There are 7 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 8 min

  1. Fr / ...
  2. Eurocity / ...

$40 - $66

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 25 min

  1. 421

$17 - $29

5 alternative options

Night bus  •  5 h 50 min

Drive  •  2 h 56 min

  1. 183.8 miles

$40 - $65

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  6 h 28 min

  1. BLQ - MXP

$62 - $221

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  6 h 59 min

  1. BLQ - LIN

$77 - $354

Fly to Milan Bergamo, train  •  8 h 56 min

  1. BLQ - BGY

$70 - $288

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

You can take a train from Bologna to Lugano via Milano Centrale in around 3 h 8 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
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
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Bari
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $250
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $270
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Alghero
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $230
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Palermo
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$50 - $260
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $260
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Brindisi
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $260
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Charleroi
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$65 - $290
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Catania
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Cagliari
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $240
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Naples
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $230
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Manchester
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Dublin
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $350
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Lamezia Terme
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $260
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$55 - $270
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, 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 Palermo
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via Catania
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 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
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $350
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
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Mykonos
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Irakleion
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $800
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Meridiana
Website
meridiana.it
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Olbia
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $400
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $320
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 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
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
BMI Regional
Website
flybmi.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $350
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
CSA
Website
csa.cz
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Prague
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $320
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from Bologna to Milan Malpensa via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $400
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Linate via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Blue Panorama Airlines
Website
blue-panorama.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Tirana
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Ernest
Website
flyernest.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Kiev Zhulhany
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Bologna to Milan Bergamo via Suceava
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $300
Train operators
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
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $25
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Monza to Lugano
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus
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
Night bus from Bologna Casalecchio to Lugano Süd
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
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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Questions & Answers

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

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

The quickest way to get from Bologna to Lugano is to drive which takes 2 h 56 min and costs 35€ - 55€.

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 3 h 8 min.

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.

It takes approximately 3 h 8 min to get from Bologna to Lugano, including transfers.