In order to reach the Congressi Stefano Franscini at Monte Verità in Ascona, whether you fly or travel by train from within Europe, you must first get to Locarno, the closest railway station to Ascona.
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From Locarno to Monte Verità
Once in Locarno, you can reach Monte Verità as follows
1. Free shuttle bus (only on your conference arrival day)
A free 11-seater shuttle bus to Monte Verità will be available for 4 to 5 hours on arrival day. The shuttle's schedule should be published on the website of the conference you will attend; contact your conference Organizer for more details or to verify if further transports will be organized.
The shuttle meeting point is on the right side of the train platforms in Locarno (see images on the right side of this page).
2. Public bus
Bus Nr. 1 from Locarno railway station to Ascona (stop Ascona Posta) and then Bus Nr. 5 ("Buxi") from Ascona to Monte Verità.
Duration: 15-20 minutes for Line Nr 1. + 8 minutes for Line Nr. 5
Cost: 2.20 CHF for one way ticket from Locarno to Ascona + 2.00 CHF for a one way ticket of the Buxi from Ascona to Monte Verità
Schedules for Line Nr. 1 and Line Nr. 5 can be found here.
- the bus line Nr. 1 has different schedule for Monday-Saturday (Lunedì-sabato e feriali) and for Sunday and holidays (Domenica e festivi)
- the line Nr. 5 has a rather low frequency, so make sure you check the schedule (the link is above)
If the schedule of Bus Nr. 5 is not convenient for your arrival time, you can also reach Monte Verità from Ascona Posta by walking approx. 25-30 minutes uphill along the road named Via Collina
There are several taxis available at Locarno railway station. The cheapest rates are usually with EcoTaxsi
Booking necessary: phone +41 91 792 21 01 or 0800 321 321(free number only from Swiss phones, or via Skype)
Eco Taxi from Locarno: Locarno - Monte Verità
Duration: approx. 15 min.
Cost: approx. CHF 24.--