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There are 8 ways to get from Geneva to Lugano by train, tram, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 9m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Gallarate Ec

SFr 116 - SFr 203

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Bus  •  7h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Zurich N1156 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Lugano 421 / ...

SFr 24 - SFr 47

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Train via Zürich  •  5h 29m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano Ec / ...

SFr 128 - SFr 236

Train, tram  •  7h 18m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Domodossola Ec / ...
  2. Take the tram from Domodossola to Locarno FART 3-Y / ...

Drive  •  4h

  1. Drive from Geneva to Lugano 371.9 km

SFr 45 - SFr 65

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  4h 42m

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

SFr 113 - SFr 629

Fly to Zurich, train  •  5h 9m

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

SFr 148 - SFr 378

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  7h 25m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) GVA - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Lugano Piazzale Besso

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Lugano is to bus which costs SFr 24 - SFr 50 and takes 7h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Lugano is to drive which costs SFr 45 - SFr 65 and takes 4h.

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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 via Zurich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 35m.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Geneve and arriving at Lugano via Gallarate and Mendrisio. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 9m.

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The distance between Geneva and Lugano is 218 km. The road distance is 371.9 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 5h 9m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 210.

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It takes approximately 5h 9m to get from Geneva to Lugano, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Geneva to Lugano is to train which takes 5h 9m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 210. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 24 - SFr 50 and takes 7h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 218 km
  • Duration: 5h 9m

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Geneve to Gallarate once daily. Tickets cost SFr 100 - SFr 180 and the journey takes 3h 26m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Geneva to Lugano via Zurich in around 7h 35m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Olbia
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 320
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 320
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Naples
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 320
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 320
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Cagliari
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 320
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Brindisi
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 320
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 410
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 400
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 460
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 430
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 430
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 400
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 480
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 240
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 410
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 410 - SFr 650
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 400
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 900
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 Gallarate
Ave. Duration
3h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 180
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 41m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Geneve to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 140
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
FART
Phone
+41 (0)91 756 04 00
Email
fart@centovalli.ch
Website
centovalli.ch
Tram from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
Autolinee FART
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 Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 70
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 26 - SFr 35
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 70
Bus operators
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 Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 21
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Website
Eurolines FR
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
Giosy Tours
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Website
giosytours.ch
Bus from Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1 to Lugano Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Website
Giosy Tours

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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Lugano is 372 km. It takes approximately 4h to drive from Geneva to Lugano.

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Alitalia offers flights from Geneva Airport to Milan Linate Airport.

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There are 4280+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at SFr 87 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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