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There are 5 ways to get from Bolzano to Lugano by train, bus, night train 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.

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Train via Milano Centrale  •  5 h 51 min

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

$47 - $99

Cheapest option

Night train, train  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Take the night train from Bolzano/Bozen to Milano Rogoredo R
  2. Take the train from Milano Porta Garibaldi to Chiasso S 83153 (379) / ...

$45 - $91

3 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 23 min

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

$51 - $84

Bus  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Bolzano to Orio al Serio Airport
  2. Take the bus from Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Bergamo to Lugano 414 / ...

$70 - $97

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 drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 3 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bolzano to Lugano is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ 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 via Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Bergamo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 49 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 51 min.

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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 51 min and costs 40€ - 90€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 51 min to get from Bolzano to Lugano, including transfers.

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Bolzano to Lugano bus services, operated by Alto Adige Bus, depart from Bolzano station.

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

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The best way to get from Bolzano to Lugano is to train which takes 5 h 51 min and costs 40€ - 90€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 60€ - 85€ and takes 6 h 49 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 51 min

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 51 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bolzano to Lugano via Orio al Serio Airport and Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Bergamo in around 6 h 49 min.

Train operators
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 to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$20 - $24
Night train from Bolzano/Bozen to Milano Rogoredo
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$21 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$35 - $45
Train from Milano Porta Garibaldi to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $12
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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
$20 - $29
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Verona Porta Nuova Station to Milano Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Website
italotreno.it
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 Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
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 Verona Porta Nuova to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $25
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Verona Porta Nuova to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, Bergamo to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Bolzano to Lugano is 347 km. It takes approximately 3 h 23 min to drive from Bolzano to Lugano.

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