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Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  6h 32m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) BER - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T1 to Mendrisio

SFr 65 - SFr 280

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Fly to Milan Bergamo, train  •  7h 13m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) BER - BGY
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 50 - SFr 278

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  6h 40m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Zurich (ZRH) BER - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano

SFr 122 - SFr 387

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  9h 8m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Milan Linate (LIN) BER - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 88 - SFr 313

Fly to Basel, train  •  8h 25m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Basel (BSL) BER - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano

SFr 77 - SFr 273

Train  •  11h 12m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Basel Sbb Ice
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano Ic21 / ...

SFr 193 - SFr 267

Train, bus  •  16h 49m

  1. Take the train from Berlin central station to Stuttgart central station Flx10
  2. Take the bus from Zuffenhausen Station to Lugano

SFr 61 - SFr 84

Bus  •  20h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin central bus station to Milan N95
  2. Take the bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Lugano Piazzale Besso Malpensa airport terminal 1 - Arbedo-Castione Via Stazione / ...

SFr 91 - SFr 127

Night train, train  •  14h 33m

  1. Take the night train from Berlin Hbf to Zuerich Hb Nj
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano Ec / ...

SFr 341 - SFr 611

Drive  •  8h 34m

  1. Drive from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano 958.2 km

SFr 110 - SFr 170

Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano by train

The train journey time between Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Lugano is around 12h 35m and covers a distance of around 1141 km. The fastest train normally takes 11h 21m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano train service departs from Berlin Hbf and arrives in Lugano. Typically 39 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
12h 35m
Fastest train time:
11h 21m
Train distance:
1141 km
Trains per week:
39
Cheapest price:
SFr 238
Carbon emissions:
60 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:14
Last train departs at:
16:01

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano train schedules

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International entry into Switzerland from Germany

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Germany

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to arrivals from Germany
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
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This applies to arrivals from India, Nepal and United Kingdom
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
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  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
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  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
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Rules to follow in Switzerland

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The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Germany.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lugano is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lugano is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lugano is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Germany from Switzerland.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 21 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano is to train and bus which costs €55 - €80 and takes 16h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano is to fly and train which costs €55 - €260 and takes 6h 32m.

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No, there is no direct train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Lugano via Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 12m.

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The distance between Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Lugano is 792 km. The road distance is 958.2 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 11h 12m and costs €170 - €250.

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It takes approximately 6h 32m to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano, including transfers.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Berlin Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano is to train which takes 11h 12m and costs €170 - €250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €80 - €120 and takes 20h 28m.

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The quickest flight from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 40m.

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

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Map of how to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 791.6 km
  • Duration: 6h 32m

What companies run services between Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Germany and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano via Basel SBB in around 11h 12m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano via S+U Zoologischer Garten Bhf, S+U Zoologischer Garten Bhf, Berlin, Masurenallee/ZOB, Berlin central bus station, Milan, and Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 in around 20h 28m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 440
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 300
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 350
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 350
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 420
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Linate via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 420
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 420
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 200
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 200
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 210
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Linate via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 160
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Basel
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 270
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Basel via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 270
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 350
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 300
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 110
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Malpensa via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 110
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 210
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Bergamo via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 210
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Linate via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 270
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Malpensa via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 410
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 340
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Linate via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 190 - SFr 600
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Basel via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Linate via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 470
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Malpensa via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Linate via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 800
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Linate via Rome
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 140
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Milan Linate via Madrid
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 800
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 Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 110
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 140
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Night train from Berlin Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
11h 52m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 280 - SFr 500
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 18m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 75
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 26 - SFr 40
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 75
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

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 Berlin Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 230
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Berlin central station to Stuttgart central station
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 45
Website
Flixtrain
Bus operators
Gruppo Di Maio
Phone
+39 0827 34 117
Email
info@gruppodimaio.it
Website
gruppodimaio.it
Bus from Zuffenhausen Station to Lugano
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Schedules at
gruppodimaio.it
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 Berlin central bus station to Milan
Ave. Duration
16h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Giosy Tours
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Website
giosytours.ch
Bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Lugano Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 45
Website
Giosy Tours

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano is 958 km. It takes approximately 8h 34m to drive from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Lugano.

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Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Ryanair and three other airlines offer flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 552+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport is to train which takes 31 min and costs €3 - €50.

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