Don’t Burn Your Money! Family Fun On A Budget (TI, Switzerland)

Planning on going to Ticino or are you living in this lovely canton with your family and shocked by some of the prices? We can’t make Switzerland cheap, but we can make it cheaper! Ticino has a few discount cards for it’s residents and visitors and we are positive they can even benefit you!

LUGANO

Lugano Card
What: Discount card valid at selected stores, restaurants, attractions, transportation and sports in & around Lugano.
For: all inhabitants of New Lugano (Barbengo, Besso, Bogno, Bre-Aldesago, Breganzona, Cardo, Carabbia, Carona, Castagnola-Cassarate, Certara-Maglio di Colla, Cimadera, Cureggia, Davesco-Saragno, Gandria, Loreto, Lugano centro, Moulino Nuovo, Pambio Noranco, Pazzalo, Pregassona, Sonvico, Viganello e Villa Luganese) e all schools in this region.
Costs: 10 CHF card valid 5 years
Discounts Lugano Card
www.luganocard.ch/scontiLC

City Lugano Card
What:
Discount card valid at selected stores, restaurants, attractions, transportation and sports in & around Lugano.
For
: All non-residents (workers, tourists, students and all people who live Lugano without living there).
Costs: CHF 5 – valid 6 months / CHF12 – valid 5 years
Discounts City Card:
www.luganocard.ch/scontiCC

Discount examples – for Lugano Card & City Card
– 20% at Chocolote Museum and Chocoland Alprose
– 5% Toy Store Città del Sole
– 25% Teatro Foce
– 10% Milano Burger Bar
– 5% L’Aregentino Ristorante Pizzeria
– 5%-20% Crossfit 6900/Energym City/Planet Welness/Wellness Club Sassa
– 50% Funiculare Bre
– 10% Funiculare Monte Tamaro
– Up to -30% Skilifts Campo Blenio (only with Lugano Card)/Airolo-Pescium/Bosco Gurin,
– various discounts at Lidos, Swimmingpools and ice skate rings,
– 10CHF Rugby Tots Lugano
– 20% Swiss Miniature
– a few CHF discount at Minigold Caslano/Splash&Spa Tamaro/Zoo al Maglio
– 10% Swimming School Moby Dick
– 20% Publibike (bike rental)
– 50% Societa Navigazione del Lago Lugano – lake cruises (only with Lugano Card)
– 10% taxi Lugano

Buy: Online www.luganocard.ch/richiedi-le-card or at one of the following places:
Discastero Tourismo ed EventiFew minutes walk from stadium
1. Villa Carmine, Via Trevano 55, 6900 Lugano // Tel. +41 (0)58 866 74 47
Open: Mon-Fri: 07:30–12 and 13:30–17
2. Puntocittà – City Center, 1 minute walk from Bus station
Via della Posta 8, 6900 Lugano // Tel. +41 (0)58 866 60 02
Open: Mon/Wed/Fri: 07:30–12 and 13:30–17:00; Tue/Thur: 07:30–18
3. Foce – Along river next to Parco Ciani
Via Foce 1, 6900 Lugano
Tel. +41 (0)58 866 48 00
Open: Mon/Wed/Fri: 8–12 and 13:30-17:30; Tue/Thur: 8-18:30; Sat/Sun: 13:30–18:30.

TICINO

Ticino Discovery Card
What: An all Inclusive card gives access to Ticino’s forty-nine main attractions. For 18 CHF extra It also allows you to travel all over Ticino. The card is valid for three out of seven consecutive days.
For: Anybody living or visiting Ticino during the tourist season (March – November 2016, exact dates 2016 not communicated yet).
Costs: 69 CHF (excluding public transport), 87 CHF (including public transport)
Access to attractions: www.ticino.ch/attractions-list.html.
Access to transportation: www.ticino.ch/public-transport-companies.
Buy: At Swiss Federal Railway stations, boat ticket offices, numerous hotels in Ticino and at the points of sale mentioned here.

LAGO MAGGIORE REGION (CH)

Welcome Card
What: a discount card for discounts of 10 – 50% for several means of transportation, cultural and entertainment offers, restaurants, shops and many other activities in the region.
For: Anybody staying at least one night at a holiday rental, hotel or B&B (or such like) in the region between February and December.
Costs: Free of charge.
Obtain: At the holiday-stay (hotel, B&B, holiday house) where you stay the night.

NORTHERN ITALY/TICINO

Groupon.it
What: Gives “access to access to deals for restaurants, spas, vacations and much more…”.
For: Anybody
Costs: Signing up for Groupon.it is free, you pay only for the deals which are often about 50% of the original price.
Obtain: Groupon.it?? why?! Well, for one: Switzerland discontinued their Groupon start of 2016. The other reason: Italy is super close to Ticino, Como and surroundings are worht a visit and prices are lower there. Make sure to select the Como or Varese Area. They have offers just over the border and sometimes even in Ticino itself. At the time of writing this (february 2016) they have a 51% discount at Spa and Splash Tamaro!

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