Hike from San Salvatore to Morcote

San Salvatore (TI) – high-altitude trail along chestnut trees

The hike goes from San Salvatore to Carona and then to Morcote. 

The funicular takes you from Paradiso up to San Salvatore. Once at the top, a detour to the viewpoint is worthwhile. Lugano's local mountain offers a 360° panoramic view of Lugano, the lake and the alps. The hike begins just behind the mountain restaurant with a steep descent. But soon it evens out and the path leads through chestnut woods to Ciona. It then continues on to Carona and the San Grato botanical garden. This garden is famous for its unique rhododendrons which turn the park into a sea of flowers in spring. Shortly after Alpe Vicania, the path leads about 1200 steps steeply down to Morcote. The view is breathtaking. Shortly before the lakeshore, the church of Santa Maria del Sasso, built in the Renaissance style and later baroque style, towers over its surroundings. As you reach Morcote, you can relax in one of the inviting cafés.

Journey Details

Duration 3 hours
Difficulty medium
Distance 9.2 Kilometres
Altitude difference 940 Metres
Arrival PostBus route 402 to Paradiso, San Salvatore
Return travel PostBus route 431 from Morcote, Piazza Grande

PostBus is the official transport partner of the Swiss hiking trails. More hiking tour suggestions and helpful information can be found on www.schweizer-wanderwege.ch

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Additional information

Buy ticket

Buy your ticket from the SBB Shop or SBB Mobile app. You can also buy a ticket from the driver, at all ticket terminals, PostBus sales offices and at the counter of your nearest railway station.

Additional ticketing apps and online shops can be found in our overview.

Timetable / travel information

You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online.

Timetable no. 62.402 Paradiso–Lugano Stazione–Lugano Centro–Castagnola

Timetable no. 62.431 Lugano–Morcote–Bissone (route Morcote)