There are 4 ways to get from Lugano to Locarno by train, bus, taxi or car

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Line 50 train, line 20 train  •  1 h 5 min

  1. Take the line 50 train from Lugano to Giubiasco 50 / ...
  2. Take the line 20 train from Giubiasco to Locarno 20

$21 - $37

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Line 2 bus, line 1 bus, line 311 bus  •  2 h 27 min

  1. Take the line 2 bus from Lugano, Piazzale Besso to Castione 2 / ...
  2. Take the line 1 bus from Castione, Stazione to Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione 1 / ...
  3. Take the line 311 bus from Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione to Locarno, Via della Pace 311

$10 - $17

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  35 min

  1. Take a taxi from Lugano to Locarno 24.6 miles

$200 - $250

Drive  •  35 min

  1. Drive from Lugano to Locarno 24.6 miles

$5 - $8

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No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Lugano, Piazzale Besso and arriving at Locarno, Via della Pace via Castione, Stazione and Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 27 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Lugano to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Lugano and arriving at Locarno via Giubiasco. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 5 min.

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The distance between Lugano and Locarno is 22 km. The road distance is 39.4 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Locarno without a car is to line 50 train and line 20 train which takes 1 h 5 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 5 min to get from Lugano to Locarno, including transfers.

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Lugano to Locarno bus services, operated by Malpensa Express Bus, depart from Lugano, Piazzale Besso station.

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Lugano to Locarno 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 Locarno is to line 50 train and line 20 train which takes 1 h 5 min and costs . Alternatively, you can line 2 bus and line 1 bus and line 311 bus, which costs and takes 2 h 27 min.

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Lugano to Locarno bus services, operated by Swiss PostAuto, arrive at Locarno, Via della Pace station.

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

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Locarno.
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  • Distance: 13.6 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 5 min

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

You can take a train from Lugano to Locarno via Giubiasco in around 1 h 5 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Locarno via Castione, Castione, Stazione, and Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione in around 2 h 27 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 Giubiasco
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $28
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Giubiasco to Locarno
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Lugano, Piazzale Besso to Castione
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Castione, Stazione to Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus from Bellinzona, Piazzale Stazione to Locarno, Via della Pace
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Other operators
Taxi from Lugano to Locarno
Ave. Duration
35 min
Estimated price
$200 - $250
Taxi Michel
Phone
+41 91 967 24 24
Grand Taxi Lugano
Phone
+41 79 102 69 30

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Locarno is 39 km. It takes approximately 35 min to drive from Lugano to Locarno.

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