Monte Generoso and Lugano day trip from Zurich


  • Scenic train ride

  • Gotthard base tunnel - cross the worldwide longest train tunnel

  • The spectacular train ride up to the summit

  • Fiore di Petra building by Mario Botta

  • Visit the city of Lugano

Saison 2019 & 2020:
April 6 - November 4.

Tour departure:
Pick-up and drop-off by your private guide at all centrally located Hotels.

Departure time (approx.)
7 AM

Return time (approx.)
between 10-11 PM

Tour description:
The perfect tour for you if you want to see the beauty of the Italian part of Switzerland or when the weather is bad in northern Switzerland.

First, we travel from Zurich to Lugano by train, located in the canton of Ticino, the sunny south of Switzerland. Cross the Alps through the Gotthard base tunnel, with 57 kilometers (the longest 35,42 miles) the world`s longest train tunnel.

From there a short ride on a regional train brings us to the base station of the Monte Generoso railway. A scenic 45 minutes journey brings us to the highest peak in Ticino, located at 1704 above sea level (5590 feet).

Visit the in 2017 opened building "Fiore di Petra" (stone flower) built by the world-renowned architect Mario Botta.

It is standing majestically on the rugged plateau which is a perfect place for a short walk to explore the full beauty of this breathtaking panorama.

You can have a relaxed lunch at the gourmet restaurant or a quick bite at the self-service restaurant which has an outside terrace.

We return to the Lugano train station in the afternoon. A quick ride on a funicular will bring us to the city center. Discover this beautiful city by the lake of Lugano on a short walking tour and end your day with a delicious dinner in one of the many Italian influenced pizzerias or trattorias.


Activity level - moderate

frequent changes of trains

walk on the peak, at your discretion

walk in Lugano, at your discretion


First Class

Group size/ Price per Person

1 adult: CHF 710.-
2 adults: CHF 470.-
3 adults: CHF 390.-
4 adults: CHF 350.-
5 adults: CHF 320.-
6 adults: CHF 310.-

Children 6 - 15 years: CHF 90.-
Children 3 - 5 years: free


Tour specific info:

Surcharge of CHF 80.- per adult for bookings which are made less than 8 days before departure.

The Mt. Generoso mountain railway has only one class of travel.

To ensure a good experience, we offer this tour only in First Class.

Children 0 - 3 years: this tour is not suitable for infants and with a stroller


Local laws

The Canton of Ticino forbids wearing face coverings. Fines up to CHF 10`000 can be imposed.

If anyone in your party requires to wear a Burqa, Niqab or anything else that covers the face please book a different tour. As we follow the local laws we can`t take any customers with face covering to this canton.