There are 9 ways to get from Geneva 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.

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Train via Zürich HB  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano 2 / ...

$136 - $246

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Bus  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Milan, Milan 405 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Milano Lampugnano to Lugano Stazione

$32 - $57

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Train  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Domodossola Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Domodossola to Locarno FART Express / ...

$97 - $171

Train, bus  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Domodossola Ec
  2. Take the bus from Domodossola, Stazione to Malpensa, aeroporto
  3. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso 1 / ...

$122 - $195

Drive  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Geneva to Lugano 235.6 miles

$45 - $75

Fly Geneva to Zurich, train  •  5 h

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

$123 - $278

Fly Geneva to Milan Linate, train  •  4 h 39 min

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

$66 - $274

Fly Geneva to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  3 h 58 min

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

$105 - $245

Train to Zurich, fly to Lugano  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG

$163 - $384

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Lugano is to bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 60 and takes 7 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Lugano is to fly and bus which costs SFr 100 - SFr 250 and takes 3 h 58 min.

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The distance between Geneva and Lugano is 218 km. The road distance is 376.9 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 27 min to get from Geneva to Lugano, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Geneva to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Geneva and arriving at Lugano Stazione via Milano Lampugnano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 24 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Genève and arriving at Lugano via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 27 min.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 5 h 27 min and costs SFr 130 - SFr 250.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 136.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 27 min

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

You can take a train from Geneva to Lugano via Zürich HB in around 5 h 27 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Geneva to Lugano via Milan, Milan and Milano Lampugnano in around 7 h 24 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Adria Airways
Website
adria.si
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$100 - $340
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $210
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $330
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $160
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
Train from Geneve to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
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 Geneve to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $20
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Domodossola, Stazione to Malpensa, aeroporto
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Autoservizi Comazzi srl
Phone
0322 844 862
Email
comazzi@comazzibus.com
Website
comazzibus.com
Bus from Domodossola to Malpensa Airport T1
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
comazzibus.com
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
$20 - $27
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
FlixBus
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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Geneva to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $29
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Geneva - Bus station to Milan
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
Ouibus

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