There are 6 ways to get from Bologna to Lugano by train, bus, night 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  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$40 - $67

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Bus  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Bologna, Bologna to Lugano 421

$17 - $29

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Night bus  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the night bus from Bologna Casalecchio to Lugano Süd

$33 - $50

Drive  •  2 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Bologna to Lugano 183.8 miles

$40 - $65

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  6 h 28 min

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

$62 - $221

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  6 h 41 min

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

$78 - $354

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bologna to Lugano is to bus which costs 14€ - 24€ and takes 4 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bologna to Lugano is to train which costs 30€ - 60€ and takes 2 h 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bologna, Bologna and arriving at Lugano. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bologna to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Bologna C.Le and arriving at Lugano via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 55 min.

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The distance between Bologna and Lugano is 251 km. The road distance is 294 km.

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The best way to get from Bologna to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 2 h 55 min and costs 30€ - 60€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 55 min to get from Bologna to Lugano, including transfers.

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Bologna to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Bologna, Bologna station.

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Bologna to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Bologna C.Le station.

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The best way to get from Bologna to Lugano is to train which takes 2 h 55 min and costs 30€ - 60€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 14€ - 24€ and takes 4 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Bologna to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 157 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 55 min

What companies run services between Bologna, Italy and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Bologna to Lugano via Milano Centrale in around 2 h 55 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Bologna to Lugano twice daily. Tickets cost $17 - $29 and the journey takes 4 h 25 min.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Prague
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via Catania
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Palermo
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $190
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Catania
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $210
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Valencia
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Lamezia Terme
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $450
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $490
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $320
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $320
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $420
Meridiana
Website
meridiana.it
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $400
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via Olbia
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $310
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $370
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $450
Ernest
Website
flyernest.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Tirana
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $420
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Tunis
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $430
CSA
Website
csa.cz
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Prague
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $400
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $320
Train operators
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 Bologna C.Le to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
italotreno.it
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
$15 - $26
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Bologna, Bologna to Lugano
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $29
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Calanda Viaggi
Website
calandaviaggi.com
Night bus from Bologna Casalecchio to Lugano Süd
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
calandaviaggi.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
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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