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There are 9 ways to get from Amsterdam to Lugano by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Lugano  •  5h 53m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Lugano (LUG) AMS - LUG

SFr 207 - SFr 403

Cheapest option

Bus via Lucerne  •  16h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Luzern N836
  2. Take the bus from Lucerne, Inseli Park to Lugano, Via Giacomo E Filippo Ciani RegioJet

SFr 54 - SFr 87

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  5h 51m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) AMS - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio

SFr 79 - SFr 293

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  6h 1m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Milan Linate (LIN) AMS - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 86 - SFr 308

Fly to Zurich, train  •  6h 20m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Zurich (ZRH) AMS - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano

SFr 105 - SFr 395

Fly to Basel, train  •  7h 48m

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Basel (BSL) AMS - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano

SFr 125 - SFr 350

Train  •  10h 38m

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Basel Sbb Ice
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano 21 / ...

SFr 149 - SFr 353

Bus  •  21h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam, Duivendrecht to Zurich 472
  2. Take the bus from Zürich, Bus Station to Lugano, Via Ciani E03 / ...

SFr 198 - SFr 293

Drive  •  9h 24m

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Lugano 631.6 miles

SFr 150 - SFr 230

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The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam to Lugano is to bus via Lucerne which costs 45€ - 80€ and takes 16h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Lugano is to fly and train which costs 65€ - 260€ and takes 5h 51m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Amsterdam to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk and arriving at Lugano, Via Giacomo E Filippo Ciani via Lucerne, Inseli Park. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Amsterdam to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Amsterdam Centraal and arriving at Lugano via Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 38m.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Lugano is 767 km. The road distance is 1010.6 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 10h 38m and costs 120€ - 310€.

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It takes approximately 5h 53m to get from Amsterdam to Lugano, including transfers.

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

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Amsterdam to Lugano train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Amsterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Lugano is to fly which takes 5h 53m and costs 180€ - 360€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 120€ - 310€ and takes 10h 38m, you could also bus via Lucerne, which costs 45€ - 80€ and takes 16h 15m.

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  • Distance: 479.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 53m

What companies run services between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Lugano, Switzerland?

Swiss, Lufthansa and two other airlines fly from Amsterdam to Lugano every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Amsterdam to Lugano via Basel Sbb and Basel SBB in around 10h 38m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Lugano via Munich, Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 750
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Lugano via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 650
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Lugano via Frankfurt, Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 650
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 800
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 800
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 900
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 900
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 800
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 550
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 650
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 600
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 440
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 260
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa via Prague
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 260
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 370
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 480
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 270
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Lugano via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 250 - SFr 600
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 850
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 490
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 470 - SFr 1600
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 480
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate via London City
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 480
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 650
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 440
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate via London City
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 750
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich via London City
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 490
Level
Website
flylevel.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 280
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 110
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 30
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Website
trenitalia.com
Deutsche Bahn

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
7h 1m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 210
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 160
Website
ns.nl
Book at
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2nd Class
SFr 65 - SFr 95
1st Class
SFr 110 - SFr 160
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Luzern
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 80
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Lucerne, Inseli Park to Lugano, Via Giacomo E Filippo Ciani
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 6 - SFr 8
Website
RegioJet
Bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Lugano, Via Giacomo E Filippo Ciani
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 8 - SFr 11
Website
RegioJet
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Amsterdam, Duivendrecht to Zurich
Ave. Duration
15h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 150
Website
Eurolines FR
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Zürich, Bus Station to Lugano, Via Ciani
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 140
Website
Swiss PostAuto

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There is no direct flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Lugano Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h and has one stopover.

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Amsterdam to Lugano bus services, operated by RegioJet, arrive at Lugano, Via Giacomo E Filippo Ciani station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Amsterdam to Lugano is 1011 km. It takes approximately 9h 24m to drive from Amsterdam to Lugano.

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KLM, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Lugano Airport.

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There are 4491+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at SFr 95 per night.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is to train which takes 13m and costs 6€ - 13€.

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