There are 8 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.

Recommended option

Train via Zürich HB  •  5 h 27 min

  1. 1 / ...
  2. 2 / ...

$136 - $245

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 44 min

  1. 405 / ...

$34 - $59

6 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Eurocity / ...
  2. Express / ...

$98 - $172

Train, bus  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Ec
  2. 1 / ...

$124 - $197

Drive  •  4 h 5 min

  1. 235.6 miles

$45 - $75

Fly Geneva to Zurich, train  •  4 h 59 min

  1. GVA - ZRH

$123 - $277

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

  1. GVA - MXP

$106 - $246

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

  1. ZRH - LUG

$163 - $383

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 6 h 44 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
52 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
50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
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 - $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
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 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
$24 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Geneve to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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
$10 - $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
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Geneva to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Genève Gare to Milan
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
Ouibus

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Geneva and Lugano is 218 km. The road distance is 377 km.

The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Lugano is to bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 60 and takes 6 h 44 min.

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

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.

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 6 h 44 min.

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