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There are 3 ways to get from Lugano to Cinque Terre by train or car

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Train via Monterosso  •  5h 48m

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale 38-Y / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso Ic / ...

41€ - 117€

2 alternative options

Train  •  6h 23m

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale 38-Y / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Corniglia Re / ...

41€ - 77€

Drive  •  3h 41m

  1. Drive from Lugano to Cinque Terre 327.9 km

40€ - 65€

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The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs SFr 45 - SFr 70 and takes 3h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Lugano to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs SFr 45 - SFr 70 and takes 3h 41m.

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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 Monterosso. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 48m.

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The distance between Lugano and Cinque Terre is 218 km. The road distance is 327.9 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Cinque Terre without a car is to train via Monterosso which takes 5h 48m and costs SFr 40 - SFr 130.

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It takes approximately 5h 48m 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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Lugano to Cinque Terre train services, operated by Trenitalia Intercity, arrive at Monterosso station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Cinque Terre is 328 km. It takes approximately 3h 41m to drive from Lugano to Cinque Terre.

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There are 3431+ hotels available in Cinque Terre. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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  • Distance: 218.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 48m

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 Monterosso in around 5h 48m.

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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
27€ - 50€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
13€ - 19€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
13€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
13€ - 20€
Train from Milano Centrale to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 20€
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
18€ - 65€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
18€ - 25€
Base Standard
35€ - 50€
Base Premium
45€ - 65€
Trenitalia

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 Monterosso
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 28€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
26€ - 28€
Train from Milano Centrale to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 29€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
26€ - 29€

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