There are 11 ways to get from Lugano to Frankfurt am Main 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.

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Train  •  6 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Basel SBB 21 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

$146 - $252

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Bus  •  12 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano Sud to Zürich
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station 108 / ...

$50 - $76

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Train via Zürich HB  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice

$150 - $255

Train, bus  •  11 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zürich to Frankfurt Ouibus

$76 - $128

Drive, train  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Lörrach Hbf
  2. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

$110 - $170

Drive  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Frankfurt am Main 373.5 miles

$75 - $120

Fly from Milan Malpensa  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Frankfurt (FRA) MXP - FRA

$110 - $287

Fly from Lugano  •  6 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Frankfurt (FRA) LUG - FRA

$96 - $373

Train to Milan Linate, fly  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
  2. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Frankfurt (FRA) LIN - FRA

$109 - $342

Train to Zurich, fly  •  6 h 39 min

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

$166 - $401

Train to Milan Bergamo, fly  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Monza
  2. Fly from Milan Bergamo (BGY) to Frankfurt (FRA) BGY - FRA

$65 - $262

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Frankfurt am Main. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf via Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 56 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Frankfurt am Main is 457 km. The road distance is 597.6 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Frankfurt am Main without a car is to train which takes 6 h 56 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 56 min to get from Lugano to Frankfurt am Main, including transfers.

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Lugano to Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main is to train which takes 6 h 56 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 12 h 17 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 4 h 47 min.

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Lugano to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Frankfurt am Main is 598 km. It takes approximately 5 h 39 min to drive from Lugano to Frankfurt am Main.

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Luxair, Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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  • Distance: 285.6 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 56 min

What companies run services between Lugano, Switzerland and Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

You can take a train from Lugano to Frankfurt am Main via Basel SBB in around 6 h 56 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Frankfurt am Main via Zürich, Zürich Stadelhofen, Zürich HB, and Zurich in around 12 h 17 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Lugano to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $340
Flights from Lugano to Frankfurt via Zurich, Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $340
Flights from Lugano to Frankfurt via Zurich, Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $390
Flights from Lugano to Frankfurt via Zurich, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Lugano to Frankfurt via Zurich, Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Flights from Lugano to Frankfurt via Zurich, Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Flights from Lugano to Frankfurt via Zurich, Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Milan Linate to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Milan Bergamo to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Lugano to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $340
Flights from Lugano to Frankfurt via Zurich, Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Frankfurt via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Lugano to Frankfurt via Zurich, Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Frankfurt via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$1,000 - $2,400
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Milan Bergamo to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $200
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 Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $110
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$90 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
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 Lugano to Monza
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $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 Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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 Monza
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zürich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
Ouibus
Autolinee Ventre
Phone
0975 343195
Email
info@ventrebus.com
Website
ventrebus.com
Bus from Lugano Sud to Zürich
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
ventrebus.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 Zurich to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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