Curiosities and useful informations are at your disposal to start discovering Ticino before leaving, but also to live it once you have arrived in Ticino.
GOOD TO KNOW
Some useful information for planning your visit in Ticino are shown here below.
The Swiss franc is the monetary unit, usually indicated as CHF. Often is possible to pay in Euro, but normally the change will be returned in Swiss franc.
You can change money at any Swiss bank, airports, main hotels and train stations (Western Union) and at the Swiss Post. The current exchange rates can be found on: www.ubs.com
Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Italian and Rhaeto-Rumantsch. In Ticino the official language is Italian but it’s easy to find assistance in other foreign languages.
In Switzerland the VAT applied on the purchase of goods and services is of 8%. You may ask at the shops for your Global Refund Cheque and reclaim the VAT. For more information regarding terms and conditions refer to Swiss Federal Tax Administration.
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The international area code for Switzerland is +41.
Shops are usually open Mondays to Fridays from 8/8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.. Some shops extend their opening hours on Thursdays to 9 p.m. On Saturdays shops open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed Sundays and on public holidays.
118 Fire service
1414 Swiss Air-Rescue Rega
140 Breakdown Assistance
The Swiss voltage is 230 Volt and the frequency 50 Hertz (for the domestic electrical appliance up to 2200 Watt). Kitchens, washing machines and etc use 400 or 3x400 Volt. The wall socket is of J type.
If you require any further help, you will find tourist information offices throughout the canton, but you will also discover that people you meet out will be happy to give advices and assistance.