Lugano is a lakeside city in Ticino, the Italian-speaking part of southern Switzerland, and is the largest Italian-speaking city in Switzerland, or for that matter, outside Italy. Part of a temperate micro-climate, Lugano offers palm trees, picturesque boulevards, stunning views of the lake and the Alps, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor and indoor activities. Lugano also makes a good base for visiting other cities and sites in the area. The city is a pleasant place to relax in the summertime and is only half an hour away from Lake Como.
Lugano Airportsmall international airport with flights arriving from Zurich and Geneva. Swiss International Air Lines and Etihad Regional offer discount web special prices to Lugano from many parts of Europe.
Milan's airports are 1.5 hours away by bus or train and are served by easyJet and Ryanair.
Trains leave for Zürich (3h), Basel (3:34) and Milan (40min-1h) as well as Geneva (via Zürich or Locarno-Domodossola: 5h30 with one or two transfers, 6h30 via Milan with one transfer). Getting to Geneva or points west it is faster to go via Zürich or Locarno as the trains are more frequent and faster.
phone: +41 900 300 300
By busThere are three shuttle services between Lugano and Milan Malpensa Airport:
- Lugano Services(approx every 2 hrs, 04:00–23:30; 1hr 10min; €25 one way; advance reservations on line or tickets directly on the bus)
- JetBus (approx every 1-2 hrs; 06:00–23:10; €27 or Fr. 35 one way; can be booked at airport)
- Malpensa Express (every 2 hrs; 8:35–23:35; €30 or Fr. 35 one way; can be booked at airport.)
Lugano is small enough to get around on foot, and many of the streets are pedestrian-only, but the hills above the lakefront are very steep so the bus or the funicular from the centre of town might be a better option on the way up to the train station if you have a lot of bags. Taxis can be found on the main roads. Ferries and funiculars are great options for seeing the views.
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TPLfor bus services in the city. A short-journey ticket (30 min.) costs Fr. 1.90, 1-day travelcard for 1 zone — Fr. 7.20, short-journey multi-journey travelcard (6 trips) — Fr. 9.50, the later can be used by multiple people.
phone: +41 91 800 72 28This funicular links the old centre of the town on the lake shore to the railway station higher up the hill. Starting 05.20 till 23.50, always, there is one every 5-10 minutes. TPL runs FuniBus, a bus shuttle service, between the train station and .
phone: +41 91 985 28 28address: Via delle Scuole 7, Lugano Paradisolinks Lugano with the top of the Monte San Salvatore, with spectacular views of the Lake of Lugano, the isthmus of Melide, the Monte Generoso and the Italian enclave of Campione d'Italia on the other side of the lake.
phone: +41 91 9713171address: Via Ceresio di Suvigliana 36, CH-6977 RuviglianaA funicular between Lugano and the top of the Monte Brè.
phone: +41 91 971 52 23Runs ferry services across the Lake Lugano. They also offer a number of cruises. While much of Lake Lugano is in Switzerland, a large portion of it is in Italy, so take your passport when on a boat.
Italian is spoken in Lugano as a primary language. English and German are widely spoken by many of the individuals that interact with tourists.
Palazzo Civicoaddress: Piazza Riforma, 1Lugano's City Hall
Parco CivicoA peaceful park with a wide variety of flowers and trees located near the heart of Lugano's tourist area. Villa Ciani is located there.
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angiolicontains an impressive full-wall 16th-century fresco by Bernardino Luini.
phone: +4191 815 79 71address: Via Canova 10
phone: +41 91 993 37 70The museum also offers an audio guide for a walk in the steps of Hesse, which is an extremely good choice on a beautiful day. Besides the exhibition there is also a film on Hesse shown, duration approximately 50 minutes. Friendly and helpful staff. English, German and Italian spoken.
GandriaGandria is an unspoiled, picturesque lakeside village at the foot of Monte Brè. Perched on the steep mountainside it is a community of narrow streets, inaccessible to cars, with a delightful surprise round every corner.
Museo Doganale SvizzeroThere is also a grotto restaurant nearby.
Sentiero di GandriaA path from the end of the Lugano promenade to Gandria. It is marked with panels which describe the history of olive trees in the region. That is why it is also known as Sentiero dell'olivo.
Monte BrèThere are numerous rustic trails that lead up from towns surrounding Mount Brè to its summit and the Funicolare Monte Brè. A trail map is available from the local tourist information.
Monte San SalvatoreThe top of this mountain has a restaurant, hiking paths and a look-out tower offering an amazing panoramic view of Lugano, the lake and surrounding area. It is possible to hike up to the mountain (about 2 hours), or take the cable car.
Trekking Lugano and Malcantone region
SFR Railway Station Luganophone: +41 512 215642
Balmelli Sportphone: +41 91 923-5867address: Via Pioda 12
phone: +41 91 973-7111address: Via Stauffacher 1
Blues to Bop FestivalFree open air music festival with multiple stages throughout the heart of Lugano in late August.
SwimmingThe Lido di Lugano right in the city centre is a great place to swim with a beach, 3 swimming pools and a bar.
BoatingBoat rental options include paddle boats and speed boats.
phone: +41 58 666-4000address: 13 Giuseppe Buffi StSwitzerland’s most international university. It is distinctive in the Swiss university system because of the originality of its degree curricula and areas of research.
phone: +41 58 666-6014address: Le Gerre, Via Pobiette 11One of the nine universities of applied sciences recognized by the Swiss Confederation.
phone: +41 58 666 66 66address: Via Cantonale 6 (Galleria 1 Building), 6928 Manno
phone: +41 91 985-2260address: 29 Ponte Tresa StAn American liberal arts institution in an international environment, Franklin is accredited in the United States by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and in Switzerland by the Swiss University Conference.
phone: +41 91 960 51 51address: Via Collina d'Oro 15, 6926 Montagnola, SwitzerlandAn international secondary school in the outskirts of Lugano.
address: Mendrisio, Via A. Maspoli 18Huge designer outlet in just 20 km from Lugano.
phone: +41 91 912 76 99address: Salita M. e A. Chiattone 10, 6900 Lugano, SwitzerlandDepartment store with everything from clothing to home goods as well as some Swiss souvenirs. Grocery store in basement.
Manoraaddress: Piazza Dante 2The cafeteria in the Manor Department store offers a wide variety of tempting International dishes, ranging from sushi to pasta. Fresh fruits and vegetables arrayed in stylish displays are almost a painting themselves. Wine and beer are available as are a wide range of other beverages.
Argentinophone: +41-91-9229049Piazza Riforma. Excellent pizza, great service. They offer 2 sizes of pizza, price ranges around Fr. 15-20.
Tangoaddress: Piazza RiformaReally great tasty pizza, quick service (6-7 min per pizza).
Ristorante Anticophone: +41 91 971 48 71address: CH-6978 Gandria - LuganoItalian cuisine in the village of Gandria with dining on a terrace with views of Lago di Lugano
There are clubs in the city (discos). Nix (under the Casinò), Privilege (near Manor, a department store), Tito's Place (quartiere Maghetti), Club One and The Cube are all located in the downtown.
Oops (via Maderno 24) and Bibliocafè Tra (Salita dei Frati, Piazza Molino Nuovo) are a great place to have beer in the evening. Near University . Another hint:
Arteaddress: LungolagoAmazing decor, (also an art gallery), great food and views of the Lake!
phone: +41 91 966 72 72address: Via Montarina 1The house is surrounded by a palm garden and has a nice swimming pool that all guests can use. Hostel guests can use a small communal kitchen.
phone: +41 91 921 46 46address: Piazza Indipendenza 9A very clean, family-run hotel with some en-suite rooms. English and German are spoken.
phone: +41 91 922 71 07address: Via Nassa 28
phone: +41 91 966 27 28address: Via Cantonale 13, Savosa
phone: +41 91 922 75 41address: Via Nassa 68Family tradition since 1906, it is the right hotel for holidays or for business stays and the only one on the lake promenade in the centre of Lugano, with own indoor parking, restaurant, meeting room, garden with swimming-pool and terrace. W-Lan Internet Hot-Spot, an Internet workstation and an "Ethernet" connection for notebook computers are available free of charge at the Internet corner. “Historic hotel with honor”: the ICOMOS jury has granted the hotel this eminent UNESCO award.
phone: +41 91 966 05 61address: Via Lucino 49, Breganzona
phone: +41 91 910 57 00address: Piazza Cioccaro 5Located 1 minute from station, 200m from the lake. WiFi access and meeting facilities. Multistore car park.
phone: +41 91 911 41 11address: Via Tesserete 10
phone: +41 91 960 60 60address: Via Cattori 18
phone: +41 91 911 68 68address: Piazza CioccaroHas a direct connection to the station with the cable car and is in the city centre. Single room from Fr. 116, double room from Fr. 157 (season from October 2011, all included).
phone: +41 91 985 92 00address: Riva Paradiso 1
phone: +41 91 973 25 55address: Viale Castagnola 31
phone: +41 91 985 77 11address: Riva A. Caccia 7
phone: +41 91 985 88 55address: Via Montalbano 52 km from the city. The historical main building – the Villa – is, together with the nearby Residence (of more recent construction), one of the most refined luxury hotel establishments in Lugano.
Free Wi-Fi connection can be found along the lakeside and in the University campus (Via Buffi, 13).
Important telephone numbers
- Police (Polizia) – Emergency only: 117
- Fire Department (Pompieri): 118
- City of Lugano Police: +41 58 866 82 50 (piazza Riforma), +41 58-8668111 (Via Beltramina 20B)
- Civic Hospital (Ospedale Civico): +41 91-8116111 (via Tesserete 46 )
- Emergency Ward (Pronto Soccorso), Civic Hospital: +41 91-8116006
- Ambulances (Ambulanze): 144
- Poisonings (Intossicazioni): 145
- Doctor and dentist on call: 1811
- Emergency Service - Street aid: 140
- Lost Property Office (Ufficio oggetti smarriti), City of Lugano Police, Via Beltramina 20b; Mon-Fri: 7:30AM - 12AM, 1:30PM-5PM; Phone: +41 58-8668250
In nearby Melide is an attraction which is very popular among the Swiss:
phone: +41 91 640 10 60address: Via Cantonale, MelideSwitzerland in miniature as a theme park
- Bellinzona for castles nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage list
- Meride for Monte San Giorgio — another UNESCO World Heritage site, and the museum of fossiles
- Varese for its Sacro Monte — UNESCO World Heritage site
- Milan considered a leading global city, with strengths in the field of the art, commerce, education, entertainment, finance, healthcare, media, services, research and tourism, recognized as the world's fashion and the design capital
- Campione d'Italia, an Italian exclave just over the other side of the lake from Lugano