There are 10 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Lugano Ece / ...

$85 - $260

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Bus  •  10 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Zurich 107 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zürich to Lugano

$50 - $83

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Train via Basel SBB  •  7 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Lugano 21 / ...

$136 - $271

Bus, train  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt to Karlsruhe Ouibus
  2. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Lugano Ec

$76 - $108

Drive  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano 374.3 miles

$75 - $120

Fly Frankfurt to Zurich, train  •  5 h 5 min

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

$159 - $406

Fly Frankfurt to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) FRA - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso

$107 - $284

Fly Frankfurt to Milan Linate, train  •  5 h 51 min

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

$113 - $347

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich, train  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Zurich (ZRH) STR - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano

$158 - $395

Fly Frankfurt to Milan Bergamo, train  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) FRA - BGY
  2. Take the train from Bergamo to Monza
  3. Take the train from Monza to Lugano

$68 - $286

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano is to bus which costs 40€ - 75€ and takes 10 h 26 min.

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

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

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Lugano is 457 km. The road distance is 598.8 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 6 h 16 min and costs 75€ - 220€.

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The train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Lugano takes 6 h 16 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Frankfurt am Main to Lugano train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano is to train which takes 6 h 16 min and costs 75€ - 220€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 75€ and takes 10 h 26 min.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Frankfurt am Main to Lugano train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Lugano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Lugano is 599 km. It takes approximately 5 h 44 min to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano.

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Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 285.6 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 16 min

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 - $260 and the journey takes 6 h 16 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Lugano via Zurich, Zürich HB, Zürich Stadelhofen, and Zürich in around 10 h 26 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
2 h 57 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 Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
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
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
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

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(Main)Hbf to Lugano
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$150 - $260
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Lugano
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Lugano
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Monza to Lugano
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $45
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
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $150
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
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Frankfurt to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
Ouibus
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 central station to Zurich
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Zürich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it
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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