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There are 4 ways to get from Lucerne to Lugano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  1 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Lugano 21 / ...

$55 - $100

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Bus  •  3 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Luzern to Lugano K188

$10 - $18

2 alternative options

Drive  •  1 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Lucerne to Lugano 111.1 miles

$23 - $35

Train, fly  •  3 h 27 min

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

$100 - $273

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The cheapest way to get from Lucerne to Lugano is to bus which costs SFr 10 - SFr 18 and takes 3 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lucerne to Lugano is to drive which costs SFr 23 - SFr 35 and takes 1 h 58 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Luzern and arriving at Lugano. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Luzern and arriving at Lugano. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 59 min.

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The distance between Lucerne and Lugano is 126 km. The road distance is 177.8 km.

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The best way to get from Lucerne to Lugano without a car is to train which takes 1 h 59 min and costs SFr 50 - SFr 100.

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The train from Luzern to Lugano takes 1 h 59 min including transfers and departs every three hours.

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

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

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The best way to get from Lucerne to Lugano is to train which takes 1 h 59 min and costs SFr 50 - SFr 100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 10 - SFr 18 and takes 3 h 35 min.

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Map of how to get from Lucerne to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 78.8 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 59 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Lucerne to Lugano every 3 hours. Tickets cost $55 - $100 and the journey takes 1 h 59 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lucerne to Lugano twice daily. Tickets cost $10 - $18 and the journey takes 3 h 35 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
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 Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
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 Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lucerne to Lugano is 178 km. It takes approximately 1 h 58 min to drive from Lucerne to Lugano.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Lugano Airport.

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There are 3607+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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