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.
Click on the city which you are flying into or where your train connects to in order to find detailed directions to Locarno (this opens the original CSF page):
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 on arrival and departure day. The shuttle bus schedule is as follows:
Sunday the 26th: 14:15, 14:55, 15:35, 16:15, 17:35, and 18:15 (synchronized with the train arrival schedule).
Thursday the 30th: 15:30, 16:10, 16:50, 17:30, 18:10, and 18:50 (synchronized with the train arrival schedule).
The shuttle meeting point is on the right side of the train platforms in Locarno.
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 Line Nr. 1 and Line Nr. 5; please note:
- 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 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.--