There are 12 ways to get from Amsterdam to Lugano by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Amsterdam to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  5 h 51 min

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

$63 - $250

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Fly Amsterdam to Milan Linate, train  •  6 h 19 min

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

$78 - $303

Fly Amsterdam to Zurich, train  •  6 h 33 min

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

$110 - $392

Fly Amsterdam to Basel, train  •  8 h 6 min

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

$125 - $347

Train to Brussels, fly to Milan Linate, train  •  7 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Milan Linate (LIN) BRU - LIN
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

$130 - $384

Fly Amsterdam to Turin, train  •  7 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Turin (TRN) AMS - TRN
  2. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

$110 - $367

Train  •  10 h 58 min

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

$227 - $357

Train via Frankfurt Flughafen Fernb  •  11 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Frankfurt Flughafen Fernb
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  4. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano 21 / ...

$234 - $408

Bus  •  18 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Amsterdam, Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Milan, Milan N836
  2. Take the bus from Milano Lampugnano to Lugano Stazione

$86 - $133

Bus, train  •  18 h 37 min

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

$133 - $198

Drive, train  •  10 h 6 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 - $306

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 fly and bus which costs 50€ - 220€ and takes 5 h 51 min.

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The quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Lugano is to fly and bus which costs 50€ - 220€ and takes 5 h 51 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 Stazione via Milano Lampugnano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18 h 34 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 58 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 58 min and costs 190€ - 310€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 51 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 train which takes 10 h 58 min and costs 190€ - 310€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 70€ - 120€ and takes 18 h 34 min.

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 40 min.

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Amsterdam to Lugano bus services, operated by Eurolines IT, arrive at Lugano Stazione station.

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Map of how to get from Amsterdam to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 479.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 51 min

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

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Lugano via Basel SBB in around 10 h 58 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Amsterdam to Lugano via Milan, Milan and Milano Lampugnano in around 18 h 34 min.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Amsterdam to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Amsterdam to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Amsterdam to Turin
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $430
Flights from Amsterdam to Turin via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $470
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Amsterdam to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Amsterdam to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Amsterdam to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Amsterdam to Turin via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Amsterdam to Turin via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $260
Flights from Amsterdam to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $370
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Amsterdam to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Amsterdam to Basel
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Amsterdam to Turin via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $470
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $470
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $550
Flights from Brussels to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Milan Linate via London City
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Transavia Holland
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $430
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
orario.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 Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 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 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $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
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Antwerpen-Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$45 - $70
1st Class
$70 - $100
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Torino Porta Susa to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
orario.trenitalia.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 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $210
Website
bahn.de
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Frankfurt Flughafen Fernb
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Website
bahn.de
Train from Duisburg Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
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
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
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 Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
16 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
$70 - $85
Book at
eurolines.ch

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