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Getting to & around Lugano

Lugano is a sprawling city with plenty of methods of transportation to help you get around and explore our neighborhoods. Here’s an overview to help you plan your trip.

Lugano is a sprawling city with plenty of methods of transportation to help you get around and explore our neighborhoods. Here’s an overview to help you plan your trip.

Arriving

Lugano is extremely easy to reach with several means of public transportation (the railroad, the regional Lugano-Airport) and also by means of private transport (the A2 motorway). In the near future, it’s going to be one of the stations served by Alp Transit. Lugano is situated in Ticino, an alpine Canton which is completely included within the perimeter of the territory of application of the Convention of the Alps; Lugano is, furthermore, in a strategic, geographic position which makes a wide range of very important alpine passes along the South –North axis easily accessible; these include: the Novena, the S. Gottardo, the Lucomagno, the S. Bernardino, the Spluga and the Maloia passes.

Another advantage is that of being connected on line with Milan, a financial metropolis and a cultural capital that may be conveniently reached in 45 minutes by motorway or in one hour by train.

Getting around 

 The city of Lugano has already been heading this way, both by implementing its new transportation plan (Piano dei trasporti del Luganese, PTL) and by restructuring the transportation company (TPL).

With the purpose of further coordinating the services offered by the two regional transportation lines (ARL and Autopostale Ticino e Moesano), some targeted changes are necessary, like the creation of intersections between private and public means of transportation.

Any changes will necessarily be pro environment (reduction of air and noise pollution). The city will then be again more peaceful, and pedestrians and bikers will have sufficient space and be able to move rapidly and safely.

PubliBike, bike sharing, Lugano

PubliBike rents bikes from self-service stations open 24/7. With this service, you can rent a bike in one station and give back it back in another, when you have reached your destination.

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Tourist train

A tour of the City aboard the train "La freccia rossa" (the red arrow) which allows you to discover the beauty of the City and its neighbourhood, the San Salvatore and Monte Brè funiculars, the Casino and the Lungolago.

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A well-knit and structured public transportation network guarantees perfect connections to Lugano’s urban centre.

Lugano Public Transportation (TPL) SA
Information on lines, timetable, tickets and season tickets.

Lugano Regional Bus Service (ARL)
Information on lines, timetable, tickets and season tickets.

Postal Buses
Information on lines, timetable, tickets and season tickets.

Trains
The Lugano Railway Station offers connections with the main localities of the Region.

The Lugano-Ponte Tresa Railway (FLP)

Information on lines, timetable, tickets and season tickets.

Società navigazione del Lago di Lugano
Information on schedules and lines