Lugano's airport is in Agno. It's an international airport but only planes up to a certain size can land because of the surrounding hills.
You can take the FLP train to Agno and walk for 15 minutes or alternatively take the shuttle bus from Piazza Manzoni or the railway station. For more information check the website below in English.
Funicular Stazione - Città
This funicular takes you from the railway station which is up the hill down to the city center in a few minutes. The funicular was opened in 1886 and was originally a bit longer. Today it is 220 m.
It is actually easy to walk down the hill and there is San Lorenzo Cathedral on the way too.
By train via the Gotthard
Coming from the north a very pleasant option is the train compared to the car in which you have to sit in traffic jams - sometimes for several hours depending on the popularity of the day - and cross the tunnel, lets keep fingers crossed that there will be no more accidents.
The train from Zurich takes about 3 hours and on the way you will see one little church from 3 sides because the train takes a almost circular tunnel in the mountain. You may also see a huge rock sitting by itself, which is the devil's rock.
I recommend that you take this journey before the Gotthard basis tunnel is finished as it is much more scenic now.
MILAN MALPENSA AIRPORT
Milan/Milano - Malpensa (MXP):
Location: 43 km/27 Miles NW of Milan City centre. Airport Overview: 2 terminals: Terminal 1 & 2. Most flights depart from Terminal 1. Trains run from the basement level and buses from the arrivals level.
By Taxi: To the city centre ?50-65/50-60 mins. By Limo: To the city centre ?85 & to Linate Airport ?95. Tel 0270200443.
Malpensa Shuttle to Milan City Route: Terminal 1 - Terminal 2 - Milan Fair - Piazza Luigi di Savoia, alongside the Central Railway Station in Milan City centre. Timings: Departs the airport at 0530, 0620 then every 20 mins until 2200, 2230, 2300, 2330, 0015, 0130, 0230, 0330 & 0430.
Air Pullman Milano Runs from Piazza Castello in Milan to Malpensa Airport 0730-2330, From Malpensa 0830-1730.
Sadem runs buses to Torino/Turin leaving Malpensa at 0700, 0900 & 1830. Cost ?15.50. Tel 011 3000611
Bus Express www.busexpress.com to Lugano operate buses to Lugano & Chiasso. One way to Lugano ?20, return ?35. Children 2-12 50% off, under 2's free. Buses leave Malpensa terminal 1 at 0700 0900 1030 1230 1430 1630 1830 2030 & 2245. They arrive at T2 10 mins later, Chiasso train station 40 mins after that and Lugano 20 mins later. Departures from Lugano station are at 0445 0635 0830 1030 1230 1430 1705 1830 & 2000 with similar timings. Tel +41 91 994 88 78. Buy tickets on board. Exit4/Stop 19
Malpensa Shuttle to Milan Linate Airport Runs to Linate airport , with stops at Gobba & Cormano. Departs Malpensa Terminal 1 at 0750, 0930, 1100, 1230, 1420, 1530, 1650, 1820, 2225 & 0025. Takes 70 mins. Stops at Malpensa Terminal 2 are on request only. Cost: Adults ?9, children (2-12) half price. Tickets can be bought on the bus. Tel 0331 25
Access to Lugano from London Gatwick via Milan
Direct flights from the UK to Switzerland tend to be expensive so here is a good alternative. EasyJet flies from London Gatwick to Milan and at certain times of the year, flights are very cheap. My flight in March was £30 return. On arriving at Milan Linate Airport, catch the frequent shuttle bus to Milan Central Station and from there, take one of the comfortable and efficient trains direct to Lugano.
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Buses around Town
The bus company has split the town into 2 zones and you pay the bus fair depending on whther you wish to travel only in one zone or between the two zones.
The service they provide is 1st class with you never having to wait more than 15 mins for a bus to come along
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Flights to Zurich and Geneva...
Flights to Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland. Milan in Italy can also be useful for gettting into Lugano. There is also a rail service from the airport to Lugano - Trains depart at 8.30am, 11.30am, 4.30pm and 7pm.
During the summer (Apil-Oct) the Lugano Regional Pass gives free travel on trains and boats on and around Lago di Lugano (including funiculars up to San Salvatore and Monte Brè), with half-price discounts on transport around Locarno, for three days within seven (Fr.70) or seven consecutive days (Fr.92). Similarly, the Locarno/Ascona Regional Pass gives free travel on trains and boats in the Swiss basin of Lago Maggiore, plus half-price on funiculars, chairlifts and transport in and around Lugano, for three days in seven (Fr.50) or seven consecutive days (Fr.76).Discounts on these passes are available to Swiss Pass holders.
Shuttle Bus to & trom Agno Airport near Lugano
The shuttle bus can take you from the airport to where you want to go in the area. It will also pick you up in Lugano or you can go to the RR station and get it there.
All the information you will need is in the language of your choice on their website. Just select the flag from the country whose language you wish to use.
However, you must realize they only speak Italian.
So it is best to fax them your needs several days ahead and translate it into Italian.
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DISCOUNTS ON TRANSPORTATION & PASSES
Cardada Impianti Turistici SA Tutti i possessori di un abbonamento arcobaleno annuale, ricevono uno sconto del 20% sul biglietto di risalita per Cardada/Cimetta. L'azione è valida fino dal 10.03.2003 al 02.11.2003. Euro26 arcobaleno offre a tutti i giovani che acquistano un abbonamento arcobaleno annuale, la carta per giovani Euro26. Ferrovia Monte Generoso SA Tutti i possessori di un abbonamento arcobaleno annuale, ricevono uno sconto del 25% sulla tariffa di base. L'azione è valida fino al 31.12.2003. Funicolare Cassarate-Monte Bré SA Tutti i possessori di un abbonamento arcobaleno, ricevono uno sconto del 50% sul biglietto di risalita. L'azione è valida tutto l'anno. RailAway Tutti gli adulti che acquistano o rinnovano l'abbonamento annuale, ricevono un buono sconto del valore di frs. 5.- sull'acquisto di una prestazione RailAway Ticino. L'azione è valida fino al 31.03.2003. Ticino Card Tutti i possessori di un abbonamento arcobaleno che acquistano la Ticino Card per gli impianti sciistici ricevono un cospicuo sconto: Carta BAMBINO, fino a 15 anni frs. 300.- anziché frs. 380.- Carta GIOVANI, da 16 fino a 24 anni frs. 400.- anziché frs. 450.- Carta ADULTI, da 25 anni frs. 450.- anziché frs. 500.- Carta FAMIGLIA frs. 700.- anziché frs. 1'000.-
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Public transport connects homes with workplaces. It takes us to shopping malls, cultural events and leisure activities, and above all it brings people together. Mobility links isolated communities and creates new prospects for the future.
In the transport maze, it's the Postbus that bridges the gaps!
Also check out the "Virtual Post Office", Code Directories, the Hours of Posts all over Switzerland, and more.
The days are long gone when Swiss Post used to concentrate solely on postal core business such as letters, packages and payments; today they sell more and more third-party products.
A number of post offices have been selling mobile phones, computers, books and stationary available at Swiss Post. Items are posted on the website.
If you are looking for a contract to limit the costs of operating a cell phone without having a residence visa in Switzerland, then the POST is the place for you.
None of the other cell phone distributors will give you a contract for your cell phone without a residence visa.
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BUS SERVICE TO CASINO di CAMPIONE TO & FROM MILAN
This bus departs at the following locations in Milan to Casino Di Campione and returns on weekdays.
Da Milano (Porta Garibaldi):
partenza ore: 11.00, 15.00, 20.30
partenza ore: 19.00, 00.30,
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LUGANO TRAIN STATION TO MALPENSA VIA MALPENSA BUS
Lugano Train Station is centrally located.
Their is an air-conditioned bus which takes you and your luggage to MALPENSA airport in MILAN.
If you travel with Alitalia out of MALPENSA, check to see if the bus trip is complementary.
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Travelling outside Lugano
Switzerland has a well organized public transport system.
For trips by train check this page:
For places the train doesn't reach usually you can get by postbus:
FROM MILANO (MXP) TO LUGANO
LUGANO - Stazione 04.45 06.35 08.30 10.30 12.30 14.30 17.05 18.30 20.00
CHIASSO - Stazione 05.10 06.55 08.50 10.50 12.50 14.50 17.25 18.50 20.20
MALPENSA - Terminal 2 05.45 07.35 09.35 11.35 13.35 15.35 18.05 19.35 21.00
MALPENSA - Terminal 1 05.55 07.45 09.40 11.40 13.40 15.40 18.15 19.40 21.10
MALPENSA - Terminal 1 07.00 09.00 10.30 12.30 14.30 16.30 18.30 20.30 22.45
MALPENSA - Terminal 2 07.10 09.10 10.40 12.40 14.40 16.40 18.40 20.40 22.55
CHIASSO - Stazione 07.50 09.50 11.20 13.20 15.20 17.20 19.20 21.20 23.40
LUGANO - Stazione 08.10 10.10 11.40 13.40 15.40 17.40 19.40 21.40 23.55
(1) Prenotazione obbligatoria servizio Limousine Tel. 0041 91 994 88 78 /79
( only reservation limousine service Tel. 0041 91 994 88 78 /79)
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(Ticket one-way) CHF 30.-- / EUR 20.--
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Flying with Crossair
Getting there: by plane. In 1989 I flew from Amsterdam to Zurich - my first flight ever! From Zurich I took a Crossair plane to Agno airport not far from Lugano. I took a cab to the hotel. The Crossair plane was extremely small, the hostess could not walk straight, she had to bend over (No kidding!). Fascinating flight across the Alps.
Getting around: on foot mostly, and by means of a so-called cog railway to the top of San Salvatore, where there's a small chapel...
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