How to reach us

Hotel San Carlo is located in via Nassa 28 in Lugano town centre, in the pedestrian zone, steps away from the lake and from the funicolare to the train station.
How to reach Lugano by car, train or plane.


To drive on Switzerland's highways you'll need to pay a tax of 40.- CHF (30 €). You can buy the permit sticker at the border, in all postal offices and in some petrol stations.
From abroad and inner Switzerland
Arrive in Lugano driving on the A2 highway. Exit at Lugano Sud and follow directions to the lake.
To reach Motta Parking (located beside the Hotel), turn left at the first traffic light, then follow directions to the train station. Drive for about 300 meters and after two traffic lights turn right in via Giuseppe Motta (sign "Parcheggio Motta") to reach the entrance of the parking.
If you are using your GPS to reach the Hotel type in as the final destination via Giuseppe Motta.

Useful information
Speed limits - 120 km/h on the highways, 80 km/h on all roads in non urban areas, 50 km/h in urban areas. All limits may vary locally.
Traffic News - for information on traffic and San Gottardo status (Southbound) you can call 163 (0,50 CHF per call + 0,50 CHF per minute).


Lugano has only one train station. To reach us exit the train station and take the funicolare to town centre. From piazza Cioccaro stop head to the pedestrian zone walking via Pessina and turning right in via Nassa. Walk for about 150 meters to reach number 28 (after Coop and San Carlo church)

Funicolare Lugano-Stazione FFS
Timetable - every day from 5.20 to 23.50, every 5 minuti
Ticket price -1.10 CHF (0,70 euro)
Lenght of journey - 1 minute
Where to buy tickets - at the FFS Train Station of Lugano or at piazza Cioccaro stop
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Lugano-Agno Airport

If you'll land at Lugano-Agno Airport you can reach the Hotel by Shuttle Bus or by Taxi Service.

Shuttle Bus
You can reach the town centre or the train station (stops at main hotels on request), with the Shuttle Bus Sagl at the cost of 18.-- CHF (two way) running from 06.20 to 18.00 (mon-fri) and from 10:00 to 18:00 (sat-sun).

Taxi service
A taxi service is available at an approximate cost of 25.--/30.-- CHF.

Malpensa Airport
If you'll land at Malpensa Airport you can reach the Hotel by Shuttle Bus, by Taxi Service or by Renting a Car. Malpensa airport is 70 Km far from the Hotel.

Shuttle Bus
A shuttle bus links Malpensa airport with Lugano train station. Once in the train station you can reach the hotel with the Funicolare Lugano-Stazione FFS. More info on shuttle bus timetables and costs can be found here or here Giosy Tours SA.

Taxi service
A taxi service is available at gates 4 and 5 in Terminal 1 and out of the arrivals area in Terminal 2.

Rent a car

If you plan to rent a car you can check the itinerary on the map.