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' or 'Paradiso, Stazione/Scuole'. The ride takes 5 to 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 from 16 March to 3 November 2019 and 21 December 2019 to 6 January 2020. From 7 to 15 December 2019, and from 11 January to 8 March 2020, only weekend operation is available. There are no services from 4 November to 6 December 2019 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 MS'. The top station is called 'Monte San Salvatore'.
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