There are 6 ways to get from Lugano to Bern by train, bus, car or plane

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  •  3 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB 12-Y / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Bern 1 / ...

$91 - $167

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano to Zürich
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Berne Bâle > Zurich > Berne > Fribourg > Lausanne > Genève - Gare routière > Lyon - Gare routière Perrache > Clermont-Ferrand > Brive-la-Gaillarde > Périgueux > Bordeaux Centre > Bayonne > Hub Europe Alsa

$32 - $51

4 alternative options

Train via Luzern  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Luzern 21 / ...
  2. Take the train from Luzern to Bern 15 / ...

$86 - $159

Train via Wolhusen  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Luzern 21 / ...
  2. Take the train from Wolhusen to Bern 85-Y

$107 - $175

Drive  •  3 h

  1. Drive from Lugano to Bern 176.7 miles

$35 - $55

Fly, train  •  3 h 48 min

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

$120 - $307

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

You can take a train from Lugano to Bern via Zürich HB in around 3 h 24 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Bern via Zürich, Zürich Stadelhofen, Zürich HB, and Zurich in around 4 h 33 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Bern
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
BLS AG
Phone
+41 58 327 32 71
Website
bls.ch
Train from Wolhusen to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bls.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Lugano to Zürich
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zurich to Berne
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Ouibus

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Lugano and Bern is 156 km. The road distance is 283 km.

The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Bern is to bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 50 and takes 4 h 33 min.

The quickest way to get from Lugano to Bern is to drive which takes 3 h and costs SFr 35 - SFr 55.

No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Bern. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Bern via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 24 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 24 min to get from Lugano to Bern, including transfers.