There are 7 ways to get from Chamonix to Lugano by bus, train, night train, car or plane

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Bus FlixBus  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to Milan, Milan 472 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Milano Lampugnano to Lugano Stazione

$36 - $52

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Bus Savda  •  8 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Chamonix to Milan - Lampugnano 220
  2. Take the bus from Mailand Lampugnano to Lugano Busstation Noranco

$27 - $40

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Train  •  8 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Martigny to Brig 90
  2. Take the train from Brig to Milano Centrale Ec
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Ec

$98 - $154

Train, line 20 train, line 10 train  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to Vallorcine
  2. Take the train from Vallorcine to Martigny
  3. Take the train from Martigny to Domodossola
  4. Take the train from Domodossola to Locarno FART 1-Y / ...
  5. Take the line 20 train from Locarno to Giubiasco 20
  6. Take the line 10 train from Giubiasco to Lugano 10 / ...

$81 - $150

Train, night train, line 20 train, line 10 train  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to Vallorcine
  2. Take the train from Vallorcine to Martigny
  3. Take the night train from Martigny to Domodossola
  4. Take the train from Domodossola to Locarno FART 1-Y / ...
  5. Take the line 20 train from Locarno to Giubiasco 20
  6. Take the line 10 train from Giubiasco to Lugano 10 / ...

$81 - $150

Drive  •  3 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Chamonix to Lugano 187.4 miles

$40 - $60

Fly, train  •  5 h 33 min

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

$65 - $253

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The cheapest way to get from Chamonix to Lugano is to bus which costs 22€ - 35€ and takes 8 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chamonix to Lugano is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 3 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chamonix to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and arriving at Lugano Stazione via Milano Lampugnano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 9 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Chamonix to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and arriving at Lugano via Vallorcine, Martigny, Brig and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 4 min.

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The distance between Chamonix and Lugano is 162 km. The road distance is 299.8 km.

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The best way to get from Chamonix to Lugano without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 9 min and costs 30€ - 45€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 9 min to get from Chamonix to Lugano, including transfers.

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Chamonix to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc station.

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Chamonix to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Martigny station.

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The best way to get from Chamonix to Lugano is to bus which takes 6 h 9 min and costs 30€ - 45€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 80€ - 140€ and takes 8 h 4 min.

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Milan Linate Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Chamonix to Lugano bus services, operated by Eurolines IT, arrive at Lugano Stazione station.

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Map of how to get from Chamonix to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 101 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 9 min

What companies run services between Chamonix, France and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a bus from Chamonix to Lugano via Milan, Milan and Milano Lampugnano in around 6 h 9 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Chamonix to Lugano via Vallorcine, Martigny, Brig, and Milano Centrale in around 8 h 4 min.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $210
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Martigny to Brig
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Brig to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Vallorcine to Martigny
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Martigny to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Locarno to Giubiasco
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Giubiasco to Lugano
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $14
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Brig to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $29
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$26 - $29
First
$39
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to Vallorcine
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$10 - $15
1st Class
$12 - $19
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 Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $21
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 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Savda
Globtour
Website
globtour.com
Bus from Mailand Lampugnano to Lugano Busstation Noranco
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
globtour.com

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