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There are 8 ways to get from Lago di Lugano to Rome by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 6m

  1. Take the train from Lugano-Paradiso to Milano Centrale Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini Fr / ...

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Train to Milan Malpensa, fly  •  4h 59m

  1. Take the train from Mendrisio to Malpensa Aeroporto T2
  2. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Rome (FCO) MXP - FCO

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Train via Milan  •  5h 51m

  1. Take the train from Lugano-Paradiso to Milano Centrale Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini 9931-33 / ...

Bus  •  10h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Como to Rome Tiburtina Bus station 518 / ...

Drive  •  6h 8m

  1. Drive from Lago di Lugano to Rome 645.9 km

Train to Milan Linate, fly  •  5h 55m

  1. Take the train from Lugano-Paradiso to Milano Centrale
  2. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Rome (FCO) LIN - FCO

Train, train to Genoa, fly  •  7h 23m

  1. Take the train from Lugano-Paradiso to Milano Centrale
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Genova P.Za Principe
  3. Fly from Genoa (GOA) to Rome (FCO) GOA - FCO

Train, train to Verona, fly  •  6h 49m

  1. Take the train from Lugano-Paradiso to Milano Centrale
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova
  3. Fly from Verona (VRN) to Rome (FCO) VRN - FCO

Lago di Lugano to Rome by train

The train journey time between Lago di Lugano and Rome is around 5h 26m and covers a distance of around 639 km. This includes an average layover time of around 52 min. The fastest train normally takes 4h 14m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), Trenitalia Frecce and ItaloTreno, the Lago di Lugano to Rome train service departs from Lugano-Paradiso and arrives in Roma Termini. Typically 100 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average train journey times

Time on train:
4h 34m
Layover time:
52 min
Total time:
5h 26m

Train route information

Fastest train time:
4h 14m
Train distance:
639 km
Trains per week:
100
Cheapest price:
€56
Carbon emissions:
33 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:05
Last train departs at:
20:05

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Lago di Lugano to Rome train schedules

Switzerland → Italy
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International entry into Italy from Switzerland

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: Bangladesh, Brazil, India and Sri Lanka

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Conditions of entry into Italy from Switzerland

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from Switzerland
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Monaco, Réunion and United Kingdom
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Guyana, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Martinique, Mayotte, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Réunion, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican
  • COVID-19 testing required within 72 hours from entering the country
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Réunion and United Kingdom unless other countries have been visited within the past 14 days prior to arrival
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and United States
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra and Monaco
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals who have visited Canada, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Jersey, United Kingdom and United States in the last 14 days
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: San Marino and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Italy

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Considerations leaving from Switzerland

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from Switzerland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Rome is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Rome is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Rome is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Switzerland from Italy.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 15 Sep 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: European Union.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lago di Lugano to Rome is to bus which costs SFr 45 - SFr 75 and takes 10h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Lago di Lugano to Rome is to train and fly which costs SFr 45 - SFr 190 and takes 4h 59m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lago di Lugano to Rome. However, there are services departing from Lugano-Paradiso and arriving at Roma Termini via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 6m.

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The distance between Lago di Lugano and Rome is 536 km. The road distance is 645.9 km.

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The best way to get from Lago di Lugano to Rome without a car is to train which takes 5h 6m and costs SFr 60 - SFr 190.

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It takes approximately 5h 6m to get from Lago di Lugano to Rome, including transfers.

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Lago di Lugano to Rome train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Lugano-Paradiso station.

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The best way to get from Lago di Lugano to Rome is to train which takes 5h 6m and costs SFr 60 - SFr 190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 45 - SFr 75 and takes 10h 55m.

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Rome Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Lago di Lugano to Rome train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Roma Termini station.

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Map of how to get from Lago di Lugano to Rome.
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  • Distance: 535.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 6m

What companies run services between Lago di Lugano, Switzerland and Rome, Italy?

You can take a train from Lago di Lugano to Rome via Milano Centrale in around 5h 6m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Como to Rome Tiburtina Bus station once daily. Tickets cost €30 - €40 and the journey takes 9h 25m.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €110
Flights from Milan Linate to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €200
Flights from Genoa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €200
Flights from Verona to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €150
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €120
Flights from Verona to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €150
Neos
Website
neosair.it
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€100 - €1400
Flights from Verona to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€55 - €120
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €110
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 Lugano-Paradiso to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€26 - €50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Mendrisio to Malpensa Aeroporto T2
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€22 - €40
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€45 - €80
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€40 - €120
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€40 - €55
Base Standard
€70 - €95
Base Premium
€85 - €120
Train from Milano Centrale to Genova P.Za Principe
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€14 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€14 - €19
Base Standard
€29 - €40
Base Premium
€35 - €55
Train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€14 - €20
Base Standard
€30 - €45
Base Premium
€35 - €55
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€30 - €90
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€30 - €50
Smart Low Cost
€30 - €45
Smart Flex
€65 - €90
Train from Milano Centrale to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €45
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€16 - €24
Smart Low Cost
€14 - €20
Smart Flex
€30 - €45
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 Mendrisio to Malpensa Aeroporto T.1
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5 - €6
Website
Trenord
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Genova P.Za Principe
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€9 - €14
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€9 - €14
Trenitalia

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 Genova P.Za Principe
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€9 - €20
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€17 - €20
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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Thello
Phone
+33 1 83 82 00 00
Website
thello.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Genova P.Za Principe
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€13 - €18
Website
Thello
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 Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€35 - €95
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
€35 - €50
1st Class
€65 - €95
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 Como to Rome Tiburtina Bus station
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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