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Cardada-Cimetta - How to get there

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How to travel to Cardada-Cimetta

You'll reach the mountain by various modes of transport that start near the train station in Locarno.

How to reach Locarno

Locarno can comfortably be reached by train. The train station is very close to where the funicular up the mountain departs. You can reach Locarno by car as well.

Section 1: Locarno to Orselina

You'll start your trip at an altitude of 200 m. From the train station, turn left into the Via della Stazione. After 150 m you'll see the funicular station on your right, after crossing the canal. Take the funicular up to the last stop: Orselina Funicolare, at 378 m.

Alternatively you can take a scenic walk from Locarno to the Madonna del Sasso church. Then proceed 5 more minutes to reach Orselina.

More details are here.

Section 2: Orselina to Cardada

In Orselina, you'll walk to the cable car station in less than a minute. Take the cable car to Cardada at 1,332 m.

Section 3: Cardada to Cimetta

Turn right as you leave the cable car station at Cardada and walk to the chairlift station. This easy walk across forestry terrain takes about 5 minutes. Take the chairlift up to Cimetta and walk to the observation platform at 1,671 m. This is another 5-minute walk.

Dates of operation

  • Section 1, Locarno-Orselina: operates all year round.
  • Section 2, Orselina-Cardada: operates all year round, except for a maintenance break from early November until mid- to late December.
  • Section 3, Cardada-Cimetta: operates daily from early to mid-March until mid- to late October; operates on Fridays to Sundays and on most public holidays from November to early March.

Tip: check the timetable before you start your trip.


Find the schedules for this trip. Note that the chairlift to Cimetta is not included in the timetable. All schedules up to Cardada are available though.

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