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There are 8 ways to get from Lausanne to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 27m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Domodossola Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Domodossola to Locarno FART Express / ...

$82 - $144

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Train via Zürich HB  •  5h 29m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Zürich HB 5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lugano Eurocity / ...

$120 - $217

Bus  •  6h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Lausanne to Lainate - Villoresi
  2. Take the bus from Lainate - Villoresi to Lugano - P&R Fornaci

$102 - $131

Drive  •  4h 3m

  1. Drive from Lausanne to Lugano 242.1 miles

$50 - $75

Train to Zurich, fly to Lugano  •  4h 58m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG

$147 - $354

Train to Geneva, fly to Milan Malpensa  •  5h 10m

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) GVA - MXP

$125 - $295

Train to Geneva, fly to Zurich, train  •  6h 9m

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

$141 - $304

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

$83 - $299

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lausanne to Lugano is to drive which costs SFr 50 - SFr 75 and takes 4h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Lausanne to Lugano is to drive which costs SFr 50 - SFr 75 and takes 4h 3m.

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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 - P&R Fornaci via Lainate - Villoresi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 58m.

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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 Domodossola, Locarno and Giubiasco. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 27m.

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The distance between Lausanne and Lugano is 188 km. The road distance is 387.3 km.

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The best way to get from Lausanne to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 5h 27m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 150.

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It takes approximately 5h 27m to get from Lausanne to Lugano, including transfers.

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Lausanne to Lugano bus services, operated by Domo Reisen, 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 which takes 5h 27m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 100 - SFr 140 and takes 6h 58m.

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Map of how to get from Lausanne to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 117.2 miles
  • Duration: 5h 27m

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

You can take a train from Lausanne to Lugano via Domodossola, Locarno, and Giubiasco in around 5h 27m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lausanne to Lugano via Lainate - Villoresi in around 6h 58m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $210
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$150 - $460
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
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 Lausanne to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Domodossola to Locarno FART
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $20
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
Domo Reisen
Phone
0041 44 828 60 40
Email
info@domo-reisen.ch
Website
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Lausanne to Lainate - Villoresi
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Lainate - Villoresi to Lugano - P&R Fornaci
Ave. Duration
43m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport is the direct flight which takes 40m.

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Lausanne to Lugano bus services, operated by Domo Reisen, arrive at Lugano - P&R Fornaci station.

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Lausanne to Lugano train services, operated by Trenitalia, arrive at Locarno FART station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lausanne to Lugano is 387 km. It takes approximately 4h 3m to drive from Lausanne to Lugano.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport.

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Book your Lausanne to Lugano bus tickets online with Distribusion and Distribusion.

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There are 3807+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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