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
To 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.
Where to Sleep
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 some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
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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.
If sleeping in Lugano Airport does not appeal to you, there are several small B&B’s and restaurants with lodging attached within a short distance of the airport. Most of the hotels in the area can be found in the city center (about 12 minutes away).
- Hotel City Lugano – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Hotel Colorado Lugano – (10 minutes from the airport) The airport shuttle runs daily from 8:00AM to 6:30PM and stops directly in front of the hotel. » Check Rates
- Ibis Budget Lugano Paradiso Hotel – (9 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Lugano Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
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 to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
Passes E-Aviation VIP Lounge – Location: VIP Aviation Terminal, Landside. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Free WiFi is available at Lugano Airport. Connect to the “LUGANO AIRPORT SA PWLAN” network.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? An ATM, operated by BancaStato, is available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: unknown.
Conference Facilities – Aeroclub Lugano is located 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 away, in the World Trade Center.
Disabled Services – People with reduced mobility must provide the airport with 48-hours notice in order to ensure proper support.
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 – There is an Information Desk available at the airport which is operated by Lugano Tourism. Location: unknown. Hours: 10:00AM – 2:00PM and 4:00PM – 7:00PM.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
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.
Lugano airport is served by the following airlines: Silver Air • Swiss.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Car rentals are available, and rental car pick-up is only 10 meters from the terminal. The following companies have desks at the airport: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Jet Car Rent • Sixt.
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 in accordance to flight arrival and departure times. At the time of this update, adult fare start at CHF 8.
Taxis are available daily from 7:00AM – 9:30PM. Estimated one-way fares between Lugano airport and city center or main railway is 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 6:25AM – 8:10PM on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on Sundays and bank holidays.
Last updated: 2020-06-17
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are 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 web sites. 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.