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There are 9 ways to get from Lugano to Budapest by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly from Milan Malpensa  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Budapest (BUD) MXP - BUD

$49 - $153

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Fly from Lugano  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Budapest (BUD) LUG - BUD

$102 - $569

Train to Zurich, fly  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Budapest (BUD) ZRH - BUD

$147 - $367

Train to Milan Bergamo, fly  •  6 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
  2. Fly from Milan Bergamo (BGY) to Budapest (BUD) BGY - BUD

$58 - $224

Train  •  14 h 17 min

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

$220 - $365

Bus  •  16 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano to Milan, Milan 437 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to Budapest, Budapest Népliget N403 / ...

$61 - $104

Train, bus  •  18 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Verona Porta Nuova Ec
  2. Take the bus from Verona Stazione Verona Porta Nuova to Budapest Népliget

$97 - $137

Train, night train  •  15 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Kelenföld En

$231 - $386

Drive  •  9 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Budapest 644.9 miles

$130 - $200

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The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Budapest is to fly which costs SFr 45 - SFr 160 and takes 5 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lugano to Budapest is to fly which costs SFr 45 - SFr 160 and takes 5 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Budapest. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Deák Ferenc tér M via Milan, Milan and Népliget M. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 38 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Budapest. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Kelenföld via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 17 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Budapest is 785 km. The road distance is 1031.8 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Budapest without a car is to train which takes 14 h 17 min and costs SFr 210 - SFr 370.

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It takes approximately 5 h 28 min to get from Lugano to Budapest, including transfers.

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

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Lugano to Budapest 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 Budapest is to fly which takes 5 h 28 min and costs SFr 45 - SFr 160. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 210 - SFr 370 and takes 14 h 17 min, you could also bus, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 110 and takes 16 h 38 min.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Budapest.
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  • Distance: 490.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 28 min

What companies run services between Lugano, Switzerland and Budapest, Hungary?

Wizz Air, Austrian Airlines and three other airlines fly from Lugano to Budapest every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Lugano to Budapest via Zürich HB in around 14 h 17 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Lugano to Budapest via Zurich, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Lugano to Budapest via Zurich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Budapest via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Lugano to Budapest via Zurich, Vienna
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Budapest via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Budapest via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Lugano to Budapest via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $170
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Milan Bergamo to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $240
CSA
Website
csa.cz
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Budapest via Prague
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
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 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 Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Kelenföld
Ave. Duration
10 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $260
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 Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
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 Lugano to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Milan, Milan to Budapest, Budapest Népliget
Ave. Duration
13 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Budapest Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Budapest is 1032 km. It takes approximately 9 h 43 min to drive from Lugano to Budapest.

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Wizz Air, Swiss, CSA and two other airlines offer flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Budapest Airport.

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There are 4327+ hotels available in Budapest. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Milan Malpensa Airport is to shuttle which takes 1 h 5 min and costs SFr 24 - SFr 35.

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