There are 7 ways to get from Basel to Lugano by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Basel to Lugano every 4 hours. Tickets cost $85 - $160 and the journey takes 3 h 13 min. Alternatively, Autolinee Ventre operates a bus from Basel to Lugano once a week. Tickets cost $26 and the journey takes 5 h.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Avg. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Avg. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Avg. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Avg. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
Bus operators
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Basel to Lugano Sud
Avg. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$26
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
Avg. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $29
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Basel to Lugano
Avg. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Basel to Lugano?

The distance between Basel and Lugano is 202 km. The road distance is 274 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Basel to Lugano?

The cheapest way to get from Basel to Lugano is to rideshare which costs SFr 16 and takes 3 h 23 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Basel to Lugano?

The quickest way to get from Basel to Lugano is to drive which takes 2 h 56 min and costs SFr 40.

Is there a direct train between Basel and Lugano?

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Basel SBB and arriving at Lugano. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 13 min.

Is there a direct bus between Basel and Lugano?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Basel and arriving at Lugano Sud. Services depart once a week, and operate Tuesday and Friday. The journey takes approximately 5 h.

How long does it take to get from Basel to Lugano?

The train from Basel SBB to Lugano takes 3 h 13 min including transfers and departs every four hours.