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There are 5 ways to get from Milan to Lugano by train, bus, rideshare or car

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  •  1 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$26 - $28

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1 h 16 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Milan to Lugano 49.1 miles

$6

3 alternative options

Bus  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Milano Famagosta to Lugano

$6 - $10

Train, line 50 train  •  2 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Milano Porta Garibaldi to Arcisate Re_5
  2. Take the line 50 train from Arcisate to Lugano 50

$22 - $48

Drive  •  57 min

  1. Drive from Milan to Lugano 49.2 miles

$10 - $15

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The cheapest way to get from Milan to Lugano is to rideshare which costs 5€ and takes 1 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Lugano is to drive which costs 8€ - 13€ and takes 57 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Milano Famagosta and arriving at Lugano. Services depart once a week, and operate Friday. The journey takes approximately 1 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Milano Centrale and arriving at Lugano. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 7 min.

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The distance between Milan and Lugano is 63 km. The road distance is 78.6 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 1 h 7 min and costs 23€ - 24€.

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The train from Milano Centrale to Lugano takes 1 h 7 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Milan to Lugano bus services, operated by Autolinee Gambioli, depart from Milano Famagosta station.

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Milan to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Milano Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Milan to Lugano is to train which takes 1 h 7 min and costs 23€ - 24€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 5€ - 8€ and takes 1 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Milan to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 39.5 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 7 min

What companies run services between Milan, Italy and Lugano, Switzerland?

Trenitalia Eurocity operates a train from Milan to Lugano hourly. Tickets cost $26 - $28 and the journey takes 1 h 7 min. Alternatively, Autolinee Gambioli operates a bus from Milan to Lugano once a week. Tickets cost $6 - $10 and the journey takes 1 h 10 min.

Train operators
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.

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Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$26 - $28
First
$38
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 Arcisate to Lugano
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $29
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Milano Famagosta to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Milan to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Milan to Lugano bus services, operated by Autolinee Gambioli, arrive at Lugano station.

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Milan to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Lugano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Milan to Lugano is 79 km. It takes approximately 57 min to drive from Milan to Lugano.

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There are 3607+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Milan and Lugano. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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