Select from 4 ways to get there

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Recommended option

Train, bus, carferry  •  4 h 52 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 carferry from Menaggio to Varenna

$63 - $109

Cheapest option

Bus, carferry  •  6 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Luzern to Como 124
  2. Take the carferry from Menaggio to Varenna

$19 - $31

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

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)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
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
$2 - $3
Schedules at
asfautolinee.it
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Luzern to Como
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Lucerne and Varenna is 138 km. The road distance is 261 km.

The cheapest way to get from Lucerne to Varenna is to bus and carferry which costs SFr 19 - SFr 35 and takes 6 h 19 min.

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

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.

It takes approximately 4 h 52 min to get from Lucerne to Varenna, including transfers.