• Our partners include:

  • RailEurope
  • Deutsche Bahn
  • Trenitalia
  • SNCF
  • Flixbus
  • RENFE
  • Ouibus
  • BlaBlaCar
  • Booking.com
  • Skyscanner

There are 6 ways to get from Bologna 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.

Recommended option

Train Trenitalia Frecce  •  3h 6m

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

$55 - $68

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  4h 40m

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

$16 - $28

4 alternative options

Train ItaloTreno  •  3h 17m

  1. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Milano Centrale Station 9938 / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$51 - $62

Bus Lirosi Linee  •  5h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Bologna to Como

$35 - $51

Drive  •  2h 56m

  1. Drive from Bologna to Lugano 183.8 miles

$40 - $65

Fly  •  6h 38m

  1. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) BLQ - MXP

$70 - $263

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bologna to Lugano is to bus which costs 14€ - 24€ and takes 4h 40m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Bologna to Lugano is to drive which costs 35€ - 60€ and takes 2h 56m.

More details

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 4h 40m.

More details

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 3h 6m.

More details

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

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Bologna to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 3h 6m and costs 45€ - 60€.

More details

It takes approximately 3h 6m to get from Bologna to Lugano, including transfers.

More details

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

More details

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

More details

The best way to get from Bologna to Lugano is to train which takes 3h 6m and costs 45€ - 60€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 14€ - 24€ and takes 4h 40m, you could also fly, which costs 60€ - 230€ and takes 6h 38m.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Bologna to Lugano.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 157 miles
  • Duration: 3h 6m

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

You can take a train from Bologna to Lugano via Milano Centrale in around 3h 6m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Bologna to Lugano twice daily. Tickets cost $16 - $28 and the journey takes 4h 40m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Prague
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $270
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $450
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $490
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Catania
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $210
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $210
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Valencia
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $450
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Tunis
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $430
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $320
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $370
Ernest
Website
flyernest.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Tirana
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $420
CSA
Website
csa.cz
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Prague
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $400
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $460
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
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 7m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$26 - $28
First
$38
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
italotreno.it
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bologna, Bologna to Lugano
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Lirosi Linee
Phone
0966 57552
Email
info@lirosilinee.com
Website
lirosilinee.com
Bus from Bologna to Como
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Schedules at
lirosilinee.com

Want to know more about travelling around Switzerland

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

There is no direct flight from Bologna Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 5m and has one stopover.

Search flights

Bologna to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lugano station.

More details

Bologna to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, arrive at Lugano station.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Bologna to Lugano is 294 km. It takes approximately 2h 56m to drive from Bologna to Lugano.

Get driving directions

Air France, Tunisair, Brussels Airlines and 14 other airlines offer flights from Bologna Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

Search flights

Book your Bologna to Lugano train tickets online with Rome2rio.

Search and book

Book your Bologna to Lugano bus tickets online with FlixBus.

Search and book

There are 3807+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

More details

The best way to get from Bologna to Bologna Airport is to line 40 bus which takes 13m and costs 1€ - 3€.

More details