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Monte San Salvatore - How to get there

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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 only: you can best travel to the train stop 'Lugano-Paradiso'. The walk to the funicular station takes less than 10 minutes. Alternatively you can walk all the way from the railway station of Lugano in about 45 minutes.
  • By train and bus: travel to the main station 'Lugano'. Then take a bus to the stop 'Paradiso, Geretta' or 'Paradiso, Stazione/Scuole'. The bus rides take 12 to 14 minutes. Then walk to the funicular in a few 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:

  • January 15-February 20 2022: Saturdays and Sundays only
  • February 26-March 3 2022: daily
  • March 12-October 30 2022: daily. On some Fridays and Saturdays, the summit is open during evening hour too.

There's a maintenance break from October 31 to December 2 2022. 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 (S. Salvatore)'. The top station is called 'Monte San Salvatore'.

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