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

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Train  •  30 min

  1. Take the train from Como S. Giovanni to Lugano 130-Y / ...

$16 - $29

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Line 421 bus  •  40 min

  1. Take the line 421 bus from Como to Lugano 124 / ...

$2 - $4

2 alternative options

Rideshare  •  43 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Como to Lugano 21 miles

$5

Drive  •  28 min

  1. Drive from Como to Lugano 21.2 miles

$4 - $7

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Como and arriving at Lugano. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 40 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 30 min.

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The distance between Como and Lugano is 24 km. The road distance is 33.9 km.

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The best way to get from Como to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 30 min and costs .

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The train from Como S. Giovanni to Lugano takes 30 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Como to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, 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 train which takes 30 min and costs . Alternatively, you can line 421 bus, which costs and takes 40 min.

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Como to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, 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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Map of how to get from Como to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 15.2 miles
  • Duration: 30 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Como to Lugano hourly. Tickets cost $16 - $29 and the journey takes 30 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Como to Lugano 3 times a day. Tickets cost $2 - $4 and the journey takes 40 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.

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Website
sbb.ch
Train from Como S. Giovanni to Lugano
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $29
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.

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Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Como S. Giovanni to Lugano
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $27
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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Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Como to Lugano
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Como to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Como to Lugano is 34 km. It takes approximately 28 min to drive from Como to Lugano.

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Book your Como to Lugano bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 3606+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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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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