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There are 4 ways to get from Geneva to Lake Maggiore by train, bus, car ferry, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 21m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Brig Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Brig to Domodossola Ec / ...

118€ - 195€

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Bus, car ferry  •  8h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva - Bus station to Milan
  2. Take the bus from Milan to Lugano
  3. Take the car ferry from Laveno to Pallanza-Intra-Suna

55€ - 79€

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Drive  •  3h 49m

  1. Drive from Geneva to Lake Maggiore 343.7 km

40€ - 65€

Fly, train, car ferry  •  6h 19m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Zurich (ZRH) GVA - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
  3. Take the car ferry from Laveno to Pallanza-Intra-Suna

149€ - 313€

Switzerland → Italy
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lake Maggiore is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lake Maggiore is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lake Maggiore is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Switzerland from Italy.

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Last updated: 17 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Lake Maggiore is to drive which costs SFr 45 - SFr 70 and takes 3h 49m.

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The fastest way to get from Geneva to Lake Maggiore is to drive which takes 3h 49m and costs SFr 45 - SFr 70.

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The distance between Geneva and Lake Maggiore is 199 km. The road distance is 343.7 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Lake Maggiore without a car is to train which takes 4h 21m and costs SFr 130 - SFr 220.

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It takes approximately 4h 21m to get from Geneva to Lake Maggiore, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Lake Maggiore is 344 km. It takes approximately 3h 49m to drive from Geneva to Lake Maggiore.

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Swiss and Tunisair offer flights from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 391+ hotels available in Lake Maggiore. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to train which takes 7 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 18.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Lake Maggiore.
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  • Distance: 198.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 21m

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Lake Maggiore, Italy?

You can take a train from Geneva to Lake Maggiore via Brig, Domodossola, and Verbania-Pallanza in around 4h 21m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 230€
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
21€ - 210€
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 Geneve to Brig
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
60€ - 110€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Brig to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
10€ - 19€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50€ - 95€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
BLS AG
Phone
+41 58 327 32 71
Website
bls.ch
Train from Brig to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Website
BLS AG
Schedules at
Swiss Railways
Bus operators
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 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 Geneva - Bus station to Milan
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
12€ - 16€
Website
Blablabus
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Milan to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
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