Getting to Locarno

By train

Traveling by train in Switzerland is comfortable and very reliable; thanks to the world's best rail system. Numerous international trains arrive in Ticino every hour from the gateways Basel und Zurich, stopping in Bellinzona (with direct connections to Locarno, on Lake Maggiore). Also the picturesque and romantic journey with the Centovalli Railway, links Ticino (from Locarno to Domodossola) directly with French Switzerland (Brig, Lausanne & Geneva).

Every night after the Piazza Grande screenings the last train to Lugano, Mendrisio and Chiasso leaves at 00.16 am, while regional trains between Locarno and Bellinzona leave at 00.16 am, 0.46 am and 01.19 am. On Saturday and Sunday the last trains to Bellinzona, Lugano, Mendrisio and Chiasso leave at 02.50 am. On this line all stations are provided with Park&Rail. Info: Rail Service 0900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/min. from the Swiss landline network).

By car

A modern and efficient motorway runs through all of Ticino (A2). The St. Gotthard-tunnel allows travelers to forgo climbing the majestic alpine passes. In season, you may also enjoy the picturesque ride over the Pass. For a more northeasterly direction, the San Bernardino highway (A13) begins just north of Bellinzona and links Ticino to Eastern Switzerland, Bavaria and Austria. Ticino is also easily accessible from French Switzerland.

Hertz rent-a-car is official partner of the L'immagine e la parola event and offers you a benefit of worldwide 10% discount on your rental car. Use it for booking your car at one of the Hertz stations all over the world.

By plane (Official Airline: Swiss)

The Lugano International Airport (located in Agno, 15 minutes only from Lugano city, and 40 minutes from Locarno by car) makes sure that the Canton Ticino is connected to Europe and the rest of the world. Lugano Airport stands out for its short check-in time (20 minutes only), guaranteeing comfortable and easy travelling. SWISS ensures several daily flights to Lugano from all over the Continent; with 90 destinations served from its Zurich hub and the airports of Basel, Geneva and Lugano, it is the airline of choice for all guests, attendees and filmgoers wishing to travel to Locarno.

Connections from Lugano-Airport


7 days a week, from 7.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. 
Reservations: Phone: +41 91 605 25 10, Fax: +41 91 605 32 73,

Fare to Locarno: CHF 150
Fare to Lugano: CHF 35
Fare to Lugano Railway Station: CHF 30

Shuttle Bus

The shuttle bus service guarantees regular connections between the center of Lugano and the airport from 08.00 am 6.30 pm (from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm Saturday and Sunday), scheduled to match the arrival and departure of air traffic. Reservation is required. 

Fare to Lugano City: CHF 10
Fare to Lugano Railway Station: CHF 8
Reservations:  t +41 79 221 42 43, f +41 91 967 60 30, 

PostBus Switzerland

The PostBus Switzerland will be at the Festival as a transportation partner. As well as providing the shuttle buses to/from Piazza Grande and to/from hotels, plus late night return bus services from Locarno to the surrounding area, PostBus Switzerland will also be taking care of VIP transfers to/from Milan Malpensa Airport.

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