There are 2 ways to get from Lugano to Lake Garda by train or car

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Train  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Hotelzug / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Desenzano Fr / ...

$99 - $141

1 alternative option

Drive  •  2 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Lake Garda 132.6 miles

$30 - $50

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The distance between Lugano and Lake Garda is 139 km. The road distance is 212.1 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Lake Garda without a car is to train which takes 3 h 34 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 34 min to get from Lugano to Lake Garda, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Lake Garda is 212 km. It takes approximately 2 h 21 min to drive from Lugano to Lake Garda.

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There are 3935+ hotels available in Lake Garda. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Lake Garda.
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  • Distance: 86.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 34 min

What companies run services between Lugano, Switzerland and Lake Garda, Italy?

You can take a train from Lugano to Lake Garda via Milano Centrale and Desenzano in around 3 h 34 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 Frecce

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 Desenzano
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Desenzano del Garda
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
italotreno.it

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