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There are 6 ways to get from Chamonix to Lugano by bus, train, car, shuttle or plane

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Bus FlixBus  •  6h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to Santhià, Santhià 472 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Santhià, Santhià to Lugano 470

$18 - $29

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Bus Savda  •  7h 51m

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

$26 - $39

Train  •  8h 9m

  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

$95 - $147

Train, line 20 train, line 10 train  •  8h 21m

  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 / ...

$80 - $147

Drive  •  3h 15m

  1. Drive from Chamonix to Lugano 187.4 miles

$40 - $60

Shuttle, fly, train  •  5h 52m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Chamonix sud to Geneva Airport
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Linate (LIN) GVA - LIN
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

$66 - $250

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The cheapest way to get from Chamonix to Lugano is to bus which costs 15€ - 26€ and takes 6h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Chamonix to Lugano is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3h 15m.

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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 via Santhià, Santhià . The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 10m.

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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 8h 9m.

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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 6h 10m and costs 15€ - 26€.

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It takes approximately 6h 10m 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 6h 10m and costs 15€ - 26€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 80€ - 130€ and takes 8h 9m.

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Map of how to get from Chamonix to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 101 miles
  • Duration: 6h 10m

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

You can take a bus from Chamonix to Lugano via Santhià, Santhià in around 6h 10m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Chamonix to Lugano via Vallorcine, Martigny, Brig, and Milano Centrale in around 8h 9m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $210
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
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
49m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Brig to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Vallorcine to Martigny
Ave. Duration
52m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Martigny to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Locarno to Giubiasco
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Giubiasco to Lugano
Ave. Duration
27m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $14
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
RegionalAlps
Website
regionalps.ch
Train from Martigny to Brig
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
regionalps.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
1h 53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
orario.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
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
37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$10 - $15
1st Class
$11 - $18
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
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $20
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 Santhià, Santhià
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Santhià, Santhià to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Savda
Globtour
Website
globtour.com
Bus from Mailand Lampugnano to Lugano Busstation Noranco
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
globtour.com
Swisstours Transport SA
Phone
+41 22 781 04 04
Email
info@stts.ch
Website
cham-transfers.com
Shuttle from Chamonix sud to Geneva Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
cham-transfers.com

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Milan Linate Airport is the direct flight which takes 45m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chamonix to Lugano is 300 km. It takes approximately 3h 15m to drive from Chamonix to Lugano.

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FlexFlight ApS and Alitalia offer flights from Geneva Airport to Milan Linate Airport.

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

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The best way to get from Chamonix to Geneva Airport is to shuttle which takes 1h 10m and costs 7€.

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