We recommend parking your car at the border or in a zone with access to public transport*, in order to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to travel for free in Switzerland. Remember to print your free ticket at sbb.ch, using the promo codes provided, and be sure to keep your bib number to hand!
The Lake Maggiore region can easily be reached by car:
- from the south, via the motorway through the Italian lakes from Milan to the Swiss border at Chiasso-Brogeda, before taking the A2 motorway heading north, following the signposting for ‘Gottardo’ and passing through Mendrisio, Lugano and Bellinzona, before branching off at the junction to reach Locarno and Lake Maggiore.
- from the north, follow the A2 motorway to Bellinzona (exit Bellinzona south, following the signposting for Locarno and Lake Maggiore).
- from the north, you can also take the Simplon Pass, following the E62 all the way to Domodossola and following the signposting for Locarno and the SS337 (Valle Vigezzo).
The roads in Ticino are particularly safe, modern and well-maintained.
Lights on: in the daytime as well.
In Switzerland, it is a legal requirement that all motorised vehicle users have their headlights switched on during the daytime.
For more information, see: TCS – Infostrada (in Italian, in French or German)
Here, you will find everything that you need to plan your trip: itinerary calculator, traffic forecasts, road weather conditions, and the real-time situation on the Swiss road network.
*parking fees at your expense.