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There are 5 ways to get from Lugano to Cinque Terre by train, bus or car

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Train via Levanto  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Hotelzug / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Levanto Ic

$49 - $84

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Bus FlixBus  •  7 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano to Milan, Milan 421 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to La Spezia 500

$22 - $37

3 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Hotelzug / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to La Spezia Centrale Icn / ...

$53 - $83

Bus Domo Reisen  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano - P&R Fornaci to Genova - Stazione Marittima
  2. Take the bus from Genova to La Spezia

$64 - $79

Drive  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Cinque Terre 208 miles

$50 - $75

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The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Cinque Terre is to bus which costs SFr 22 - SFr 40 and takes 7 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lugano to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs SFr 50 - SFr 75 and takes 3 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Cinque Terre. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Corniglia via Milano Centrale and Levanto. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 40 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Cinque Terre is 218 km. The road distance is 332.8 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Cinque Terre without a car is to train which takes 5 h 40 min and costs SFr 45 - SFr 85.

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It takes approximately 5 h 40 min to get from Lugano to Cinque Terre, including transfers.

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Lugano to Cinque Terre 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 Cinque Terre is to train which takes 5 h 40 min and costs SFr 45 - SFr 85. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 80 and takes 6 h 4 min.

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Lugano to Cinque Terre train services, operated by Trenitalia Intercity, arrive at Levanto station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Cinque Terre is 333 km. It takes approximately 3 h 47 min to drive from Lugano to Cinque Terre.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Cinque Terre.
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  • Distance: 136.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 40 min

What companies run services between Lugano, Switzerland and Cinque Terre, Italy?

You can take a train from Lugano to Cinque Terre via Milano Centrale and Levanto in around 5 h 40 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Cinque Terre via Genova - Stazione Marittima, Genova - Doria Metro Principe, Genova - Via XX Settembre, Genova, La Spezia, and La Spezia Centrale in around 6 h 4 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 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
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 Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia Intercity

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 Milano Centrale to Levanto
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to La Spezia Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
Domo Reisen
Phone
0041 44 828 60 40
Email
info@domo-reisen.ch
Website
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Lugano - P&R Fornaci to Genova - Stazione Marittima
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch
Lirosi Linee
Phone
0966 57552
Email
info@lirosilinee.com
Website
lirosilinee.com
Bus from Genova to La Spezia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
lirosilinee.com
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 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Milan, Milan to La Spezia
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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