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  •  57 min

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

SFr 20 - SFr 37

Cheapest option

Line 311 bus, train  •  1h 22m

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

SFr 19 - SFr 33

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  36 min

  1. Take a taxi from Locarno to Lugano 41.8 km

SFr 210 - SFr 260

Drive  •  36 min

  1. Drive from Locarno to Lugano 41.8 km

SFr 5 - SFr 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 57 min.

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The distance between Locarno and Lugano is 22 km. The road distance is 41.8 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 57 min and costs SFr 19 - SFr 40.

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It takes approximately 57 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 4512+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at SFr 77 per night.

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  • Distance: 21.8 km
  • Duration: 57 min

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

You can take a train from Locarno to Lugano via Giubiasco in around 57 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Locarno to Giubiasco
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 12 - SFr 23
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Giubiasco to Lugano
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 14
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bellinzona to Lugano
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 29
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bellinzona to Lugano
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 16
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bus operators
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Locarno, Via della Pace to Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 3 - SFr 5
Website
Swiss PostAuto
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Other operators
Taxi from Locarno to Lugano
Ave. Duration
36 min
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 260
Taxi Michel
Phone
+41 91 967 24 24
Grand Taxi Lugano
Phone
+41 79 102 69 30

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