Dec 19, 2017 - 2:46 AM
in reply to Tracec
>> I have booked the PalmEdpress
Glad you have sorted out your transport for Christmas Day, and I'm sure you will enjoy the Palm Express.
My favourite parts of the trip are the descent down the many hairpin bends of the Maloja Pass, the road through Menaggio, where you will be amazed at the skill of the bus driver in getting that big bus around some very tight bends, and the views of Lake Como as you climb high out of Menaggio.
There is a 20-minute break at Chiavenna railway station from 13:50 to 14:10, where you can buy refreshments and use the toilet. However, there was little on offer in the way of suitable food for lunch when I did that trip, so if you can manage to take your own lunch with you, that might be a good idea.
The best place to get out at in Lugano is Lugano railway station ("Lugano, Stazione Nord"), rather than the end of the line, which is "Lugano, Autosilo Balestra". The station is on a hill overlooking the town and lake, and there is a funicular (as well as buses) to take you from the station down to the centre of town.
How long are you spending in Lugano, and what are your plans?