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There are 10 ways to get from Amsterdam to Lugano by plane, train, bus 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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Fly Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) AMS - MXP

$66 - $272

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Bus  •  16 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Luzern N836
  2. Take the bus from Luzern to Lugano K188 / ...

$55 - $96

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Fly Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich, train  •  7 h 5 min

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

$112 - $391

Fly Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate, train  •  6 h 48 min

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

$80 - $284

Fly Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel, train  •  8 h 1 min

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

$125 - $347

Train to Brussels, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  8 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) BRU - MXP

$67 - $266

Train  •  10 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Basel SBB ICE International
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano 21 / ...

$224 - $354

Bus, train  •  19 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam to Zurich
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$123 - $198

Drive, train  •  10 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Duisburg Hbf
  2. Take the train from Duisburg Hbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Bad Bf Ice / ...
  4. Drive from Lörrach Hbf to Lugano

$177 - $300

Drive  •  9 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Amsterdam to Lugano 631.9 miles

$150 - $230

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The cheapest way to get from Amsterdam to Lugano is to bus which costs 45€ - 85€ and takes 16 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Lugano is to fly which costs 55€ - 240€ and takes 6 h 11 min.

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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 Luzern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 25 min.

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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 10 h 52 min.

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The distance between Amsterdam and Lugano is 767 km. The road distance is 1011 km.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 10 h 52 min and costs 190€ - 310€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 11 min 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 Deutsche Bahn, depart from Amsterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Amsterdam to Lugano is to fly which takes 6 h 11 min and costs 55€ - 240€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 190€ - 310€ and takes 10 h 52 min, you could also bus, which costs 45€ - 85€ and takes 16 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 479.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 11 min

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

easyJet, Alitalia and five other airlines fly from Amsterdam to Lugano hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Amsterdam to Lugano via Basel SBB in around 10 h 52 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $260
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa via Prague
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $260
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $370
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$470 - $1,600
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,100
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $360
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $320
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Brussels to Milan Malpensa via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $320
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
$55 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $150
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
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$26 - $28
First
$38
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Bad Bf
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Brussels Airport - Zaventem
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $210
Website
bahn.de
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Bad Bf
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
bahn.de
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 Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Luzern
Ave. Duration
12 h 55 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $17
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
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Website
regiojet.com
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Amsterdam to Zurich
Ave. Duration
14 h 45 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Book at
eurolines.ch

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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Amsterdam to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lugano 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 9 h 27 min to drive from Amsterdam to Lugano.

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Alitalia, Vueling Airlines, Air France and four other airlines offer flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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Book your Amsterdam to Lugano train tickets online with Loco2 and Loco2.

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Book your Amsterdam 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 Amsterdam to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is to train which takes 16 min and costs 5€ - 11€.

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