There are 2 ways to get from Lake Garda to Ticino by train or car

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Train  •  3h 20m

  1. Take the train from Desenzano Garda-Sirm to Milano Centrale Fr
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano 10 / ...

SFr 99 - SFr 179

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Drive  •  2h 21m

  1. Drive from Lake Garda to Lugano 211 km

SFr 30 - SFr 45

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The cheapest way to get from Lake Garda to Ticino is to drive which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 2h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Lake Garda to Ticino is to drive which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 2h 21m.

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The distance between Lake Garda and Ticino is 167 km. The road distance is 211 km.

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The best way to get from Lake Garda to Ticino without a car is to train which takes 3h 20m and costs 90€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 3h 20m to get from Lake Garda to Ticino, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lake Garda to Ticino is 211 km. It takes approximately 2h 21m to drive from Lake Garda to Ticino.

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There are 817+ hotels available in Ticino. Prices start at SFr 100 per night.

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Map of how to get from Lake Garda to Ticino.
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  • Distance: 166.6 km
  • Duration: 3h 20m

What companies run services between Lake Garda, Italy and Ticino, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Lake Garda to Lugano via Desenzano Garda-Sirm and Milano Centrale in around 3h 20m.

Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Desenzano Garda-Sirm to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 55
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Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
SFr 13 - SFr 18
Base Standard
SFr 29 - SFr 40
Base Premium
SFr 35 - SFr 55
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 Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
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Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

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