Frontiers in Computational Astrophysics: The Origin of Stars, Planets and Galaxies

13th - 18th July 2008 in Ascona, Switzerland

Shuttle Information (updated!) >>

Travel Information

The Mt. Verita conference center can be reached via flights to Zurich airport or Milano-Malpensa airport (Italy). From either airport, there is ground transportation by bus or train, which connects to the conference shuttle bus operating from Locarno train station to the Mt. Verita conference.

By air.
If you are flying from overseas, we suggest you to fly to Zürich International Airport and then take a train across the Alps through the scenic Gotthard route to Locarno. You may have to change train in Bellinzona. Traveling time from Zürich International Airport to Ascona is apporximately 3 hours (see timetable, below).
Alternatively, you may fly to Milano Malpensa, but no direct public transportation exists between this airport and Ascona. You can find the timetable for the Malpensa shuttle service, below.

By train
If you are traveling to Switzerland by train your should go to Bellinzona (Gotthard route) and then change train to Locarno. Traveling time from Milano to Bellinzona is approximately 1.5 hours and from Basel or Zürich to Bellinzona 2.5 hours, from Bellinzona to Locarno 20 minutes.
From Locarno to Ascona it takes about 15 minutes by bus no. 31. The bus stop in Locarno is located opposite the railway station and bus no. 31 leaves every 15 minutes. The bus stops at the post office in Ascona. From there to Monte Verità it takes only few minutes by taxi or about 15-20 minutes on foot.

On the arrival and departure days, a shuttle bus will be organized between the train station in Locarno and the Conference center.

After 18:00, we recommend using a taxi. For further questions contact the organizers.

By car
Drive along the federal highway A2 to Bellinzona, exit at Bellinzona Sud and follow the signs to Locarno. Before Locarno you will enter a tunnel that bypasses Locarno. When you exit the tunnel follow the signs to Ascona and when entering Ascona follow the signs to Monte Verita. Free parking is limited in Ascona, and car parks are quite expensive (> 25 EUR/day). At the Conference center there is only limited parking space. For travel planning click here.

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Travel via Zurich

Most transatlantic flights arrive in Zurich before noon. Anticipating arrivals on Sunday, July 13, trains to Locarno leave from the airport train station as listed below. Alternative schedules can be found via Swiss Railways.

Train leaves airport Change in Connecting train leaves Arrival in Locarno
11:47 Zurich HB (main station) 12:09   
   Arth-Goldau 12:52   
   Bellinzona 14:40 15:06
12:47 Zurich HB (main station) 13:09   
   Bellinzona 15:40 16:06
13:47 Zurich HB (main station) 14:09   
   Arth-Goldau 14:52   
   Bellinzona 16:40 17:07

Travel via Milan (Italy)

Transatlantic flights to Milan should arrive there preferably before 14:00. The most convenient connections for further travel to Switzerland using the Malpensa Express Shuttle Bus are as follows:

Shuttle bus leaves airport Arrival in Bellinzona at Connecting train leaves Arrival in Locarno
12:30 14:20 14:39 14:58
14:30 16:20 16:39 16:58

Shuttle bus to Mt. Verita conference center

On Sunday, 13th July, shuttle buses will go from the Locarno train station to the hotels and on to the Monte Verita conference center.
The following schedule is planned but subject to change, so please check this page before finalising your travel plans.

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Stop at external hotels & continue to Monte Verità:
13.10 => additional bus 15 seats
14:10 => additional bus 15 seats
15.20 => minibus Monte Verità and additional bus – total 26 seats
16.10 => minibus Monte Verità and additional bus – total 26 seats
17.10 => minibus Monte Verità 11 seats
17:30 => minibus Monte Verità 11 seats

Direct to Monte Verità:
18.15 => minibus Monte Verità 11 seats
18.40 => minibus Monte Verità 11 seats
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18.00 => transportation from the external hotels to Monte Verità for those who arrived between on the earlier shuttles, so that they can register and participate to the welcome drink and dinner.
After dinner there are shuttles back to the external hotels.

Each morning and each evening there will also be transportation provided (1x morning and 1x evening) to the external hotels.