Getting to Lugano
From Milan (79 km - 1h 10'):
A9/E35 Lakes Motorway, in the direction of Como-San Gotthard
A8 Motorway, in the direction of Varese-Stabio (via SP17, SS342 and SP3, Gaggiolo border crossing). Follow the A2/E35 to Mendrisio.
From Basel (263 km - 2h 40') / Zurich (207 km - 2h 24'):
A2/E35 Motorway, in the direction of San Gotthard-Chiasso-Italy.
From Geneva (via Berne 432 km - 4h 30' / via Briga- Nüfenen Pass 369 km - 4h 30') / Berne (277 km - 2h 53'):
A1/E25 Motorway in the direction of Zurich continuing on the A2/E35 in the direction of Lucerne-San Gotthard-Milan.
A9/E62 Motorway in the direction of Brig, from Brig continue towards Ulrichen, Novena/Nüfenen pass and take the A2/E35 at Airolo to Lugano
NB: closed in winter, in spring and autumn subject to possible closure
From Munich (418 km - 4h 29') / San Gallo (245 km - 2h 45') / Chur (146 km - 1h 46'):
A13/E43 Motorway in the direction of Bellinzona continuing on the A2/E35 in the direction of Lugano.
It should be borne in mind that in order to travel on Swiss motorways it is necessary to display a motorway windscreen sticker (cost CHF 40.- valid from January to December); it can be purchased at Customs posts.
The Swiss FFS Railway Network allows travellers to reach Lugano conveniently by train. In fact the city is on the important Gotthard railway axis linking up North and South Europe.
Travel times from:
Basel - 3h 45'
Berne - 3h 46'
Geneva - 5h 30' (via Olten or Milan) / 6h 00' (via Zurich)
Zurich - 2h 40'
Milan - 1h
Rome - 4h 57'
Paris – around 10h 00' (depending on the type of trains and stations)
Munich - 7h 30' (via Arth-Goldau - San Gallo)
Berlin - 11h 30'
More detailed information can be found on the www.ffs.ch site
Lugano Airport is connected to the rest of Europe by Darwin Airlines and Swiss.