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There are 7 ways to get from Lugano to Bern by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3 h 36 min

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

$85 - $151

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Bus  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Como to Bern 437 / ...

$20 - $33

5 alternative options

Train via Zürich HB  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Bern 1 / ...

$90 - $165

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

$106 - $172

Drive  •  3 h

  1. Drive from Lugano to Bern 176.7 miles

$35 - $55

Fly from Lugano, train  •  3 h 48 min

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

$115 - $307

Fly from Milan Malpensa, train  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Zurich (ZRH) MXP - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern

$134 - $386

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The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Bern is to bus which costs SFr 19 - SFr 35 and takes 5 h 55 min.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Bern. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Bern via Como. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Bern. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Bern via Luzern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 36 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Bern is 156 km. The road distance is 282.8 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Bern without a car is to train which takes 3 h 36 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 160.

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It takes approximately 3 h 36 min to get from Lugano to Bern, including transfers.

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Lugano to Bern bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Como station.

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

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The best way to get from Lugano to Bern is to train which takes 3 h 36 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 19 - SFr 35 and takes 5 h 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Bern.
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  • Distance: 97.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 36 min

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

You can take a train from Lugano to Bern via Luzern in around 3 h 36 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lugano to Bern twice daily. Tickets cost $18 - $30 and the journey takes 4 h 20 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
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 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 - $55
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $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 Zürich Flughafen to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $80
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 Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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
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.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Como to Bern
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Lugano Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Bern is 283 km. It takes approximately 3 h to drive from Lugano to Bern.

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Swiss offers flights from Lugano Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Lugano to Bern bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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There are 159+ hotels available in Bern. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Lugano Airport is to line 60 train which takes 12 min and costs SFr 9 - SFr 17.

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