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

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Train via Zürich HB  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lausanne 5 / ...

$120 - $215

Cheapest option

Train to Milan Linate, fly to Geneva, train  •  5 h 40 min

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

$80 - $284

6 alternative options

Train Trenitalia Eurocity  •  5 h 59 min

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

$80 - $147

Bus  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Lugano - P&R Fornaci to Lainate - Villoresi
  2. Take the bus from Lainate - Villoresi to Lausanne

$101 - $132

Drive  •  4 h

  1. Drive from Lugano to Lausanne 239.7 miles

$50 - $75

Fly Lugano to Zurich, 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

Train to Zurich, fly to Geneva, train  •  6 h 34 min

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

$146 - $305

Fly Milan Malpensa to Zurich, train  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Zurich (ZRH) MXP - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne

$164 - $421

Questions & Answers

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

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Lausanne. However, there are services departing from Lugano - P&R Fornaci and arriving at Lausanne via Lainate - Villoresi. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h.

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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 5 h 33 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Lausanne is 188 km. The road distance is 383.5 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Lausanne without a car is to train which takes 5 h 33 min and costs SFr 110 - SFr 220.

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It takes approximately 5 h 33 min to get from Lugano to Lausanne, including transfers.

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Lugano to Lausanne bus services, operated by Domo Reisen, depart from Lugano - P&R Fornaci station.

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Lugano to Lausanne 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 Lausanne is to train which takes 5 h 33 min and costs SFr 110 - SFr 220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 100 - SFr 140 and takes 7 h.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Lausanne.
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  • Distance: 117.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 33 min

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

You can take a train from Lugano to Lausanne via Zürich HB in around 5 h 33 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Lausanne via Lainate - Villoresi in around 7 h.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Lugano to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Zurich
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Geneva
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $190
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 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 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
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 Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
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 Lausanne
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $90
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
Domo Reisen
Phone
0041 44 828 60 40
Email
info@domo-reisen.ch
Website
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Lugano - P&R Fornaci to Lainate - Villoresi
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch
Bus from Lainate - Villoresi to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Schedules at
domo-reisen.ch

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The quickest flight from Lugano Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Lugano to Lausanne bus services, operated by Domo Reisen, arrive at Lausanne station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Lausanne is 383 km. It takes approximately 4 h to drive from Lugano to Lausanne.

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Swiss offers flights from Lugano Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Lugano to Lausanne bus tickets online with Distribusion and Distribusion.

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There are 405+ hotels available in Lausanne. Prices start at $86 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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