Practical Information


About Lugano

Home to Switzerland’s third largest financial centre, the Lake Lugano region has a great mix of natural and cultural attractions in a Mediterranean atmosphere and a welcoming environment. With its abundant sunshine, lush vegetation, and stunning alpine panoramas Lugano is a truly unique destination for any occasion. Set among fascinating architecture Lugano offers a wealth of things to do, including great shopping and a lively restaurant scene serving delicious food.

Passport and Visa

Every traveler must have a valid passport. Visa are required for a continuous stay of more than three months. If your stay is shorter than three months you only need to bring your valid passport with you. This applies to citizens of the following countries: countries of the American Continent (except Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia and Peru), Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Here you can find an overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality

Information for requesting entry visas to Switzerland below:

  • Those that need to request a visa, might need an invitation letter. You can obtain your invitation letter that states the reason for your visit to Switzerland contacting the ECREA 2018 Registration Department at
  • Further information: State Secretariat for Migration (SEM): FAQ 


Foreign currency and traveller’s cheques are exchanged in banks, at railroad station exchange offices (the main ones are open until 10.00 p.m.), in airports, in certain tourist offices and hotels.


In order to make the most out of your stay in Lugano, a list of recommended restaurants is available at the registration desk. In your conference bag you will find a map of the venues together with discount vouchers for restaurants, bars and other shops.


Do not worry about tipping in Switzerland, as tips are included in the price. You can, however, add a smile to the face of someone who has provided good service by rounding up to the nearest franc or round figure.


The mild and sunny climate and the presence of the lake make Lugano a markedly Mediterranean location. It’s not rare to find palm trees, olive trees and azaleas in city gardens. Average temperature in October-November: 10°C (min. 5°C / max. 16°C).  


Please note that in Switzerland the currency is the Swiss Franc, indicated as CHF. While Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to accept Euros, many prices are nonetheless indicated in EUR so that visitors may compare prices. Many restaurants and shops accept Euros. However, your change will be given in Swiss francs. The exchange rate is variable. At present it is: 1 EUR=1, 12 CHF.

More information:

ATM nearby

The closest ATM machine is at Cornèr Banca SA – Lugano, Via Canova 16, 6900 Lugano.

Banks opening hours

Monday to Friday: 08:30 – 16:30
Weekends: closed


The voltage in Switzerland, as in most of Europe, is 230V/50 Hz. 

Switzerland uses type C (2-pin) and Type J (3-pin) plugs. (Type C 2-pin plugs also fit J sockets.) For other 2-pin plug types (e.g. type F) that are common in Europe you will need an adapter.

Type J 3-pin plug

Most power sockets are designed for three pin round plugs. The standard continental type plug with two round pins, applied for many electrical travel products, may be used without any problem.

Getting Around in Lugano – Ticino Ticket

With Ticino Ticket you are free to travel and visit every corner of the southernmost Canton of Switzerland. In fact, staying overnight in a hotel, hostel or campsite you will get a free transportation ticket to use in public transport and to get discounts on cable cars and the swiss shipping companies as well as on a selection of the main tourist attractions. Everyone will receive a Ticino Ticket at the arrival upon checking in and the Ticket will be valid until the end of the stay

Public transport in Lugano:

Useful links

You can dial the following toll-free emergency numbers:
General emergency number: 112
Police: 117
Fire service: 118
ECREA 2018 registration desk +41 (0)58 866 66 71

Public Holiday

Please take note that 1 November is public holiday in Ticino, so many shops and offices will be closed.