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

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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Train  •  4 h

  1. Take the train from Bern to Luzern 15
  2. Take the train from Luzern to Lugano 21 / ...

$84 - $154

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Bus  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Bern to Como 417

$28 - $49

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Train via Zürich HB  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Bern to Zürich HB 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$91 - $167

Train via Wolhusen  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Bern to Wolhusen 89-Y
  2. Take the train from Luzern to Lugano 21 / ...

$107 - $172

Drive  •  3 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Bern to Lugano 179 miles

$35 - $55

Train, fly to Lugano  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG

$118 - $305

Train, fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  5 h

  1. Take the train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  3. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$134 - $365

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No, there is no direct train from Bern to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Bern and arriving at Lugano via Luzern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h.

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The distance between Bern and Lugano is 156 km. The road distance is 286.3 km.

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The best way to get from Bern to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 4 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h to get from Bern to Lugano, including transfers.

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Bern to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Bern station.

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The best way to get from Bern to Lugano is to train which takes 4 h and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h 18 min.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Bern to Lugano is 286 km. It takes approximately 3 h 2 min to drive from Bern to Lugano.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport.

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Map of how to get from Bern to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 97.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h

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

You can take a train from Bern to Lugano via Luzern in around 4 h. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Bern to Lugano twice daily. Tickets cost $19 - $35 and the journey takes 4 h 45 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
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 Bern to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $80
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 Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
BLS AG
Phone
+41 58 327 32 71
Website
bls.ch
Train from Bern to Wolhusen
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bls.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Bern to Como
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
$20 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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