There are 4 ways to get from Lucerne to Varenna by train, bus, ferry or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, bus, ferry  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Lugano 21 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Lugano Cassarate to Croce Piazza Chiesa C12
  3. Take the ferry from Menaggio to Varenna 30 / ...

$62 - $109

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Luzern to Como 417 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Como San Giovanni Stazione FS to Bellagio Lido C30
  3. Take the ferry from Bellagio to Varenna 806

$19 - $30

2 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Arth-Goldau to Monza Ec
  2. Take the train from Monza to Varenna Esino Re_8

$56 - $100

Drive  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Lucerne to Varenna 162.8 miles

$35 - $60

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lucerne to Varenna is to bus and ferry which costs SFr 18 - SFr 30 and takes 5 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lucerne to Varenna is to drive which costs SFr 35 - SFr 60 and takes 3 h 10 min.

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The distance between Lucerne and Varenna is 138 km. The road distance is 260.5 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 48 min to get from Lucerne to Varenna, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct train from Lucerne to Varenna. However, there are services departing from Luzern and arriving at Varenna Esino via Arth-Goldau and Monza. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 53 min.

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Map of how to get from Lucerne to Varenna.
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  • Distance: 86.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 48 min

What companies run services between Lucerne, Switzerland and Varenna, Italy?

You can take a train from Lucerne to Varenna via Arth-Goldau and Monza in around 5 h 53 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 Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $100
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
Train from Arth-Goldau to Monza
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
ASF Autolinee srl
Phone
031 247 249
Website
asfautolinee.it
Bus from Lugano Cassarate to Croce Piazza Chiesa
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
asfautolinee.it
Bus from Como San Giovanni Stazione FS to Bellagio Lido
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
asfautolinee.it
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 Como
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators

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