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Monte San Salvatore - How to get there

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How to travel to Monte San Salvatore

The funicular to the top departs from Paradiso, a district of Lugano.

How to reach Lugano

Lugano can be reached by train and by car.

Section 1: reaching the funicular station

There are several ways to reach the funicular valley station in Paradiso:

  • By train, option 1: you can best travel to the train stop 'Lugano-Paradiso'. The walk to the funicular station takes less than 10 minutes.
  • By train, option 2: travel to the main station 'Lugano'. Then take a bus to the stop 'Paradiso, Geretta'. The ride takes 10 minutes. Then walk to the funicular in 2 minutes. Alternatively you can walk all the way in about 45 minutes.
  • By boat: it takes 5 minutes on foot to reach the funicular station from the boat dock 'Lugano-Paradiso (lago)';
  • By car: there's a parking lot at the funicular station.

Section 2: Paradiso to Monte San Salvatore

Take the funicular to the top. You'll need to switch to another funicular half-way up the mountain at Pazzallo. The whole ride takes 10 minutes.

Dates of operation

The funicular operates daily from 13 March to 17 October 2021. The trains operate until 17h00 or 18h00, except for summer season and many Fridays and Saturdays: on those days Monte San Salvatore is accessible until 23h00. There are no services from 18 October to 3 December 2021 due to maintenance. Please check again later for further dates.

Tip: check the timetable before you start your trip.


Find public transport schedules for your trip. The valley station of the funicular is called 'Lugano-Paradiso (S. Salvatore)'. The top station is called 'Monte San Salvatore'.

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