There are 5 ways to get from Lugano to Lausanne 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.

Recommended option

Train via Zürich HB  •  4 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB 12-Y / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lausanne 5 / ...

$120 - $215

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Lugano to Milan, Milan 421 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to Lausanne 405

$32 - $57

3 alternative options

Train Trenitalia Eurocity  •  6 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Locarno FART to Domodossola Express / ...
  2. Take the train from Domodossola to Lausanne Eurocity / ...

$80 - $147

Drive  •  4 h

  1. Drive from Lugano to Lausanne 239.7 miles

$50 - $75

Fly, train  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Lugano (LUG) to Zurich (ZRH) LUG - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne

$145 - $357

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

You can take a train from Lugano to Lausanne via Zürich HB in around 4 h 46 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Lausanne via Milan, Milan in around 7 h 55 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Locarno FART to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $20
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Domodossola to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
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 Lausanne
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lugano to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Milan, Milan to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Lugano and Lausanne is 188 km. The road distance is 383 km.

The cheapest way to get from Lugano to Lausanne is to bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 60 and takes 7 h 55 min.

The quickest way to get from Lugano to Lausanne is to drive which takes 4 h and costs SFr 50 - SFr 75.

No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Lausanne. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Lausanne via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 46 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Lausanne. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Lausanne via Milan, Milan. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 55 min.

It takes approximately 4 h 46 min to get from Lugano to Lausanne, including transfers.