Oct 18, 2018 - 12:53 PM
in reply to Shopper 99
I was in Lugano last month. I took the Gotthard Express from Luzern, starting with the three hour boat ride through the beautiful lakes of Luzern to Fluelen. There the train is waiting to take you to Lugano. You can take the regular train lines as well. You can spend 2 nights in Lugano and take the bus to Tirano, and the train from there up to Chur. This way you can see the beautiful scenery on both of the train lines. The 3 hour boat through the lake is absolutely stunning, peaceful and just a great way to spend the morning.
The boat has a section where everyone stows their bags so that won't be a problem. It departs at I believe it was 1005 right across from the train station. There is an info booth for the ferries right there as well. It is covered by the STP and if you take the regular train from Fleulen, it too, is covered by STP..If you choose this route, go through Goschenen for the scenic route or take the other route and it goes through a 50 k tunnel and is a bit quicker, but less scenic. The bus from Lugano to Tirano (or vice versa) is 14 Fr for a seat reservation. The train is free if you take local train. To me this was the best of both worlds.
As far as hotels in Lugano, I stayed at the Continental Parkhotel which is right at the other end of the train station where the bus pull into (or leaves from). It is at the top of the city, but you won't have to tote your luggage down the very hilly part of the city. Very convenient to the train station. I was very pleased with the hotel, very professional, friendly folks working there. Has a pool too. As far as Lake Como, I echo Rockoyster as to "why". Lugano is absolutely beautiful. No need to spend time traveling more, when there is plenty to see in Lugano. I hope this helps in your planning. The nice thing I found about traveling in Switzerland is that whichever direction you choose to go, it is still going to be beautiful. Happy traveling, have a great trip.