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There are 3 ways to get from Lugano to Interlaken by train, bus or car

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Train  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Luzern 21 / ...
  2. Take the train from Luzern to Interlaken Ost 470

$85 - $141

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Bus  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Como to Interlaken, Interlaken West 417

$17 - $29

1 alternative option

Drive  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Interlaken 142.8 miles

$29 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Interlaken is to bus which costs SFr 16 - SFr 29 and takes 5 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lugano to Interlaken is to drive which costs SFr 29 - SFr 45 and takes 2 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Interlaken. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Interlaken, Interlaken West via Como. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Interlaken. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Interlaken Ost via Luzern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 42 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Interlaken is 113 km. The road distance is 228.5 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Interlaken without a car is to train which takes 4 h 42 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 150.

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It takes approximately 4 h 42 min to get from Lugano to Interlaken, including transfers.

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

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Lugano to Interlaken 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 Interlaken is to train which takes 4 h 42 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 16 - SFr 29 and takes 5 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Interlaken.
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  • Distance: 70.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 42 min

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

You can take a train from Lugano to Interlaken via Luzern in around 4 h 42 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lugano to Interlaken 5 times a week. Tickets cost $15 - $26 and the journey takes 3 h 40 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.

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Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $100
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 Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Zentralbahn
Website
zentralbahn.ch
Train from Luzern to Interlaken Ost
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
zentralbahn.ch
Schedule at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Como to Interlaken, Interlaken West
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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Lugano to Interlaken train services, operated by Zentralbahn, arrive at Interlaken Ost station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Interlaken is 229 km. It takes approximately 2 h 40 min to drive from Lugano to Interlaken.

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