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There are 6 ways to get from Lago di Lugano to Nice by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  7h 4m

  1. Take the train from Chiasso to Milano Centrale Re_10 / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Nice Ville Ec

38€ - 59€

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Bus  •  9h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Lugano to Nice Aéroport 703

29€ - 45€

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Bus via Genoa  •  9h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Lugano Piazzale Besso to Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1
  2. Take the bus from Milan Malpensa Airport, Milan to Genoa, Genoa 495 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Genoa, Genoa to Nice, Nice 482 / ...

Drive  •  3h 53m

  1. Drive from Lago di Lugano to Nice 390.9 km

45€ - 65€

Train to Zurich, fly  •  6h 47m

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

118€ - 474€

Train, train to Basel, fly  •  8h 16m

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  3. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Nice (NCE) BSL - NCE

111€ - 466€

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The cheapest way to get from Lago di Lugano to Nice is to bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 50 and takes 9h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Lago di Lugano to Nice is to drive which costs SFr 45 - SFr 70 and takes 3h 53m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lago di Lugano to Nice. However, there are services departing from Lugano, Cassarina and arriving at Nice, Nice via Lugano Piazzale Besso, Milan Malpensa Airport, Milan and Genoa, Genoa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lago di Lugano to Nice. However, there are services departing from Lugano-Paradiso and arriving at Nice Ville via Chiasso and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 4m.

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The distance between Lago di Lugano and Nice is 288 km. The road distance is 390.9 km.

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The best way to get from Lago di Lugano to Nice without a car is to train which takes 7h 4m and costs SFr 40 - SFr 65.

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It takes approximately 7h 4m to get from Lago di Lugano to Nice, including transfers.

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Lago di Lugano to Nice bus services, operated by Giosy Tours, depart from Lugano Piazzale Besso station.

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Lago di Lugano to Nice train services, operated by Trenord, depart from Chiasso station.

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The best way to get from Lago di Lugano to Nice is to train which takes 7h 4m and costs SFr 40 - SFr 65. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 30 - SFr 50 and takes 9h 15m.

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  • Distance: 287.5 km
  • Duration: 7h 4m

What companies run services between Lago di Lugano, Switzerland and Nice, France?

You can take a train from Lago di Lugano to Nice via Chiasso and Milano Centrale in around 7h 4m. Alternatively, Eurolines FR operates a bus from Lugano to Nice Aéroport 4 times a week. Tickets cost 25€ - 40€ and the journey takes 7h 30m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Basel to Nice
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Nice
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 650€
Train operators
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Chiasso to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
4€ - 6€
Website
Trenord
Thello
Phone
+33 1 83 82 00 00
Website
thello.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Nice Ville
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
20€ - 29€
Website
Thello
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 Lugano to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45€ - 90€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
23€ - 45€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
35€ - 75€
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
35€ - 50€
1st Class
55€ - 75€
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
13€ - 19€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
10€ - 16€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
10€ - 13€
1st Class
13€ - 16€
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
6€ - 10€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
15€ - 21€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
Bus operators
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 Lugano to Nice Aéroport
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
25€ - 40€
Website
Eurolines FR
Giosy Tours
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Website
giosytours.ch
Bus from Lugano Piazzale Besso to Milan Malpensa Airport P2 Terminal 1
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Website
Giosy Tours
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Milan Malpensa Airport, Milan to Genoa, Genoa
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
12€ - 15€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Genoa, Genoa to Nice, Nice
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
12€ - 15€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Nice Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Lago di Lugano to Nice bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Nice, Nice station.

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Lago di Lugano to Nice train services, operated by Thello, arrive at Nice Ville station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lago di Lugano to Nice is 391 km. It takes approximately 3h 53m to drive from Lago di Lugano to Nice.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Nice Airport.

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