Partnering for Global Impact® 2013 will take place July 10–11, 2013 at:
For attendees traveling from international or European destinations, Milan Malpensa airport provides easy access to Lugano. While it might not be the most obvious route, it is certainly the quickest way and often less expensive airfare. Several express bus services connect Milan Malpensa airport to Lugano central train station with only 70 minutes travel time (depending on traffic). Alternatively you can of course hire a private car.
Shuttle buses run regularly throughout the day. There are three providers offering service between Lugano and Malpensa and the schedules vary only slightly:
Lugano has its own airport 15 minutes (6km) away from the town center. Lugano-Agno airport is serviced by domestic flights departing from Zurich, Geneva and London City. Three airlines fly into Lugano:
Lugano is served by trains from both Zurich and Milan.
Trains leaving Milano Central arrive in Lugano in approximately 1.5 hours.
The train from Zurich to Lugano is approximately 3 hours, though the Gotthard pass.
Lugano is also very easy to reach by car as it is situated close to the main A2 motorway that links Northern Europe to Milan and the Mediterranean.
If you are approaching Lugano from the Milan direction then you need to follow:
If you are approaching Lugano from the Zurich direction then you need to follow:
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Visa requirements for entry into Switzerland vary by country. Schengen Visa holders and citizens of the United States, Canada, and several other countries can visit Switzerland without applying for a visa, if they meet certain requirements. For a complete list of visa requirements by country please view the overview of ID and visa provisions by nationality.
For more information about the visa application process, please visit the Swiss Federal Office for Migration's official website.
Note that it may take several weeks for your visa application to be processed so please allow ample time when applying for your visa.