There are 9 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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

Recommended option

Train  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Ece / ...

$85 - $250

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 45 min

  1. X07 / ...
  2. 401

$35 - $58

7 alternative options

Train via Basel SBB  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Ice / ...
  2. 3 / ...
  3. 2 / ...

$158 - $274

Bus, train  •  8 h 32 min

  1. Ouibus
  2. Ec

$76 - $108

Drive  •  5 h 44 min

  1. 374.3 miles

$75 - $120

Fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 1 min

  1. FRA - ZRH

$159 - $406

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  5 h 15 min

  1. FRA - MXP

$107 - $284

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  6 h

  1. FRA - LIN

$114 - $331

Fly to Milan Bergamo, train  •  7 h 3 min

  1. FRA - BGY

$68 - $267

Questions & Answers

The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Lugano is 457 km. The road distance is 599 km.

The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano is to bus which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 8 h 45 min.

The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano is to fly and train which takes 5 h 1 min and costs 130€ - 350€.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Lugano. Services depart twice daily, and operate Saturday. The journey takes approximately 6 h 16 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station and arriving at Lugano via Zurich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 45 min.

The train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Lugano takes 6 h 16 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Lugano, Switzerland?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano twice daily. Tickets cost $150 - $250 and the journey takes 6 h 16 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route twice a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano via Zurich in around 8 h 45 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Bergamo via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3 h
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
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $210
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Lugano
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$150 - $250
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Lugano
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Lugano
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $29
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$27 - $29
First
$39
Train from Monza to Lugano
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $26
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$24 - $26
First
$36
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Frankfurt to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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