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Daily Car Hire Rates in Lugano Airport

  • Mini

    Fiat 500
    4 |
    1 |
    3 |
    From € 35.19
  • Economy

    Ford Fiesta
    5 |
    2 |
    5 |
    From € 35.55
  • Compact

    Ford Focus
    5 |
    3 |
    5 |
    From € 41.12
  • Suv

    Nissan Qashqai
    5 |
    2 |
    5 |
    From € 45.24
  • Estate

    Ford Focus Estate
    5 |
    5 |
    5 |
    From € 46.67

*daily rates in Lugano Airport based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for todays best prices.

Lugano Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • With its location closer to Agno village, the airport is often called Lugano-Agno.
  • It’s a difficult airport to negotiate because of the surrounding terrain. It needs a descent angle twice that of other airports.
  • Lugano is using its quieter reputation to aim for getting business jet traffic rather than the tourist market.
  • There are often problems in winter because of heavy snowfall at the airport.
  • Only short haul scheduled and chartered flights use the airport because of weight restrictions on take off.

Lugano Airport Mini Guide

A Little About the Airport
Lugano Airport is a regional airport 4km west of Lugano in the south of Switzerland bordering Italy.  It is actually closer to the village of Agno and is therefore sometimes known as Lugano-Agno.  The airport has a stunning location in a river valley with over 200,000 passengers passing through every year.  Ample parking is within a short distance from the check-in desks and the boarding gates are another stone’s throw from there. You can get to the departure area in very little time at all.

There is an abundance of hotel choices a quick drive or walk from the airport. Lugano Airport is also a picturesque drive to the Italian lakes Como, Maggiore, Orta, Iseo and Lake Garda and the Swiss Lake Lugano is on the doorstep. 

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Getting There
The airport from Milan is a 40 minute drive via the Basel A2. The airlines that currently operate from there are: Darwin Airline and Swiss International Airlines. There are taxis readily available from 07:30-22:30 every day. 

Shuttle buses operate regularly between Lugano, scheduled in accordance to the flight arrivals and departures.  These shuttle buses also stop at the Federal Railway Station in Lugano.  Other rail connections to Agno make it possible to walk to the airport which will only take you 10 minutes, there are plenty of options.
The major car rental services operating at the airport are Avis, Europcar, E-Sixt Car and Hertz where you can collect your rental car that you have pre-booked with Rhino. Ensure you request special equipment provisions i.e. snow chains and ski racks for the car at the time of booking. 

Public Information
The airport Tourist Information Centre is provided in collaboration with Lugano Turismo and you can find out anything about your onward journey and airport facilities there. 

The airport gives you an opportunity to purchase perfume, artisan gifts and tax free shopping.  You can also have your hair cut at Studio 5, after arrival or before departure. The newsagent supplies the usual magazines, books and sweets and drinks with an arcade attached. There are conference rooms and facilities available for single meeting rooms or delegate rates for larger groups. Free Wi-Fi is available in the following places: check-in, waiting room, front of the gates and in the bars.

lugano airport

Ristorante Aeroporto is upstairs at the terminal and provides breakfasts and snack meals.  There is a bar in the departure lounge and also in the waiting lounge.  Snack Lo Spuntino is a sandwich bar, there is an Italian restaurant and the Gazebo bar, restaurant and pizzeria.

Latest Update from Lugano Airport:

03/05/12 - Despite losing half of its operators, Lugano Airport is still alive and kicking. Plans have just begun to extend the runway allowing larger jets to take off and land whilst a new terminal will be completed in the next two years to completely replace the current ageing and inadequate one. Watch out for some disruption during the period of construction.

05/06/13 - The airport is now focusing on business flights and has extended the apron to accommodate more aircraft. The runway extension is still ongoing and whilst the first phase is complete, the full extension won't be in operation until 2014.

Driving in Lugano Airport - Need to know



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    Sunday 1 Mar 2020

    Republic Day - Common local holiday

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There are a number of reasons for visiting Lugano and the main one has to be its lake. Partly in Switzerland and partly in Italy, it is the centre for much tourist activity in the area including over 300kms of marked mountain bike trails.

Lugano itself is beautiful, especially the old town which has 17 places of national historical importance including the St Lawrence Cathedral. If you’ve hired a car from Lugano Airport you can explore outside of Lugano where a popular activity is to take the funicular railway up to the top of Mount Brè for spectacular views out over Lugano and the region.

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