There are 5 ways to get from Bolzano to Lugano by train, bus or car

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 via Milano Centrale  •  5 h

  1. Take the train from Bolzano to Verona Porta Nuova Fa / ...
  2. Take the train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale Fr
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Ec

$46 - $83

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Bozen to Bergamo, Bergamo 408 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bergamo, Bergamo to Lugano 414 / ...

$21 - $36

3 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Bolzano to Verona Porta Nuova Fa / ...
  2. Take the train from Verona Porta Nuova to Lugano Ec

$39 - $71

Bus Alto Adige Bus  •  6 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Bolzano to Milano Malpensa Airport
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso 1 / ...

$93 - $124

Drive  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Bolzano to Lugano 216.9 miles

$50 - $80

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The cheapest way to get from Bolzano to Lugano is to bus which costs 17€ - 35€ and takes 6 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bolzano to Lugano is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 3 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bolzano to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Bolzano and arriving at Lugano, Piazzale Besso via Milan Airport Malpensa 1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 22 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bolzano to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Bolzano and arriving at Lugano via Verona Porta Nuova and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h.

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The distance between Bolzano and Lugano is 191 km. The road distance is 347 km.

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The best way to get from Bolzano to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 5 h and costs 35€ - 75€.

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It takes approximately 5 h to get from Bolzano to Lugano, including transfers.

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

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Bolzano to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Bolzano station.

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The best way to get from Bolzano to Lugano is to train which takes 5 h and costs 35€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 75€ - 110€ and takes 6 h 22 min.

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Map of how to get from Bolzano to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 119.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h

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

You can take a train from Bolzano to Lugano via Verona Porta Nuova and Milano Centrale in around 5 h. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bolzano to Lugano via Milano Malpensa Airport and Milan Airport Malpensa 1 in around 6 h 22 min.

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 Bolzano to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia

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 Bolzano/Bozen to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$20 - $24
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bolzano/Bozen to Verona Porta Nuova Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Verona Porta Nuova Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $12
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
$27 - $29
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$27 - $29
First
$39
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
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
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 Bozen to Bergamo, Bergamo
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Bergamo, Bergamo to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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