Locarno Holidays

Dominated by the Madonna del Sasso church, which is reached by funicular from the town centre, Locarno has a lovely lakeside promenade, where colourful flora flourishes in the warm climate, and a medieval old town full of little shops and cafés. Our hotels in Locarno offer you a great choice of accommodation. The impressive ‘Piazza Grande’ is famous for its frequent concerts and other events. Visit the unspoilt nature of the valley of Verzasca or head into the hills by cable-car to enjoy the cool air and super panoramic views, or take a boat ride on the lake to Italy.

In Locarno you'll have one of our reps's in resort who will know the local area and can assist you with any queries.

Added value

Discount Travel Card – worth over £100 per person - included in the price of your holiday

Free UNESCO Sites discount voucher booklet

Free return ticket on the Cardada cable-car (stays of 7 or more nights - Summer 2020 Only)

Free travel on Swiss Transport Network for children up to 15 years incl.

Useful Information
Information about Locarno
Resort Code CHLO
Currency CHF
Latitude 46.170576
Longitude 8.800394
Travel and Transportation
Departure day Duration (nights) To Depart from





3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14 Zurich Gatwick
London City,

Transfer Approx. 2hrs 30mins by rail/boat or Postbus. Your journey involves two changes of trains.

Flight supplements may apply and are based on 7 nights midweek/weekend departures. Other UK regional airports are available on indirect flights.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No




From £4 (bus)/£14 (boat)
Return fares by bus (approx. 10 mins), or by boat (approx. 20 mins) between the resorts.

Centovalli train excursion to Stresa*

From £34, daily
An unforgettable journey by rail and boat on the ‘Lago Maggiore Express’ across the ‘100 valleys’, to Stresa and the Borromean islands. N.B. Train excursions commence from Locarno. Guests of Ascona must pay for bus or boat to Locarno where applicable.

Brissago Islands*

From £30 (Locarno), £20 (Ascona), daily
Return boat ticket to the island, including free entrance fee.


From £10, daily (1/2 hour by rail).

*Book locally – price for guidance only. Prices shown include travel card discount

Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.

Resort Combination

Two Centres | You can combine your stay in Locarno with one or more Swiss resort(s) of your choice. Transfers between resorts via the Swiss transport network are included.

Things To Do
  • Cable cars
  • Walking and hiking
  • Lake boat trips
  • Botanical garden
  • Golf
  • Museums
  • Shopping
  • Culture
  • E-bike hire

For those staying in Locarno hotels, there are lots of activities and excursions to keep you busy. Among its major attractions are a lovely lake promenade lined with flowers and palm trees, luxuriant sub-tropical parks and gardens, access to wonderful wild valleys such as Valle Verzasca and the Centovalli - famous for its dramatic rail routes - and the ambient 'Piazza Grande' famous for its frequent concerts and other events. Boat rides can be taken to the Islands of Brissago in Switzerland, or the Borromean Islands and Stresa in Italy. A free return trip up Cardada is included for guests on holidays in Ascona who stay 7 or more nights.

In and around Locarno

  • Madonna del Sasso church, with fantastic views over the town, lake and mountains
  • Botanical gardens of Brissago islands with wide selection of flora
  • Day trips on Lake Maggiore for the Borromean islands and their gardens with fantastic exotic and tropical plants
  • Basilica of San pietro e Paolo in Borgo old town with art museum
  • 'Lido Locarno’ public lido with swimming pools and thermal pool
  • 6 & 9 hole golf courses, plus 18-hole course in nearby Ascona & Losone
  • 'Moon and Stars’ music festival (approx 9-19 Jul)
  • 'JazzAscona’ music festival (approx 20-29 Jun)
  • Locarno film festival (approx 7-17 Aug)
  • Folk festival takes place throughout June
  • Ascona Polo Cup takes place in July

Discount Travel Card included for all Inghams guests

Save up to 50% with your half-price travel card on trips of your choice across the Swiss transport network. Included in the price of your holiday, and worth over £100!

NB. Discount card is not valid on Lake Maggiore

Travel card sent to you before departure with your rail transfer tickets.

Exploring on the Swiss Transport Network

Switzerland's excellent public transport network of mountain railways, cable-cars, steam boats and buses makes it a pleasure to explore the sights, at your own pace.

Evening bus service available

Car hire available 



Easy There are many scenic walks in and around Locarno and Ascona, which area a pleasant 1-hour stroll apart along the lakeside. Explore the alleyways and quaint corners, full of cafes, art galleries and craft shops. Locarno has a strong relationship with flowers, with the beautiful Camelias in particular attracting many visitors in spring. For flower lovers, a visit to the Brissago islands is a must. The climate allows over 1600 species of plants to flourish here, many of which are unique to Switzerland

Moderate The Cardada, reached by funicular and cable-car from Locarno centre also offers several varied mountain short walks and more challenging hikes all with breathtaking views of Lake Maggiore.

Slightly challenging Hikers can head into the hills of the Verzasca Valley for typical Ticino scenery and cooler air. Here you can see the Contra Dam, the setting of the famous scene in the James Bond fil Goldeneye. Continue the journey to Lavertezzo on one of the signposted walks through the small picturesque villages.

Good to know

  • Free Ticino Resort Card entitles you to unlimited use of operating public trains and buses, plus discount on operating funiculars, cable cars, boat trips and local attractions
  • Many natural beaches, lidos, lakes, open air pools and watersports
  • Sports galore here including paragliding, golf, canyoning, rafting , cycling and hiking
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