Lugano is extremely easy to reach with several means of public transportation (the railroad, the regional Lugano-Airport) and also by means of private transport (the A2 motorway).
The city is in a strategic, geographic position, situated in Ticino – an alpine Canton bordering on Lombardy, which is one of the Italian regions among the most important in Europe from an industrial standpoint. That gives the advantage of being connected with 2 big financial metropolis and cultural capitals – Milan and Zurich, that may be conveniently reached respectively in 1 hour and 2.5 hours.
Lugano's airport is in located in the city of Agno about 6 Km (4 miles) from Lugano's city centre. It offers direct-flight connections to most of the main Swiss cities and some European airports (http://www.lugano-airport.ch/). You can proceed to Lugano city center by taxi (30.00 CHF), by shuttle service, or by train from the station in Agno.
The closest Swiss International Airport is Zurich-Kloten (3 hours train ride to Lugano).
Milano is another ideal point of arrival and it is served by three airports: Malpensa, Linate and Bergamo Orio al Serio. The airports of Milano-Malpensa, Milano-Linate and Bergamo-Orio al Serio are locted within 60-100Km (40-60miles) from Lugano and connected by a shuttle bus (http://www.malpensaexpress.ch/) or by train (Malpensa-Bellinzona, and Bellinzona-Lugano, see http://www.ffs.ch/).
Lugano is served by the motorway axis that directly connects Northern Europe to the Mediterranean.
From Milan: approximately 1 hour
From Zurich: approximately 2 hours
A2 Motorway: exit Lugano Nord, follow the direction "Lugano-Gandria" to the Vedeggio Cassarate Tunnel. Exit the tunnel and keep going straight till you reach a crossroad (the stadium is in front of you) turn left at the crossroad onto via Alla Bozzoreda. Keep the right lane and turn right at the traffic light onto via Ciani. Keep going straight following the river Cassarate. The underground University parking lot is passed the second traffic light after the Glass Building (The Lab) on your right. If you need to reach the University entrance instead, keep going straight passed the parking lot entrance and turn second right onto via Fusoni. Turn second right onto Via Lambertenghi and keep going straight till the end of the road until you see the University main building in front of you.
Please remember that to drive on Swiss motorways it is necessary to be equipped with the motorway sticker that is to be applied onto the car windshield (the cost: 40.- SFR – valid from Jan.-Dec.) it may be purchased at Customs.
The FFS, the Swiss railroad network, is extremely widespread and permits one to reach every inhabited centre of the country.
Here you can find all the connections with Lugano:
Distance from the main Swiss cities and some European cities:
- Milan: 1 h
- Zurich: 2 h 40 min.
- Basel: 3 h 50 min.
- Bern: 4 h15 min.
- Rome: 5 h 40 min.
- Geneva: 6 h 20 min.
- Munich: 8 h
- Paris: 10 h
- Berlin: 12 h
By bus from the train station: go to the bus stop across the street from the train station and take the bus 6 direction Cornaredo and get off at "Università" (3 stops).
By bus from downtown Lugano: take the funicular from inside the station to the centre of the city or walk downtown taking the pedestrian bridge across the street from the station and following the road downhill. From Piazza Cioccaro (funicular station) head south until you reach Piazza Dante. Walk across the piazza and turn left onto Via Pretorio to reach the bus terminal. Take the Bus 5 direction "Viganello" and get off at "Università" (3 stops).
On foot (around 20-25 minutes): reach the city centre by taking the pedestrian bridge across the street from the train station and follow the road downhill, or take the funicular from inside the train station. From Piazza Cioccaro head south to Piazza Dante. Walk across the square and turn left onto Via Pretorio. Cross Via Pretorio to get to the bus terminal. Walk pass the bus terminal and keep heading straight onto Corso Pestalozzi until you reach a big underground parking and the entrance of the park Ciani. Turn left onto Via Lucchini and keep walking straight until you reach the University main building (Via Lucchini eventually becomes Via Lambertenghi).