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There are 8 ways to get from Lugano to Geneva by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Zürich HB  •  6 h 7 min

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

$135 - $245

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Bus  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano to Santhià, Santhià 470
  2. Take the bus from Santhià, Santhià to Geneva 472

$29 - $50

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Train Trenitalia Eurocity  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Locarno FART to Domodossola 2-Y / ...
  2. Take the train from Domodossola to Geneve Eurocity / ...

$106 - $197

Drive  •  4 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Geneva 234.9 miles

$45 - $75

Fly from Lugano  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Geneva (GVA) LUG - GVA

$70 - $205

Train to Milan Linate, fly  •  4 h

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

$63 - $254

Fly from Milan Malpensa  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Geneva (GVA) MXP - GVA

$109 - $249

Train to Zurich, fly  •  5 h 21 min

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

$130 - $273

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The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Geneva is to bus which costs SFr 29 - SFr 50 and takes 7 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lugano to Geneva is to train and fly which costs SFr 60 - SFr 260 and takes 4 h.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Geneva. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Geneva via Santhià, Santhià. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 34 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Geneva. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Genève via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 7 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Geneva is 218 km. The road distance is 375.8 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Geneva without a car is to train which takes 6 h 7 min and costs SFr 130 - SFr 250.

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It takes approximately 6 h 7 min to get from Lugano to Geneva, including transfers.

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

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Lugano to Geneva 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 Geneva is to train which takes 6 h 7 min and costs SFr 130 - SFr 250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 29 - SFr 50 and takes 7 h 34 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 65 - SFr 210 and takes 4 h 31 min.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Geneva.
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  • Distance: 136.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 7 min

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

You can take a train from Lugano to Geneva via Zürich HB in around 6 h 7 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Geneva via Santhià, Santhià in around 7 h 34 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Lugano to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Lugano to Geneva via Zurich, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Lugano to Geneva via Zurich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Lugano to Geneva via Zurich, Brussels
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $380
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $850
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Lugano to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Lugano to Geneva via Zurich, Munich
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Lugano to Geneva via Zurich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $190
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Milan Linate to Geneva
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $300
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
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 Zürich HB to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Locarno FART to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $140
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
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 Domodossola to Geneve
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
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
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 Lugano to Santhià, Santhià
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Santhià, Santhià to Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Lugano Airport to Geneva Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 35 min and has one stopover.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Geneva is 376 km. It takes approximately 4 h 9 min to drive from Lugano to Geneva.

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Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Lugano Airport to Geneva Airport.

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

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There are 404+ hotels available in Geneva. Prices start at $85 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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