There are 5 ways to get from Zürich to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 53 min

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

$60 - $110

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Bus  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Lugano K188

$22 - $40

3 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Lugano 132.6 miles

$27 - $40

Fly to Lugano  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG

$85 - $247

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$102 - $307

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Lugano. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Lugano. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 53 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Lugano is 154 km. The road distance is 212.1 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 2 h 53 min and costs .

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The train from Zürich HB to Lugano takes 2 h 53 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Lugano is to train which takes 2 h 53 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 15 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 2 h 37 min.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 96.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 53 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Lugano hourly. Tickets cost $60 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 53 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route every 3 hours. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Lugano twice daily. Tickets cost $22 - $40 and the journey takes 8 h 15 min. Autolinee Ventre also services this route 3 times a week.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
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 Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
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
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
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 Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Zürich to Lugano Sud
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
ventrebus.com
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Lugano is 212 km. It takes approximately 2 h 24 min to drive from Zürich to Lugano.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport.

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Book your Zürich to Lugano bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 3606+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs .

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