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Monte Generoso - How to get there

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How to travel to Monte Generoso

The cogwheel trains to the top depart from the main line train station 'Capolago-Riva S. Vitale'.

How to reach Capolago

Take the train to Capolago-Riva S. Vitale. This takes about 15 minutes from Lugano.

There are limited boat services to Capolago as well. The boat dock is a 5-minute walk from the train station. There is a parking lot across from the train station.

The ride to the top

Take the cogwheel train to the top from the train station Capolago-Riva S. Vitale.

Soon after departure, the train enters forests. A bit further it enters a tunnel to turn 180° and then reaches the stop 'Bellavista', meaning 'nice view". You would need to get off the train for good views here.

After the stop Bellavista the views from the train get better, as there are fewer trees. You'll see glimpses of the pretty Muggio valley and wonderful scenery with rolling green hills. Most of the good views are on the right side of the train, but don't forget the left side for some very nice lake views.

Dates of operation

The trains operate from 25 March to 29 October 2023. In bad weather, only one train per day will run (11h35 from Capolago to Monte Generoso, 14h45 from Monte Generoso to Capolago).


Find the train schedules. The station in the valley to travel to is 'Capolago-Riva S. Vitale'. The peak station is called 'Monte Generoso Vetta'. The boat dock is called 'Calago Lago'.

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