>> Does Swiss Pass allow one to travel free in the entire Ticino region ? I checked jurisdiction of Swiss Pass, but still not sure whether it covers all city and local busses in the region. How does it compare with Arcobaleno pass for the region?
Swiss Travel Pass
The Swiss Travel Pass provides free travel on all trains and PostBuses between cities, towns and villages in Ticino, as in the rest of Switzerland. That includes the Centovalli Railway, which travels between Locarno in Switzerland and Domodossola in Italy (although a supplement of CHF 1.50 is payable if you travel in one of the trains with panoramic windows).
The Swiss Travel Pass also provides free travel on local public transport in Bellinzona, Locarno and Lugano, the main cities of the canton. Usually cable cars and funiculars are not free, but you will get a 50% discount, for example, the Monte Brè and San Salvatore funiculars in Lugano.
The funicular between Lugano main station and the town centre is probably covered in full, as the service is provided by TPL, the company which provides public transport in Lugano. This funicular is back in service now, I believe, after a period of closure due to construction work at Lugano main station.
When I went on the Madonna del Sasso funicular in Locarno in September last year, I got a small discount with my Swiss Travel Pass: CHF 5.40 return instead of CHF 7.20.
Boats on Lake Lugano are covered, but those on Lake Maggiore are not, as they are provided by an Italian company.
I have not used this pass myself. As far as I can see, there is no pass specifically for tourists. The minimum period for a pass seems to be one week, and you have to decide how many zones you will need.
Here are some links to help you compare and decide:
Price for weekly pass
www.arcobaleno.ch/en/a bbonamenti/abbonamento -settimanale
www.arcobaleno.ch/cont ent/2-chi-siamo/2-le-zone-arcobaleno/biglietti.p df
Participating transport companies
Regardless of what type of pass you end up getting, the Arcobaleno app might be useful if you have internet access when you are out and about. There are download links on the Arcobaleno home page: