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There are 5 ways to get from Chiasso to Lugano by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  20 min

  1. Take the train from Chiasso to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$15 - $27

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Rideshare  •  36 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Chiasso to Lugano 17.5 miles

$2

3 alternative options

Line 2 bus  •  25 min

  1. Take the line 2 bus from Chiasso strada (dogana) to Lugano, Piazzale Besso 2 / ...

Taxi  •  20 min

  1. Take a taxi from Chiasso to Lugano 17.2 miles

$140 - $180

Drive  •  20 min

  1. Drive from Chiasso to Lugano 17.2 miles

$3 - $6

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The cheapest way to get from Chiasso to Lugano is to rideshare which costs SFr 2 and takes 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chiasso to Lugano is to train which costs SFr 15 - SFr 27 and takes 20 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chiasso strada (dogana) and arriving at Lugano, Piazzale Besso. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chiasso and arriving at Lugano. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 20 min.

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The distance between Chiasso and Lugano is 20 km. The road distance is 27.5 km.

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The best way to get from Chiasso to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 20 min and costs SFr 15 - SFr 27.

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The train from Chiasso to Lugano takes 20 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Chiasso to Lugano bus services, operated by Malpensa Express Bus, depart from Chiasso strada (dogana) station.

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

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The best way to get from Chiasso to Lugano is to train which takes 20 min and costs SFr 15 - SFr 27. Alternatively, you can line 2 bus, which costs and takes 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Chiasso to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 12.6 miles
  • Duration: 20 min

What companies run services between Chiasso, Switzerland and Lugano, Switzerland?

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Chiasso to Lugano every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $15 - $27 and the journey takes 20 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route every 3 hours. Alternatively, Malpensa Express Bus operates a bus from Chiasso to Lugano every 4 hours, and the journey takes 25 min.

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 Chiasso to Lugano
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $27
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 Chiasso to Lugano
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $21
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 Chiasso strada (dogana) to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Chiasso to Lugano
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$2
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Chiasso to Lugano
Ave. Duration
20 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Taxi Michel
Phone
+41 91 967 24 24
Grand Taxi Lugano
Phone
+41 79 102 69 30

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Chiasso to Lugano bus services, operated by Malpensa Express Bus, arrive at Lugano, Piazzale Besso station.

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Chiasso to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Lugano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chiasso to Lugano is 28 km. It takes approximately 20 min to drive from Chiasso to Lugano.

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There are 3458+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $78 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Chiasso and Lugano. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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