Locarno train station
I arrived in Locarno by train from Wildegg via Zurich. It take more then a four hours if I remember correctly. I have done a long railway rides and it was one of my best experience so far. I remember that we have a one change, i think. It is very comfortable ride and it run trough fantastic scenery. I prefer railways journeys always and especially long distance ride.
The train station Locarno (Italian: Stazione di Locarno) is located next to Muralto municipality.
Interested is that trains station complex is run by two companies: Swiss Federal Railways (SBB-CFF-FFS) at surface level and the Regional Bus and Rail Company of Canton Ticino (Italian: Ferrovie Autolinee Regionali Ticinesi, or FART) underground.
I am fascinate how Locarno have very wide offers to visitors.
Bike rental can be found at several places:
1. Locarno - Stazione FFS
Address: Piazza Stazione, 6600 Locarno
Telefon: +41 (0)51 221 52 33
Precise location see here - Locarno - Stazione FFS
Working hours: every day from 09:00 till 12:30 and from 14:30 till 18:00
Note: it is possible to return rented bicycle till 18:30.
2. Youth Hostel in Locarno - Ostello per la gioventù
address: Via Bartolomeo Varenna 18, 6600 Locarno
Telefon +41 (0)91 756 15 00
Precise location see here - Ostello per la gioventù
Working hours: very day from 08:00 till 22:00
3. Locarno - Tourist Office Lago Maggiore
Address: Largo Zorzi 1, 6600 Locarno
Telefon: +41 (0)848 091 091
Precise location see here - Locarno - Tourist Office Lago Maggiore
Working hours: very day from 09:00 till 19:00, except on Sundays when it is from 10:00 till 10:30 and from 14:30 till 17:00.
Trough the area of Lago Maggiore there many well maintain cycling paths. It if very popular means of transportation and it is recommended to reserve you bike on official site.
- Road Trip
Bicycle transport is very interesting idea and it is very useful service.
Transportation of bicycle start on 1st September 2009 and it was on so call experimental basis. Till then Locarno touristic offers is rich by new and very useful touristic service. The FART offers possibility to transport your bicycle (loading and unloading on his own) on the bus lines 2, 311, 314 and 315.
Note that the bicycle transportation is carried out under the following conditions:
- Of all races weekdays, from Monday to Friday, from 08.00 to 16.00 and from 19.00 to 06.00.
- Saturday, Sunday and holidays are no restrictions.
- Bicycles can be transport only if there is sufficient space on the platform, since they give priority to the transportation of people, wheelchairs, strollers, etc ...
- Price for single bicycle: price reduced rate for the covered entry (no other way of transportation are valid)
- The number of bicycle that could be transport inside of the vehicle is restricted to two
- In the bus with external hooks bicycles must be transport only using as last quest.
And, finally the FART don't have any responsibility for damages caused to bicycles during transport.
- Road Trip
Ferries on Lake Maggiore
Locarno is beautiful resort on Lake Maggiore shore and it is connected with other places around lake especially with Ascona. That two town even have joint tourist presentation.
The waterway could be nice experience. The company "Navigazione Lago Maggiore" offers many unforgettable trips trough Lake Maggiore area.
- Luxury Travel
- Family Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Locarno on foot
Locarno is perfect town for exploring by foot. In fact, walking (Nordic and regular) is wide promoting activity and attraction by local touristic offices and many touristic sites for Ticino region.
You could find here everything you could imagine: cobblestone narrow paths trough old classical buildings, modern hotels, familiar Italian food, expensive souvenirs and real summer adventures on water and many others things.
There is many benches and toll trees around but weather and wind are ideal for walking almost whole year long.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Locarno bus station
Locarno train and bus station are side by side. In fact, at the end of the ground platform of train station is start point for buses.
The bus tickets can be bout from bus driver on the bus or from the ticket shop across the road. You need to get the postal bus to the "diga verzasca" stop.
You can find a timetable on station.
I travel by bus to Ascona. It takes under 20 minutes from Locarno nus/train station to get to Ascona, if I remember correctly. There is a alternative: you can walk to Ascona or cycling.
- Road Trip
Ships on Lago Maggiore
No Passes or GA's Half Tax valid on the whole lake for boat trips. Only the swiss boat Pass.
Staff on counters are very helpful. Theres lots of trips you can do. some Examples:
Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori, S. Caterina, Isola Madre, Isola di Brisago and so on. You can get a holiday card: 3 Days 74 CHF and 7 days 100 CHF
eco-taxi at flat rates
FInally we have it: an ecological taxi to move about the area and keep the air clean. On top of this they only use flat-rates (starting from 7.80 swiss francs) - and they are much cheaper than regular taxis. You can call them on their free number, but in all fairness i'm not sure if they speak english - they do speak german, french and italian, however
The easiest and quickiest way to visit the sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso is to take the funicular , commuting regularly( every 15 minutes) back and forth (Locarno/Orsilena). In just four stops, you arrive Orsilena. It is also possible to get off at " sanctuario" (the 3rd stop) if you like to take a short walk up to the church. To make it better, wait until to the final sation, proceed to the opposite side and head down to visit the church and its little museum. Take time and have some refreshment at Restorante Funicolare.
The station is located at the opposite of SBB Railways
viale Balli 2
return: 6.60 CHF each /adult)
Time-Table evening extenden courses :
# April-October (20.30-21.00)
# May/June/September (21.30-22.00)
# July/August (23.30-24.00)
The Centovalli Train
Known in Switzerland as the Centovallina and in Italy as Vigezzina, this amazing route connects Locarno, Switzerland to Domodossola, Italy. The cooperation that had to occur between those two countries (with their highly different styles and bureaucracies) when construction began in 1913 and was completed 10 years later, is mind boggling. The route winds through the mountains, over dramatic bridges, along vineyards, past rusticas, next to waterfalls. While the route is not terribly long it takes two hours to go from end to end.
But it's the journey, not the destination and this one shouldn't be missed.
Scenic Rail Ride
From Kandersteg we rode the train to Domodosola, Italy switching trains for a long, leisurely ride back into Switzerland's Locarno. The countryside was dotted with stone houses with stone roofs and lots of vinyards. Simply beautiful. All not was so nice though; passing through the kms long tunnels was a loud, smelly experience. In one tunnel we stopped MIDWAY for about 10 minutes, for what, I don't know. It was not a pleasant feeling...
- Family Travel
Even though I'm sure a lot of farting goes on in Locarno (just like everywhere else), this sign is not ordering you to do so, it is merely the name of their transportation system. Our juvenile minds couldn't help giggling over this...
- Family Travel
The ferrovia delle centovalli, locally known as centovallina, is a scenic way to get to Locarno. It's a narrow-gauge little train - it nearly looks like a toy train - and connects Locarno with Domodossola in Italy. Domodossola is on the main Milan-Bern/Zürich train line. All along the way you can see snowcapped mountains, rivers that have carved deep gorges, woods - chestnut woods to be precise - and old stone villages. You can get off at some to have a look around and then catch the next train.
If you stop in Camedo (Switzerland) you can see the old village and then rent a bike to cycle (all downhill) all the way back to Locarno.
If you stop in Santa maria Maggiore (Italy) you will enjoy a beautful little mountain town and an interesting museum - about chimney-sweepers - which was a local tradition and profession.
If you stop in Trontano (italy) you can admire another tiny cute village and dine in a very fine place - I don't remember the name but apparently it's listed in the Michelin food guide
FART: ferrovie autolinee regionali ticinesi
If someone from the area tell's to take a fart, don't think us rude. Some clever soul came up with this acronym for the regional public transportation system. He should be sentenced to death for bringing so much embarassment upon us. Anyway FART is a bus or a train...