Half day Lugano, Monte Brè, boat, San Salvatore

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Jul 25, 2019 - 8:58 PM

I will travel from Morteratsch to Lugano August 27 , arriving 10:50. I will stay in Hotel&Hostel Montarina near Lugano station.Please comment on my proposed itinerary:

- 12:00pm Take bus and funicular to Monte Brè (30min; RT CHF 25) 1hr

Fares and timetable:

www.montebre.ch/docume nts/view/5c050e75-d3c0-4037-a1c8-1adc4d74683c

- 2:00pm take bus from Bre, Paese to Gandria (quickest way is bus via Castagnola 41min) walk along Oliver trail? to Gandria. 30min

- 3:35pm Take Ferry at Gandria [Ferry: 3:35pm] to Paradiso (30min; free for STP)

- 4:15pm Walk (5min) to Funicular station (every 30min; RT CHF 30) and up to Monte San Salvatore (12min) 1-1.5hr

Timetable and fares:

www.montesansalvatore. ch/en/timetable-and-fares/

- 6:00pm down from Monte San Salvatore, take bus and walk along Lake Lugano to Parco Civico/Ciani (16min)


1. However, from the Monte Bre timetable , it seems the funicular only runs in the early morning 7:00-7:45 from Cassarate to Suvigliana and 9:05-10:35 from Suvigliana to Monte Bre. Do I read correct? How much time should I allocate at Monte Bre? Is 1hr too much for just for the view and photos? no hike.

2. Between Monte Bre and Monte San Sulvatore, which one should I visit due to time constraint? Monte San Salvatore based on the photos and trip reports.

3. Is Gandria worthwhile to visit? If not, which other port for a boat ride on Lake Lugano?

4. When is better time, afternoon or late afternoon, or early evening, to go to Monte San Salvatore?

5. Other points of interest that I should go?


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Jul 26, 2019 - 7:05 AM

Hi Ning,

Your plan looks doable but it is quite tight. Monte Brè deserves some time at the restaurant terrace, but with your time schedule I'd recommend to just take some pictures and walk to the village of Brè.

Gandria is wonderful. Whether you have time to explore will depend on the boat departure time and your arrival time. Details of the Olive Trail are here: www.myswissalps.com/hi king/castagnola-gandria.

Both mountains are good but there are more varied views from San Salvatore. Monte Brè fits your plan best, to combine with the walk. Please see:

The funiculars operate all day round normally, please check the timings through www.myswissalps.com/ti metable.

You don't necessarily need a bus in Lugano after San Salvatore, you can walk part of this route which is may be 10-15 minutes on foot from the funicular: www.myswissalps.com/hi king/lugano.

Have fun!

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