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An explanation of fares and ticket machines can be found in a brochure distributed by the tourist office and the Public Transport Board, Trasporti Pubblici Luganesi, via Maraini 46 (tel. 058/866-72-42; www.tplsa.ch).

You must purchase a ticket before boarding a bus or a train. If you're caught without one, you may have to pay a 55F fine. You can purchase a 1-day ticket from automatic ticket machines for 5F. This ticket allows you unlimited travel for 24 hours from the moment you purchase it. It includes the Funicular Lugano-Main Street SBBM, but not line 12, Lugano-Brè.

For taxi service, call tel. 091/922-88-33.

The town of Lugano and the lakefront itself are ideal for bikers. You can rent a bike at the railway station in Lugano (tel. 051/221-56-42), at ticket window no. 1. Prices begin at 28F per day, depending on the type of bicycle.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.