Paradiso
    +41 91 985 28 28
    Fax +41 91 985 28 29

  2. Notes

    Clean And Safe mountain railways and ski areas

  3. Altitude


  4. Opening

    Opening season
    13.03 - 17.10.2021
    Open all year
    Open all days
    Timetable Summer Season 13.03-17.10-2021
    Friday and Saturday 21.05-03.07.2021
    09:00-23.00 (trip of 18.30 excluded)
    09:00-23.00 (trip of 18.30 excluded)
    Friday and Saturday 03.09-11.09.2021
    09:00-23.00 (ctrip of 18.30 excluded)
    closed for revision

  5. Prices