When to go to Lugano: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Joel Fulleda

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Lugano is a city in the south of Switzerland that rises on the lake of the same name surrounded by mountains and of glacial origin. It is often considered a destination for the classic trip out of town because, especially for those who live in the north, it is very easy to reach, considering that it is only 80 km from Milan. Let's see what it is the best time to visit lugano, with info on the climate and tips month by month.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Lugano: the cheapest period
  3. Lugano in Spring
  4. Lugano in Summer
  5. Lugano in Autumn
  6. Lugano in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: from June to September or in winter for winter sports
  • Period to avoid: the mid-seasons are rather uncertain, April and May are the wettest months

In Lugano the climate is temperate: winters are cold but not freezing, summers hot, quite sunny and stormy. The mid-seasons, on the other hand, are quite cool, and also characterized by frequent rainfall.
The best times to visit Lugano from June to September, taking into account a few rainy days.

When to go to Lugano: the cheapest period

The best months for a budget vacation are November and February to May. Then, clearly, from June to September the prices rise more and more.
Keep in mind that In any case, Lugano is not a low cost destination, therefore, a higher general cost of hotels and restaurants must be taken into account in advance.

Lugano in Spring

In spring nature begins to awaken and the cold slowly gives way to pleasant temperatures: in March temperatures range from 5 ° C to 13 ° C, while in May from 12 ° C to 20 degrees. In April and May, the rains are quite frequent and abundant, and typically occur in the afternoon or evening.

Enjoy outdoor activities how to explore the city, stroll along the lake shore, relax and admire the breathtaking views of the Parco Ciani, a short walk from the center. There are numerous routes suitable for cyclists, so why not treat yourself to a nice ride? From the gentle path on the lakefront to the most challenging adventures in the valleys, it will be fun to move on two wheels!

Lugano in Summer

Summer, from June to August, is hot and often sunny in the morning, however bearable thanks to the ventilation of the lake breezes. Sometimes an Atlantic disturbance can pass bringing sudden and cool storms. However, days with a maximum of 32/33 ° C are not excluded.
You can take the opportunity to relax on the beaches of the lake and get some sun, or take one cruise on Lake Lugano.

Summer comes alive from June to August with the Longlake Festival which includes performances by street artists, concerts, shows, family events for more than a month of true open-air party. Then there is Estival Jazz in Piazza della Riforma, with numerous international jazz and "World Music" artists.

Lugano in Autumn

Autumn, from September to November, begins with pleasant temperatures in which the maximums are 24 ° C in September, then drop to 11 in November, while the minimums are around 5 degrees. Although there are fewer rainy days than in spring, they are quite abundant. During the most intense waves of bad weather, the waters of the lake can overflow, invading even the lowest areas of the city.

At this time the woods are tinged with warm colors and the tables are filled with seasonal foods, such as mushrooms and chestnuts. We can therefore think of making excursions to Monte Bar, in the paths and in the woods, to perhaps collect chestnuts and breathe clean air.
The first weekend of October Lugano celebrates the Autumn Festival with an event dedicated to local products: the whole city comes alive with lights, colors and music.
At the end of September, the Comic fair with three days dedicated to all fans.

Lugano in Winter

Compared to the rest of Switzerland, Lugano is the city with the least cold winters, it is rare for the temperature to drop below -5 ° C. Snow falls abundantly at least once a year, but tends to melt soon due to the winds from the south. The season is dry, however, some thunderstorms can always occur, no more than 5-6 days a month.
Treat yourself to walks, hours of relaxation in the many spas or an excursion to the nearby snow-covered resorts, to practice winter sports.
In Lugano the Christmas it begins with the lighting of the tree in Piazza Riforma and, from that moment, the city becomes a riot of lights with many opportunities for entertainment, musical performances and traditional markets, up to the great New Year's party.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: warm clothes, hat, coat, scarf, gloves, raincoat and umbrella.
  • In summer: light clothes, t-shirt, long pants, jacket and sweatshirt for the evening and cool days; raincoat and umbrella. For the mountains, hiking shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • In autumn and spring: spring / autumn clothes, heavier jacket for the evening, raincoat and umbrella.

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