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How to reach the Conference Centre?
Zurich Airport is conveniently located. Other possible airports include Geneva, Milano-Malpensa and Lugano. From the Zurich airport Ascona can be reached by public transport in about 3.5 hours. To get to Monte Verità you can either walk 15 min. uphill from Ascona, or take a taxi either from Locarno or Ascona.
Public transportation in Switzerland is reliable, safe and well organized and crossing the Alps North to South offers some beautiful views.
There is generally no need to book your train ticket in advance. At Zurich airport, you will easily find the airport train station, with counters where you can buy a ticket (credit cards accepted). You can also change money directly at the train station.
From Zurich 2nd class return full fare (adults) is approx. 110.- CHF. If you are lucky, the train ticket Zurich-Locarno is offered for about 12.- CHF (one-way) as a print-yourself ticket from the internet (2 days before travel, see: http://www.sbb.ch/index_e.htm).
If you plan to travel around Switzerland you can buy e.g. a Swiss Half Fare Card for 99.- CHF or a Swiss Travel Pass.
If you travel to Milano-Malpensa airport, there are shuttle busses to Lugano, and trains to Locarno (Attention: do not mix up Locarno and Lugano!). For shuttle bus : http://www.busexpress.com/shuttle.asp (having one bus every 2 hours, ca. from 8-20; costs 50.- EUR one way). For groups, EcoTaxi may be convenient (190.- CHF one way; phone no. within Switzerland 0800 321 321 (free call) or 091 792 21 01; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.ecotaxi.ch. Other companies will be more expensive (250.- CHF or more!).
Between Zurich Airport and Locarno (Swiss train timetable):
Taxi / Bus
You can reach Ascona (Posta) from Locarno train station by bus (no. 31) or by taxi. Taxis can bring you directly to Monte Verità. They are usually available at the Locarno train station. If not, we suggest to call "EcoTaxi" which is low price and runs electrically-powered cars. You can book in advance a taxi to wait for you at Locarno train station (phone no. within Switzerland 0800 321 321 (free call), or 091 792 21 01). Expect to pay 15.- CHF (cash)
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