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There are 5 ways to get from Lugano to Merligen by train, bus or car

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Train via Zürich  •  4h 37m

  1. Take the train from Lugano to Zürich HB Ic2 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Thun Ic8 / ...

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Bus  •  9h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Lugano, Stadio to Bern
  2. Take the bus from Bern to Interlaken Station East 417

3 alternative options

Train  •  5h 54m

  1. Take the train from Locarno FART to Domodossola Pe / ...
  2. Take the train from Domodossola to Thun Ec / ...

Bus, train  •  6h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Lugano to Luzern
  2. Take the train from Luzern to Interlaken Ost Ir

Drive  •  2h 34m

  1. Drive from Lugano to Merligen 198.2 km

Lugano to Merligen by train and bus

The journey time between Lugano and Merligen is around 4h 37m and covers a distance of around 337 km. This includes an average layover time of around 55 min. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), Trenitalia EuroCity and STI Bus AG, the Lugano to Merligen service departs from Lugano and arrives in Merligen, Beatus. Typically 146 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

146 Weekly Services
4h 37m Average Duration
SFr 84 Cheapest Price
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Lugano → Merligen
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Observe COVID-19 safety rules
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Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

COVID-19 help in Switzerland

If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 0041 58 463 00 00

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Merligen is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Merligen is subject to regional advice.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

Last updated: 23 May 2022
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The most affordable way to get from Lugano to Merligen is to bus, which costs SFr 22 - SFr 35 and takes 9h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Lugano to Merligen is to drive which costs SFr 24 - SFr 40 and takes 2h 34m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lugano to Merligen. However, there are services departing from Lugano, Stadio and arriving at Merligen, Beatus via Bern and Interlaken Ost, Bahnhof. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 24m.

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The distance between Lugano and Merligen is 121 km. The road distance is 198.2 km.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Merligen without a car is to train via Zürich which takes 4h 37m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 190.

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It takes approximately 4h 37m to get from Lugano to Merligen, including transfers.

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Lugano to Merligen bus services, operated by Gruppo Di Maio, depart from Lugano, Stadio station.

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The best way to get from Lugano to Merligen is to train via Zürich which takes 4h 37m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 22 - SFr 35 and takes 9h 24m.

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Lugano to Merligen bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Interlaken Station East.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lugano to Merligen is 198 km. It takes approximately 2h 34m to drive from Lugano to Merligen.

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Map of how to get from Lugano to Merligen.
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  • Distance: 120.9 km
  • Duration: 4h 37m

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

You can take a train from Lugano to Merligen via Zürich HB, Thun, and Thun, Bahnhof in around 4h 37m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lugano to Merligen via Bern, Interlaken Station East, and Interlaken Ost, Bahnhof in around 9h 24m.

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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 110
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Thun
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 75
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Domodossola to Thun
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 70
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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
1h 57m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 110
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 60
1st Class
SFr 80 - SFr 110
Train from Domodossola to Thun
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 85
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 30 - SFr 45
1st Class
SFr 60 - SFr 85
FART
Phone
+41 (0)91 756 04 00
Email
fart@centovalli.ch
Website
centovalli.ch
Train from Locarno FART to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Autolinee FART
Zentralbahn
Phone
+41 (0)58 668 80 00
Email
info@zentralbahn.ch
Website
zentralbahn.ch
Train from Luzern to Interlaken Ost
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
Zentralbahn
Schedules at
Swiss Railways
Bus operators
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
Gruppo Di Maio
Phone
+39 0827 34 117
Email
info@gruppodimaio.it
Website
gruppodimaio.it
Bus from Lugano, Stadio to Bern
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 23
Schedules at
gruppodimaio.it
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bern to Interlaken Station East
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 6 - SFr 9
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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