Useful information for your holiday

Curiosities and useful informations are at your disposal to start discovering Ticino before leaving, but also to live it once you have arrived in Ticino.


Some useful information for planning your visit in Ticino are shown here below.


The Swiss franc is the monetary unit ,usually indicated as CHF. Often is possible to pay in Euro, but normally the change will be returned in Swiss franc.


The currency converter: Can be made at the exchange office of banks, Swiss Post, airports, main hotels and at the railways station (Western Union).


In Switzerland the VAT applied on the purchase of goods and services is of 8%. You can recover the VAT on purchases made in Switzerland, for private use and from the same supplier, only if the amount spent is at least 300. - Francs.
More information: Swiss Federal Tax Administration.

Opening times

Shops are usually open 8.30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., on Saturdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.. Thursdays some shops extend their hours to 9 p.m.


At the following link you can find the holiday feast day list of Ticino:

Area code

The international area code from Switzerland is +41.


The Swiss voltage is 230 Volt and the frequency 50 Hertz (for the domestic electrical appliance up to 2200 Watt). Kitchens, washing machines and etc use 400 or 3x400 Volt. The wall socket is of J type.

If you require any further help, you will find tourist information offices throughout the canton, but you will also discover that people you meet out will be happy to give advices and assistance.

San Grato Park, Carona, Lugano
PostBus station of Lugano