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There are 7 ways to get from Innsbruck 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, bus  •  6 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Innsbruck Hbf to Sargans Rj / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chur, Postautostation to Bellinzona, Stazione 171

$107 - $190

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Innsbruck, Innsbruck Südbahnstraße to Bozen 095 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bolzano to Milano Malpensa Airport
  3. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso 1 / ...

$97 - $135

5 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Innsbruck Hbf to Zürich HB Rj / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$109 - $200

Drive  •  4 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Innsbruck to Lugano 232.2 miles

$45 - $70

Fly Innsbruck to Milan Malpensa, bus  •  5 h 29 min

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

$127 - $498

Fly Innsbruck to Milan Linate, train  •  6 h 24 min

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

$139 - $544

Train to Zurich, fly to Lugano  •  6 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Innsbruck Hbf to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG

$138 - $337

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The cheapest way to get from Innsbruck to Lugano is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 4 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Innsbruck to Lugano is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 4 h 21 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Innsbruck to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Innsbruck, Innsbruck Südbahnstraße and arriving at Lugano, Piazzale Besso via Bolzano and Milan Airport Malpensa 1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 46 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Innsbruck to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Innsbruck Hbf and arriving at Lugano via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 46 min.

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The distance between Innsbruck and Lugano is 232 km. The road distance is 371.5 km.

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The best way to get from Innsbruck to Lugano without a car is to train and bus which takes 6 h 44 min and costs 90€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 44 min to get from Innsbruck to Lugano, including transfers.

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

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Innsbruck to Lugano train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), depart from Innsbruck Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Innsbruck to Lugano is to train which takes 6 h 46 min and costs 95€ - 180€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 80€ - 120€ and takes 8 h 46 min.

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Map of how to get from Innsbruck to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 145.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 44 min

What companies run services between Innsbruck, Austria and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Innsbruck to Lugano via Zürich HB in around 6 h 46 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Innsbruck to Lugano via Bozen, Bolzano, Milano Malpensa Airport, and Milan Airport Malpensa 1 in around 8 h 46 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Innsbruck to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Innsbruck to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Innsbruck to Milan Malpensa via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Innsbruck to Milan Malpensa via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Innsbruck to Milan Linate via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Innsbruck to Milan Malpensa via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Flights from Innsbruck to Milan Linate via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $480
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Innsbruck to Milan Malpensa via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$110 - $470
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Innsbruck to Milan Malpensa via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Train operators
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Innsbruck Hbf to Sargans
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Raileurope.com
Train from Innsbruck Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
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
Bus operators
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Chur, Postautostation to Bellinzona, Stazione
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Innsbruck, Innsbruck Südbahnstraße to Bozen
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com

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There is no direct flight from Innsbruck Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Innsbruck to Lugano bus services, operated by Malpensa Express Bus, arrive at Lugano, Piazzale Besso station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Innsbruck to Lugano is 371 km. It takes approximately 4 h 21 min to drive from Innsbruck to Lugano.

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Transavia Holland, KLM, easyJet and four other airlines offer flights from Innsbruck Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 3305+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Innsbruck to Innsbruck Airport is to taxi which takes 4 min and costs 14€ - 18€.

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