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There are 9 ways to get from Florence to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 45m

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Milano Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$56 - $82

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Bus Autolinee Gambioli  •  5h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Firenze Nord Area Servizio Bisenzio Est to Lugano

$29 - $42

7 alternative options

Bus Lirosi Linee  •  6h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Firenze to Como

$41 - $60

Drive  •  3h 46m

  1. Drive from Florence to Lugano 237.2 miles

$55 - $85

Fly to Lugano  •  6h 2m

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Lugano (LUG) FLR - LUG

$95 - $439

Fly to Milan Malpensa  •  6h 28m

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FLR - MXP

$135 - $362

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  7h

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

$149 - $424

Fly to Milan Bergamo, train  •  8h 2m

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) FLR - BGY
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

$87 - $332

Fly to Zurich, train  •  6h 52m

  1. Fly from Florence (FLR) to Zurich (ZRH) FLR - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano

$141 - $481

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The cheapest way to get from Florence to Lugano is to bus which costs 25€ - 40€ and takes 5h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Florence to Lugano is to train which costs 45€ - 75€ and takes 3h 45m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Florence to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Pierluigi Da Palestrina and arriving at Lugano via Firenze Nord Area Servizio Bisenzio Est. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 53m.

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No, there is no direct train from Florence to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Firenze S.Maria Novella and arriving at Lugano via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 45m.

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The distance between Florence and Lugano is 307 km. The road distance is 379.5 km.

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The best way to get from Florence to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 3h 45m and costs 45€ - 75€.

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It takes approximately 3h 45m to get from Florence to Lugano, including transfers.

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Florence to Lugano bus services, operated by Autolinee Gambioli, depart from Firenze Nord Area Servizio Bisenzio Est station.

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Florence to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Firenze S.Maria Novella station.

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The best way to get from Florence to Lugano is to train which takes 3h 45m and costs 45€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 25€ - 40€ and takes 5h 53m, you could also fly, which costs 80€ - 390€ and takes 6h 2m.

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Map of how to get from Florence to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 191.6 miles
  • Duration: 3h 45m

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

You can take a train from Florence to Lugano via Milano Centrale in around 3h 45m. Alternatively, Autolinee Gambioli operates a bus from Florence to Lugano once a week. Tickets cost $27 - $40 and the journey takes 4h 30m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,300
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Rome, Cagliari
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Rome, Bari
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Rome, Naples
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Rome, Palermo
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Florence to Milan Bergamo via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $350
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Frankfurt, Zurich
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Munich, Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $380
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $270
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $2,100
Flights from Florence to Milan Bergamo via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $320
Flights from Florence to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $250
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Florence to Lugano via Geneva, Zurich
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $490
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Flights from Florence to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,100
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,300
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $700
BMI Regional
Website
flybmi.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Bergamo via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $320
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Bergamo via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Florence to Milan Bergamo via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $420
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $850
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Malpensa via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $1,300
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Florence to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$340 - $4,000
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Firenze S.Maria Novella to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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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 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
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Firenze Nord Area Servizio Bisenzio Est to Lugano
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it
Lirosi Linee
Phone
0966 57552
Email
info@lirosilinee.com
Website
lirosilinee.com
Bus from Firenze to Como
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $30
Schedules at
lirosilinee.com

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There is no direct flight from Florence Airport to Lugano Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 10m and has one stopover.

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Florence to Lugano bus services, operated by Autolinee Gambioli, arrive at Lugano station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Florence to Lugano is 380 km. It takes approximately 3h 46m to drive from Florence to Lugano.

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Air Dolomiti, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Florence Airport to Lugano 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 Florence to Florence Airport is to bus which takes 8m and costs 1€ - 2€.

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