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There are 8 ways to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  3h 31m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FRA - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Chiasso

$83 - $258

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Bus  •  12h 33m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg 310 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Heidelberg to Zurich 107 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Zurich to Lugano

$34 - $66

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Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  3h 21m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Linate (LIN) FRA - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso

$89 - $295

Fly to Milan Bergamo, train  •  3h 47m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) FRA - BGY
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Chiasso

$40 - $231

Train  •  7h 2m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Lugano Ece / ...

$97 - $261

Train via Basel SBB  •  7h 18m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano 21 / ...

$142 - $276

Bus, train  •  8h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Karlsruhe 108 / ...
  2. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Lugano Ec

$83 - $111

Drive  •  5h 36m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Lugano 369.2 miles

$75 - $120

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino is to bus which costs 29€ - 60€ and takes 12h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino is to fly and train which costs 75€ - 260€ and takes 3h 21m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport and arriving at Lugano, Ponte Madonnetta via Heidelberg, Zurich and Lugano, Resega. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 33m.

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No, there is no direct train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf and arriving at Lugano via Mannheim Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 2m.

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The distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Ticino is 413 km. The road distance is 590.7 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino without a car is to train which takes 7h 2m and costs 80€ - 230€.

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It takes approximately 3h 31m to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino, including transfers.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport station.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino is to train which takes 7h 2m and costs 80€ - 230€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 29€ - 60€ and takes 12h 33m.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino.
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  • Distance: 258.4 miles
  • Duration: 3h 31m

What companies run services between Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany and Ticino, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Lugano via Mannheim Hbf in around 7h 2m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Lugano via Heidelberg, Zurich, Lugano, and Lugano, Resega in around 12h 33m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $420
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Bergamo via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$490 - $1,500
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$1,000 - $2,400
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $210
Train operators
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 Milano Centrale to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
42m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $16
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Lugano
Ave. Duration
5h 31m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $230
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
bahn.de
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 Mannheim Hbf to Lugano
Ave. Duration
5h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Lugano
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $95
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 Basel SBB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3h 13m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Heidelberg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Lugano, Via Giacomo E Filippo Ciani
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
regiojet.com

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lugano station.

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Lugano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino is 591 km. It takes approximately 5h 36m to drive from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Ticino.

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Alitalia, Air Dolomiti, Luxair and Lufthansa offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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