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There are 4 ways to get from Locarno to Lugano by train, bus, taxi or car

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Line 20 train, line 10 train  •  58 min

  1. Take the line 20 train from Locarno to Giubiasco 20
  2. Take the line 10 train from Giubiasco to Lugano 10 / ...

$20 - $38

3 alternative options

Line 311 bus, line 10 train  •  1 h 27 min

  1. Take the line 311 bus from Locarno, Via della Pace to Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione 311
  2. Take the line 10 train from Bellinzona to Lugano 10 / ...

$25 - $42

Taxi  •  36 min

  1. Take a taxi from Locarno to Lugano 26.2 miles

$210 - $260

Drive  •  36 min

  1. Drive from Locarno to Lugano 26.2 miles

$5 - $8

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The cheapest way to get from Locarno to Lugano is to drive which costs SFr 5 - SFr 8 and takes 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from Locarno to Lugano is to taxi which costs SFr 210 - SFr 260 and takes 36 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Locarno to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Locarno and arriving at Lugano via Giubiasco. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 58 min.

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The distance between Locarno and Lugano is 22 km. The road distance is 42 km.

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The best way to get from Locarno to Lugano without a car is to line 20 train and line 10 train which takes 58 min and costs SFr 20 - SFr 40.

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It takes approximately 58 min to get from Locarno to Lugano, including transfers.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Locarno to Lugano is 42 km. It takes approximately 36 min to drive from Locarno to Lugano.

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There are 3649+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 13.6 miles
  • Duration: 58 min

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

You can take a train from Locarno to Lugano via Giubiasco in around 58 min.

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 Locarno to Giubiasco
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Giubiasco to Lugano
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $14
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bellinzona to Lugano
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $29
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Locarno, Via della Pace to Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Other operators
Taxi from Locarno to Lugano
Ave. Duration
36 min
Estimated price
$210 - $260
Taxi Michel
Phone
+41 91 967 24 24
Grand Taxi Lugano
Phone
+41 79 102 69 30

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