Sleeping in Airports

Lugano Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Lugano Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

LUG Airport Overview

lugano airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Lugano Airport.

What to Expect

The small terminal at Lugano Airport (code: LUG) primarily handles commuter flights to Zurich. Facilities include three eateries and a few shops, open according to the day’s flight schedule. Free WiFi helps pass the time. For added comfort while you wait, Economy Class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Sleeping in Lugano Airport

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews, but this airport seems to close nightly. Have a backup plan if you are trying to stay here overnight. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations, or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.  For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Lugano Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

While it appears that this airport closes for several hours overnight, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. If you know the airport hours, please click here to update this airport guide and we will update this airport guide.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Lugano Airport sounds like a nightmare, there are several small B&Bs and restaurants with lodging attached within a short distance of the airport. Most of the hotels in the area can be found in the Lugano city center (about 12 minutes away).  Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Lugano, search for deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

  • E-Aviation VIP Lounge – Location: VIP Aviation Terminal, Landside. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Lugano Airport Lounges

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Not available.

Conference Facilities – Aeroclub Lugano is opposite the terminal and can accommodate up to 30 people. It can be booked in advance online.

Currency Exchange – There is no currency exchange in the terminal. The nearest one is a 5-minute walk in the World Trade Center.

Disabled Services – People with reduced mobility must provide the airport with 48 hours’ notice to ensure proper support.

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Luxury Travel Shops offer duty-free shopping, with a location in Departures (open for each scheduled flight departure) and Arrivals (open for each scheduled flight arrival). A newsstand is located just outside of the terminal.

Food & Drink – Three dining options are available: A snack bar in the departure lounge is open 40 minutes before each scheduled flight departure • Cafe Dell’Aeroporto and The Aviator can be found outside the terminal. Hours: Unknown.

Information Desk – An Information Desk is available at the airport operated by Lugano Tourism. Location: unknown. Hours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Luggage storage is available. Location: Landside. Rates: fees start at CHF10/day – CHF50/week. Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Daily) or 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM by appointment.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we had no information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

WiFi/Internet – Free WiFi is available at Lugano Airport. Connect to the “LUGANO AIRPORT SA PWLAN” network.

Lugano Airport is served by the following airlines: Silver Air • Twin Jet.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rentals are available, and rental car pick-up is only 10 meters from the terminal. The following companies have desks at the airport: Europcar • Jet Car Rent.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Shuttle Bus Sagl offers regular service between the airport, city center, and main railway station. Additional stops at hotels can be requested. Departures are scheduled according to flight arrival and departure times. At the time of this update, the adult fare starts at CHF 8.


Taxis are available daily from 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM. Estimated one-way fares between Lugano airport and the city center or main railway are CHF 30 – 35.


FLP Lugano-Ponte Tresa trains offer frequent daily service between the airport and the main railway station in Lugano. The airport train stop is at Agno, just a 10-minute walk from the terminal. Trains depart every 15 minutes from 6:25 AM – 8:10 PM on weekdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays and bank holidays.

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.