Increasingly efficient and interconnected land transport
Lugano, nestled between the Insubric pre-alps and Lake Ceresio, seems not to be so easily accessible by public transport. But if we take a look at the different ways and means of communication that connect Lugano to the rest of Europe, we find that in addition to the efficient road and highway network that unites it to the main cities of central Europe, Lugano is also an important rail hub thanks to the international high-speed rail system.
A2 Highway - Lugano Nord
The world’s longest railway tunnel
Five years have already passed since Lugano was awarded a brand new railway station... "with lake view". Its official inauguration coincided with the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel (AlpTransit), which being 57 kilometers long, is not only the longest railway tunnel in the world, but also a unique engineering masterpiece. And, as if that were not enough, since last year the train journey from Lugano to Zurich has been reduced to less than two hours, thanks to the opening of the Base Tunnel of Monte Ceneri (also part of the Alptransit project), which has further improved communications among the urban areas of the Canton Ticino.
It is a real revolution in the way of conceiving the territory, since moving through cities and suburbs has never been so easy and full of possibilities. The impact on the Event and Congress sector is remarkable: hotels, restaurants, cultural points of interest, landscape beauties are more interconnected and quickly reachable.
For more information on the new public transport system in Ticino click here.
The new Lugano railway station
The new tunnel under the Gotthard
By train... it’s easier to fly!
With the high-speed railway service, Zurich airport has become more accessible. Nevertheless, looking towards Italy, we must take note of the fact that the international airport of Milan Malpensa - European hub for both international and intercontinental flights, as well as for several low-cost companies - has got its direct connection to Lugano railway station, through a train service on an hourly basis. In short, there are no more excuses for not arriving in time to your next event at the Palazzo dei Congressi. You are spoiled for choice...
We remind you one more time that the majority of public transport within Canton Ticino is available free of charge to guests staying in our region! For more information, please refer to our previous news dedicated to the Ticino Ticket.
Have a good trip!
Insubria region rail network