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There are 4 ways to get from Como to Lugano by bus, train, rideshare or car

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Como to Lugano

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Train

  1. Take the train from Como S. Giovanni to Lugano

Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Como to Lugano

Drive

  1. Drive from Como to Lugano
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International entry into Switzerland from Italy

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Italy

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
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This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Health declaration required
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Switzerland

1.5m

Mandatory

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Considerations leaving from Italy

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Italy.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lugano is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lugano is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lugano is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Italy from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 13 Sep 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Como to Lugano is to rideshare, which costs €4 and takes 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from Como to Lugano is to drive which costs €3 - €6 and takes 27 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Como and arriving at Lugano. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 28 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Como S. Giovanni and arriving at Lugano. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 36 min.

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The distance between Como and Lugano is 24 km. The road distance is 33.8 km.

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The best way to get from Como to Lugano without a car is to bus which takes 28 min and costs €3 - €5.

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The bus from Como to Lugano takes 28 min including transfers and departs four times a week.

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Como to Lugano bus services, operated by Autokar Polska, depart from Como station.

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

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The best way to get from Como to Lugano is to bus which takes 28 min and costs €3 - €5. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €15 - €50 and takes 36 min.

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Map of how to get from Como to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 24.4 km
  • Duration: 28 min

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

Autokar Polska operates a bus from Como to Lugano once a week. Tickets cost SFr 35 - SFr 55 and the journey takes 28 min. Swiss PostAuto also services this route 4 times a week. Alternatively, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Como S. Giovanni to Lugano hourly. Tickets cost SFr 16 - SFr 29 and the journey takes 36 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route 3 times a day.

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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Como S. Giovanni to Lugano
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 29
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Como S.Giovanni to Lugano
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 50
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 17 - SFr 23
1st Class
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Bus operators
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Como to Lugano
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
Swiss PostAuto
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Como to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 4
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Como to Lugano bus services, operated by Autokar Polska, arrive at Lugano station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Como to Lugano is 34 km. It takes approximately 27 min to drive from Como to Lugano.

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

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