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There are 6 ways to get from Fribourg to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Arth  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the train from Fribourg/Freiburg to Luzern 15
  2. Take the train from Arth-Goldau to Lugano Ec / ...

SFr 90 - SFr 166

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Bus  •  6h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Fribourg to Zurich 106 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Lugano 421 / ...

SFr 18 - SFr 30

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Train  •  4h 35m

  1. Take the train from Fribourg/Freiburg to Luzern 15
  2. Take the train from Luzern to Lugano 21 / ...

SFr 88 - SFr 163

Train, bus  •  5h 42m

  1. Take the train from Fribourg/Freiburg to Luzern 15
  2. Take the bus from Lucerne to Lugano

SFr 56 - SFr 95

Drive  •  3h 22m

  1. Drive from Fribourg to Lugano 318.7 km

SFr 35 - SFr 60

Train, fly  •  5h 20m

  1. Take the train from Fribourg/Freiburg to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  3. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Mendrisio

SFr 146 - SFr 512

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The cheapest way to get from Fribourg to Lugano is to bus which costs SFr 17 - SFr 30 and takes 6h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Fribourg to Lugano is to drive which costs SFr 35 - SFr 60 and takes 3h 22m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Fribourg to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Fribourg, gare CFF and arriving at Lugano via Fribourg and Zurich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Fribourg to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Fribourg/Freiburg and arriving at Lugano via Luzern and Arth-Goldau. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 2m.

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The distance between Fribourg and Lugano is 164 km. The road distance is 318.7 km.

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The best way to get from Fribourg to Lugano without a car is to train via Arth which takes 4h 2m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 170.

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It takes approximately 4h 2m to get from Fribourg to Lugano, including transfers.

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Fribourg to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Fribourg station.

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Fribourg to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Fribourg/Freiburg station.

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The best way to get from Fribourg to Lugano is to train via Arth which takes 4h 2m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 17 - SFr 30 and takes 6h 30m.

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  • Distance: 164.3 km
  • Duration: 4h 2m

What companies run services between Fribourg, Switzerland and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Fribourg to Lugano via Luzern and Arth-Goldau in around 4h 2m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Fribourg to Lugano via Fribourg, Poya, Fribourg, and Zurich in around 6h 30m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 310
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Fribourg/Freiburg to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 85
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Arth-Goldau to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 70
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 80
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Fribourg/Freiburg to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Arth-Goldau to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 15
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 18
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 5 - SFr 7
Website
Trenord
Bus operators
Gruppo Di Maio
Phone
+39 0827 34 117
Email
info@gruppodimaio.it
Website
gruppodimaio.it
Bus from Lucerne to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 8 - SFr 12
Schedules at
gruppodimaio.it
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Fribourg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 13
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 17
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
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 11
Website
RegioJet

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

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Fribourg to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lugano station.

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Fribourg to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Lugano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Fribourg to Lugano is 319 km. It takes approximately 3h 22m to drive from Fribourg to Lugano.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 4239+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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