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Cable car Orselina-Cardada

Funivia Orselina-Cardada

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Cardada is a fascinating place, as is the journey in the ultra modern cable car which takes you from Orselina at 395 metres above sea level to Cardada at 1,340 metres above sea level in just 5 minutes.


The cable system was designed by architect Mario Botta and inaugurated in June 2000. He created the departure and arrival stations and took care of the cabin design and its characteristic rain-drop shape. Thanks to its light steel and glass structure, wonderful views can be enjoyed throughout the journey. Getting to Cardada is thus enjoyable and very comfortable: The Locarno-Orselina cableway is just 5 minutes away from Locarno and its two departure/arrival stations have been designed so that they are easily accessible to elderly people, disabled and families with push chairs. For those who wish to carry on up to Cimetta, there are more views to be experienced thanks to a practical chair lift.


Public Transport

To the cable car Orselina-Cardada:

The most convenient way to reach the cable car to Cardada is to take the funicular railway from Locarno to Orselina. From the SBB train station Locarno and the nearby car parks, it is only a few minutes to the departure of the funicular from Locarno and the arrival in Orselina is only a few meters away from the departure of the cable car.

If you arrive by car, it is advisable to park your car in one of the car parks marked in blue on the map. Upon presentation of the parking ticket at the ticket office of the funicular, you will receive a 50% discount on the parking fees. You can also park at the Lido of Locarno and from there take the FART bus line 2 from the stop "Residenza Lido" (right next to the car parks) to the valley station of the cable car in Orselina.

More details can be found on the map of Cardada.

How to reach Locarno:

Cardada and Locarno are located in the centre of the canton of Ticino and are easily accessible by car and train. For air travellers, the international airports of Zurich and Milan are ideal; We recommend that you continue from the airport by train via the international Basel-Milan route to Locarno.

For more information:

Swiss Federal Railways

Ferrovie Autolinee Regionali Ticinesi (FART)


Cable car Orselina-Cardada

Santuario 5, 6644 Orselina

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