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There are 8 ways to get from Geneva to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train via Zürich HB  •  6h

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$136 - $245

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Bus  •  7h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Santhià, Santhià 472 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Santhià, Santhià to Lugano 470

$22 - $37

6 alternative options

Train  •  6h 3m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Domodossola Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Domodossola to Locarno FART Express / ...

$97 - $171

Drive  •  4h 5m

  1. Drive from Geneva to Lugano 235.6 miles

$45 - $75

Fly Geneva to Milan Malpensa  •  4h 32m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) GVA - MXP

$109 - $268

Fly Geneva to Zurich, train  •  5h 31m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Zurich (ZRH) GVA - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano

$125 - $277

Fly Geneva to Milan Linate, train  •  4h 59m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Linate (LIN) GVA - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

$67 - $272

Train to Zurich, fly to Lugano  •  5h 24m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG

$162 - $382

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Lugano is to bus which costs SFr 22 - SFr 40 and takes 7h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Lugano is to drive which costs SFr 45 - SFr 75 and takes 4h 5m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Geneva to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Geneva and arriving at Lugano via Santhià, Santhià . The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 35m.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Genève and arriving at Lugano via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h.

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The distance between Geneva and Lugano is 218 km. The road distance is 376.9 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 6h and costs SFr 130 - SFr 250.

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It takes approximately 6h to get from Geneva to Lugano, including transfers.

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Geneva to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Geneva station.

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Geneva to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Genève station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Lugano is to train which takes 6h and costs SFr 130 - SFr 250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 22 - SFr 40 and takes 7h 35m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 100 - SFr 270 and takes 4h 32m.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 136.3 miles
  • Duration: 6h

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Geneva to Lugano via Zürich HB in around 6h. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Geneva to Lugano via Santhià, Santhià in around 7h 35m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $210
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$150 - $460
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Geneve to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $20
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Geneva to Santhià, Santhià
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Santhià, Santhià to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 55m.

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Geneva to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lugano station.

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Geneva to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Lugano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Lugano is 377 km. It takes approximately 4h 5m to drive from Geneva to Lugano.

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Alitalia and Swiss offer flights from Geneva Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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Book your Geneva to Lugano bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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There are 3807+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to line 1 train which takes 7m and costs SFr 10 - SFr 18.

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