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
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)
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.
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...
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...
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
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...