There are 8 ways to get from Lausanne to Lugano by train, bus, car, car ferry 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 via Zürich  •  4h 49m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Zürich HB 5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano Ec / ...

SFr 125 - SFr 232

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Bus  •  6h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Lausanne to Fribourg N799 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Fribourg to Lugano 437

SFr 26 - SFr 31

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Train  •  5h 7m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Luzern 15
  2. Take the train from Luzern to Lugano 21 / ...

SFr 111 - SFr 201

Train #2  •  6h 10m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Brig Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Domodossola to Locarno FART 1-Y / ...

SFr 91 - SFr 171

Drive, car ferry  •  4h 35m

  1. Drive from Lausanne to Verbania,Intra
  2. Take the car ferry from Verbania,Intra to Laveno

SFr 48 - SFr 71

Train to Geneva, fly to Milan Linate, train  •  5h 37m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Linate (LIN) GVA - LIN
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Lugano

SFr 129 - SFr 396

Train to Geneva, fly to Zurich, train  •  5h 50m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Zurich (ZRH) GVA - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano

SFr 159 - SFr 395

Train to Zurich, fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  6h 13m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  3. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Mendrisio

SFr 151 - SFr 417

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lausanne to Lugano is to bus which costs SFr 25 - SFr 35 and takes 6h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Lausanne to Lugano is to drive and car ferry which costs SFr 45 - SFr 75 and takes 4h 35m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lausanne to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Lausanne and arriving at Lugano via Fribourg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lausanne to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Lausanne and arriving at Lugano via Zuerich Hb. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 49m.

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The distance between Lausanne and Lugano is 188 km.

The best way to get from Lausanne to Lugano without a car is to train via Zürich which takes 4h 49m and costs SFr 120 - SFr 240.

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It takes approximately 4h 49m to get from Lausanne to Lugano, including transfers.

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

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Lausanne to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Lausanne station.

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The best way to get from Lausanne to Lugano is to train via Zürich which takes 4h 49m and costs SFr 120 - SFr 240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 25 - SFr 35 and takes 6h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Lausanne to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 187.5 km
  • Duration: 4h 49m

What companies run services between Lausanne, Switzerland and Lugano, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Lausanne to Lugano via Zürich HB and Zuerich Hb in around 4h 49m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lausanne to Lugano via Fribourg in around 6h 5m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 270
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 380
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 400
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 140
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 300
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 Lausanne to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 130
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 110
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lausanne to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 85
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lausanne to Brig
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 23
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lausanne to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 130
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T2 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 19
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Lausanne to Geneve-Aeroport
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 65
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 24 - SFr 35
1st Class
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 70
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 26 - SFr 35
1st Class
SFr 50 - SFr 70
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 Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Mendrisio
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 5 - SFr 7
Website
Trenord
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lausanne to Fribourg
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 9
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Fribourg to Lugano
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Milan Linate Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Lausanne to Lugano bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Lugano station.

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

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Alitalia offers flights from Geneva Airport to Milan Linate Airport.

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There are 4186+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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