Getting here and around

Move freely and efficiently to and within the region of Lugano.

In less than 2 hours by train from Zurich and 1 hour from Milan, Lugano is perfectly connected on the north-south axis and to the best-served international airports. Whether by public transport, car, bicycle or even boat, the close distances and extensive network will allow you to reach any place with total peace of mind.

Lugano by Airplane

Lugano by Airplane

The airport of Lugano, which is situated South of the Alps between Zürich and Milan, has two main functions. The first is that of ensuring fast connections between the Insubric region and the main Swiss and European centres; the second is that of making the region easily accessible both to the numerous tourists and businessmen.

  • Easy parking
  • The airport infrastructure is small and convenient and well suited to the requirements of airline traffic
  • Short boarding times


An efficient 24 hrs. on 24 hrs. TAXI service guarantees a fast and efficient connection to the Lugano City Centre in about 20 minutes.
Taxi Lugano-Airport +41 91 605 25 10

Pick-up Hotels

Many hotels offer their guests free transportation to and from the airport; ask your hotel for information and inform them of your arrival.

Shuttle Bus

From Lugano-Airport there is a convenient shuttle bus to reach the city centre.

Shuttle Bus Service

+41 79 221 42 43

JetCar Rent

+41 91 600 26 27

Useful information if you are planning to arrive at Milan-Malpensa. Lugano si only 1 hour away.

This international airport is situated in the area between Busto Arsizio, Gallarate and the Ticino River. It is at about 48 Km from the centre of Milan and at about 60 Km from that of Lugano (Switzerland). The fact that Malpensa is situated in one of the most industrialized area of Europe makes it the ideal crossroads for intense market flows. Today, the opening of the new airport ensures an elevated number of national, European and intercontinental flights. Malpensa is a new hub, a great pole of attraction and sorting centre both for air, road and railroad traffic, which is targeted towards the new century.

Connections to Lugano


Taxi docks are located at the arrivals, ground floor, output port 6 of Terminal 1 and door 4 of Terminal 2.

Shuttle Bus

Malpensa Airport is also served daily by a Shuttle Bus to Chiasso, Mendrisio and Lugano. Detailed information on timetable and ticket prices may be found on the web site of the promoting company:

Lugano by car & bus

Lugano by car & bus

Lugano is served by the motorway axis that directly connects Northern Europe to the Mediterranean.

Take the Laghi A9 motorway in the direction of Como-San Gottardo or the A8 motorway in the direction of Varese-Stabio (Gaggiolo). Advised exit: Lugano Sud.

Take the A2 motorway in the direction of San Gottardo-Chiasso-Italy. Advised exit: Lugano Nord.

Please remember that to drive on Swiss motorways it is necessary to be equipped with the motorway sticker that is to be applied onto the car windshield (the cost: CHF 40.-, valid from January to December) it may be purchased at Customs (Gaggiolo - Stabio, Ponte Tresa, Chiasso).

Lugano by Train

Lugano by Train

FFS Rail Service

0900 300 300
Purchasing tickets or Obtaining Information by Phone (1.19/Min. SFR).
By dialling this number it’s easy to order tickets in a fast and convenient way, to book seats or ask information.

Lugano Region Tourist Information Office at SBB-Station

On foot

About 10 minutes.

Sassellina Funicular

The funicular railway leading from the Piazza Cioccaro station and vice versa. CHF 1.30.- per person.
Every day from 05:00 to 24:00. Continuous races lasting 92 sec. each one.


+41 91 922 88 33
Fixed cost for every run CHF 15. - (Station – Centre / Centre – Station).

  • TILO
    Treni Regionali Ticino Lombardia
  • FFS Trains Online/ Station of Lugano
    All the trains and updated departure times from the Lugano Station
  • FFS Travel Online
    All timetables and the possibility of booking your ticket online.
  • Omio
    Compare train options to Lugano with the option of sorting by price and duration. Coach services are also available.
  • TrainLine
    European trains and buses at your fingertips.
  • Teletext
    Information on railroad traffic

Lugano by Bike

Cycling is one of the best ways to get around Lugano, and no visitor should leave without experiencing it. Even if you only pedal around for a few hours, riding a bike is an must- experience in Lugano.

Renting a bike or taking a guided cycle tour is a great way to discover the region and can be quite an adventure. Exploring the city on a bike lets you see more in a day, while blending in with the locals at the same time. Here you'll find all you need to know about cycling in Lugano, including where to hire a bike or MTB, cycling transportation rules and bike friendly accomodations.