Lugano day trip: tour and info

Lugano is the largest city in the Ticino area, the third-largest financial center in Switzerland, congress center, also the city famous for its parks and tulips. Just 8km from the border with Italy, and 1 hour from Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Milan. Today we stop 1 day in Lugano.


Parco Civico
Parco Civico


The nearest airport is Malpensa, then there are Orio al Serio or Linate, the three airports are considered Milan airports. Depending on where you arrive, in Lugano, you can arrive by train or by car, if you arrive from Lake Como and you want to take a ride in Switzerland in 40min you will have arrived.

TIPS TIME !!! If you have rented a car check in the contract that you can cross the border!! Then for the parking, near the casino in Lugano, there is one, very large always has space and isn’t very expensive.

If you have chosen the train, for example from Milan, in 1h15 you will reach the destination, ticket price € 24 one way. Once you arrive in Lugano you will only need to park your car and take a ride in this beautiful city.

BASEL -> LUGANO 5h by bus, 23€

ZURICH -> LUGANO 4h by bus, 19€


Belvedere Garden
Belvedere Garden



Lugano is a very expensive city, think about it before booking a hotel, since in 20min you can sleep at the cheapest prices in Italy. The same theme applies to food, I’ll give you an example, a McDonald menu can cost you € 19. Check my post “Switzerland food guide



The city does not offer many monuments, but a walk is mandatory if you pass them. You can start walking through the Belvedere Gardens, then enter the center and take a stroll through its luxurious shops. The lake offers some activities in the water, like rent a boat o kayak.

TIPS TIME !! In case you want to shop for big brands I suggest you go from Mendrisio and stop at Foxtown. It is only 30min from Lugano.

Finally, I recommend you enjoy the Civic Park, a splendor of park thanks to its tulips (April is the month of flowering). Do not miss it !!

Our daily tour is over, but if you’re in the area do not miss the post on 3 days at Como Lake. Bye travelers.

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